Yhingthai Palace Thai Restaurant has been in business in Singapore since the 90s. It has always been a popular Thai restaurant in Singapore. With its newly awarded status as a Michelin Bib Gourmand Thai restaurant, one can only expect that it will only get harder to get a table there during peak hours.
Yhingthai Palace is located on the ground floor of an old restored shophouse on Purvis Street, two lanes behind the Raffles Hotel. Parking is along the street where your parallel parking skills will be put to the test. Alternatively, take the MRT to City Hall or park at Raffles City which is a short walk away.
Yhingthai Palace is larger than it looks outside. According to their website, the restaurant can seat 120 people. The decor is simple and comfortable with some Thai motifs.
Here are some pages from the Yhingthai Palace Thai Restaurant menu. We were seated in a dark corner of the restaurant, which explains the poor photo quality. We tried using some of the side ledge lighting whenever we could.
Our meal started with some cold drinks – Singha beer ($8) in a Tiger glass and a Thai young coconut ($6.50).
We ordered three appetisers as they all sounded interesting and because they would go well with beer. Poh pia thord (spring rolls) $3.50 per roll; stuffed Chicken Wings ($4 per piece) and Lemongrass Fried Chicken ($18).
They were all good except that we could not detect any lemon grass taste in the lemon grass chicken. The stuffed chicken wings were the best. The wings were de-boned and stuffed with asparagus, shiitake mushroom, chicken meat. Tasted good and looked good as well.
The must eat dish at Yhingthai is the prawns with crystal noodles cooked and served in a claypot ($20). The glass noodles or tang hoon was cooked with four or five medium-sized prawns together with some herbs and spices. The resulting taste was exquisite. The noodles totally absorbed the taste of everything else.
We tried a Thai green curry with beef ($20). This is a nice curry for those who are not into hot and spicy curries. The level of heat was low. The level of complexity was high as many spices must have been sacrificed in the making of this dish. If there is one negative, it is that it was too lemak. We would have preferred a little less coconut mild so that it won’t be so thick and heavy.
Overall, it was a nice evening out at Yhingthai Palace Thai Restaurant. The place was packed when we arrived at around 8 pm. Reservations are recommended on Fridays and weekends.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Yhingthai Palace Restaurant
36 Purvis Street #01 – 04
Tel: +65 6337 1161
11:30am to 2.00pm
6.00pm to 10.00pm
Nearby Stations: Bugis, City Hall, Esplanade