A small bowl of $1.90 Thai Boat Noodle would probably not be able to satisfy the hunger of the growing-up students at SMU, SOTA, Kaplan, Lasalle and NAFA. (Read: 7 Best Thai Boat Noodles In Singapore)
Opened by the folks behind Noodle Cafe at Golden Mile, Gu Thai Noodle Café took over the space once occupied by Montana Singapore beside Ya Kun Kaya Toast at PoMo. (So familiar with this place so much so that my group of friends call this the “Montana Thai Noodles” LOL.)
The interior changed from a hipster coffee bar to a humble 50-seaters eatery, more spacious and (very much) brightly lit compared to the outlet at Golden Mile.
The menu is different: more comprehensive with Boat Noodles, Tom Yum bases, tze char styled Thailand Street food, Appetizers and Side dishes.
And yet, more straight forward, without the need to go through the confusing 5-steps-to-order-a-Thai-boat-noodle, and ended up trying to recall what did we just ordered.
Recommended dishes include the Boat Noodle that came in 2 sizes, small palm size bowl ($1.90) slurped down within one mouthful (probably I had a bigger mouth) and large bowl shaped like a boat ($6 for pork, $6.80 for beef).
Out of the 4 spiciness levels, we had the recommended “less spicy” which was pretty manageable with a peppery spicy kick. The soup was clear and light, which pretty much went well with the rice noodles.
Aroi mak mak.
From the Tom Yum base series, we chose the Tom Yum River Prawn Noodles ($7.80) that came in a cool-looking bowl with a huge prawn that stood out (literally).
Perhaps there’s too much tomatoes added to the soup base, the spicy sour tomyum kick was lacking. Instead, the soup base leaned towards a sweeter profile.
We were ‘cheated’ by the menu, a reminder that photos are just an illustration.
The Thai Green Curry ($12) supposedly would come with 3 balls of coloured noodles, but instead came with ordinary pale looking egg noodles instead (actually they were okay).
This method of eating was more enjoyable and practical instead – you add noodles to your liking into the green curry, and it would stay al dente and not soggy.
We preferred the Thai Milk Green Tea ($2.20) to the slightly diluted Thai Milk Tea ($2.20), with a richer and milkier taste, and probably one of the better ones in Singapore.
Looks like Soi 55 at The Cathay will face some competition, in terms of pricing at $3.90 a cup.
(Now trying to find a way to “smuggle” into the cinema instead. #DontSayISay)
We were excited to see Golden Brick Toast ($12.90) on their menu, which was convenient to get a drink, meal and dessert all in one place.
But we were informed that the Golden Brick Toast was removed from the menu as they were not allowed to sell them because Ya Kun Kaya Toast was located right beside them.
Night-lifers will rejoice at the news that Gu Thai Noodle Café is opened till 5am daily.
With an option of having a warm, soupy food after a long movie in the cold theatres, there’s now an alternative option to Rochor Tau Huay at Selegie.
Gu Thai Noodle Cafe
1 Selegie Road, #01-04, PoMo Mall, Singapore 188306 (Dhoby Ghaut, Rochor MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 5am (Mon-Sun)