22-Jul-2009 Blogger Wang - Mai Thai Restaurant puts Jim Thompson at Dempsey Road and any Thai Express outlet to shame

posted Nov 27, 2009, 11:45 AM by Joseph, Wuu Jiann Wu   [ updated Nov 27, 2009, 12:16 PM ]
source: http://www.jeanettewang.com/wordpress/2009/07/sunday-shenanigans/
Damo and I headed for an early dinner at the week-old Thai restaurant around the corner.

First impressions of Mai Thai Restaurant (Blk 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-58, next to Michelangelo’s) weren’t good. The menu looked like a home printer project, the restaurant empty and smelled of a typical Thai massage parlour. But we flipped through photographs of dishes and they actually looked appetizing and were priced reasonably too, so we got a seat. No regrets.

The restaurant puts Jim Thompson at Dempsey Road and any Thai Express outlet to shame. Prices are comparable (about $10 for a dish) but servings were nearly double and quality, in my opinion, much better than Jim’s. I had glass noodle salad ($11.50), Damo had basil chicken ($11.50) and steamed rice ($1.00) and we shared mixed vegetables ($8.50). Service was friendly and prompt too. By the end of the meal we were stuffed and satisfied and vowed we’d return.

Situated along a strip of relatively high-class restaurants where $10 will only buy you sparkling water, Mai Thai seems out of place. But definitely in a good way.