A late movie at the Arts House meant that Boat Quay would be my nearest dining option. Looking at the interior of Sukhothai, it looked like a fine dining setting although the bulk of the diners choose to sit outside and enjoy the night breeze by the river.
I started with the Tom Yam Gai ($5) which was quite good at a slightly higher spicy level.
I then decided to make my life easier and just picked both the chef's recommendation. The first, the beef cooked in wine sauce ($15) was a disaster. The beef was overly marinated till it has lost its original texture.
The second dish, which was supposed to be duck in ginger ($15), totally did not look or taste like its namesake. Instead, what arrived was some smoked duck in in a thick gravy sauce. The dish was not bad, it is just that it was not what I would have expected.
Finally, I had the Phak Ka Naeng Kalum ($22), or baby kailan in oyster sauce. The kailan was crunchy and did not have the usual bitter after-taste. Well done here.
As one can see, the food arrived with mixed reviews. However, what killed the night was the drinks. A lime cordial was charged at $6 and a baby coconut at $7 - typical prices for a tourist trap! Another point to note for those paying by the Standard Chartered card is that the 15% off only applies to food (and not the highly priced drinks). However, any "chef's recommendation" dishes are not discounted. If there is one reason why locals do not frequent boat quay anymore, it is due to these hidden pricing policies of the restaurants here.