March 21st 2018 was a dark, dark day in the life of many Manchester residents. Keen observers of Twitter will have noticed the following:
IMPORTANT NOTICE. All customers, sadly rent increase, high rates too much for Chef May .@SiamSmilesCafe, shop repossess. May heartbroken, but try find new home for Siam Smiles, start over. Really thanks so much everyone for support & kindness esp @MarinaOLoughlin @HungryHoss 🙏😭
— Siam Smiles Thai Cafe (@SiamSmilesCafe) March 21, 2018
So, it was with a heavy heart that Siam Smiles, the brilliant cafe housed in a small supermarket in a basement in China Town was no more. Many a salty tear was shed, most noticeably my mate Steven who was found wandering around the old site for weeks later, foaming at the mouth desperate for some noodles and a bit of pork belly.
Well there’s no need to fret any longer. China Town’s loss is the Great Northern’s gain as Siam Smiles have just opened up a new site on Deansgate Mews. The Mews is that weird street bit down the side of the Great Northern, currently housing Polish favourite, Platzki and former home to B.Eat Street – you know the one.
Everything is as you’d expect it to be, and they’re not going to be adding bells, whistles and fireworks to gloss over a change in menu. It’s business as usual which means mouth-wateringly good traditional Thai dishes – at very reasonable prices.
I’ve been informed that their lunchtime buffet will be starting up again sometime towards the end of May, so keep an eye on that – in the meantime I reckon I’ll have to grab Steven and we can both get down and do a review. Just to make sure it’s as good as it was of course. Purely scientific of course.
Siam Smiles, Unit G, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester M3 4EN