“Best Thai food in Singapore”, so Long Chim claims.
I had the pleasure of dining at this internationally acclaimed Thai restaurant in Marina Bay Sands when I was in the city two months back. Long Chim is said to be Singapore’s finest Thai restaurants and judging from the dinner crowd that night, I reckon this is true.
Jien and I arrived for an early dinner and were treated to a journey of Thai cuisine, the dishes refined while retaining authenticity. Wagyu beef skewers (S$16) were tender and well-flavoured using a combination of cumin, coriander and turmeric.
I found the Chiang Mai Larp of Chicken (S$18) too spicy – to a point my tongue felt like it went through the baptism of fire. While you get a nice crunch from the lettuce, shallots and garlic, I couldn’t taste much beyond the chilli. Definitely not for those with butter tongue.
We also tried the Grilled Long Eggplant salad (S$24) which came tossed with dried shrimp and a boiled egg. The eggplant was cooked till just-tender, and there was a nice balance between tangy, sweet, savoury and spicy.
I was told the curries at Long Chim are popular, like the Green Curry of Chicken (S$26) which Jien and I tried. I found this quite tasty as the curry was creamy without being too thick and had just the right balance of sweetness. Like all proper Thai green curries, this one packed quite a wallop and went nicely with Thai white rice.
I liked the Pad Thai (S$30) but feel it’s too steep a price to pay for a plate of noodles. While it tasted fairly authentic, portion was slightly on the small side. The meal ended with a portion of Mango Sweet Sticky Rice (S$14) and Palm Sugar Pudding Fresh Coconut (S$15) – pretty ordinary, if you asked me.
Our meal was complimentary and service was pleasant, but I felt Long Chim didn’t measure up to the expectation. :( While I know it’s fine dining, the prices didn’t quite justify the food and presentation.
That said, you can opt for a more reasonable lunch set menu (S$25 – two courses, S$30 – three courses) or dinner set menu (S$69) where you get sampling portions of their best dishes.
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Fine dining prices but food was just alright for me.
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Long Chim Singapore
#02-02, Atrium 2
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
Business hours: Noon till 11pm
Tel: +65 6688 7299