Like Brewerkz, Paulaner Brauhaus and The Pump Room, Tawandang Microbrewery is one of those watering holes that you can have a full meal while indulging in in-house-brewed beers. While the food at Brewerkz, Paulaner and The Pump Room are All-American grub, German, and Aussie respectively, Tawandang's fare is mainly Thai.
What could have worked in theory to pair Thai spicy food with refreshing German beers failed in execution. Simply because the prices at Tawandang are quite exorbitant. Having had dinner there recently, I think it's possibly the most "boh hwa" (i.e. not value-for-money)Thai establishments in Singapore. The pricetag of Tawandang would have been fine if this was a fine-dining upscale restaurant, but the ambience was really no different from a rowdy German-styled beerhouse. Why would I pay such prices for a place like this?
While the food was generally alright, the hefty prices of both the food and beers are just such a deterrent to go back. Prices need to be at least a-third less than what it is now to make this place a lot more value-for-money.
The salad Lap Mu ($16) was a cool version of the spicy basil sauteed minced pork dish. We didn't quite take to this as we much prefer the steaming hot version. Add to that the overpriced-tag and this dish was literally "hard to stomach".
The ubiquitous Thai soup Tom Yam Kung ($30) was suitably spicy and sour, and prawns were a-plenty, but we didn't quite like the addition of sweet creamy coconut milk.
The Phat Thai ($12) stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp was a tad too sweet. We had to sprinkle a lot of chili flakes to make this less sweet and more savoury.
The Kaeng Khiao Wan ($22) chicken cooked in green curry would have been faultless if not for the fact that it was served at room temperature, when it really should have been served steaming hot. At such prices, I would think that great care would be taken to serve dishes hot. Then again, all 4 dishes arrived barely a few minutes after our orders were taken, so it is highly suspect that the dishes were pre-prepared and simply heated up in the microwave before serving.
Blk 26 Dempsey Road
Tel: 6476 6742
Open daily from 11.30am to 1am