Long Chim @ MBS – Refined Thai Cuisine by Celebrity Chef David Thompson
Long Chim, meaning “come and taste” in Thai, is an invitation to indulge in our Street Food inspired creations. Recently awarded the No. 7 spot on San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 and 13th on World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 for his restaurant in Bangkok, Long Chim is Celebrity Chef David Thompson’s first venture into casual dining. And now, Chef David Thompson has brought Long Chim to Singapore, how exciting!
David Thompson is an Australian chef and restaurateur known for his culinary expertise in Thai cuisine. The award-winning chef began honing his unique Thai cuisine skills with his first visit to Thailand in 1986. He opened Sydney restaurant Darley Street Thai in 1991 and later Sailors Thai in 1995. In 2001, he launched Nahm in London. Nahm quickly made a name for itself as the first Thai restaurant to obtain a highly coveted Michelin star.
Dining at Long Chim feels like I am transported to the streets and markets of Bangkok, with added refinement. Chef has crafted a tantalising menu that combines traditional street food and contemporary flavours, with a restaurant concept reminiscent of the vibrant streets of Bangkok.
The aromatic beef skewers ($16) are seasoned with strong flavours like cumin, coriander and tumeric. The marinade is very intense, especially from the smokiness of cumin. It’s cooked till tenderness. I wasn’t prepared for the spiciness from Chiang Mai Chicken Relish ($14) with cabbage, chilli and mint. It was potently spicy yet addictive.
Green Curry of Wagyu Beef with Basil and Thai Chillies ($22++) wasn’t very well received among us. Yes, the wagyu beef is definitely tender with great marbling, but the curry was too oily for our liking. Served with Roti, we tried dipping it int the curry but was soaked with oil instead of wagyu pieces. However, we love the Stir fried Chinese broccoli, crispy pork and oyster sauce ($22). David Thompson’s oyster sauce is so thick and rich, that it is best drizzled over white rice.
In the south, Thai food collides with intensity. It doesn’t have sharp spicy kick. Instead, it slowly burns which leaves you wanting a glass of milk to “extinguish” the fire. Grilled Squid – Southern Style ($16) is injected with rich spice blends of tumeric, galangal, garlic etc, and well coated with coconut cream. Each bite is a piquant powerhouse that ends with a spicy kick.
Long Chim has made a genuinely impressive start. The flavours here are bigger and bolder than any other Thai eatery in Singapore (even though I am not a fan of their iced milk tea). I hope it sets a new standard for Thai cuisine in Singapore. Thank you Karen & Derrick for the birthday treat!
Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #02-02, Atrium 2
Tel: 6688 7299
Directions: Long Chim is located at the Shoppes “Atrium” above the Casino, near Waku Ghin and Imperial Treasure. Take the lift next to the “Hermes” store on the first floor.
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