We had tom yam goong (me), half a dozen oysters (her) to start and tamarind mixed seafood and green duck curry (one of their signature dishes, apparently) for our main. The missus had a sticky rice for her pudding and seemed reasonably happy - I didn't try it so I dunno. Weirdly, the tom yam comes in three strengths of spicy. TYS is supposed to be fairly ferocious so what I wanted was tom yam the same way it is generally served. After protracted negotiation with the waitress I went for medium spicy - on the explicit understanding that this is what would normally be served in a Thai restaurant. It isn't - it was tomato soup with a hint of chilli. Get the spiciest one if you want something that resembles the dish named on the menu. God knows what the mild option would have been. A bowl of warm water, I suppose.
Oysters were fine but, in keeping with the tradition of bumbling amateurism which is the hallmark of service in any mid-range Singaporean restaurant, further negotiations were required to secure the red wine vinegar/shallot sauce to go with it. Which, when it turned up had chillis in (leaving it hotter than my TYS, no doubt) and was apparently very good. The oysters also turned up well before the soup despite them being chosen as starters – one for each, not being shared. There was also quite the wait before the mains turned up. Being generous, perhaps they were allowing more time because it was Valentines’ day.
The mixed seafood main was disappointing. The sauce was fairly tasty and the fish was good but the scallops were rubbery and overcooked so we left the remainder. The ‘signature’ green duck curry was fine, although in contrast to the menu it came with red grapes not green and baby plum tomatoes not cherry tomatoes. Not big deals but taken together with the slightly aimless service added to the impression of haplessness.
Drinks: Peppermint tea was fine – although they should really let the customer pour tea. We’re the ones who know how strong we like our tea, after all. Coffee was good. Beer turned up without a glass, which had to be requested, resulting in a reaction of mild surprise from the staff member who obviously anticipated that I would swig from the bottle, while the missus sipped from her champagne glass. G&T was okay but should be served in a tall glass and was fairly weak from the off – let alone once any ice had started to melt into it.
Service was fairly flaky throughout – slightly obtrusive where they tried to be helpful and seemingly not too experienced in respect of a few basics or any unexpected questions. Must be that 1.6% unemployment rate – all the best waiting staff have been snapped up by investment banks or something. The wine list looked very good indeed, though. Pity it doesn't really go with the region's food that well. It would be a great place for a bottle of wine in the beautiful waterside setting, however.
I spent $125 per person.
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