Eating Out West Midlands

Review: Siam Corner Ma Ma Thai, Lichfield

19th May 2014

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?

Roz 🙂

Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own



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  • Reply Nick Brickett (@nickbrickett) 19th May 2014 at 08:25

    My partner and I eat out in Lichfield quite often, and we absolutely love Ma Ma Thai! The Gaeng Massaman with Beef is a particular favourite of mine. The meat is always so tender it falls apart on your fork, and the potatoes compliment the dish perfectly. I think the candle underneath the serving bowl is a nice touch – though the curry at the bottom can be a touch on the thermonuclear-side if you don’t stir it for a while!

    Where would I recommend you try next… If you want an indian with a difference, give Q-Min a go. If you feel like getting all dressed up and feeling posh, try The Wine House. Both are at the top end of Bird St and serve exceptional food.

    • Reply the foodie couple 19th May 2014 at 19:27

      I’m glad you like it too! Totally agree about the temperature at the bottom…I dipped my finger in it when my husband had finished and burnt my finger!!
      Thank you for the recommendations – we have been to the Wine House just last week and really like it, it was a luck time though so we wantot go back and try the full A la Carte menu. Not been to Qmin, so will give that a go. We tried Thai rainbow and weren’t quite so keen , ma ma thai definitely came out on top!

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