Daily: 11:00 - 22:00
Central Thai is located at Orchard Central and serves Thai Food.
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.
I didnt think much of it the first time I went there.
But yesterday's experience was a totally different one. LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ME.
OF disgust and horror.
A friend and I decided to dine there. While viewing the menu, I caught sight of a cockroach nymph on the floor. Alerted the waitress. She stepped on it and disposed it.
Barely minutes later, we saw ANOTHER COCKROACH nymph crawling on the chair next to us.
COCKROACH NYMPHs?! crawling outside in the main dining area near the kitchen!!! and I thought cockroaches only came out at night to look for food when it's dark and when there's noone around.
Horrified, we'd decided to leave. But before we did, we thought it appropriate to alert the service staff manager.
Guess what was his reply to us?
He shrugged his shoulders and said, "I'm sorry. We can't help with this kind of thing."
We were speechless!
HELLO!?! call the pest terminators?! u're running a RESTAURANT!!!
I should've retorted then with "I'm sure NEA would be able to help u."