Central Thai offers authentic Thai street food in a casual restaurant setting.
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Revamped Restaurant Offers Tasty And Authentic Thai Street Food
Central Thai has flown somewhat under the radar, back when they used to be located in Orchard Central. Complaints of lacklustre and greasy food meant Central Thai was passed over when it came to choosing a Thai restaurant to dine at. Now that Central Thai has relaunched in Changi Airport, it seems they've improved the standard and quality of the food and service.
A major difference in the ambience now at Central Thai is the brightly lit and spacious interior. I like the clean lines and open space, as well as the Thai inspired decor. However, the open concept also means noise levels tend to be higher as compared to an enclosed restaurant. Also, the tables are rather small as compared to the size of serving dishes, and you'll quickly run out of table space if you order more than 4 dishes.
Service is quiet, but efficient. Staff don't really make conversation or ask for feedback, but they do greet you upon entering. Food is served very quickly, even if you order many dishes. Also, staff do take initiative to clear away empty plates, as well as top up rice if needed. When ordering, the manager of Central Thai is able to make recommendations, but not all staff here are capable of that.
Food at Central Thai is a mix of Thai street food, popular Thai dishes, and some Chinese influenced dishes. Dishes are noticeably less greasy as compared to the old Orchard Central outlet, and most of the dishes are tasty and flavourful. While some dishes were average bordering on good, the specialties really stood out. Dishes I would recommend include the Tom Yum Seafood Soup (Red), the Green Curry Chicken, the Thai Fish Cake and the dessert Tako.
Central Thai does seem to have improved itself since their last attempt, and I would encourage those who have visited their previous outlet to try this new attempt of theirs. The challenge for Central Thai is to maintain or improve upon their current standard, rather than slipping back down again.