Cha Thai restaurant is a new Thai restaurant at Telok Ayer Street. It has a prominent take away counter where Thai milk tea and simple Thai one dish meals are sold. The restaurant itself looks quite attractive and there is currently an opening promotion where you can get a 20% discount. The food is quite good but the prices are CBD prices.
The restaurant has a neat contemporary interior decor. As with many restaurants in the Central Business District, the tables are placed quite close together such that you could easily grab the glass of water from the next table by mistake.
We understand that the cook is a Thai and most of the staff are Thais. You can thus expect friendly service with a smile.
Cha Thai has a big colourful menu. It offers Thai staples such as curries, minced pork with basil leaves, claypot tang hoon with prawns, omelet, tom yum soups, fried rice and noodles. A few random pages of the menu below will give an idea of the food available at Cha Thai and the prices. Baked pineapple fried rice is $18 and a vegetable dish will start from $16.
There is a set lunch for $25 (plus GST and service charge) for a main dish, a drink and a dessert. You get to choose the mains and Thai beverages from a limited list. When a customer ordered the set lunch and requested for a soft drink, the staff had to consult her supervisor before coming back to the customer to say that he could not have a soft drink with the set lunch; she said it with Thai politeness, and with a smile of course.
I ordered the set lunch and had the fish ball green curry with rice and the signature Thai milk tea.
I did not have to wait more than a few minutes for the Thai milk tea to be served. The curry and rice came quite soon thereafter. While I waited iced water was offered.
The portion of the green curry was quite small. Bamboo shoots, mushrooms and fish-balls were cooked in a smooth creamy curry. The curry was thick and not spicy. Chili sauce in a saucer was served separately if you like your food to be more spicy. On the whole the curry was quite good. The Thai milk tea was what you would expect – very sweet. The last item of the set lunch was the fruits dessert. It was something pre-prepared and sitting in the chiller. It was essentially a few pieces of cut fruits in what I presumed was lemongrass syrup.
That was my set lunch at the new Cha Thai restaurant for $25. With the 20% discount, the lunch was $20 but once GST and service charge were added, the total amount payable was $24.45. You may have noticed that a few of the photographs are not that sharp – my hands were shivering when I realised that I would be paying CBD prices for my simple meal.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
80 Telok Ayer Street
Nearby Stations: Telok Ayer, Raffles Place, Chinatown