It is not often I think of eating out in a Thai restaurant in a shopping centre. Firstly, because the restaurants are usually crowded and secondly I find the restaurant menu fine-tuned to suit more of the younger crowd who spend more time in shopping centres.
But I changed my mind when I visited Bangkok Jam one afternoon for lunch. Located in the new wing of Plaza Singapura, this restaurant dishes out contemporary Thai and pan-Asian cuisine.
The modern bistro-style interior with hints of Thai elements, the concept of road signs in Bangkok, the quirky local art work, the friendly staff and the lighting made me feel very comfortable and welcomed.
I ordered one of their signature drinks – Brewed Butterfly Pea with Fizzy Lemon juice. It was not only refreshing but beautiful too with a cool-hued, sunset-style color spectrum without relying on the artificial colors. The pouring of the lemon juice into the blue pea tea caused the drink to have a tangy aftertaste and also served as a more arresting purpose making the drink change!
When I go to a Thai restaurant, a must order item will be one of the popular salads like mango, papaya or the pomelo salads. At Bangkok Jam I was recommended the Som Tum Rolls. Instead of just eating a plain salad, I was eating it wrapped in rice paper and each time dipped the roll in a zesty som tum dressing. I liked the idea of eating the salad roll but I felt the dressing could have been better. Though the chef had tried to make the dressing as authentic as possible, I thought it would have been better if the dressing had tomatoes and long beans chopped into finer pieces. In this way, my dressing would have stuck to my rolls better and not sliding down each time I dipped it.
The Peek Gai Tod Nam Pla aka Fried Chicken Mid Joints with Thai Fish Sauce Marinade was a stealer! I loved it. The chicken wings were cut into smaller pieces, marinated in fish sauce and pandan leaves and deep fried till crispy. The name of the dish teaches one how to marinade the chicken pieces! The fried flavorful, juicy, crispy chicken mid-wings were tossed with crispy fried garlic slices, dried chillies, kaffir lime leaves and cashew nuts.
The Massamun Neua aka Thai Mussamun Beef Curry made of cubed beef shin was slow cooked for hours in coconut milk and mussaman spices with cubed onions, potatoes and fried peanuts thrown in. It was fragrant, savoury and had an authentic flavour.
The Sen Lek Neua or Beef Noodles Soup was a wholesome one dish meal. It had generous portions of tender thin beef slices and Thai rice noodles in a dark, rich beef stock soup bursting with flavours of star anise and cinnamon and served with condiments that complemented the noodles very well. I would highly recommend this dish to any foodie.
The tangy and delicious Tom Yum Fried Rice aka Khao Phad Tom Yum with Seafood would fill you up for sure! It had all my beloved flavours of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and Thai chilli paste concentrated in a satisfying one dish meal! I found the rice portion very generously served with hard boiled egg, salad and a dollop of the tom yum paste.
The Mixed Grill Platter with grilled chicken, grilled pork skewers, grilled prawns, Sous-Vide Beef and Bangkok Jam Signature Salad was served with a few different dips. The grilled pork belly was simply outstanding!
There was an assortment of desserts to choose from. At Bangkok Jam there is a daily special dessert and the usual classic desserts like mango or mango with sticky rice, Thai chendol and many others. Most of the desserts are served appetizingly in jars and displayed in the chiller. I decided to have my tea and the cake together meaning I had a Thai Milk Tea Crepe Cake for dessert. It had a very distinct milk tea taste which tasted so good and perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Unlike the crepe cakes I had tried at other places before, this cake was light on the palate and was served topped with sweetened boiled red beans.
If you are a vegetarian, this is a good restaurant for you to try some dishes. They do have a reasonable separate menu for vegetarians. I would certainly go back to this restaurant to try the other dishes in the menu. I enjoyed the meal I had and the prices were very reasonable. The staff were very helpful with the menu and good at making you comfortable.
Bangkok Jam (Plaza Singapura branch)
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #03-85 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839 (Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut)
Tel: 6341 9188
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am – 9.30pm