Southbank Authentic Thai was previously located at Boat Quay for 18 years before moving to Joo Chiat recently. The owner has reduced prices to pass on rental savings to customers. The humble restaurant is decked out simply- green checked table cloths and orange plastic chairs for an easy-going charm.
What the restaurant lacked in aesthetics, was made up with the food. Flavors were unrestrained and on the spot. The Thai Chef is armed with 20 years of experience and insist on making all sauces and curries from scratch.
Beverages are a must to douse the fire from Thai food. The Ice Lemongrass ($3.50) was refreshing while the Thai Iced Tea ($3.50) was pretty good, sans any heavy bitterness.
Green Mango Salad ($8/$12/$16) was juicy, spicy and slightly spicy. The roasted peanuts added nutty flavor and crunch
Tom Yum Talay ($5)- the mandatory soup for any Thai Meal. Personally, I’d have enjoyed this better if the heat levels were more intense. For those who shy away spicy soups, Southbank Authentic Thai can whip up a non-spicy version for you.
Made in house, the Thai Prawn Cakes ($8 for 4 pcs) were perfectly fried. Its exterior is delicately crisps while the interior, bouncy with no lack of sweet succulence courtesy of the shrimps.
The Chicken Fried with Basil Leaves ($8/$12/$16) was packed with flavor, but it was more oily than usual.
Thai Green Curry ($8/$12/$16) was lovely but it was the swimmingly fresh fish which stood out. Submerge in an avalanche of garlic and jazzed up with lime, Southbank Authentic Thai’s signature dish, Steamed Seabass ($32), should not be missed.
In need of carbs? Choose from Baked Olive Rice ($8/$12/$16) or Fried Pineapple Rice ($8/$12/$16).
We had Honey Mango with Glutinous Rice ($7) to round up our scrumptious lunch. The highlight was undoubtedly the tropical fruit. Well-deserving of its name, the mangoes were seductively sweet and melt in the mouth beautifully.
Southbank Authentic Thai Restaurant provides lunch Box for office or home delivery at a steal, as well as set lunches for 2 at only $29++
To sum up, hubby and I were pretty impressed by the quality, execution and affordability of the food here.
Much thanks to Philip for the hosted meal.