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quaere Feb 20, 2008 02:16 AM

Good, upscale Thai in Singapore? I have a business meeting but still want to eat good...

  1. limster Feb 20, 2008 01:06 PM

    Haven't been in a couple of years, so do ask for updates, but Sabai in the Takeshimaya Shopping Centre on Orchard Road was outstanding. Excellent service too.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/268402
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/265336

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    1. re: limster
      FourSeasons Feb 20, 2008 06:10 PM

      Yes, I will pick Sabai in Ngee Ann City where Takashimaya department store is located if you are looking for an upscale Thai food to impress the guests. The ambience is nice but the food is just above average.

      Based on my own taste bud, I actually prefer A-Roy Thai at Funan DigitaLife Mall #04-06 but it is really a simple restaurant without much deco.

      1. re: FourSeasons
        k
        klyeoh Feb 20, 2008 06:27 PM

        Agree with you on A-Roy. I usually bring Bangkok friends & relatives there, and they'll inadvertently say that it's the only place where they felt "at home". And the food tasted exactly like those in Bangkok.

        1. re: klyeoh
          limster Feb 21, 2008 12:39 AM

          Many thanks -- will have to try A-Roy on my next trip home. Sad to hear that Sabai isn't as good as it used to be. Used to go to Thanying in the 90s, found that their quality had dropped about 5 or so years ago, and was only satisfied after finding that the people there had moved to Sabai.

    2. k
      klyeoh Feb 20, 2008 06:19 PM

      Thanying Restaurant at Amara Sanctuary, Sentosa Island is the most gorgeous place for good Thai food - if you have time to get away from the business district (it's a 15 minute taxi ride from Shenton Way). Else, its older sibling, Thanying @ Amara Hotel, Tanjong Pagar is right in the business district.

      Patara Fine Thai Cuisine, Raffles City Convention Centre (within the same complex containing Swissotel Hotel & Fairmont Hotel) is another option.

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      1. re: klyeoh
        FourSeasons Feb 20, 2008 06:40 PM

        Thanying at Amara used to be my old favorite many years ago. There was a rumor then that the chef moved to Sabai which I am not able to confirm but I found the food was not as good as before. Have not been there for many years since then.

        I have never tried Thanying at Amara. Is it better than its older sibling?

        I have tried Patara at its Tanglin Mall branch. Never tried the one at Raffles City but agreed it is a good option for upscale Thai food.

        1. re: FourSeasons
          k
          klyeoh Feb 20, 2008 08:26 PM

          Thanying @ Sentosa Island is great! Reminds diners of what the original Thanying used to be like 10-15 years ago.

          I was told by the folks at Sabai that a whole group of them used to work at Thanying, so you're right.

          I had my initial doubts about the old/aging Thanying in Tanjung Pagar, but we had a formal business dinner there last year there (12 of us). The food was quite good & authentic, and the service was very professional. The famous dessert buffet counter is still there, albeit much more expensive now.

      2. h
        Hot Chocolate Feb 27, 2008 04:40 PM

        Don't do a-roy thai. It's very casual. I wouldn't do a business dinner here. The food is excellent tho so go on your own time. I second Patara. I've been to Tanglin Patara but not Swissotel.

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