With food so sinfully good, it’s no wonder Bangkok’s affectionately dubbed the Land of Smiles.
But you don’t need to fly all the way to Thailand for an authentic taste of the cuisine – check out these Thai restaurants in Singapore we’re loving.
Thai culture places a heavy emphasis on community and kinship, and this cosy restaurant transports you to a warm family’s dining table in Thailand.
So the menu goes little beyond the usual suspects like earnest curries, stir-fried meats, Pad Thais and what-have-you, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pack a mean punch, with lively flavours permeating each dish.
101 Killiney Road, Singapore 239544
NEXT: Talay Thai →
Inside this Thai tapas bar, a cheeky neon sign reading “love you long long time” adorns a brick wall, and it’s all you’ll be saying to the food here.
Adventurous palates will love the contemporary twist on traditional taste, from Nam Plan Prawn Ceviche (raw prawn salad) to Oven-Roasted Stingray with Tamarind Relish, as well as sharing platters for the table. Wash it all down with a refreshing Thai-inspired cocktail (or two).
#01-05, 3E River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
NEXT: Ah Loy Thai →
The no-frills dining space is reminiscent of the streetside food stalls in Thailand, with food to match.
The food is consistent and downright delicious, but there are champions on the table packed with winners: if nothing else, order the the Fried Butter Calamari (be warned: it’s super addictive) as well as the Thai Pandan Chicken.
9 Tan Quee Lan St, Singapore 188098
NEXT: Kra Pow Thai Street Food →
If it’s always said that the best foods in Thailand are whipped up by the street vendors, surely it’s a good sign that this eatery prides itself in its street food like Mango Salad, Crispy Thai Wings and more.
And there’s much more to love about this chummy spot than the tried and true Pad Thai – try the Drunkard Noodle Pork, loaded with intense flavours that make it a drunkard’s food of choice to go with his Thai Chang beer.
#03-89 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228123
NEXT: Royal Thai →
While it’s a naturesque space for kicking back away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the food burns with a fiery passion – figuratively and also literally, as you’ll realize after seeing the word “chilli” on the menu more times than you can count.
But if you can’t take the spice, there are plenty of options for you, too; and if all else fails, surely the desserts like Thai Red Ruby or Mango Sticky Rice with coconut milk will calm your tongue.
60 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286966
NEXT: Spicy Thai Thai →
Spicy Thai Thai serves up a smorgasbord of Thai street food just like how it was meant to be: big on flavour and lavished with the affection of home-cooked fare.
A crowd-pleaser you’ll see on every other table: the Hommok (pictured), Thai-style fish cake spunkily infused with coconut in which it’s served.
#01-35, 115 Aljunied Ave 2, Singapore 380115
NEXT: Bird Bird →
Dubbed as one of the “50 best restaurants” by Thailand Tatler, this perennial favourite sits in the heart of town, decked out in rattan fixtures fusing seamlessly with the sleek royal purple interior.
The food follows the same pattern – age-old recipes is married with contemporary, upscale cooking techniques to yield favourites like Stir-Fried Soft Shell Crab in Yellow Curry, Steamed Sea Bass in Chili Lime Sauce, and more.
#B3-21 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
NEXT: Suanthai Restaurant →
By Pinky Chng, September 2016