Restaurant review: Siam 28, Causeway Bay – a Thai menu rare for Hong Kong
The classic raw shrimp and the beef brisket soup are the standouts at this high-floor restaurant near Sogo
Price: about HK$235 without drinks or the service charge.
Ambience: the staff were friendly and many of the other customers seemed like regulars.
Pros: the menu lists some dishes you don’t see at other Thai restaurants in Hong Kong.
Cons: the green pork curry (HK$98) was too sweet. The crab part of the crab with glass noodle in clay pot (HK$228) had plenty of sweet, moist meat and the top layer of vermicelli was well flavoured with spices and herbs such as star anise, cinnamon stick, dried chillies, Chinese celery and fresh coriander. Unfortunately, the dish had been overcooked so the bottom layer of vermicelli was burnt.
Recommended dishes: classic raw shrimp (HK$138) came with the bodies separated from the heads. The body meat was sweet and bouncy, and the heads had been fried so they were crisp.
The northern Thai beef brisket soup (HK$76) – which had a three chilli rating – wasn’t at all spicy, but the clear broth was fragrant and the meat was tender. Minced roast duck salad (HK$68) had well-balanced flavours and was attractively presented in a taro basket, with lettuce leaves to wrap the meat mixture in.
Fried rice with shrimp paste (HK$82) looked fantastic on the menu, but what was served wasn’t nearly as attractive. It could have used more shrimp paste, but it was still enjoyable, and served with ingredients that included fresh chillies, laap cheung, pork floss and scrambled egg. It went very well with the crisp-tender stir-fried cabbage sprouts (HK$68).
What else? Siam 28 replaces Edo & Bibo, which previously occupied the space.
Siam 28, 28/F Macau Yat Yuen Centre, 525 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay. Tel: 3421 0472. Open: noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm