The economy isn't doing well, but people still have to eat! Restaurants everywhere are rolling out promotions and discounts to lure that precious consumer money. As my girlfriend and I were wandering about Bugis for dinner, Lerk Thai's promotion caught our eye: a 6 course set dinner for 2 at $18.80. Too good to be true?
Crackers ($1.00 per basket)
Lerk Thai had been around for quite some time, serving thai cuisine at reasonable prices. I had been here before for ala carte dining and they left a pretty good impression on me.
The crackers were served to us upon seating and I thought they were complimentary, until I saw the bill at the end. Oh well, at least they were alright with a resounding crunch and pepperly taste, wasn't outrageously priced either.
Tom Yum Chicken Soup
Served in a claypot, it filled about 4 bowls for the both of us. With hearty chunks of chicken, mushrooms and herbs, the soup was more spicy than sour. Not my ideal tom yam soup, but it still had a rather appetising effect.
Stir-fry Baby Kai Lan, Torpedo Prawns
The kai lan hinted faintly of some "wok-hei" , not overcooked and had enough flavour to it. The prawn was battered in a bread crumb-like coating and served with sweet chilli sauce. Not bad, but I suspected it was deep fried in large quantities and kept heated until served, thus not hot or crispy enough.
Minced Chicken with Basil, Deep-fried Beancurd with Chilli Sauce
The minced chicken was nicely marinated and great with rice, while the beancurd was your typical egg tofu drenched with the same chilli sauce as the prawns. Simple, but egg tofu just happened to be my girlfriend's favourite!
Thai Pudding with Coconut Jelly.
I'm a fan of coconut based desserts, so this suited me fine. One pudding each!
For its price, I would think that its really a good deal, with each dish costing minimum 8 dollars if you order ala carte. I'm not sure if portions are smaller in the set, but i felt it was enough for two person.
However, one fact that irked me was they do not serve plain water. So unless you can hold your thrist that well or immune to spicy food, you will be more or less forced to order its ridiculously-priced glass drinks such as ice lemon tea ($2.50) and lime juice ($3.50).
Overall bill was $30.40 after taxes. The experience would be rather pleasent if not for the water issue. Otherwise, the chances of me returning would definitely be much higher.