Long Chim Singapore by David Thompson is a rather unique and interesting dining option in Marina Bay Sands (MBS). The publicity material says “Long Chim, which means ‘Come and Taste’ brings to Singapore the finest renditions of Thai street food articulated by renowned Celebrity Chef David Thompson… evoking the mouthwatering roadside eateries and vibrant street markets of Bangkok”. We are not in a position to say if the food at Long Chim is indeed the finest rendition of Thai street food but the place certainly has the colours and carnival like atmosphere of Bangkok’s street markets.
It must be more than 10 years since our last visit to the Thanying Restaurant in Amara Hotel in Tanjong Pagar, Singapore. This Thai restaurant, “serving the most exquisite Royal Thai cuisine fit for the royalties” has been around for 30 years. They started operations in 1988. In those days, we would have considered it a posh restaurant, a place to go for special occasions. Of late, with so many new and exciting restaurants, Thanying Restaurant has been off our radar for a while. Once in a while we like to return to the golden oldies and so we decided to have lunch there.
Choose a good location, create a pleasant casual atmosphere, offer a fair variety of food and beverages at reasonable prices and have easy to remember pun-tastic names; that seems to be the formula for a successful casual diner in Singapore presently. Judging by the well-patronized Tuk Tuk Cha and Love Mee at Suntec City, the formula must be working.
The newly opened Blue Jasmine Thai Restaurant is located in Park Hotel Farrer Park. This new hotel is conveniently located atop the Farrer Park MRT station and right next to the Farrer Park Hospital. A stone’s throw away from the bustling Little India district off Serangoon Road, it faces competition from the large number of dining options in the area as well as the restaurants in the Connexion Owen Link complex.
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.