Once in a while, you get a food place that people will talk about. Folks Collective is that restaurant. The power of the word-of-mouth, with friends leaving facebook wall messages telling me you MUST TRY Folks Collective.
Folks Collective – a Thai fusion restaurant in the middle of CBD at China Square Central, selling set lunches at affordable prices, along with impeccable décor seems a straight formula for success.
We got a little excited trying to find the place (#01-25 right next to Sushi Tei), and got even more when we saw the interior. “Wahhhh… So pretty!” In fact I was already anticipating with delight when the person picking up my phone reservation was a cheery polite Thai girl.
Ignoring the CBD chatter where every other table is complaining about their bosses/clients/colleagues, Folks Collective feels exactly like in Bangkok. The restaurant is decorated in an eclectic Thai vintage style, no effort spared in putting in attention to every detail. Most of the items are imported specially from Thailand. Staff is mainly Thai, courteous with a touch of humour.
The Set Lunches are Raffles Place inexpensive at $9.90 per set, coming in red tiffin carriers that look way too cute. CBD lunches never felt this creative.
We had Green Curry with Chicken, Minced Shrimp Omelette with Steamed Jasmine Rice, but taste-wise all felt under-whelming. Portions were small, temperature lukewarm, and gravy too watery and sweet. It may feed an O.L, but a young hungry executive would hardly feel full.
The other dishes we ordered – Signature Folk Wings ($6.90), Glass Noodle Shrimps Salad ($7.90), Pad Thai Goong ($8.90) and Mango Stick Rice ($6.90) tasted rather okay-average, and seemed purposefully muted and sweetened to suit the local and expats’ taste buds.
The Cereal Seafood ($20.90) with Soft-Shell Crab cooked in oatmeal, butter and curry leaves was well-executed though, not too oily with every bit of the oatmeal dry and crisp. I did feel the Thai flavours could be enhanced though.
Perhaps it was because I came expecting more. After all the cooks were formerly from Thanying and Indochine, and the owner’s mum was already helming a Thai eatery at Shenton Way.
Entering Folks Collective, it is easy to be distracted by its beauty and offer plus-points to the food unconsciously. With that said, this is only the soft launch period, and Folks Collective looks like the next place where hipsters will flock to.
China Square Central #01-25 (next to Sushi Tei, look out for baby blue walls), 20 Cross Street Singapore 048422 Tel: +65 6536 6739
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 11:00pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 11:30ppm (Sat), Closed Sundays