I'd reviewed the buffet at Bali Thai sometime back and made the observation that most diners here order from the ala carte menu instead of the buffet. That's saying something, as the locals love their buffets. By logical deduction, that must imply that the ala carte dishes are way better than the buffet. Right?
Although the last meal we had here was a very ho-hum and lackluster affair, we decided to give this Indonesian-Thai restaurant another go, by ordering from the ala carte menu. It turned out that the food from the ala carte menu is really pretty decent. What needed to be spicy was sufficiently so, and the prices commensurated with the quality of the food.
We noticed another thing as well, that this restaurant was very likely related to another Thai establishment, Renn Thai at Clarke Quay. The menu layout, restaurant decor, variety of dishes and presentation of dishes of both restaurants were congruent with one another. And it turns out, we were right! They are both owned by Katrina Holdings Pte Ltd, which owns a bunch of other restaurants as well, such as Bayang (Indonesian cuisine at Clarke Quay), Muchos (Mexican at Clarke Quay), Hutong (Shanghainese and Beijing cuisine at Clarke Quay) and Streets Hong Kong Cafe.
We had the Guy Yang ($10) a juicy boneless chicken thigh grilled to a smoky high, done Changmai-style, brushed with a stickily sweet mildly spiced marinade and married with a sweetish garlicky dip.
The Phad Phak Narm Mun Hoi ($10) of a medley of sugar snap peas, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, baby corn and Chinese flowering cabbage (choy sum) simply stir-fried in a luxurious oyster sauce. Vegetables were well seasoned and remained crunchy. An unpretentious, uncomplicated and homestyled dish.
What's a Thai meal without the ubiquitous Tom Yum Goong ($12.80), the classic Thai sour and spicy soup with prawns. This was spicy, heady, with the right amount of sourish accents.
The prawns were sweet, bouncy and plentiful, there were about 7 prawns in total.
3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6338 2066
Open daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and 6pm to 9.30pm for dinner