Tuesday 16 June 2015

Para Thai @ One KM Mall

Paradise Group opens it's first Thai restaurant, Para Thai, as it debut venture into Asian cuisine. It is located at the newly opened OneKM shopping mall which is situated near Paya Lebar Mrt station. ParaThai is bringing you a paradise of authentic Thai cuisine while they expand beyond its niche in Chinese cuisine.

I'm glad to be among the first few to try out ParaThai, big thanks to Burpple. With a comprehensive menu of over 80 authentic Thai dishes, you can expect to indulge in the intensity of the spices and fragrance of fresh herbs laced and lavished in each dish at ParaThai. The extensive menu starts from small bites and salads, before moving on to soups, seafood and poultries.

For appetisers, we started off the meal with the mildly sweet Kway Teow Song Kreang (Homemade Minced Pork in Rice Noodle Wrap $6.90). It's indeed an refreshing appetiser, the flavourful minced pork kicked start my taste bud.

A Thai meal cannot be complete without the classic Tom Yam Goong with Sea Prawn ($7.90 per bowl/ $19.90 per firepot). The soup broth is flavourful and packs a powerful punch, the prawns definitely enhances the soup with it's natural sweetness. A little too spicy for me but it's shiok.

For curries, here we have is Geang Phed Ped Yang (Roast Duck in Red Curry with Pineapple, $14.90). It is a unique Thai-cuisine fusion dish and also one of the most popular curries. This is not commonly found in eateries in Thailand but often in high end restaurants. The thick red curry is appetising and rich in flavour.

ParaThai has also a range of seafood dishes featuring key items such as seabass, squid and soft-shell crab. We were recommended this dish called Pla Ka Phong Naung Ma Nao (Steamed Seabass with Lime and Chilli $29.90). The whole fish is steamed with a special homemade broth including fresh lime juice, garlic, chilli, spring onions and more. If you fancy sour and spicy, this is for you.

What I love most about Thai food is none other than meat with basil leaves! Here's Stir-fried minced chicken or pork with basil leaves $11.90. Overall rather decent, definitely not the best I had though.

For meat lovers, you might want to try the ParaThai's signature dish Suer Rong Hai (BBQ Beef steak served with homemade sauce $16.90). The texture of the fatty end is slightly charred and tender. But after through the middle, it seems to be dry and tough.

Saw the plate of green rice in the foreground? It's a plate of fragrant Pandan leaf rice, ($1.20). Mad love it, goes so well with the rest of the mains.

For vegetables, here's stir fried short beans with tofu, mushrooms and carrots.

Another appetizer dish that we also tried, savory and spicy Hor Mak Pla (Thai style otak-otak $10.90)

Another dish that you need to complete your Thai dining experience. Almost certainly one of most recognized Thai dish worldwide, Phad Thai Goong Sod (Thai style fried rice noodle with prawns $12.90). The sweetness of the dishes sort of overpowers the overall fragrant of the dish.

And of course we ended the meal with Thai desserts. All time favorite Thai desserts have also found their way into Para Thai menu, here's Tab Tim Krob (Red Ruby served with jack fruit and coconut milk $5.90). It overall tasted quite bland and the coarse ice isn't helping as well.

Another popular Thai dessert, Mun Chiem (sweet tapioca with coconut milk $4.90). The tapioca were moist and soft, with the coconut drizzle over - that's pure shiok-ness. It's pretty good and having it at this price is a steal.

Not forgetting the most popular and also my favorite Thai dessert, Kaow Neow Ma Muang (Mango Sticky Rice $6.90). The mangoes were a tad disappointing with it being a little sour. Nevertheless, I ended a satisfying meal on a sweet note. // Though it's a restaurant established under big name, Paradise Group, I am pleasantly surprised that the pricing were affordable and quality of food were decent.

11 Tanjong Katong Road
#02-23 OneKM
Singapore 437157
Tel: 6702 2541
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm
Sat-Sun & PH, 1030am-10pm

*This was an invited media tasting.


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