Daily: 11:00 - 22:00
Central Thai is located at Orchard Central and serves Thai Food.
Realised that there is no long queue thus; I decided to try it out with my family.
I like the menu as it's easy to refer to and you will know what to order right away.
I ordered the Glass Noodles in Tom Yam Seafood Soup, Fried Kway Teow with Seafood and Fried Fish Fillets with Thai Chilli sauce. We did nolt try the desserts as I can see the portion is quite enough from the other table.
The food is served shortly and it looks so appetising.. The taste is fabulous as the tom yam soup is not that spicy after all. I can see that the portion is quite generous as there are about 7 pieces of fish meat in the soup. I love it a lot!
The fried kway teow is not that bad too. It's not oily so it is suitable for people with a strict diet as there are vegetables.
It's simply pleasant dining here with family or with friends.
Central Thai is a month-old casual dining joint that’s set up to be a decent mid-range eatery that offers reasonably priced food. But don’t expect authentic Thai street food; what you get here are popular renditions of Thai food in a café setting. The décor is unpretentious and spacious, with some outdoor seating on the aisle outside.
We liked the variety in the menu, and had a mix of dishes: soft–shell crab ($7.90) and grilled beef salad with garlic and lemon sauce ($8.90) for starters. The deep-fried crab was pretty good but the grilled beef was an utter disappointment. We thought that we’d get piping-hot grilled pieces of succulent beef—but what came on our table looked like some hastily arranged cold sliced beef pieces on bits of lettuce and other assorted vegetables. Next up was tom yum soup with mixed seafood ($6.90) and pad Thai with chicken ($9.90). Mercifully, the pad Thai was done just right, and the soup tasted fine—just the right amount of spice and sweetness. The server recommended one of the restaurants’ specialties—the Thai pizzas—so we decided to order the pandan leaf chicken pizza ($11.90), which, sadly, tasted rather flat. The pizza base was too hard and tasted like it was frozen-thawed rather than freshly made, and we tasted nary a hint of pandan on the chicken. While it’s a new spin on things, pizzas and Thai food don’t really go together.
We rounded up our meal with a redeeming serving of glutinous rice with mango ($5.90). Although we really liked the cozy ambiance and personable service, the food was a different matter altogether—it lacked that zesty punch that Thai food should have, but we chalk it up to their newness. We’re sure they’ll come into their own after a few more months at this potential hotspot.
Being a fan of Thai food, I must admit I can be rather skeptical about trying Thai food at an unfamiliar restaurant. Still, I decided to patronise Central Thai under a friend's recommendation. The first thing I noticed when I stepped into the restaurant was its carefully placed ornaments that add value to its ambience. The flavourful green curry was delectable. It was not overwhelmingly hot and had an appropriate serving. Mango with sticky rice is my choice dessert: The mango was fresh and glutinous rice was tastefully infused with coconut milk. Not too sweet. Service was good too: its staff were always ready to refill the ice water. This is especially important when savouring the more spicy dishes. Citibank card holders are entitled to a 10% off its ala carte menu. Also, there is a 1-for-1 promotion for its Green Curry, Phad Thai & Fried Rice that makes the meal even more value for money! If you want good authentic and affordable Thai food, Central Thai is definitely a place to visit!
First of all, exploring Orchard Central to find shops is a challenge. There is a striking resemblance of the layout between Orchard Central & Central Mall, offering unfriendly navigation & bad visibility of shops.
This was the shortest queue of all the food outlets located on level 8 so we went for this. Me and my BFF (just let me use this term for once :p) ordered:
1) Stuffed Chix Wings (2 pcs) - $7.90
2) Thai Fried Pineapple Rice with Seafood - $9.90
3) Clear Tom Yum Soup - $6.90
4) Lemon Grass Juice with Soda - $4.90
5) Mixed Berries Soda - $4.90
I had already gotten quite hungry after trying to locate eateries within this complex, so was hoping the food came faster. We ended up waiting close to a good 40mins. The soup was first to come (after the drinks). Does re-heating of some soup take 40mins??!! Lucky the soup was pretty good - hot with generous portions of seafood swimming in there. I guess this was best of the lot, compared to what that was to come.
The next was the stuffed chicken wings. I did not like this as it was not 'gareng' enough and it was not well marinated. There was a 'frozen' aftertaste and smell and I don't really like that.
The pineapple fried rice was not good either. It had a very pre-mix kind of aftertaste. No 'wo-hei' for fried rice and had a very 'instant food' kind of taste and feel. If 7-11 sold Thai pineapple seafood fried rice, it would taste like this.
The food here is disappointing folks. If I have to wait this long for simple and basic Thai fare like these, it had better taste better. I've tasted simple & cheaper Thai fare elsewhere and some are really good.
Service was ok, nothing fantastic but not the worst I've experienced. On a separate note, I read another HGW review that mentioned of roaches. I have to say that, while I did not see any crawling around me, I did see remnants of roaches on the floor.