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Aquamarine Marina Mandarin – Huge Buffet Spread with Flavours of Siam

By Daniel, March 7, 2013

There is just SO MUCH FOOD at Aquamarine. After recceing one round to survey the foods, I must say this buffet restaurant at Marina Mandarin has quite a huge spread, usually known for the Singapore Chilli Crab, Grilled Beef Striploin infused with Garlic & Five Spices, Assam Fish Head Curry, and colourful variety of desserts of every kind. (Read: 5 Ways to Avoid Overeating at The Buffet Restaurant)

There are not many Halal hotel buffets in Singapore (the other more familiar ones being Carousel and Straits Kitchen), and Aquamarine has recently received its Halal certification. Good consideration if you need to organise a company or group dinner where there are Muslim friends and colleagues.

For the month of March there is a “Flavours of Siam” special, where guest Chef Aek Charttrakul and his team from Bangkok’s Suan Dusit International Culinary School are invited over. For a young chef at 35, he does prepare quite a notable spread of familiar Thai favourites such as Spicy Glass Noodles Salad, Rice Cracker with Chilli Prawn Curry, Stir-fried Snapper with Chili Sauce, Tom Yum Goong, and Pad Thai.

So I suppose my ‘job’ here is to tell you which dishes to pick, and those you can choose to save your calories.

My sense is Chef Charttrakul’s team is better in its curry dishes, so do pick the Green Curry with Braised Beef, Massaman Beef with Mild Red Curry Sauce, Red Curry with Roast Duck, and Yellow Curry Crab (it was soft-shell crab) if you come across them.

While they must not look too appealing visually in buffet conditions (messy plating and gravies all over the place), the curries were fragrant and lemak coconut-y rich. In fact, I observed that the gravies were swooped first before the meats in their containers.

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Buffet Lunch: $58++ (adult), $29++ (child)
Weekday Buffet Dinner: $68++ (adult), $34++ (child)
Weekend Buffet Dinner: $78++(adult), $39++ (child)

Level 4 Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square (City Hall, Esplanade MRT), Singapore 039594, Tel:+65 6845 1111
Opening Hours: Buffet Lunch: 12pm-2:30pm, Buffet Dinner: 6:30pm-10:30pm (Daily)

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Sakura International Buffet (Admiralty Park)

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Sweet Salty Spicy – Serving the “World’s Most Delicious Food”

By Daniel, May 9, 2012

Thai cuisine is known to have a balance of at least three to four fundamental taste senses of sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy, thus the naming of this Thai restaurant “Sweet Salty Spicy”. It is obvious why they left bitter and sour out.

Some call this place at The Rail Mall a ‘canteen’, with a deli featuring house brand Thai goods, titbits (such as floss crackers) and curry kits.

Sweet Salty Spicy’s menu is a collaboration with the famous “Sailors Thai” restaurant in Sydney’s Rock’s District. Therefore, the Thai food served generally has a modern take, with the taste rather muted possibly to suit the ‘ang moh’ expat crowd frequenting here.

For the spicy, the Curry Triplets ($18) is a value-for-money must-order, where you can select any three from Panang, Green, Massaman, Roast Duck or Jungle Curry.

Do you know that the Thai Massaman Curry is chosen as the world’s MOST delicious food by CNNGo? Indeed, its taste is an exciting combination of coconut-ty, salty, spicy and slightly sweet – which should really be the most representative dish in this restaurant.

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Sweet Salty Spicy
392/394 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678047, Tel: +65 6877 2544
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11am–2pm, Dinner: 6pm–11pm (Mon–Fri), Lunch: 11am – 4pm, Dinner: 6pm–11pm (Sat, Sun, PH)

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First Thai (Purvis Street)
Suan Thai Restaurant (Killiney Road)
Thaksin Beef Noodles (Clementi)
Thai Noodle House (Coronation Road)
Porn’s (Liang Seah)

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Coffee Stars by Dao – Sawadee-licious

By Daniel, April 12, 2011

435 Orchard Road, #01-37/41 Wisma Atria Tel: +65 6733 3881
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Daily)

This shop is almost like a wish come true – where excellent Thai food meets exceptional desserts.
If you have been to Wisma Atria recently, you would have noticed the new Coffee Stars by Dao. This is known as Coffee Beans by Dao in Thailand (not to be confused with Singapore’s Coffee Bean), a café-restaurant with remarkable success and popularity in Bangkok.

Other than the delicious Thai cuisines, do not forgot about the desserts. We were recommended the coconut pandan roll ($5.80), which had a fragrant green spongy layer with sweet coconut corn fillings which showcased the best of Thai and Western desserts. The green tea crepe ($7.90) reminded me of a softer version of a kueh lapis, and the chocolate sauce poured on it sealed it as one of the best cakes I had in a long time.

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Thaksin Beef Noodles – Thai Noodles Fit for Royalty

By Daniel, March 2, 2011

449 Clementi Avenue 3 #01-211
Opening hours: Daily: 10.30am-10pm

This stall has a very catchy and unforgettable name. In case you are wondering, no, it is not opened by the former Prime Minister of Thailand.

Owner Jaesen Ng initially wanted to name his stall after the Thai King when he started business in 1993. But when the name of a monarchy was not allowed to be used, he went for the next best alternative – The Prime Minister.

The Beef Value Bowl ($4.50) arrived blanketed with generous portions of parsley, basil leaves and beansprouts. The kway teow was slippery smooth and flat, with a distinct taste that totally reminded me of those I had in MBK Thailand.

