Singapore needs a hipster Thai joint. Yes, we have many casual Thai eateries to higher-end restaurants, but the cool modern Thai places are missing. So when Soi 60 opened at Robertson Quay, I wondered if this would be IT.
After all, Chef Martin Boetz who was from Sydney’s Longrain Restaurant & Bar came in as consultant for its menu.
(Even though I don’t show it obviously, I have an unspeakable love for Thai food and its culture, took up Thai language classes, and visited the country several times – most of which for its food.)
Soi 60 being at the corner of Robertson Quay had great vibes for late night chats and drinks, offering an extensive range of cocktails, and reasonably crowded during the weekends.
I suspect the rental may have helped pushed its prices up, most of the dishes cost more than what the average customers would be willing to pay, for its quality
Small plates of Spring Rolls, Betel Leaves, Chicken Wings, Tom Yum Soup and Octopus range from $12-$14.
The large plates may contain some mind-boggling figures, since portions seem meant for one – Young Vegetable Salad, Prawn Pad Thai, Masamam Curry, Stir Fried Basil Chicken, BBQ Pork Ribs, Panaeng Curry, with prices from $19-$36, excluding taxes.
While most of the dishes are of reasonable standard, I suspect that much of the distinct Thai favours have been muted down to suit the Robertson Quay customer base.
I don’t know about you, but I go for Thai cuisine for that extra ‘punch’, the way a seemingly simple dish can have such a myriad of complex flavours.
Some tuning is understandable. But both the Tom Yum Soup ($14) and Green Curry ($26) were not spicy enough (and a tad sweet), Pad Thai ($28) lacked flavours and ‘wok hei’ (heat), and accompanying Thai chilli for the wings appeared too watered-down.
With that said, if you are looking for ambience and ‘safe’ Level 101 Thai cuisine, Soi 60 may be it.
To note, for reservations above 8, a four-course tasting menu at $48++ per pax offering 8 dishes applies.
I wish the next modern Thai restaurant can stick to their guts, and perhaps take a cue from Thai restaurants in Sydney, which manages to strike that balance between authenticity and modern.
#01-04 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252.
Opening Hour: 5:30pm till late (Wed-Sun), 12pm-3pm (Sun for lunch)
Tel: +65 66356675