Media Tasting at Chalerm Thai
Chalerm Thai is a restaurant that is specially named after the Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre in Bangkok, located in the Arcade at The Capitol Kempinski, a home to a cinema icon of Singapore – the Capitol Theatre. Being one of the newest additions to the already many concepts of Arcade at The Capitol Kempinski, Chalerm Thai serves up comfort Thai food with authenticity, using traditional recipes, sauces and spices imported from The Land of Smiles.
Starting from the list of appetisers, Phu Nim Phad Pong Karee (stir-fried soft shell crab with yellow curry) was a dish I tried first and it immediately set a high benchmark for the other dishes to come. The yellow curry appeared rather rich and flavorful from the coconut milk and spices while the soft shell crab was crisp and goes rather well with the curry. The curry also had that eggy texture which I could have it alone with rice.
Yum Pan Boong Krob (deep-fried crispy morning glory with chilli sauce dip) was a rather addictive snack. Crispy yet not greasy at all.
Kor Moo Yang (grilled marinated pork neck with spicy lime sauce) was perhaps another one of the favourites that day. Each slice was well marinated, tender yet had that smoky aroma. Dip into the spicy lime sauce for that extra kick!
The Lemongrass winglets were another to have snack which was thoroughly marinated and tasty! Probably my only complain would be these wings were too small!
Phad Thai Kung (Phad Thai stir-fried rice noodles) had silky rice noodles that is wok-fried to smoky perfection. A classic Thai main course but it was a bit firmer than expected in terms of texture. Probably most of us are used to soften rice noodles.
I would probably go for the Khao Phad Sapoarod (pineapple fried rice) as the chunks of bite sized pineapple lends the fried rice a sweet and juicy profile, together with cashew nuts, raisins and topped with a sprinkling of shrimp floss.
Not to forget to end the meal with local Thai desserts such as their Kao Neow Muang (mango sticky rice) that uses really sweet mangoes that pair well with warm sticky rice, or the Bua Loy (warm pumpkin yam dumplings in coconut milk) which leans toward the savoury side.
Overall, Chalerm Thai seems to be on the higher end side of Thai cuisine, in terms of presentation, taste and quality. Price wise would also be slightly higher than the usual Thai restaurants out there. A great classy place to date someone who loves Thai food!
*Service charge(10%) and GST(7%) applicable.
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