A Look Inside Siam STL, New Nightclub Serving Pan-Asian Fusion in the Grove

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The "Goku Roll" with shrimp tempura, avocado, red tuna, radish sprouts, masago, baked scallops and spicy crab. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • The "Goku Roll" with shrimp tempura, avocado, red tuna, radish sprouts, masago, baked scallops and spicy crab. | Photos by Mabel Suen

On June 14 Siam STL (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) held its grand opening, filling a void left by the closure of Novak's Bar & Grill -- arguably one of the Grove's best gay bars and nightlife destinations. The new concept for the neighborhood's longstanding hotspot is one-part lounge and dance club and one-part pan-Asian fusion restaurant.

Executive chef Tyler Davis in the kitchen.
  • Executive chef Tyler Davis in the kitchen.

Executive chef Tyler Davis, who previously served as the executive sous chef and pastry chef of Ernesto's Wine Bar (2730 McNair Avenue; 314-664-4511), cooks up a full menu of appetizers, salads, soups, sushi and, notably, elegantly plated desserts.

Pan-Asian melds nicely with American influences in dishes including chorizo-date pot stickers ($7), "Korean Fried Chicken (KFC)" ($9) and "Umami Sliders" ($3.25) made with ground sirloin, wild mushrooms, crispy shallots and tomato jam.

The bar.
  • The bar.

More substantial dishes include a kimichi hotpot ($10), with braised pork belly and housemade udon, as well as Siam specialty sushi rolls including the "Goku Roll" with fried shrimp tempura, red tuna, baked scallops and spicy crab.

Siam STL's current hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. Siam STL offers a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily with drink specials and half-price sushi. For more information, check out the Siam STL website or follow it on Facebook.

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Kimchi hot pot with braised pork belly, housemade udon, spinach, leeks, enoki mushrooms, tofu and house kimchi.
  • Kimchi hot pot with braised pork belly, housemade udon, spinach, leeks, enoki mushrooms, tofu and house kimchi.
Chorizo, date and goat cheese pot stickers.
  • Chorizo, date and goat cheese pot stickers.
Another look at the bar.
  • Another look at the bar.
A selection of spirits.
  • A selection of spirits.
A section of the dining area overlooking the dance floor.
  • A section of the dining area overlooking the dance floor.

A burger fresh off the line.
  • A burger fresh off the line.
Coconut semifreddo with compressed mango, candied shiso, yuzu curd, mango puree, toasted coconut and blackberries.
  • Coconut semifreddo with compressed mango, candied shiso, yuzu curd, mango puree, toasted coconut and blackberries.
A copy of one of the early menus.
  • A copy of one of the early menus.
The patio.
  • The patio.
Now open in the Grove.
  • Now open in the Grove.

See also: - First Look: Salt + Smoke - First Look: Death in the Afternoon - First Look: Lulu's Local Eatery

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