We’ve recently been on a bit of a mission to experiment a bit with some more local eateries, trying to find some gems near us, instead of always heading to the default place, Birmignham.
One town only about 15mins from us is Lichfield. We’ve eaten here a few times, mainly when meeting my parents and the few meals we had have rather enjoyed, so decided to try a few more of its offerings over the next few weeks, starting with Siam Corner Ma Ma Thai.
This is situated on Bird Street in Lichfield, home to quite a few eateries, and is not the most appealing visually from the outside. On entering though, this is quite different, with quite decadent traditional Thai furnishings complete with chandeliers and Buddha’s adorning the walls.
The service was extremely polite, and the waitresses dressed in gorgeous traditional clothing which was a nice touch. Service was a touch slow at times, particularly in clearing plates away, but other than this we had no complaints.
Choosing from the extensive menu was difficult, although seemingly not as difficult for us as for the table next to us. They arrived just as we ordered our drinks, and still had not ordered their food until we had been served our main….!
To start I went for the Yam Neua Yang – Grilled Beef Salad with onion, tomato and chilli dressing. The spice was very hot, but fantastic if you like it like this, which I do, and I couldn’t fault the cooking of the beef. I wasn’t quite so keen on the large chunks of onion and whole mint leaves, both could have done with being shredded a little more finely, but it didn’t detract from the flavour of the dish. Lee went for the Thung Thing Phak – Thai golden parcels stuffed with minced potato, peas and carrot accompanied with sweet chilli sauce. He thought these were lovely, with nice crispy pastry and creamy filling and a sauce that didn’t overpower. Good quality starters, but not the best Thai we’ve ever had.
The main courses however were both truly delicious and certainly were both up there with the best Thai we’ve tasted. Lee went for a Gaeng Massaman with chicken. He felt this was the nicest Thai curry he had tasted in a long time, with well cooked chicken, soft potato, crunchy nuts and a rich yet mild sauce. A really well made curry. I had the Pud Med Ma Maung which is stir fired chicken with cashews, onions, mushrooms and capsicum in a sweet chilli sauce. The sauce on this was delicious, sweet and medium hot and the veg was all cooked well and had a nice crunch too it. The portions of rice (Sticky for me, Egg Fried for Lee) were just the right size. There was a hell of a lot I wanted to try on this menu, and after the success of Lee’s Massaman Curry, I think a red or yellow curry might be next on my hitlist!
Have you been to any restaurants in Lichfield? Where would you recommend?
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own