Some local restaurants are slowly but surely accumulating new customers by situating themselves in prime food courts around Singapore. Lotus Thai Restaurant in Murray Terrace near Maxwell Road, is one of them, with 11 outlets named Lotus Thai Viet in various food courts since 2004.
Kopitiam at Vivo City (Basement 1), Kopitiam at Tiong Bahru Plaza (Level 3), and My Dining Room @ Kopitiam at The Central (Level 4) are some of these 11. The outlet featured on the left is located at Square 2‘s Fork & Spoon Food Court on Level 4. This stall can get pretty busy during lunch hour, so do pop by early if you can.
Lotus Thai Viet has 1 of the best Thai Fresh Spring Rolls ($4) [****] I’ve tried (those in rice paper sheets with heaps of greens & prawns). Their version may not have prawns in them, but their sauce dip more than makes up for it because it takes the edge off the plain basil or coriander (cilantro) leaves. To date, I’ve also tried their Pineapple Fried Rice ($4.50) [***.] and Thai Beef Noodles ($4) [****] which had an ample amount of fresh mint leaves in a tasty beef broth. Don’t underestimate a simple ingredient like mint leaves, for it has a significant role to play in making a Thai dish palatable.
For those who are dining in groups, you should order a couple of their steamboat sets to share along with additional sides. Each set has 3 dishes, perfect for sampling. On my recent visit, I ordered their Tom Yam Steamboat Set ($16.90) to share with my mum and brother. It was value-for-money because it came with rice, a fried omelette atop a bed of beansprouts, Thai fried chicken with vegetables and a big pot of tom yam steamboat. For the meat dish in the set, you’ll have a choice of chicken/fish.
What I like about their tom yam steamboat, is the tom yam soup of course. Personally, I love clear tom yam broths (without the coconut milk) with little chillis to spice it up. Lotus Thai Viet’s is slightly different, with their addition of red dates to their soup. I believe they’ve got other herbal ingredients as well, but they were not visible in the pot served to us.
For those who are averse to anything hot & spicy, rest assured that their tom yam is safe for your consumption (in other words, it won’t bring tears to your eyes). I make this statement using my sister (who trust me, has an extremely low tolerance for spices) as a gauge.
Now you know where to go for really affordable Thai…My next stop for Thai food will be: Jane Thai Food (400 Orchard Road, Orchard Towers, #04-30) recommended by my friend J (who isn’t Jane by the way).
Taste – 6.5/10
Price – $ to $$
Service – 6/10
Ambience – 5/10
Accessibility – 7/10
[$]-cheap like peanuts: ($10 & below/person)
[$$]-average Jane ($15-$25/person)
[$$$]-you might wanna tke tht card out..($30-$60/person)
[$$$$]-extremely exorbitant ($70 & above/person)
[* to *****] – rating(s) for individual dishes
Tel: +65 6224 6416
(Outlet featured) Square 2 Fork & Spoon Food Court
(Main Restaurant) Murray Terrace 16 Murray Street, Singapore 079526
(Main Restaurant) – Lunch: 11am – 3pm | Dinner: 6pm – 10pm
Dress code: Casual
Nearest MRT: Novena (Square 2) / Tanjong Pagar (Main Restaurant)
Buses: 56, 57, 124, 21, 980, 166, 54…