These are the first images inside the new Thai restaurant and cocktail bar in Brindleyplace. .
Siamais, which takes its name from ‘Siam’ the former name for Thailand, has been elaborately decorated with sleek sofas and giant wall murals.
Finishing touches include birdcages containing skulls hanging from the ceiling and glass jars on the windows and bar.
The venue replaces Thai Edge , which closed several weeks ago after owners Harish and Nancy Nathwani decided to retire.
Their son Nishil Nathwani decided to shut its doors after 17 years of business and reopen with a venue which focuses on both food and drin k.
Siamais now has a large bar area, separate dining area as well as an outdoor terrace on Oozells Square.
It is the latest new addition to Brindleyplace, which saw new Ikon Gallery eatery Yorks Cafe open earlier this month serving giant pizzas and cocktails. Yorks also has an outdoor dining terrace in Oozells Square.
Siamais will include a "secret drinks menu" that only those in the know will be aware about.
You will have to ask to see it – a range of four drinks per month will be created specially.
The skulls on display intent to reflect on famous Siamese twins from the 17th Century..
Operations director Yen-Tin Mui says: "The twin brothers (Chang & Eng) were exhibited around the world as an oddity in the 17th century.
"We looked into curiosities, oddities and bizarre artefacts like the skulls/bird cages/ and glass jars in the window. The concept was based on the two personalities of the twins which is reflected in the interior.
"The bar is the curiosity shop with the oddities and the restaurant is more slick and stylish."
Siamias will have a soft opening weekend from Thursday, March 30 but a full menu should be available straight away.
General opening hours will be from noon to 11pm, closing at 1am on Friday and Saturday.
Who is the boss?
He said: “I’ve chosen the name Siamais to reflect the nature of Siamese twins – two different people sharing one body and the bar and restaurant areas have been divided.
“I grew up with Thai Edge and it’s a great cuisine instead of the normal Indian and Italian restaurants.
“Turning it into a bar and restaurant, I want Siamais to be the best of both, with new and authentic chefs in the kitchen and front of house staff we’ve trained at Aluna.”
Cocktail pouring becomes a Gothic work of art thanks to specialist techniques such as infusing drinks with smoke from specially-dried maple wood chips or applying food-grade dry ice.
“Our theme is all about the old versus the new,” he says.
“We even do ‘bitter blockers’.
“So if you have one of these half way through a drink, it will completely change the flavour of it by blocking out the bitterness.”
Nitin Solanki, the general manager of Aluna, is also helping out with the launch.
“When you have a drink made here, the staff will describe everything," he says.
"It’s all about the love you put into what you are doing.
“We want our customers to feel loved.”
What are the drinks?
The drinks menu alone runs to 40 pages in a leather-bound book.
A new range of cocktails have been created for the Book of Siam chapter and subtle twists introduced to classic favourites.
Siam (£8): twist on a vodka Martini with chocolate and floral notes.
1941 (£8): lychee and elderflower liquor shaken and served over crushed ice.
Thai Mary (£8): a spicy tomato and vodka thrown cocktail with spicy Wasabi.
One Last Word (£9.50): not for the fainthearted – aniseed, vanilla and rum.
Meditation Inebriation (£8): spicy chilli infused tequila blended with sweet blood orange.
To really push the boat out, try –
Bang Pai Falls (£18.50): over proof rum with cherry and vanilla notes and cranberry juice.
‘Named after the clear blue waterfall, you’ll see why! For two... or one if you’re feeling brave’.
Pink Floyd fans might enjoy –
Dark Side of the Moon (£9.50): blood orange, Glenmorangie and cherry, served with the promise ‘Come over to the dark side’.
Named after a small island off the Gulf Coast that is only accessible by speedboats, the Koh Mak range is a selection of non-alcoholic drinks, including:
Electric Broccoli (£5.50): mango and lychee with popping candy, to give a ‘strange sensation on the palate’.
The Screwball (£5.50): pomegranate, milk and ice cream for a sweet treat.
There are eight drinks on the vodka menu alongside six rums and 14 whiskeys, including three Japanese – Akashi (£5.50), Togouchi Blended (£13.25) and The Hakushu (£5.90).
Red and white wines range from £16.95 per bottle to £29.95 for white and £54.95 for red, while Rose wines are £18.95 and £19.95.
Champagne starts at £37.95 per bottle going up to £175 for a Cuvee Dom Perignon, described as being ‘only made in vintage years, this is the height of luxury – a very special Champagne for a very special occasion!’.
There is one extra drink, too - a 35 per cent Thia whiskey called Mekhong, from the Bangyikhan Distillery (1941), though it is said to be an acquired taste.
The food menu
A two course lunch is priced at £12.95.
Starters include tom yum soup, satay, thai fish cakes, char-grilled spare ribs, spring rolls, chicken wrapped in pandanous leaf, tempura prawns and green papaya salad.
Mains include green curry, pad thai noodles, stir-fried beef in oyster sauce, chicken with cashew nuts, massaman curry, prawns with garlic, sweet and sour and singapore noodles.
Spicy dishes are given ratings of one to three stars, with the tom yum soup the only one described as ‘very spicy’.
On the main menu, soups begin at £6.50 for the tom yum soup (includes kaffir lime, lemongrass, mushroom, galangal, chilli and coriander) and can be either chicken or vegetable.
Salads go from £7.50 up to £12 for a crispy duck salad.
Other starters range from £5.95 for the chicken satay up to £12 for a ‘weeping tiger sizzling sirloin steak’.
There are three sharing platters: house (£18), seafood (£20) and vegetarian (£16).
Mains include curry dishes (£12.95 to £15.95), stir fried dishes (all £11.95), grilled dishes (£12.95 to £18), seafood dishes £11.95 to £49.95 (stir-fried lobster with celery and ginger).
Noodle dishes are from £5.95 to £11.95 and vegetable dishes are all £9.95.
Egg fried rice is £3.25 on the £2.80 to £4.50 rice menu.
Desserts are £5.95 each, including chocolate ghirlanda (a chocolate dessert which includes ice cream), mango and passion fruit cheesecake, coconut cup, salted caramel and gelato.
Where is it?
Six Brindleyplace, 7 Oozells St, Birmingham B1 2HS The website will be this one here