by Cheryl Baehr
Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) is a happening 3 a.m. bar on one of the town's hippest streets, but there is more to this Grove hot spot than the booze, music and revelry. Chef Tyler Davis heads up Siam's kitchen, preparing updated takes on pan-Asian cuisine and makes sure that patrons have some good eats before hitting the dance floor.
Davis makes everything in-house, and nowhere is his technique more impressive than the kimchi hot pot. He starts with a delicate yet flavor-packed pork and fermented vegetable broth, then adds pungent kimchi, enoki mushrooms, spinach, leeks and tofu. This alone is a satisfying feast, but Davis ups the ante by adding thick handmade udon noodles and slices of succulent pork belly into the already packed bowl. This warm, hearty dinner sets a perfect base for a night of dancing and imbibing.
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