Ah loy thai

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Authentic Thai food
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
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2.5
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2.5
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4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
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.
JH
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Decent taste and price
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3.5
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3.5
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3.5
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3.0
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3.5
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3.5
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!

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Branch Location:
Tampines Mall
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Yes
DB
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Great for a thai food fix
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3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
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3.0
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3.5
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3.5
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!

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Average Spent Per Person:
18
Best Part:
Everything
Branch Location:
Beach Road
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
C
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Decent but overrated
(Updated: May 28, 2014)
Overall Score 
 
3.0
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!

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C
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Authentic but with small portion sizes
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3.0
It's cheaper than a typical restaurant, but pricier than a typical eatery.
Despite located at a corner of Shaw Tower, it boasts of long queues and long waits during dinner times.
It serves authentic Thai food. Each time I access the authenticity of Thai food, I must sample their Mango Saladi and Pineapple Fried Rice.

Mango Salad: It is unmistakably satisfying. Spicy and sour, just the way I like it.

Pineapple Fried Rice: It would be good if they could add pork floss and roasted cashew nuts as toppings. What is interesting is, they separate lemon juice and nuts for you to pour to our satisfaction. Not enough? Ask for another serving!

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Best Part:
Mango Salad, Phad Thai and Pineapple Fried Rice
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Average at best.
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3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
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.
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