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The long weekend’s over. Am I the only one who feels that it flew by just like *snap* that? Hang in there though, the weekend is fast approaching.
I chanced upon this Thai joint over at Alexandra Central (It’s the building right next to IKEA @ Alexandria) during the weekend.
It felt like a posh place with its adorning purple sofas, chairs and fancy chandelier dangling from the ceiling. Their prices are just a wee bit higher compared to what I’m normally used to for Thai dishes. But then again, someone has to pay for the chandelier no?
I honestly have mixed feelings about this one. The reviews online told me to go for the Thai hotpot but I went against my better judgement and ordered various dishes instead.
Curry Prawns (Kung Chuchee) $15.80
I’ve worked out the math, you get 5 prawns for $15.80 that works out to be about $3.30 a prawn. When you work it out like that, it doesn’t seem as appealing anymore.
That being said, the curry was a sweet curry without any hints of spice, which was disappointing and the prawns were not that fresh. You can tell if a prawn is fresh simply by the way the shells part from the prawn meat. The meat in these prawns desperately clung to their shells so go figure.
Sorry Soi Thai Soi Nice management, it wasn’t soi nice.
Minced Pork Omelet (Kai Jiao Moo Sap) $8.80
On a positive note, the omelet was super fluffy and light. I feel that heaps of effort went into the beating of the eggs. As soon as they served it to me, I was genuinely impressed by the airiness and thickness of the omelet.
Fast forward a couple of seconds, disappointment took over. The lack of minced meat in the egg was a little frustrating. Maybe it’s concentrated in the center? Maybe there’s more on the other side? But nope, the hard truth was that there was barely any minced to begin with.
Grilled Pork Neck (Kho Moo Yang) $9.80
This dish could very well be the star of the restaurant if done right. There’s honestly a lot of potential and promise here.
Pork neck is a tricky cut to work with. Optimally, the meat should be moist and tender. On the other hand, you might get dry and chalky meat if you’re not careful.
The slices with fats were spot on – the fats sort of melted in your mouth as you chewed into them. But then the other pieces that had no fat were really dry and chalky.
Prawn Tom Yum Soup (Red) (Tom Yum Kung) $9.80
There are two sides to this dish and I’ll let you be the judge as to whether to try it or not. Tom Yum is supposed to spicy and sour, that’s just how it is, no deviations from this rule. Me thinks the Chef at Soi Thai Soi Nice was a little heavy handed with the sugar and forgot the chilies.
Then may I divert your attention to the prawns. Those babies are HUGE (and fresher than the Curry Prawns).
I’m leaning more to “I didn’t like it”. The prawns may be humongous but the juice isn’t worth the squeeze if you know what I mean.
Coconut Seafood Otah (Hor Mok Ma Praw Talay) $12.80
If you’re thinking of that fish cake wrapped in wrapped in banana leaf, think again. It seems more like a coconut seafood stew than Otah really.
The presentation was nice, serving it in a coconut husk does not only have an aesthetic value but it also aids to contain the pleasant coconut aromas and flavors. They provided a generous portion of shredded coconut flesh (which can be easily mistaken for sotong) so no complaints there.
Taste wise, once again, the heavy handed chef with the sugar struck. I’ve eaten lots of Thai food in my life and I know Thai people love sugar but they save that for their desserts and milk teas.
In all my reviews so far, I’ve always identified at least one star dish of the establishment. This time, I have none.
But like I said, the reviews told me to go for the hot pot and I should have listened. I would revisit just for that but I can’t see myself coming back for their dishes. I should have gone for the IKEA meatballs and chicken wings instead. #regret
Address: #02-01 Alexandra Central, 321 Alexandra Road, 159972
Opening Hours :Mon – Fri 11:30am – 3.30pm, 6pm- 10pm, Sat – Sun 11.30am- 10pm
Tel: (+65) 62504863
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