Baan Ying, the popular Thai casual dining restaurant from Bangkok, has opened in Singapore at Royal Square Novena (located in the same building as Hai Di Lao 海底捞.
The family started this food business 20 years ago at Siam Square with their friends’ encouragement. The original shop was unfortunately burned down after the 2010 protests in Bangkok.
The group now owns a dozen restaurants, with Baan Ying located at Siam Centre, Central World, Terminal 21, Siam Kitti, Mega Bangna, The Promenade and Silom Complex.
I must say that this restaurant in Singapore is a bold and brave attempt – a 126-seater space decorated in a pleasant, elegant way. (The group also owns Dink Dink Thai Street Café downstairs.)
The space was bright with tall ceilings, window allowing soft natural sunlight to shine in, with light wooden furniture and greens for comfortable surroundings to dine in.
This is what you would call “Instagram heaven”.
Some of the recommended items include the Signature Baan Ying Omelette (Starts from $3.80), Deep Fried Sea Bass with Crispy Herbs ($32.80), Squid Stir Fry with Salted Egg ($11.80), Fried Morning Glory Salad ($10.80), and Thai Basil Stir Fry – ($10.80)
For this custom-your-own Omelette, you get to choose a variety of topping from Deep Fried Pork Belly, Moo Yur (Thai Sausage), Chicken Stir Fried with Basil, Pan-seared Ribeye, Pan-seared Pork Neck, Shrimps, Clams to Straw Mushrooms and Cheese.
The Omelette reminds me of the Pad Thai rice (which is basically rice covered with a layer of egg), except that you get a choice of ingredients that goes in.
I liked the soft runniness of the egg, but felt that the rice somehow didn’t gel that well with its outer layer because it was slightly the dry and lukewarm side.
Also found myself needing to grab some of that fish sauce for added flavours.
The other two dishes ordered – the Beef Green Curry ($15.80) and Stir-Fried Morning Glory ($11.80) were safe choices that did not further impress.
Tasted slightly better than the average casual Thai restaurant in Singapore, but somehow lacked in the wok-hei heat for the kang kong; and the curry needed a lot more gravy and could do with more tender beef.
Beautiful space, famous brand name, except that the food could do with some fine tuning.
Royal Square, 103 Irrawaddy Rd, #02-07, Singapore 329566 (Novena MRT)
Tel: +65 9111 7852
Opening Hours: Lunch 11am – 3pm, Dinner 6pm – 12mn Daily