Sakon Thai is a small eatery located in the heartlands, which serves authentic Thai cuisine at reasonable prices.
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I love their Pandan Chicken!
Not to be confused with Nakhon, Sakon is also a Thai restaurant that originated from the heartlands. While most of its food was decent, some dishes were definitely better than others.
Hits included their Pandan Chicken which were tender morsels of fragrant chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, Thai Style Sea Bass which saw a whole fresh steamed fish swimming in a tasty clear broth, and the ever-popular Thai Iced Tea. Some misses were their Pad Thai that was overly sweet, and their prawn omelette which was exceedingly salty and oily.
Overall, I would say that while this place offers affordable and generally tasty Thai food, its standards may not be consistent across the board.
Decent Thai Food In The Heartlands
Located within the quiet heartlands, Sakon Thai has been pulling in the crowds with its tasty Thai food and reasonably low priced dishes. Expect to queue between 10 - 15 minutes when visiting Sakon Thai during meal times!
Decor within Sakon Thai is overtly Thai inspired. From paintings to sculptures, tapestry to signage, everything here reminds you that you're dining in a Thai restaurant, right down to the tissue holders. Sakon Thai has pretty comfortable and large furniture, though the layout of the place is rather cramped. Opt to sit outside where it's cooler. I also dislike the harsh orange lighting of the place.
Service at Sakon Thai is average. Staff aren't very friendly, and some don't understand English. Utensils seem to be poorly washed, which was noted on repeated visits. You're advised to use the tissue provided to wipe the utensils down first. Staff also sometimes spill a little gravy / soup when placing dishes on the table. But food does come relatively quickly even during peak periods.
Food at Sakon Thai is authentic Thai, though some dishes stand out above the rest. Quality is not consistent through the menu, and dishes that are more popular tend to be slightly more tasty and well prepared, as compared to other dishes which may not be ordered so often. Ingredients used are fresh, especially the vegetables and seafood, which is a plus point.
The Lemongrass Tea is bland and weak, and while the aroma is distinct, the taste is rather muted.
The Pandan Chicken is one of the stars on the menu; fragrant, juicy, succulent, meaty and so good... I found myself wishing for more!
The Tom Kar Gai is one of the weakest I've ever tasted. The gravy is too thin, the meat and mushrooms too bland. Fragrant, but not much beyond that. Skip this.
They offer 2 versions of Tom Yum, the clear version, and the red version. Both are fragrant, and quite spicy. Ingredients used are fresh, and there is a generous portion. Pretty good, but not great.
Prices of food at Sakon Thai is quite cheap, and an overall meal may only cost less than SGD $20 per person. Visit Sakon Thai for the food, and close an eye to the service and gaudy ambience.