Mon to Thurs: 11:30 - 14:30
Mon to Thurs: 17:45 - 21:45
Fri to Sat: 11:30 - 14:30
Rochor Thai serves delicious Thai cuisine that suits every appetite. It brings to you the perfect concoction of classic traditional flavours cleverly infused with modern Thai elements and surely that dishes here are also MSG-free.
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The casual dining scene in Singapore is almost as vibrant as the cafes with cuisines ranging from Thai to Korean. When diners like you and me are overwhelmed by the abundance of restaurants out there, it is honestly not easy to spot a rare gem anymore as most places succumb to shortcuts and compromise on serving the most authentic meal.
With much scepticism, we made our way down to this Thai bistro located on Joo Chiat Road. With no lack of famous eateries lined along Joo Chiat Road and the nearby East Coast Road, can this modest looking place serve a Thai cuisine that would make our calories worthy?
Som Tum Kai Kem, Papaya Salad with Salted Egg | S$8.80/++
A classic appetiser, this papaya salad had the usual green papaya, carrots, long beans, garlic, chillies, dried shrimps and peanuts freshly pounded and blended with their in-house special tamarind sauce. What made it a touch more special was the sliced salted duck egg which added another dimension to the dish. In terms of flavours, it helped to provide the salinity balance to the tartness of the green papaya and the spice of the chillies before coming to a harmony with the sweetness and acidity from the tamarind sauce.
Kor Moo Yang, Grilled Pork Collar with Aromatic Dried Chilli Sauce | S$12.80/++
A huge fan of grilled pork collar, I have struggled to find a place where I can go to in Singapore for this comfort food. My best experience with this delicate piece of protein was at nahm in Bangkok where cooking was executed to perfection.
Grilled upon order, the pork collar retained moisture and tasted succulent as you bite into the juiciness of the melted fats. I loved the nice coating layer of crispness which was beautifully complemented by the heat from the chilli flakes, sourness from the tamarind, savouriness from the fish sauce, shallots and little palm sugar to enhance the flavours of the grill.
Pla Nin Pao, Salt-baked Whole Tilapia with Seafood Dipping Sauce | S$22.80/++
This had to be the dish of the evening with the chefs' brilliant use of technique to elevate the freshness of the fish. Quite frankly, I was surprised that a Thai bistro would implement the salt-baked technique which helped lock in the moisture to the flesh, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Personally, I also find that fish should be cooked on-the-bone to derive the best flavours so this dish was really the star of the evening. A generous amount of lemongrass was also stuffed into the fish supposedly to help enhance the fragrance but I thought it failed to shine through. Nonetheless, the dipping sauce helped to add some salinity to the already tasty protein.
I had such an awful experience dining at Rochor Thai I had to write this review straight after dining at this establishment. I've passed by Rochor Thai before on several occasions while walking along joo Chiat and when I saw a groupon decided to give it a shot after seeing decent reviews of the restaurant on hungrygowhere. After we sat down, we found out from the waiter that they had run out of ingredients and a number of dishes were no longer available. They had no papaya salad, no prawns, no pork collar, no mango sticky, no fish cakes, no pandan chicken and several other dishes which I can't recall. Several of these items were their signature dishes. Practically a third of their menu was unavailable on a Sunday afternoon. That immediately put me in a bad mood. Upon adjusting our order, the manager of the restaurant told us the way groupon worked in this restaurant. The voucher covers all food and drink but not service charge. Er.. Ok. Fine. I thought. Even though its not stated in the fine print of the voucher, ten percent wasn't a big deal. But it added to the list of things that annoyed me thoroughly. After ordering, the waiter shouted into the kitchen that our table wAs using a Groupon. It made me do a doubLe take. Why did they have to inform the chef that a groupon was being used? Is it cause the food is prepared differently for groupon customers? I asked the manager over and enquired about it. And He told me that no, its for the chef to take note of how many groupons were used so far. Hmm ok. Fair enough I thought. And I gave him the benefit of the doubt. As the food came Out of the kitchen, the waiter plonked dishes down on the table and had a look on his face that said he hated his job. I worked as a part time waiter while schooling before and I understand how sian being a waiter can be handling difficult customers and taking orders from the chef, manager, supervisors, full time waiters and customers. But if u really hate ur job and can't deliver good service, go find something else you can do. It's bad for you, bad for the restaurant and certainly bad for the customer. Moving on to the food, The mango salad was plain and very ordinary. A tad too spicy but that's a matter of preference. The taste was just alright. The pad Thai portion was fine. I half expected it to be tiny because of my suspicions that they discriminate against groupon customers but the portion was decent. Two prawns two pieces of squid and a typical single portion of noodles u get anywhere else. However the taste was so so once again. U don't get the explosion of tastes you usually get from eating a good balanced pad Thai. The noodles were undercooked. And I don't think pad Thai is done al dente right? Maybe some ppl like it that way. But nah.. The green curry chicken was alright as well and portion was enough for 2. But the chicken was tough and reminded me of frozen chicken. The floor manager was professional though. But I won't recommend this place.
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Taking pride in their food preparation, dishes at Rochor Thai are 100% abstained from MSG. Talk about having a healthier choice, perhaps this is the place for you!
Here are my orders:
Green Curry - With its bold and well-balanced flavour, it is comparable to what's offered at Nakhon Kitchen. At the same time, its spiciness wasn't that strong of a punch, so double thumbs up!
Pork Collar - Nicely grilled and mildly charred, tender and mouth-watering! It's a pity that the picture turned out other wise due to inappropriate lighting.
Salted Egg Squid - Pure DISAPPOINTMENT. Far cry from any salted egg dishes that I've ever tried, however, the waiter claimed that this is their rendition of it.
Phad Thai - Swee la! Love the 'chewy' texture of the rice noodle and the mildly sweetened flavour. A little too pricey though.
Till date, Nakhon Kitchen is still my favourite Thai eatery in the aspects of taste and price. Nevertheless, Rochor Thai is another fine Thai eatery to venture if you've got a generous budget.