Daily: 11:30 - 21:30
Absolute Thai Restaurant, located in Marina Bay Link Mall and specializes in Thai Cuisine.
We spent a fair bit of time waiting, in the queue to be ushered in, for the service staff to take our orders, and mainly for the food. We started queueing at about 1.05 pm and our first dish only came at 1.45 pm so it was quite a bit of rush for us to finish our meal in time. Nonetheless, the Stir-fried Kangkong with Shrimp Paste and Claypot Egg Beancurd with Prawns & Crabmeat were really delicious. I will return just for the latter. Hope their service speed will improve by then.
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We were walking around MFC and chanced upon Absolute Thai. It is a real maze at the MFC area. Absolute Thai is located on the same row as Ding Tai Fung and Ichiban Boshi.
There was a short line outside the restaurant but then we realised it was more because there was no dedicated person in charge of seating. There were empty seats at lunch time but customers were left standing in line. The waiters doubled up to take orders, clear tables and also to seat customers. '
We were seated at a table for 4 even when we were 2 and there was seating for 2. Pity the poor folks who had to wait. Service was slow after we were seated. We waited some time before any one came to take our orders. The food came fairly quickly though. It is all about speed at lunch!
If you are looking for something "Absolutely Thai" (think spice and everything nice) then I would say that the food was at best - ordinary zi char. We ordered the fried chicken. It was nice but really ordinary and somewhat small. The stir fried beef was overdone and very chewy. The ribs were ok. We also had a tofu dish. We really couldnt tell the difference between the dishes - save for the chicken, everything tasted about the same - of oyster sauce and a tad salty. We did not order drinks. We did not order dessert (was planning to but since the meal was lacklustre, we gave it a miss). Even then, the bill came up to $50 for 2 of us.
Could have done better at Paradise Inn round the corner?
Verdict - Ordinary cooking. Could have gotten more for less. Definitely CMI if you are looking for a proper Thai fix.
p/s MFC seems to lack good food. Everything here seems very average and overpriced for ordinary food.
I was hit with a sudden craving for thai curry and since it's convenient for K to meet in MBLM we decided to have dinner at Absolute Thai.
We got seats immediately even though it's a Friday evening, and I zoomed in on a salad, two curries and a dessert to finish off.
The papaya salad ($11) arrived shortly. Served with fresh and dried prawns, tomatoes, peanuts, long bean, lettuce and carrot in a spicy-tangy-saltish dressing, it's very appetizing, undoubtedly setting the tone of things to come.
The red curry chicken ($12) came with eggplant, long bean and pineapple in a rich gravy that's only mildly spicy. Accented with sourness and sweetness from the pineapple, this delectable mix of flavors was more interesting compared to the green version.
We simply couldn't skip the green curry chicken ($12) and were glad it turned out well. Basically the same ingredients with eggplant and long bean but the gravy was spicier with a heavier coconut fragrance.
Both curries were utterly moreish with steamed rice ($1 each).
The mango sticky rice ($6.90) was somewhat an anti-climax. The glutinous rice was served warm with coconut milk and mango slices but both were very bland.
It's an enjoyable dinner, except for the lacklustre dessert, and the restaurant was peaceful and cozy. The zing was easy on the palate, good for when I wish to remain cool yet want to tuck into some comforting, tasty thai nosh.
Service was polite and efficient with an offer to top up our water.