Suanthai is a Thai restaurant on Killiney Road quite close to where I live and I’ve got food delivery from several times before via FoodPanda Food Delivery. They have an a la carte lunch and dinner buffet available that I’d been wanting to try and since they’re currently having an offer on Ensogo I decided to try out their lunch buffet the other day. The deal that I got on Ensogo is only $60 for 4 people for their lunch buffet (usually $79.60) but it doesn’t include service charge and GST or any extras. Also you have to pay an extra $2 per person if you go on a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday.
We got there just after 11.30am when it opened and there were already quite a few tables occupied. It is quite a small and cozy restaurant, tables are quite close together that you feel like you’re practically on the same table as the people next to you. They have two a la carte buffets available; the deal on Ensogo is for the standard menu but you can top up $6 if you want the seafood premium menu. There’s not too much difference between the two menus apart from the items available in the One Time Order section so we kept with the standard menu.
Before we could even order the waitress said that she’d start bringing out the items in the One Time Order section as she assumed we’d want them all which was a fair assumption as I guess most people do generally order all of those items but it would have been nice to have been asked what we would have liked first. We did end up getting all the One Time Order items apart from the Tom Yam Soup which only two of us had. The items in the One Time Order section include the Tom Yam Soup With Prawns, Boneless Stuffed Chicken Wings, Chicken Wrapped In Pandan Leaf, Thai Style Chicken Satay and Stir Fried Mixed Seafood With Basil & Long Beans. We also ordered the Thai Papaya Salad, Thai Spring Roll, Thai Fish Cake, Green Curry With Vegetables And Tofu, Deep Fried Fish Fillet With Sweet, Sour And Spicy Sauce, Thai Rice Crackers With Minced Chicken And Prawn Sauce and Steamed Rice from the All You Can Eat or “Eat All You Can” section as they call it 🙂
The food came out very quickly with the tom yam soup and spring rolls out first within seconds of placing our order. The tom yam soup was very nice, it was spicy and tangy with 2 big prawns and some mushrooms in it. The spring rolls were also good although a little oily but they were tasty and filled with vegetables.
The Stir Fried Mixed Seafood With Basil And Long Beans was nice although I couldn’t really taste the basil in it; it had a good amount of prawns, squid and deep fried fish and there were a lot of fresh red chillis so it was quite spicy if you accidentally ate one or some of the seeds in the sauce. The papaya salad was very sour and definitely no where near as good as the one in Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant but it was fresh and tasty and the Thai fish cakes were hot, juicy and had a good flavour.
The Boneless Stuffed Chicken Wings and Deep Fried Fish Fillet With Sweet Sour And Spicy Sauce were probably my two favourite dishes out of all of the ones we had. The chicken wings were hot and crispy and were stuffed with juicy minced pork and the deep fried fish was also nice and crispy and the sauce complemented it well.
The Thai Style Chicken Satay was juicy and tender with a sweet and sour sauce but the Chicken Wrapped In Pandan Leaf was not so good. The chicken was a bit hard and dry and there was very little flavour apart from a hint of pandan.
The Green Curry With Vegetables And Tofu and Thai Rice Crackers With Minced Chicken And Prawn Sauce were probably the two worst dishes that we had. The curry had very little flavour and just tasted of coconut and was quite sweet and the minced chicken and prawn sauce on the rice crackers had no minced chicken or prawn in it and only had crushed nuts in a kind of sweet creamy sauce.
To finish we helped ourselves to some fresh fruit and Thai red ruby in coconut milk dessert at the buffet counter which is also included as part of the lunch buffet.
Overall apart from a couple of not so good dishes I thought the food was decent in Suanthai. The dishes were small but the perfect size for sharing so that everyone could try a little bit of each dish without getting too full. The service was ok, it was fairly efficient although they did forget a couple of our orders. Also when we ordered drinks, two of us wanted iced water but we were told that we could only have warm water or bottled water and weren’t allowed tap water. When I requested warm water with ice in it the waitress said that this wasn’t possible either – very strange! However later on I overheard the table next to us ordering iced water from another waiter and they managed to get it. Also if you phone up to reserve a table, don’t call after opening hours as it gets diverted to the owner’s home phone and he doesn’t take reservations. I would probably go back to this restaurant if the occasion arose as the food is nice and pretty good value for money especially with the deal currently on Ensogo and I’ll definitely continue to get my food delivery from there via FoodPanda as I usually get noodles from their delivery menu and it’s always been good.
Address: 101 Killiney Road, Singapore 239544
Tel: 6235 4126
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6-10pm
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