Thai Thai (closed)
333A Orchard Road
#04-08/09/10 Mandarin Gallery
+65 6737 9107
The tastiest Thai food I’ve eaten has been on dusty roadsides amidst tooting car horns in Thailand itself. In particular, I know a lady who makes the best mango salad in the world. Until she decides to set up shop in Singapore, however, I think I’ve found a worthy standby: Thai Thai in the Mandarin Gallery.
Tossed with roasted cashews and crisp dried shrimp, Thai Thai’s mango salad ($13) had my sister and I fighting over the last bite – it was that good. And the appetiser platter ($21) was a perfect introduction to traditional Thai starters, including mieng kam (a lotus and betel-leaf wrap) and thod man pla (fish cakes).
No Thai food experience is complete without tom yam goong ($15), served here with either a clear or a thick soup base. I chose the latter because I like the added depth that coconut milk brings to what can otherwise be a sharp-tasting concoction.
Judging from the whole, deep-fried garoupa ($48), accompanied with a tangy sweet-chilli sauce, and an intensely flavourful green chicken curry ($17), it’s clear that the food here isn’t so much “fusion” as “refined traditional”. And that’s the basis of Thai Thai’s appeal.
To complete our meal, we had a coconut ice cream concoction ($8) and the restaurant’s signature Thai iced tea ($10); its laced with palm sugar and is a definite must-try. Both are perfect for soothing a numb tongue and calming a red face, too, which is what I’m always left with after a great Thai meal.