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December 1, 2019

Supattra Thai Dining, Koh Samui…it’s worth the hassle

As one of the most popular and talked about restaurants in Koh Samui, it’s no surprise that Supattra Thai Dining is in TripAdvisor’s top 10 list in Koh Samui. And the ranking is well deserved.

They’ve got everything just right from the seemingly effortless romantic ambience to their phenomenal Thai menu. Cooked by Supattra herself, the dishes are simple, satisfying authentic dishes with wonderful spicing and flavours. The blue crab in Southern style curry & wild betel leaf had us lapping gracelessly from the bowl once we’d finished cracking and prising. Equally unforgettable was the sea king prawn in green curry-fresh bamboo shoot.

The restaurant has limited seating (only about eight tables or so), so be sure to get there early. Believe me when I say it’s worth the hassle. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 19, 2015

Sabai, Fine Thai on the Bay, Singapore…..easily forgettable

Chef Samlee is known for her skill and expertise in Thai Cuisine. After all for thirty years, she cooked for HRH Princess Srinagarindra while she travelled.

In my mind I couldn’t quite grasp the concept of Thai and fine dining together. I love them both separately so surely I’d love them just as much together? Unfortunately I must say that we were both pretty disappointed with the meal that I received at Sabai as I love Thai food very much.

Let’s start with the positives…The delicious Yam Mamuang (spicy green mango salad with prawns, chicken, roasted coconut, grounded peanuts and sweet sauce) is bursting with fresh flavours and exotic notes. The See-krong moo op nahmpeung (deep-fried smoked honey pork ribs) is unbelievably succulent.

From really good to really bad. The Gang gwio warn gai (authentic green curry with chicken, coconut cream, sweet basil leaves, eggplant and pea eggplant) has a rich, heady flavour that comes with well-seasoned curries but the overall effect is disappointing due to the crappy “Plastic chicken”meat texture which is so rubbery and tasteless. The Pls kao sam rod, ratt prik, tawd gratiem (deep-fried garoupa fillet with three flavoured sauce, spicy and sour sauce or garlic and peppercorns) was so dry…so bad tasting.

A Thai meal would not be complete without a bowl of Dtom yum gung, pla (spicy and sour prawns and fish soup with lemongrass, galangal, chilli, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce and fresh lime juice). Beware though, this one is a tongue-numbing experience.

Sabai is somewhat more expensive than many other Thai restaurants in Singapore, but judging by my recent visit, easily forgettable compared to most Thai food I’ve had.This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 13, 2011

Thanying Restaurant, Bangkok…this place is a joke.

The place is sleek . That said, sleek is a word I’ve never applied to a Thai restaurant I like. Food was on par with what you would expect at a cheap buffet , but gazillion times the price.

I had a feeling we were being served left-overs from lunch when we ordered the neung ma nao (sea bass steamed with lime, lemon grass and chilli) because the fish did not seem fresh. Authentic tom yam goong tasted more like mineral water – dilute, no kick, no oomph. Whatever it was, it should not have been called “tom yam”. If a Thai restaurant in Thailand cannot get their staple food – the tom yam goong – right, what hope is there for the rest of the stuff on their menu?

None of the following was any memorable: Gra Tong Thong (minced shrimp and green peas with sweet corn in crispy cup and curried chicken with potatoes in crispy cup), tod man pla gra-ai (deep fried curried fish patties), yam pla dook foo (crispy fluffy catfish, spicy and tangy salad with slices of green mangoes), chicken in green curry with egg plant and sweet basil, neur poo pad phong ga hree (crab meat, steamed with sauce of curry powder, egg, milk, roasted chilli, oil and celery)

By far the worst Thai place I’ve been to in a long time. This place is a joke. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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