As my family doesn't own a car, I will seldom make a journey to the west for food. Honestly, places like Sunset Way are not that luring to make me brave the train and bus rides. But when I do have a car (rented, that is), its a different story altogether. Everywhere the wheels could take me!
Located at the Dempsey-like Rail Mall, Sweet Salty Spicy is a sister restaurant of Cafe Epicurious, serving hearty Thai cuisine. In fact, the two restaurants are side-by-side and you are free to order from either menu. More choices for everyone!
The place was rather empty on a early evening and didn't exactly fill up as the night went on. Though it was marketed as a food market with ingredients-to-go, I was a bit disappointed that the goods occupied merely one shelf. Nonetheless, the chic, dark decor gave the place a pleasant dining vibe.
Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab ($13.00)
Served fresh from the fryer, this was very crispy and surprisingly meaty, very enjoyable after a spell of skinny soft shell crabs. The accompanying sauce was really unique too, made up of chilli jam and lemongrass to give it a sweet, refreshing aftertaste. Haven't had such a good rendition for quite a while!
We also chose some items from their grill selections, but they didn't turn out well for us. We were probably unlucky to get prawns that were slightly mushy and pork slices that were too tough. The chicken was on the safe side, which also meant that it was just uninspiring.
Sugarsnap Pea ($9.00), Green Curry Fish ($10.00)
To go with my rice, we had the obligatory greens that consisted of stir-fried snap peas, shitake mushrooms & baby kai lan. Not so much "wok hei" but at least it was well-flavoured.
I was looking forward to the green curry (oh how I missed the bangkok ones..) and thankfully, it didn't disappoint! With a thick texture, the rich and creamy curry was very well done as I polished off every drop of it with my rice. The snapper fillets were fresh and delicate, though I wish there were more of it in the curry.
Phad Thai ($12.00)
Now this was very close to the real stuff! Served with dried beancurd and chicken chunks, the noodles were delightfully springy with a sweet aftertaste. I guess they also tried to suit Singaporeans' tastebuds by stir-frying the beansprouts as well. Very generous in quantity, I loved to have it drizzled with plenty of peanut bits!
Bill for two was $71.80 after taxes, a tad high given the number of dishes we ordered. Still, the meal was great as the curry and noodles brought back fond memories of Bangkok. A return trip? Well.. No car no go!
Sweet Salty Spicy 392/394 Upper Bukit Timah Road The Rail Mall Telephone: 6877 2544