So, I have a bit of a burping problem. Shocking, I know. But let me tell you: I can let out some amazing belches. They are whoppers. My brother taught me how, and now I beat even him when we have a burp-off (and before you ask, we’re both in our twenties). I admit there are times when my
gift digusting habit is a negative: like when I’m all dolled up, make up nicely done, outfit carefully selected, and then….buurrrrrp. I just ruin it.
It’s a similar case with Siana’s website. Go to it. Turn the volume up. Looks like a nice website, right? Nice colours, very chic. Wait for it…
“Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout Sianaaaaa”. There’s the burp. Oh God. Seriously? Seriously, Siana? Take it off. They’ve got a very nice-looking website that’s easy to navigate, then they go and crap all over it with that ridiculous background song.
Luckily, Siana in person does not embarass itself. There is no awkward tune to spoil the night. The food isn’t ugly. The waitresses aren’t mean. In fact, on a recent dinner date at the riverside restaurant/bar, the only thing that worried us was where to go for dessert after (Gelatissimo. Of course).
Siana has a bit of a ‘communal’ dining style that might seem off putting at first. Two very long tables in the dining area mean that you will probably be sitting next to, or across from, a stranger or two. However, this isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The tables are big, so there’s a bit of a buffer zone. Plus, the ambiance at Siana is so gorgeous that you can’t help but overlook the seating arrangements. The location is unbeatable-right on the river, with a view of the Story Bridge. There’s Asian design influences inside, and lots of funky lighting and a fun atmosphere.
The menu is ideal in that it combines several Asian cuisines. This is genius! Indian, Japanese, Thai, and Chinese are all on the one menu. There’s dishes like Pad Thai and Fried Rice, Dim Sum like Gyoza and Pork Buns, Sushi, Tandoori dishes, and curries. A great option are the platters (from $30pp) which come with all sorts of goodies for tasting and sharing. On a previous visit we’d tried the Gold Platter ($35) and loved it-it had sushi rolls, rice paper rolls, little balls of popcorn seafood, dumplings, and some of the best naan I’ve ever had.
We mixed it up a bit on this visit and ordered our own dishes. I went for the Sashimi Plate (12 pecs for $20) and the Asian Greens ($8), which were stir-fried in ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. D went for the Tandoori Salmon ($28), which came with naan bread.
The twelve very generous portions of sashimi were delicious and excellent value for money. I felt like a Grizzly Bear who had just been dipping its fat paw in the waters of Alaska, the salmon was that fresh. There was also white tuna, which didn’t have a very distinct flavour-is this normal, sashimi lovers? I am a little new to tuna sashimi, so I wasn’t sure, but it was tasty all the same and seemed very fresh.
My Asian Greens were so simple, yet it was one of the best dishes I’d had in a long time. The flavours in the sauce were tangy and light, and the vegies were cooked to perfection. This, coupled with the sashimi, was probably the healthiest meal I had ever had out.
D’s Tandoori Salmon was also pretty good. The thick slab of salmon went perfectly with the accompanying yoghurt sauce, and the plain naan was there to soak up all the dregs. We’d never had Tandoori salmon before, and noted that the spices took away a lot of that distinct salmon flavour. If you were scoffing it down quickly, you could have mistaken it for a different meat.
We didn’t get any alcoholic drinks but their cocktail (from $17) list is impressive with some tasty-sounding choices. Beer is reasonably priced from $6, and the dessert menu carries the platter theme too; for $16 per person you can enjoy the Dessert Platter, which includes such delights as the Half Baked Chocolate Cake.
Don’t judge a website by its god-awful theme music. Ignore the kitsch, go to Siana, and save the belching for when you get home. Or for in the car, in your partner’s ear. Your choice.
Update: Siana has now closed 🙁
Siana Bar and Restaurant
Upper Plaza Level
71 Eagle Street Brisbane
07 3221 3887