The common expectation of Thai food in Singapore is the typically cheap, no frills, green curry and tom yum soup. It is somewhat unfair in my opinion to assume all Thai food should be in that category just because, well, people usually see Thailand as a place they’l travel to on budget (and thus the Thai food should be cheap). Thai food can also be classy and served with modern elements, like Nahm in Bangkok.
The Coconut – $15.00++
THAI RUM, lemongrass, fresh coconut water, coconut cream, nutmeg, served in a fresh coconut
Unlike most typical Thai restaurants, this one offers full cocktail menu including creations with Thai influence. I just had to get this because it’s coconut. No regrets because I love coconut.
From 5pm – 7pm, they have happy hour specials for certain cocktails, house pour wine and beers going at only $8.00++. Very good deal.
The menu is designed somewhat like tapas style, categorizing the food into small and large plates. They also offer a set menu for $38.00++ for convenience sake and that what I ordered.
Fresh Spring Rolls
northern Thai sausage, Thai herbs, peanut hoisin sauce
Looks more like Vietnamese spring roll. Not bad.
Crab Betel Leaves
picked crab, coconut milk, peanuts
One of them was with pomelo instead of crab for a vegetarian/ non-seafood option. This was like canapes, eaten in a mouth. It was nice to have but no where as impressive as Nahm‘s canapes.
Spicy minced chicken, pickles, lettuce
I don’t know what the white specks but it was tough and didn’t improve the taste/ texture of anything here. This was like a minced chicken cold dish, to be wrapped up and eaten with the lettuce. Not very impressive I feel.
Prawn Pad Thai
Rice noodles, prawns, peanuts, dried shrimp
This is a very traditional dish with little modification done, and turned out as one of the best Pad Thai’s I’ve had. I can’t explain why but everything was just right. The random one I tried in Bangkok on the other hand was way lousier.
tomato, peanuts, chilli
Usually such salads would be served first and I don’t know why this is served so late in the meal. I’m not an expert at papaya salad so I can only say this is decent.
Coconut, peanuts, chilli, peppers
The gravy had peanuts and the taste was something unfamiliar to me. The beef was tender enough and was palatable.
This looks like char siew but of course, better. The meat was very tender and flavourful and this was everyone’s favourite among the various courses.
Decent cheesecake, but I think I could do better.
Black Sticky Rice
Fresh mango, lychee, coconut cream, lychee sorbet
An interesting take on the mango sticky rice, though I do not understand the extra scoop of chocolate ice cream. Moreover when it started melting it flowed all over the plate. Anyway, I liked how they topped it with crispy coconut chips! I am a fan of it and actually bought 3kg worth of it home from Bangkok (that’s around 120 packets). The black glutinous rice actually works and matches fine with mango and coconut and overall I do like this dessert. The lychees were out of place.
Overall: Some hits and misses but overall the food was of good quality and decent enough for me to try again someday
60 Robertson Quay
#01-04 The Quayside
17:00 – 22:30
12:00 – 22:30