Sawadee Thai Cuisine is a casual Thai restaurant at Tan Quee Lan Street (near Bugis Junction) that serves nice traditional Thai food as well as dishes given a contemporary touch or local twist – such as Mao Shan Wang Durian Sticky Rice. Sawadee Thai Restaurant is a place for authentic Thai taste at a reasonable price.
The restaurant is pleasantly decorated in contemporary style. There is no obvious traditional Thai motif save for names of dishes in Thai script on a few pillars. They are reed wall decorations and wave like golden drapes on the ceiling.
The space is compact and the spacing between tables reminds you that the place is not exactly roomy. It can get rather noisy when the guests start to engage in jovial conversation and uninhibited laughter.
Appetizers at Sawadee Thai Restaurant
We had the Thai Rice Crackers with Chicken Dip ($10 for 5pcs) / $15 for 10pcs) and Thai Mango Salad ($12 small / $18 medium) as our appetizers. The Rice Crackers was a simple Thai snack consisting of crispy rice cake crackers served with a creamy and savoury dip made with rich coconut milk. It was a very enjoyable dish. The mango salad was really refreshing and appetising; it was sweet and tangy at the same time and the peanuts added an extra crunchy texture.
The Thai Coconut Chicken Soup ($13) was a broth of coconut milk, lemongrass and other ingredients. It was similar to be more common tom yum soup but smoother and more pleasing to our palates.
Meat & Seafood at Sawadee Thai Restaurant
We had the Grilled Kurobuta Pork Collar ($22) and Steamed Prawns with Spicy Sour Sauce ($18 small / $28 medium) and Seafood Fried Rice ($18 small / $28 medium) as our mains. The pork was smoky and tender and the slightly spicy dipping sauce complemented the meat very well. The prawns were juicy and clean tasting. The sauce was spicy but it could be served separately so that you could add the amount of sauce to the prawns to suit your level of penchant for spiciness.
The fired rice looked simple but was really tasty. It had dried shrimps and some crunchy bits and was a dish you could really enjoyed on its own.
Desserts at Sawadee Thai Cuisine
Don’t forget to leave room for desserts when eating at Sawadee Thai Restaurant. The Mango Sticky Rice ($7 per portion, plus $3 for a scoop of ice cream) was a dessert dish worth the calorie intake. The sticky rice was just sufficiently sticky and sweet. The mango was juicy and scrumptious. The creamy coconut milk and the coconut ice cream combined very well with the rice and the mangoes. Every mouthful was delightful.
Sawadee Thai Cuisine is a really good place for interesting and flavourful Thai food. You get service with a smile and enjoyable food at affordable prices. It is almost like eating in the Land of a Thousand Smiles.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Sawadee Thai Cuisine
9 Tan Quee Lan Street
Tan Quee Lan Suites
Tel: +65 6238 6833
Opening Hours: 11 am – 2.30 pm; 6 pm – 10.30 pm
Nearby MRT Station : Bugis