Royal Thai – Enjoy Authentic Thai Food with Perfect Greenery
With the head chef formerly of Mandarin Gallery’s Thai Thai restaurant, Royal Thai serves up good quality and authentic Thai food. Owned by a husband and wife team, together with a friend of 20 years, they decided to open a Thai restaurant with an insistence to stay as authentic as much as possible. They even have a plot of land nearby the restaurant where they plant our own thai herbs and spices too.
Located off Bukit Timah Rd and right at the end of the Fairways, Royal Thai is certainly out of the way. But it really feels good to be a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoying my Thai food. Feast on Thai favourites such as Thai Prawn Cakes ($14/4pcs), Papaya Salad with Dry Shrimps ($12), Tom Yum Seafood ($19) and Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables with Garlic ($15).
The papaya salad is as good as those I’ve eaten in Thailand. The dressing of lime juice, sugar and fish sauce is heavily spiked with chilli padi, which is pounded lightly with shredded green papaya to release the juices and better soak in the flavours. There’s good texture and a step of crunch in each bite, followed with flows of fruity sweetness, the savoury flavour from the sauce and then the spice from the chilli. It is sweet, sour, fresh green and spicy in one mouthful.
Tops on the chilli chart for me is the tom yum seafood. Unlike the tom yam soups I have tried in many places which are usuallly quite diluted, the tom yam soup here is very flavourful with fresh servings of seafood, and authentically spicy. This is my favourite for the night.
The prawn cakes were also done to expectation with a firm and generous bite. Grilled Chicken served with Thai Chilli Sauce ($20) has a marvelous crispy skin and tender meat. Not forgetting the Green Curry Chicken ($17) which is a common find at Thai eateries, but this version takes you back to Thailand immediately. A little sweet, creamy with the tender notes of savoury chicken and basil immersed all about. It goes perfectly with rice.
Phad Thai Noodles with Prawns ($20) had springy noodles and great texture and flavour. And the fragrance from Baked Honey Pork Ribs ($24) is distinctive, and the glimmering reddish brown colour, tantalizing.
Deep Fried Garoupa with Thai Chilli Sauce ($49, 800g to 900g) here does not disappoint.. The fish is fried till crispy skin and the tangy dressing wakens your mouth and add extra dimensions of flavour. Stir Fried Minced Chicken with Hot Basil Leaves ($20) brings a welcome change to the usual dishes with lime dressing.
The popular desserts here includes Thai Red Ruby ($8), Sweet Tapioca Served with Coconut Milk ($7) and Mango Sticky Rice served with Coconut Milk ($10).
Love the honey sweet mango that complemented with the chewy sticky rice. The flavours escalates with the sweet combination of mango, and topped with the sweet salty fragrance of coconut cream that harmonizes both ingredients together.
Thai Red Ruby is a rather light dessert. We wished it was sweeter. My favourite is the steamed tapioca. The tapioca is sooooo soft and sweet, topped with coconut cream, I think I can finish the whole plate myself.
Dining amidst nature makes me think that I am at a Thai Resort in Thailand! The food in Royal Thai is generally good and prices are reasonable. Also, a number of the dishes stay faithful to traditional Thai recipes. It is also great to know that Royal Thai do not have service charge and GST.
Address: 60 Fairways Drive
Tel: 9235 9797
Opening hours: 11am to 10.30pm daily
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