I find this rather peculiar. This restaurant is right smack at the centre of the crowded and popular 313@Somerset. The décor is open-concept with modern and cosy furnituring complemented with wide selection Thai cuisines.
Yet, it is not as packed and accepted as it should be. And I know of many who would bypass this restaurant straight to the Level 5 foodcourt or Basement 3 eateries. And frankly, I would not be here if it wasn’t the impossibly long queue at Marche.
The price is not cheap but not inexpensive either. A dish of Pineapple Fried Rice with Prawns ($10.90) and Clear Tom Yum Prawn Soup ($9.90) with a drink of frappe ($7.00) can set you back by more than $30 including the taxes.
Flying Chillis which costs more than $1.5 million to set up, is by a Malaysia-based restaurant group which has gained quite a reputation across the causeway. The signature dishes include are those with a chilli padi icon on the menu, which helped me narrow the choices to Green Curry Chicken and Beef Noodles.
The Green Curry achieves a balance between watery and lemak. Fans of a spicier version would appreciate its authentic taste.
One would wish for a more flavourful and tasteful stock for the Beef Noodles though. While the tender sliced beef was welcomed, the large portions of carbs in proportion to the soup was not desired.
It is okay-valued standard Thai food at a prime location. For such a price, perhaps Flying Chillis can up on its class factor. And people-watchers from outside and the occasional stray insects due to its open setting were not welcomed.
Flying Chillis, 313 Orchard Road #01-29 313 @ Somerset Tel: +65 6509 6623
Opening Hours: Sun–Thu: 11.30am – 10pm; Fri–Sat & PH Eve: 11.30am – 11pm