‘Cause nothing hits the spot like good ‘ol Thai food.
Confession: we’re pretty obsessed with Thailand. The islands, the mountains, the hip ‘hoods, the shopping, and of course, the food – we love it all. Any time’s a good time for some tasty Thai fare, so if you need help narrowing down your choices (since there seems to be a Thai eatery in almost every corner of Singapore), bookmark this list right now.
Managed by celebrity chef David Thompson (of award-winning Nahm in Bangkok), Long Chim is all about BKK’s iconic street grub. The difference here is that it’s crafted with a touch of sophistication, and it boasts a good mix of traditional and contemporary flavours. Beef with holy basil, roasted prawns with vermicelli and coriander, banana roti, durian ice cream – the culinary team certainly knows how to up the ante with these seemingly straightforward dishes.
Long Chim, #L2-02 Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 7299.
Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen
Aroy Dee is a great little outlet on Middle Road that does amazing classics like pineapple fried rice and green curry. What we like about them is that they don’t hold back when it comes to the spices, so if you can handle the heat, order items like the clear tom yum soup and say “extra spicy” for a real kick.
Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen, 262 Middle Road, Singapore 188989, p. 6336 8812.
Pop by for a home-style feast at this Halal eating spot that focuses on Southern Thai fare. The portions are generous and dishes like the clear tom yum soup and chicken basil with rice are well executed. Be sure to keep room for the steamed fish with ginger for the ultimate dinner treat.
Koh Nangkam, 6 Jalan Kledek, Singapore 199261, p. 6392 2172.
Noodle Cafe – Thai Boat Noodle
Traditionally sold by boat hawkers in Thailand’s floating markets, Thai boat noodles can be found right here in Singers. At this tiny little spot, prices for a bowl start from $1.90 (yes, really!) and you can customise your order the way you like it (your choice of meat, soup or dry, level of spiciness).
Noodle Cafe – Thai Boat Noodle, #B1-08 Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road, Singapore 199588, p. 3113 2003.
New Udon Thai Food
Mookata (aka Thai barbecue steamboat) is the main idea here so don’t expect anything too fancy or glamorous. Grill well-marinated meats like chicken and pork on a lard-greased metal skillet and cook other ingredients (like the glass noodles) in the soup. Prices are a bit steep for a Mookata joint (approximately $45 per set of meat, vegetables, eggs, and noodles), but trust us when we say it’s worth it.
New Udon Thai Food, #01-55 Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road, Singapore 199588.
Find Nakhon Kitchen and its incredibly delicious (and affordable) Thai plates in the heartlands of Singapore (Bedok, Hougang, Ang Mo Kio, Holland Village). Practically every dish is flawless; mango salad, prawn cakes, tom yum, green curry, mango sticky rice… you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Nakhon Kitchen, Block 212, #01-341 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530212, p. 6286 8785.
Jane Thai Restaurant
Previously located at Orchard Towers, this popular, wallet-friendly thai resto has moved to the Eastern suburbs of Katong. It’s succinct menu still features many Thai classics – from pineapple rice and steamed sea bass, to curries and spicy tom yum soups.
Jane Thai, 41 East Coast Road, Singapore 428761, p. 8481 0489
One of the largest Thai restaurants in Golden Mile Complex, Diandin Leluk has been a crowd favourite for the longest time. Order dishes like the pandan chicken, claypot prawns with tang hoon, and hotpot oyster omelette to share with your pals. The place is open 24/7, so you could always drop by at 2am for that much-needed late-night supper.
Diandin Leluk, #01-67/68/69 Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road, Singapore 199588, p. 6293 5101.
Korat Thai Cafe
Never mind its seedy location (Orchard Towers, ahem), Korat Thai Cafe is one the best Thai eateries in town. For flavours that pack a punch, get dishes like the basil chicken, clear tom yum soup, and the stir-fry cashew nuts with prawns. If you don’t mind the calories, the super oily deep-fried omelette is a must-order – crispy around the edges and fluffy on the inside… just the way we like it.
