For quality, dual fare all over the island
If you want the best of both worlds in the form of Indonesian and Thai cuisine, Bali Thai is the place to be. Well-known for its hefty presence in Singapore (seven outlets), the brand has been delivering comforting, traditional favourites for years. For starters, order the P'Yai Mama’s Thai grilled chicken ($7.95 for a quarter chicken), marinated with lemongrass and coconut milk and then grilled – this flavourful bird is a popular choice. The Muslim-originated Thai Massaman curry with beef and vegetables ($8.45) is a hearty dish that pairs well with the pad see ew (white rice noodles with egg, Chinese broccoli and carrots, $7.25). Whichever part of the city you are in, there is an outlet near you. Book a spot to avoid the queues.
Book a table here | Address: Multiple outlets | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.00pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-10pm
Patara Fine Thai Cuisine
For food and fine hospitality
Stepping into Patara is akin to visiting the quarters of Thai royalty – the walls awashed with cordial purple and donned with golden memorabilia hold in fine woven rattan chairs and decked dining tables. Food-wise, you will be equally spoilt: the goong thod saweay (a combination of deep fried prawns in crisped rice vermicelli, chicken and vegetable spring rolls and golden pouches, $20) make for extravagant bites. If you’re looking for something more filling, the panang nuea yang (grilled Australian sirloin simmered in Penang curry, $27) is a safe bet. Service is top-notch, so be assured that you will be well taken care of.
Book a table here | Address: 163 Tanglin Road, #03-14 Tanglin Mall | Opening hours: Daily noon-3pm, 6-10pm
Rattana Thai Restaurant
For set meals worth every penny
Private dining booths, lit by hanging lamp shades, and walls adorned with lacquered wood make Rattana a cosy location for Thai cuisine. It is a respite from the bustle of the CBD. This restaurant favours wallet-friendly set meals, tailored to the white-collared office crowd flooding in during lunch hours. A firm favourite would be its five-course meal for two ($35.90 nett), comprising beloved dishes like the pineapple fried rice, oat prawns and Thai-style kang kong. There’s even one-for-one deals ($29.95 nett) on different dishes each day, and you get a bowl of tom yam soup to go with it.
Book a table here | Address: 1 Tanjong Pagar Road, #02-30 Tanjong Pagar Plaza | Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm
For attractive weekday set lunches
Huddled along the Singapore river, RENNthai is part of Clarke Quay’s arsenal of dining establishments. It would be wise to take advantage of their attractive lunch specials. For $15 nett, enjoy a four-course set lunch that centres on a choice from the mains: spring rolls and green curry, papaya salad and pad Thai, or mango salad and pineapple rice come with a serving of tom yum soup and calamansi juice to wash it all down.
Book a table here | Address: 3D River Valley Road, #01-05 Clarke Quay | Opening hours: Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-1am
Ruby Thai Inspired Cuisine
For business lunches and dinners
Located smack in the city, Ruby Thai is a bright little spot with crimson and yellow walls and great Thai bites. It has a contemporary, classy vibe and makes for a great place for business lunches and dinners. We recommend the traditional tom yum soup ($8) and succulent Pandan chicken ($8). Add a little bit of spice with their signature red beef curry ($14) that is chunky rich and creamy. The affordable prices make this place all the more attractive.
Book a table here | Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-06 Millenia Walk | Opening hours: Daily 10.30am-9.30pm