The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands saw a refreshed line up of celebrity chef's restaurants with Long Chim by David Thompson as one of the latest additions. The acclaimed chef and restaurateur has brought Namh London a Michelin star before opening Namh Bangkok, getting the top spot in San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014. With such awards and recognition under his belt, I am excited and glad to know the chef has opened Long Chim in Singapore, serving his renditions of Thai street food.
Thai Milk Tea 2.5/5
I have to say my dinner at Long Chim did not start on the right foot. The rendition of the Thai Milk Tea is kind of acquire. It is not the usual taste we are used to or even familiar with. I would advise to give this a miss.
Green Papaya Salad 4/5
The crunchy Green Papaya Salad comes with a medley of Thai flavours, sweet, sour and spicy all in one plate, showcasing the characteristic of Thai cuisine.
Chiang Mai Chicken Relish with Cabbage 4.2/5
The Chiang Mai Chicken Relish with Cabbage ($14) is a robust play of different textures and flavours in the mouth with the crunchy cabbage giving the richness a refreshing balance.
Beef Skewers 3/5
The Beef Skewers ($16) was marinated in a rich marinade such as cumin, coriander and tumeric. The flavour is quite intense. However I did not quite enjoy the texture, I find it too minced or soft. I still prefer a bit of bite to it.
Green Curry with Wagyu Beef 2.5/5
Another disappointment on the menu is the Green Curry with Wagyu Beef ($22) served with roti. The whole execution was too oily. While the best quality of meat is used, there were only a tiny few pieces of them swimming in the pool of gravy.
Grill Squid Southern Style 4.5/5
Among the dishes I tried at Long Chim, the Grilled Squid in Southern Style ($16) has to be my favourite. Coated with a delectable spicy and coconut cream sauce, coupled with the charred aroma, this is indeed addictive.
Stir Fried Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork Belly 4/5
The Stir Fried Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork Belly in Oyster Sauce ($22) is probably one of the most value for money dish with its large servicing and huge pieces of sio bak. Except for the fact that the oyster sauce was a bit on the heavy side, this is a homely and comforting dish to go with a bowl of rice.
After trying the food at Long Chim, I did walk away feeling a bit disappointed. There were hits and misses. But the more troubling thought it whether it is worth to pay that sort of price for rendition of Thai street food while there was not really a wow factor.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
Atrium 2, L2-02
Tel: +65 66887299
Nearest MRT: Bayfront (CC Line, DT Line)
Mon-Thu: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 12midnight
Fri: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 1am
Sat-Sun: 530pm - 1am
1) Alight at Bayfront MRT station. Take Exit D. Walk to Hermes at Level 1. Take the lift beside it to level 2. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]