We brought my brothers to Jai Thai for our monthly dinner meet-up. Apparently, they'd no idea this place even existed, even though they live in the nearby Upper Thomson vicinity. I suppose it's really because Clover Way/Jln Pemimpin is quite ulu-fied, being in an industrial/residential area and all.
We arrived early (at the geriatric timing of 6 sharp, no less!) at the no-frills Thai establishment, in order to avoid the dinner rush and score a parking lot. We ordered small portions of everything, so we could sample more dishes on their wide-ranging menu.We did notice, though, despite the extensive menu, that they don't serve pork.
The Deep Fried Fish with Chilli Sauce ($18), a whole seabass, was fresh enough, with a liberal dose of the stickily sweet and piquant Thai sweet chilli sauce. What's great about this is that you don't expect a fish dish this cheap to be this fresh. A most surprisingly pleasant, and value-for-money dish that you'd do well to order.
The Prawn Cakes ($2 each), served piping hot straight off the fryer, were juicy on the inside, crisp on the outside. Great stuff, but if you're anything like me, you'd have a bit of trouble picking out all the parsley bits.
The Fried Cabbage with Oyster Sauce ($5) was simple, homestyled fare, and amazingly cheap.
Ditto for the Fried Kailan Oyster Sauce ($5).
The Green Curry Chicken ($5) was a robust concoction of succulent meaty chunks drenched in a creamy and spicy curry.
The Fried Chicken with Basil Leaf ($5) was a potent dish, with tender chicken and a peppery, richly spicy sauce.
The Fried Chicken with Pepper & Garlic ($5) was a mellow, subtly spiced dish accented with pepper and fragrant garlic. Too bad there were little tiny coriander bits laced in this. I had the most trouble digging them out!
The Pad Thai ($5) was well-fried. Moist without being too sticky, and evenly coated with the lightly sweet seasoning.
Jai Thai Restaurant
7 Clover Way
Tel: 6258 0228
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 3pm for lunch; daily from 6pm to 9pm for dinner