Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Soi Thai Soi Nice @ JEM - Popular Royal Thai Hotpot Comes To The West


Known for their Royal Thai Hotpot, Soi Thai Soi Nice has opened its third outlet at JEM. In conjunction with the opening of this new outlet, you will be introduced to more Thai dishes that are less commonly offered elsewhere in Singapore.

Royal Thai Hotpot 3.5/5

Bringing families and friends together is the Royal Thai Hotpot ($38.80 Small/ $68.80 Large). Like a Korean army stew, there are fried softshell crabs, sausages, cabbages, prawns, scallops, instant noodles, enoki mushrooms and egg. The Tom Yum broth has a good balance of tang and heat. What I really love about it is that the sourness that comes from the natural acidity of the lime, hence it doesn't leave a vinegary aftertaste. My favourite ingredients are definitely the mushrooms and cabbages that release bursts of tom yum flavours in every bite. I forgot to mention that their signature fried pork belly were in the hotpot as well! Albeit lacking the crunch, they were still quite yummy with fats. I wish the soft shell crabs could be left out though or make it optional. It doesn't quite make sense to me to eat soggy soft shell crab.

Soft Shell Crab Salad 3.5/5

Ideally, fried soft shell crabs should be presented on its own, such as in Soft Shell Crab Salad ($15.90). The raw greens and onions cuts the greasiness of the fried batter. The soft crunch of the fried soft shell crabs complements excellently with the sweet and spicy sauce. You will wonder why Thai sauces just seem to be able to make every dish moreish.

Grilled Oyster 2.8/5

As a starter, Grilled Oysters ($3.90 per piece) is available, which is paired with garlic bits and fish sauce. Beware, it is really garlicky.

Waterfall Seabass 3.5/5

A new notable dish is this Waterfall Seabass ($32.90) which delights me with its clear, piquant spicy sauce that is not anywhere near those gluey and starchy sauce that drench the fish underneath. This homemade spicy sauce is bright, tangy with heat and yet it tastes clean in the mouth. I like how they dressed the fish with heaps of herbs which add freshness to every bite. The skinnier part of the fish was really crispy but some parts of the fish were too dry, stripping away its natural sweetness.

Cha Om Omelette 2.5/5

Their Cha Om Omelette ($11.90) was somewhat disappointing. I tried it elsewhere which was full of the Cha Om. I love the crunch and the combination of the egg and Cha Om was really good. This, however, has too little Cha Om to bring out that unique flavour of the herbs.

Snowflake Yam 2.8/5

We had an interesting dessert to round up our meal - Snowflake Yam ($8.90 Small/ $12.90 Medium). First the yam cubes are deep-fried and coated with sugar, then stir–fried to recrystalise the sugar to a sandy finishing. When I poked my fork through the sugar coating, I could see and feel how crusty it was. Cocooned within, the yam that was really soft and fluffy. It was a real pity that the sugar coating is really way too sweet. The sweet-savoury version from Putien is still my favourite.

Coco Paradise 3/5

Coco Paradise ($6.90) is a beverage but I see it as a great option for a dessert. A ice Thai tea float with coconut ice-cream, a great way to beat the heat and cool your body down from all the stimulating food.


You can always fall back on those Thai dishes that your are familiar with but over here at Soi Thai Soi Nice, do try venturing out to some less commonly known dishes to whet your appetite.

Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Soi Thai Soi Nice
50 Jurong Gateway Road
JEM #03-21
Singapore 608549
Tel: +65 63391391
Nearest MRT: Jurong East (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 10pm
Sat-Sun & PH: 11am - 10pm

1) Alight at Jurong East MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Monday, September 17, 2018

Osteria Art @ Market Street - Starter & Pasta Dishes Are Good But Mains Need More Refinement


For this year's anniversary dinner, I decided to make a reservation at Osteria Art. One of the restaurants under the il Lido group. The Italian restaurant is helmed by Michelin-star Chef-Restaurateur Beppe De Vito and Chef De Cuisine Andrea De Paola.

Bread 4.2/5

Our dinner started with some complimentary Bread that is served warm, together with olive oil and balsamic.

Hokkaido Scallops with Cauliflower and Seafood Cacciucco 4.2/5

Next is our starter. The Hokkaido Scallops with Cauliflower and Seafood Cacciucco ($28). The scallop which has been pan seared, emits an beautiful aroma on top of the plump and juicy scallop. Complementing the scallop is the seafood stew that is packed with depth and flavours.

Roasted Iberico Pork Belly 4.2/5

The other starter we ordered is the Roasted Iberico Pork Belly with Rind Crumble, Butternut and Robiola Cheese ($24). The pork belly is cooked until fork tender with the rind crumble providing the contrast in texture.

Wagyu Beef Ravioli with Squash Blossoms, Sage and Parmigiano Foam 3/5

For the pasta selections, we decided to go for the Wagyu Beef Ravioli with Squash Blossoms, Sage and Parmigiano Foam ($28). I was quite surprise to see the little mini parcel of wagyu beef ravioli, as I was expecting something bigger. While it is interesting to nibble on the mini ravioli, I could not taste any wagyu beef. In fact it felt like the ravioli is filled with beef jus instead of the meat, I cannot find any protein in it.

Steamed Wild Grouper with Rock Fish Stew and Celeriac 2.8/5

Moving to the mains, we have the Steamed Wild Grouper with Rock Fish Stew and Celeriac ($38). Except for the sauce, the fish tasted rather bland. We struggled to finish the dish.

Duck Breast with Purple Sprouts, Endive, Honey and Yuzu Sauce 3.5/5

The saving grace is the Duck Breast with Purple Sprouts, Endive, Honey and Yuzu Sauce ($36). The flavoursome duck is cooked perfectly to a nice pink. I could not really taste the yuzu sauce but it was a blessing in disgust, allowing me to appreciate the meat more.

Overall we have enjoyed the starter and pasta dishes at Osteria Art. Unfortunately we find the mains scoring below my expectation, I think they need more fine tuning to elevate the taste.

Osteria Art
55 Market Street
Singapore 048941
Tel: +65 68776933
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm
Sat: 630pm - 1030pm
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to Market Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]


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