Located just over two hours away from Singapore, Thailand has long been a popular destination for its shopping, beaches (if you venture out of the city), and delicious food. The latter is particularly evident, judging from the country’s vast array of high-end and casual restaurants serving iconic dishes the likes of Pad Thai (stir-fried noodles) to tom yum soup and green curry. Such offerings are often packed with sour and spicy flavours, and incorporated with herbs and spices such as kaffir lime and galangal.
Seeing how Thailand’s such a culinary hotspot, it’s no surprise that there’s much excitement surrounding the upcoming launch of Bangkok’s own Michelin Guide. And, of course, we’re all watching to see how many stars Gaggan — which has topped the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for three consecutive years — will score.
But if you don’t have the time to spare for a quick trip to Thailand, there’s a smorgasbord of Thai food options in Singapore to try instead. To help you navigate the wide variety of eateries here, we’ve put together a list of 5 must-try Thai restaurants in the city. These places range from swanky fine dining spots to more casual joints, and offer everything from curries to basil pork and green papaya salad, and even desserts such as mango sticky rice.
(Featured and main images: Long Chim)
Opened by celebrity chef David Thompson, Long Chim at Marina Bay Sands is a swanky restaurant dressed in wood and bathed in warm lighting. It offers luxed up renditions of Thai street food, with highlights including wagyu beef skewers, glass noodles, and dried prawns with toasted coconut and ginger — a spicy and moreish appetiser that comes wrapped in betel leaves. Round these off with Thai-inspired cocktails such as Thai Mary, a blend of kaffir lime vodka, tomato juice, lime juice, fish sauce, chilli flakes and pepper.
Long Chim, L02-02, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018955, +65 6688 7299
Situated in a colonial house nestled amidst the greenery of Labrador Nature Reserve, Tamarind Hill is the place to be for a relaxing meal away from the bustling city. It serves contemporary Thai-Burmese cuisine, with dishes such as Chiang Mai pork sausage, Massaman curry, and tom yum soup.
Tamarind Hill, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Labrador Nature Reserve, Singapore 119189, +65 6278 6364
Indulge in Thai and Thai-Chinese grub at this cosy restaurant, which has retained its Bib Gourmand award since 2016. Its specialties range from green curry to papaya salad and lemongrass fried chicken. Traditional desserts such mango sticky rice, steamed tapioca, and Red Ruby (water chestnut with jackfruit and coconut milk) are also available.
Yhingthai Palace Restaurant, 36 Purvis Street, #01-04, Singapore 188613, +65 6337 1161
Located at Customs House, Sabai is an upscale Thai fine dining restaurant. Its signature dishes span roasted duck red curry, coconut and galangal soup with chicken, and Pad Thai — stir-fried noodles with prawns, chicken and sweet tamarind sauce. The eatery has an alfresco dining area by the marina, where you can tuck into your sumptuous meal while admiring the view.
Sabai Fine Thai on the Bay, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323, +65 6535 3718
This casual eatery at Katong is popular for its authentic Thai dishes at wallet-friendly prices. Its menu highlights include tom yum crab meat fried rice, prawn cakes, deep fried pork, and sambal squid — all of which are best washed down with a refreshing glass of lemongrass tea or Thai milk tea.
Jane Thai, 41 East Coast Road, Singapore 428761, +65 6209 0448