Singaporeans love the experience of dining as though we are overseas, which led to many newer eateries and cafes putting more effort in creating the out-of-country vibes and décor.

A friend recommended me this ‘hidden gem’ (not so hidden anymore) at Mackenzie Road, quite close to the flagship Old Chang Kee outlet, a short walk from Little India MRT station.

Warm Up Cafe is said to serve up authentic Thai cuisines, boat Noodle and mookata. Win already, all the favourite Thai food in one single place.

You do not need to do exercises here. It is named “Warm Up” apparently after a famous Chiang Mai nightspot known for its EDM and live music.

Upon entering the space, I can understand why locals would love coming here.

There is a dual identity in terms of the décor. Customers can sit in the air-conditioned indoors with that neon lights and plants all around, with the type of photo walls evident in several Thai eateries.

Head outdoors to the al fresco dining area and you would find fake plants and grass, fairy lights and those signature Thai-style dining tables.

With the humid weather, the set up does make us feel like we are in one of the hipster alleys of Bangkok. So you have been warned, just come in your thin tees or singlets and shorts, but don’t reveal too much. Haha.

As I was flipping the menu, I noticed the very familiar photo of the Tom Yum Tiger Prawn Noodle we shot for Gu Thai Noodle Café. (Alamak, can businesses stop using our photos for menus? I don’t want to send any more letters.) So anyway…

Gu Thai, and likely Warm Up café, was set up from the team behind Noodle Café at Golden Mile (anyone remembers that) known for its Thai-style boat noodles, soups, side dishes.

The Boat Noodle Soup ($7.50) was available with pork or beef with different types of noodles such as bee hoon, rice noodles, mee kia or tung hoon; and spice levels.

You can also pick the small bowls if you want a small sample size.

Their Boat Noodles was actually almost-authentic-tasting (except without the pig’s blood since it is not allowed in Singapore) with that distinct galangal-tasting broth with robust flavours

Out of the four spiciness levels, a ‘new-comer’ can go for the “less spicy” which was pretty manageable with a peppery slick kick.

I somehow thought that the beef noodle broth was more layered with some sweetness and nuttiness.

Though I was pretty excited about their Pork Collar Bah Mee ($9.90), the dark sauce base was too sweet and could do with some pork lard fragrance. So it didn’t quite work for me.

Many customers come for their Crab Omelette Rice ($10, also available ala carte) which had an aroy-creaminess, flavourful, with generous servings of sweet crab meat.

You can add some of the tangy and spicy green chilli sauce for more oomph.

The restaurant also serves up a range of dishes from Thai Garlic Pork, Thai Pineapple Rice, Thai Tom Yum Seafood Fried Rice, Fried Thai Oyster, Thai Kangkong with Oyster Sauce, and Grilled Sweet Pork.

Overall, can be considered a go-to-place for value-for-money Thai dishes.

Warm Up Cafe
110 Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228708
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3:30am (Mon – Sun)

Other Related Entries
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Just Thai (Killiney Road)
Sukhothai Boat Noodles (Tanjong Pagar)
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Soi 47 Thai Food (Clarke Quay Central)

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