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Porn’s – That Thai Shop Opened By Pornsak

By Daniel, September 16, 2010

28, Liang Seah Street Singapore 189049 Tel: 63375535
Mon – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm, Sun: 6pm – 10pm

Sorry if you have googled for sleazy “Porn” but ended up here. Although the previous shop space was “Massage King”, this is a actually month-old restaurant near Bugis, serving “Sexy ∙ Thai ∙ Food”.

Porn’s was packed at 9:30pm, but I was quickly led to an inner-court yard. where you might see stars above (the real ones) and within (the local celebs). I was startled by a familiar voice “万荣!好久不见!”, and saw the jumpy cheery face from 食在好源头. I should have known. Porn’s is opened by Pornsak Prajakwit!

From Radio1003 DJ, to one of MediaCorp’s most popular host, and now a young boss, this 28-year ‘boy’ is a high achiever. But his success is unsurprising. I knew Pornsak when he was still an SMU student, and his PR ∙ People ∙ EQ skills has been electrifying. He promptly jumped up the seat for a cutesy pose when I asked him to. This guy is as real as he can get.

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Flying Chillis – Not Very Crowded, Why Ah?

By Daniel, May 24, 2010

313 Orchard Road #01-29 313 @ Somerset Tel: +65 6509 6623

I find this rather peculiar. This restaurant is right smack at the centre of the crowded and popular 313@Somerset. The décor is open-concept with modern and cosy furnituring complemented with wide selection Thai cuisines.

Yet, it is not as packed and accepted as it should be. And I know of many who would bypass this restaurant straight to the Level 5 foodcourt or Basement 3 eateries. And frankly, I would not be here if it wasn’t the impossibly long queue at Marche.

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Suanthai Resaurant – It’s a Buffet, Well, Almost

By Daniel, April 30, 2010

101 Killiney Road Tel: 6235 4126

Opportunity knocks only once. Similarly said, the best things in this buffet only come ONCE.

This buffet would have scored more points with me, if only, all the good things in the menu could come more than once. So if you are aiming for Tom Yam Soup with prawns, Stuffed Chicken Wing, Chicken Satay, and Deep Fried Squid, take your time to savour because you are not going to get a second chance. Unless you can convince your friend to give up their entitlement.

Oh, that reminds me of the Pandan Chicken. Oily it may be, but the tender and flavourful meat bursts out of the burnt and fragrant leave which will leave a satisfying smile. My table of friends went “HUH? That’s all?” when announced that ONE miserable chicken was all they could have.

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First Thai – We Don’t Need Interview

By Daniel, April 27, 2010

23 Purvis Street Tel: 6339 3123

When I first asked if they wanted to be interviewed for my programme on radio, the lady boss of First Thai said “We don’t need Interview.” The phone hung up in the manner of seconds, and it took me a while to recover from that. Wah, so proud I thought?

It is not hard to imagine why. The little coffee-shop-like restaurant is perpetually packed. They don’t need any more publicity from me! Opening hours are short. Reservations cannot be taken. It is closed on alternate Mondays. There are always queues in the evenings and weekends. So you better be there early!

The last time I was there 6 plus in the evening, I met Xiao Ming (from Radio1003) helping to serve (and he was the one who strongly recommended me First Thai). But sorry no special privileges, and my friends still needed to wait about 50 minutes for a table. Some dishes were sold out, some dishes didn’t come.

If you ask around for recommendations of authentic Thai food, First Thai would probably be one of the first places to be mentioned. The décor is very ‘Thai’ – lime green painted walls, lined with plastic pink orange flowers, Chinese paintings with random framed photos of Thai royalties and celebrities (Dd I see a young Keanu Reeves photo somewhere?).

My favourite thing in First Thai is not really any of the food, but a green (!) Bandung which is suitably milky. I always find the pink versions a little too sweet and artificial, and I know I am contradicting myself because green is not any less artificial. Strange I have never seen this during my numerous trips to Thailand.

The mango salad was rather refreshing, and I liked that it came with crunchy peanut and onion silvers.

Xiao Ming also said that the Tom Yum Gong was a MUST TRY with its big fresh prawns. Expect a bowl full of a variety of ingredients and spices. While the stock seems rather clear, the Tom Yum is really potentially potently spicy. Sweating is guaranteed and do get ready your tissues.

Some may find that some of the Thai food in the malls feels rather refined and adapted to local taste buds. If you wish to have a selection Thai cuisines that tastes more home-cooked and street-like, this is it. Of course, the service is also rather… er… street-like?

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Lerk Thai Restaurant (Square 2)

By Daniel, June 7, 2008

10 Sinaran Drive #02-65/66/67 Novena Square 2 S(307506) Tel: 63972282

Many people still call the ‘Lerk’ Thai chain of restaurants ‘Jerk’ Thai, no thanks to the logo.  The chain is started by the Select Group Ltd, which many should be familiar with their catering business and ‘cai peng’ (Chinese rice). And to no surprise, ‘Lerk’ means ‘Select’ in Thai.

The Food
Some of their recommendations include the Gai Hor Bai Toey (Deep Fried Pandan Leaf Chicken), Nuer Prik Thai Dum (Beef with Black Pepper), Gaeng Kiew Whan Talay (Green Curry Seafood) and Pla Muerk Nung Manow (Steam Cuttlefish with Hot, Sour and Spicy Sauce).

The dining experience was destined to be a mediocre one with a bad start of the Thai Ice Tea. It lacked of the unique Thai ice tea flavour and was very diluted like drain water. Even the Nescafe version I made myself tasted a lot richer.

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