60 Robertson Quay, #01-04 The Quayside
Singapore’s not short on Thai food, but the choice usually lies between hawker-style eats or fancier (and often overpriced) fare. The newly opened Soi 60 fills that gap, offering reasonably priced, contemporary Thai in a laid-back riverside setting; it’s a great place to pop in for a bite with friends, as the dishes are perfect for sharing.
Expect tasty appetisers like large, crispy spring rolls with mushrooms, bean sprouts and chilli ($12) and the always-popular, hot and sour specialty, tom yum soup ($14) with prawns and mushrooms. The crisp whole fish – baby snapper – with three-flavour sauce ($35) was one of our favourite larger dishes, as was the generous serving of spicy pad Thai with peanuts, dried shrimp and chicken ($22).
Other popular choices include roast duck salad ($24) with ginger and lychee, and stir-fried basil chicken ($19) with chilli and egg. And if you’re keen to try a bit of everything, go for the fabulous and well-priced sharing menu ($45 per person).
If you don’t have room for dessert, find room; you won’t want to skip the refreshing coconut panna cotta with kaffir lime, pineapple and mint relish ($10). Their tropical-inspired cocktails can’t be missed, either. The vodka-based Passionfruit Smash ($16) with muddled lychees is the perfect cool-down drink, while the exotic Siam Martini ($18) – cucumber, chilli and lemongrass-infused vodkas with ginger and mint – packs the perfect punch. My husband especially loved the Spiced Old Fashioned ($17) – an Asian-inspired twist on the classic, infused with star anise, cinnamon and cardamom.
Must-try dish: Grilled prawns with caramelised coconut on betel leaves