An awesome Thai eatery tucked away in the corner of Bugis. Cheap and affordable dishes.
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This restaurant has been introduced to me by a lot of my peers and I wanted to try it just to see if all that rave is justified. And it wasn't.
I don't really see what is so insanely fantastic about this place because firstly, the food is alright but not eye-poppingly delicious, the service standard is bare minimum, the squeeziness of the place is insane, the queue for a seating takes too long.
I went with a group of 8 other people and after dinner, no one really commented on the food being good. Ah, disappointed. Maybe I didn't try the right dishes. Maybe?
Best thai food in singapore!
The name Ah Loy Thai itself may sound funny, but it certainly isn't joking when we are talking about its dishes! It is situated in Shaw Towers, which is a short walk away from Bugis Mrt station. Even though the eatery may not seem fanciful and the furniture and construction of it is rather simple, the food served here is so tantalizing! It can be proven by the long queues during dinner hours. Also, it closes as early as 8pm, so if you want to have dinner there you would have to reach earlier!
In my opinion, the best dish of all would have to be the butter calamari. It is drenched in butter (which is sinful, but I love it!) and the calamaris taste fresh and crunchy! A definitely must-order when you go Ah Loy Thai! The seasoned beans with shrimp is scrumptious too. If you prefer a whole meal instead of rice and dishes, you can go for Pad Thai and glass noodles. Both are of quite big portions so I suggest you share a plate of noodles with a friend! Green curry is pretty good too, for those people who can take spicy food, please order this dish! When paired with rice, it tastes simply heavenly.
I think the best time to have your meal there would be around 2-4pm, where there are lesser crowds and shorter queues. Even describing the food at Ah Loy Thai is making my stomach growl, you might think I am crazy but you will understand how I feel after you have eaten there!
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Great for a thai food fix
I have a friend who speaks very highly of Ah Loy Thai and one day she insisted that I join her for the Thai food there. Thai food's one of my favourite cuisines so I certainly didn't let out even a squeak of complain. I grumbled, however, when we had to walk from City Hall MRT to the small eatery. It's about 20 minutes walk to Ah Loy Thai at Beach Road, and it's situated just diagonally opposite Tom's Palette, an ice-cream store that serves exotic flavours.
She raved non-stop to me about the butter calamari at Ah Loy Thai, and I chimed in with her after trying it for myself. The staple Thai dishes that we ordered at Ah Loy Thai (Tom Yum Soup, Green Curry, Pineapple Fried Rice) were pretty decent and the price wasn't exorbitant. Certainly makes for a hearty Thai meal. They operate on a pay-first basis, and the dishes take a while to arrive.
Also, their Thai Milk Tea is a must get!
Decent taste and price
The food here is not too shabby and it's affordable! I like the Phad Thai most and I'm thankful that the portion served is considerably generous. My boyfriend and I shared a seafood tomyum soup and a green curry the last time we came and we were so stuffed! The plate of plain white rice at Ah Loy Thai is humongous.
Service is extremely slow nonetheless. It feels a little weird that you have to pay first before you get to tuck into your food at an eatery located in a mall. I heard the pineapple fried rice isn't very good though! I guess I'll only return for the Phad Thai if I have an urge to eat Thai food when I happen to be nearby. It's a little overrated, in my opinion.
You can get a better deal over at Nakhon Kitchen with good thai food at slightly cheaper prices.Try it if you haven't already!
Decent but overrated
Don't get me wrong, Ah Loy Thai do sell authentic Thai food at affordable rates, and it's great for casual dining. But I've been hearing so much raves about Ah Loy Thai that it left me a little disappointed when I tried them. It's probably the expectations.
I remember being satisfied with their Pad Thai and butter calamari. The other dishes were decent and well, you could say authentic. But they weren't exactly mindblowing. Their Tom Yam is mediocre, and the green curry's alright. In general their food is really pretty decent but I wasn't overwhelmed with joy. I also love spicy food but the food at Ah Loy Thai isn't that spicy which left me disappointed as well.
In short, the food there is great but I wouldn't call it the best Thai place in Singapore. Be prepared for long queues in the weekends, and when dining there, save some space for dessert at Tom's Palette just opposite the shop!
Decent food with reasonable prices
Ah Loy Thai is one of the cheaper yet decent Thai food restaurants in Singapore. There is usually a queue in the evenings, so try to go early if possible to get a table.
Most of the dishes there are reasonably priced with reasonable portions. The pad thai was one of my favourite dishes. Even though it looks really simple, each mouthful of noodles I ate was really flavourful. The butter calamari was awesome! My friends and I couldn't stop eating it, and the whole dish was gone within a few minutes. On the other hand, I didn't really like the tom yum goong, which was only spicy and didn't have any other flavour to it.
This place is a no-frills restaurant, so don't expect good service. All the tables and chairs are quite close to each other too, as the whole space is quite small. However, the food is quite decent enough for me to come back in the future.