Korat Thai Cafe, #03-28 Orchard Road, 400 Orchard Towers, Singapore 238875, p. 6736 2282.
Sabai Fine Thai Restaurant
Overlooking the stunning view of the Marina Bay skyline, the dining experience at Sabai Fine Thai is a feast for the senses! The philosophy of this resto is underpinned by the belief that only the best ingredients can invoke a real Thai culinary experience, and it definitely shows in their dishes. Start off your alfresco dining experience with a dish of pat gaproa moo; the spicy pork, peppercorns, and holy basil leaves will leave you a little giddy with its potent taste. For dessert, try the kao niew durian nahm gati – essentially a scoop of durian served atop sticky rice, its savoury taste is a welcome surprise!
Sabai Fine Thai,70 Collyer Quay, #01-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323, p. 6535 3718
Previously located at the Funan Mall tech hub, the well-known thai restaurant has moved over to Velocity@Novena to continue serving their tasty thai offerings. If you’re feeling brave and in the mood for some fiery chilli, the Green Beef Curry will certainly rile your tastebuds. The morning glory stir-fry is also worth our praise, as is the delish dessert of mango with sticky rice – a perfectly sweet ending to any meal!
A-roy Thai, Velocity@Novena, #03-61, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683, p. 6338 3880
Took Lae Dee
Bangkok’s famous 24/7 restaurant has arrived on local shores. Meaning “cheap and good”, Took Lae Dee has the most pocket-friendly prices in Singapore, with dishes starting from $3.80. Its star dish is Pad Krapow: minced chicken or minced pork tossed with fragrant Thai holy basil leaves specially flown in. Other classics – like the sweet pad thai – come with chilli flakes on the side to kick up the spice level, but if you’re looking for a mouthwateringly fiesty dish, order the papaya salad to start. The only downside? It’s located in the far-flung distrct of Tai Seng.
Took Lae Dee, 18 Tai Seng Street, Singapore 534119
Located smack in between Bugis, City Hall, and Promenade, First Thai is a favourite for office workers looking to sate their lunch (and dinner) chilli cravings. We recommend the chicken and basil stir-fry; though be warned, there’s no scrimping on the chilli at First Thai – this dish is fiery! If you’re feeling less adventurous, the fried prawn cakes are beautifully crisp and, at $3 a pop, are a total bargain.
First Thai, 23 Purvis St, Singapore 188600, p. 6339 3123
A personal fave, Jai Thai offers all the dishes one needs for a quintessential Thai feast. We’re fans of the fish dishes. Available in tilapia and sea bass, they come with bags of flavour of sweet and sour and tamarind. Jai Thai even has a halal arm (called Jai Siam) to cater to Muslim diners.
Jai Thai, Multiple locations including 27 Purvis Street and 6 Raffles Boulevard
This place is all about old-world charm – think high ceilings, candle-lit wall lamps and exquisite antiques galore – at this chic Thai resto perched atop Labrador Nature Reserve. Housed in a stand-alone restored colonial bungalow amidst lush greenery and quiet waters, Tamarind Hill serves up a mix of traditional and contemporary tantalising Thai dishes like lamb shank curry.
Tamarind Hill, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189, p. 6278 6364.
Time for Thai
Located in Bukit Timah, halal-certified Time for Thain is authentic as it gets. The menu includes all the classics you’re familiar with – think phad Thai, beef tendon soup and stir fry basil chicken – with unique ones we promise you’ll be excited about. We’re salivating just thinking about the dough fritters with sangkaya. The fried, doughty sticks dipped in the creamy, pandan-infused custard is heaven on earth.
Time for Thai, 15 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599739
Find yourself in old world Siam at Sawasdee Cuisine, a long-time Thai restaurant here. Dine in elegance within its woody interiors adorned with wall art, ornaments and inscriptions on the pillars with royal golden drapes on the ceiling. Expect classics with a twist, like the grilled Kurubota Pork collar, pan seared black angus beef ribeye in green curry and Mao Shan Wang durian sticky rice.
Sawasdee Cuisine, 9 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188098
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