There’s been much debate among wine connoisseurs (or wine snobs) as to whether you should, or indeed can, attempt to match wine with spicy Asian food. They’ve simply done away with this argument and got down to business at Siam 1, where sommelier Chris Barnett’s extensive wine list is held in equal regard as chef Wichit Jimmy Maneeboon’s regional specialities.
Like any true Thai eatery, when you request something ‘medium hot’ what you’ll get is unapologetically ‘hot hot’. You’ll definitely be hankering for a crisp, fruity wine to wash it all down with, if not a few rounds of Singha beer.
Though Siam 1′s menu features the standard Thai favourites – coconut milk-soused curries, pork belly, tom yum and an exceptional green papaya salad – the decor is a tad more luxurious than your average Thai takeaway. Candlelight bounces off dark timber and buddha statues: perfect surrounds in which to uncork a few bottles with friends and dig into an indulgent banquet, all without worrying too much if your larb gai works well with your sav blanc.
65 Koornang Road, Carnegie
(03) 9571 7334, www.siam1.com.au