Authentic Thai Food at Affordable Rates
I fancy Ah Loy Thai for its authentic Thai food and reasonable pricing. They close early on Sundays though so be sure to check their opening hours if you don't wanr to be let down. There is Tom's Palette, an ice cream eatery, nearby so you can head there for some good dessert after your meal.
I've tried: Tom Yum, Green Curry, Mango Salad (spicy), Pandan Wrapped chicken (very nice a must try!), Buttered Calamari, Pad Thai (nothing fantastic) and a few other dishes I forgot since it has been a few months ago.
Most of their food are flavourful and although they have spices infused they're not that spicy. You could neutralise the spice with some milk/dairy products though (a trick I learnt awhile back).
Be prepared to queue up be it on a weekday or weekend, and also be prepared to squeeze while enjoying your meal because for a customer base so large, the store is actually relatively tad small!
Authentic Thai food
Ah Loy Thai is an authentic Thai eatery tucked in a rather quiet place- Shaw Towers. I heard many raves about it and finally made my way there one day with my boyfriend. There was a long queue at around 6.30pm and we got our seats about 20 minutes later.
It is a fuss free eatery with little decor and orders are made through the paper menu. We ordered the Tom Yum soup, butter squid, and the pandan chicken to share. All 3 orders were like BINGO! Delicious!. The Tom Yum soup was fiery and perfect together with the white rice. Only gripe was that the ingredients were a tad too little. The butter squid was a unique innovation, it was so tantalizing and i kept taking one after another. It was yummy yet not too oily.
Ah Loy Thai is one of the best thai eatery that is authentic and i defintely recommend anyone who wants to try, to come. Be prepared to queue though. Another reminder, it closes pretty early, like 8pm on Friday, so it will be good to note the timing as my friend got rejected once at 8pm as they do not take in orders from then.
Most authentic Thai food in Singapore
Ah Loy Thai serves one of the most authentic Thai dishes in Singapore. Having been to Thailand many times and trying their local dishes in Thailand really spoiled my tastebuds. This is because when I came back to Singapore, I thought I was unable to find such good and authentic Thai food anymore. Thankfully, my partner brought me to Ah Loy Thai at Shaw Tower.
We ordered a Phat Thai, Pineapple Fried Rice, Green Curry and Wrapped Pandan Chicken. It is indeed too much food for two. But I just had to try them all. The Phat Thai is just like the one I have tried in Thailand! I was overjoyed as I have been craving for this for the longest time! Their pineapple rice however, was a let down as it was a tad too oily. However, the green curry savaged it all. The fragrant curry, served with generous amounts of chicken took my breath away the first time i tried it. It was my favorite dish that day.
I would definitely be back for more Thai food as there are many things on the menu that I have not gotten a chance to try. However, to avoid the dinner crowd and long queues, it is advisable to visit Ah Loy Thai during non -peak hours.
I'll go back again!
First time trying this restaurant out and I'm sure gonna go back there sometime again!
Never been a great fan of Thai cuisine though I didn't hate it either. So when my friend brought up this restaurant I wasn't really fond of it but I was feeling adventurous, well, and a little too hungry. Glad that we didn't had to wait too long for the dishes to arrive although I found it weird that the rice and drinks didn't come first. A pity we didn't get to try out the Garlic Pork I wanted but the Fried Calamari we ordered instead was really good and goes well with its sauce! The must try would still be the Tom Yum Seafood Soup with it's spices just nice.
Price was within acceptable range for such a restaurant and the tables were cozy. Service is not too bad although we had to go to the counter ourselves to place the order and asked to pay in advance. Minor issues at best.
Enjoyed the meal, ordered three dishes for three people and it was more than enough. A place I would recommend to my friends!
Average, but good enough.
Thai food is delicious, sadly in Singapore, it is tough to find authentic food. In my opinion, true cuisine from The Land of Smiles will never arrive on our shores, but Ah Loy Thai does provide good enough food for us to enjoy.
I particularly enjoyed the mango salad, that apparently is one of their specialities. It has that zesty taste that many other Thai eateries lack, and is that one dish that rendered me a fan. Other than that, food here can be found elsewhere, nothing too special, but nothing poor either,
A good place to have dinner.
Average at best.
Thai Green Curry, Pineapple Fried Rice and of course, the must-have Tom Yum Soup. These are what I ordered when I visited Ah Loy Thai, and I guess it's safe to say that they were average.
The Pineapple Fried Rice I ordered was not even yellow and had zero pineapple flavour, which left me feeling slightly cheated. The Thai Green Curry fared slightly better, because it was not too thick and was actually quite pleasant to sip when hot. then came the test of any true Thai eatery, the Tom Yum soup. As I mentioned earlier, it was average. there's nothing to rant or rave about the Tom Yum soup.
I would visit Ah Loy Thai again to see if they've improved on their culinary skills.