>> Dec 22, 2010
This is going to be my last post on Singapore. We actually had dim sum at Marriott on the day of our departure. Unfortunately, I left my memory card in my computer the night before. Anyway, we on the top floor of ion considering what to eat. Initially, we wanted to try Paradise Inn as I've heard good reviews about their dim sum. The queue however, was a turn off. I guess good places always have queues.
Soht & Baay literally mean fresh and good in Thai. It is managed by celebrity chef Ms Apasara, and they specialise in seafood. Ms Apasara being a Buddhist (I assume she's a Buddhist due to the number of idols around). Hence, the no beef policy.
The restaurant is actually 1 floor above, directly inside of the giant Ion Sign one can see from Orchard Road. Unfortunately for me, the sign kept changing colors causing me to repeatedly change my white balance, hence the funny color pictures blow.
Anyway, we were served by this main land Chinese dude, who couldn't speak fluent English. Somehow, these people are rather crude. Whether intentionally or not, this dude had a rather unpleasant tone. He was pressing for us to order fish. When we declined and opted for 3 dishes between the 2 of us, he insisted it wasn't enough, pushing us to order another 2 more. In the end, we had 5 dishes between the 2 of us, which is rather ridiculous. No matter how small the portion is, 5 dishes for 2?
Anyway, I am rather hopeless when it comes to Thai food. I know the basic stuff like Tom Yum etc. Some dishes are rather common but I can't seem to recall their names (My brain has been on vacation mode since my exams).
The appetizer above was on the house. It had a rather refreshing bite into it and was probably served as a palate cleanser before the meal.
The salad (SGD18.90) was rather refreshing. It had a nice crisp from the unripe mango, and the dressing wasn't too sour. Its presentation was rather eye pleasing as well.
This Tom Yum Kung is Ms Apasara's award winning soup. The bowl above (SGD13.90) was a single portion. It wasn't overpoweringly spicy. In short, it was a good bowl of soup. The prawn was reasonably sized. The only fault I can find with this dish would be the price.
Chicken Green Curry
I wanted beef green curry, but since they don't serve beef, I had to settle for chicken. The curry (SGD22.90) was rather ordinary. It didn't taste bad, but there wasn't anything special about it.
The omelet (SGD20.90) was fried till crispy on the edges and then topped with oysters. The oysters were plum and juicy.
The crabs were deep fried till crispy and then stir fried with some fermented bean paste sauce. This dish (SGD25.90) on the whole, was probably the worst dish of the night. The amount of fermented bean paste was a little bit too much. To add salt to the wound, the crabs were not even close to crispy (and it was the most expensive dish of the night).
All in all, I doubt I'll ever want to return to this restaurant. Service was rather appalling thanks to Mr Mainland China. To add insult to injury, we couldn't finish the food. We launched a complain with another staff, who my guess is a little bent (not sure if he was complementing me, trying to hit on me or implying I was a gigolo). He said he'll tell the other waiter off, but frankly I doubt he did nor could I be bothered as I will never be coming back here. The bill came up to SGD134.77 which was definitely not worth it. Taste wise, most dishes were above average. The Tom Yum did stood out though.
*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience
Map to Ion Orchard
Soht & Baay Thai Restaurant
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Unit 04-11
Telephone number: (65) 6509 6058
Mon–Thu: 11.30am–2.30pm, 6.30pm–10pm
Fri–Sun: 11.30am – 10pm