Review: Jim Thompson – “THE” Thai Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Originally Published on Urbandesis.com on 25/03/2016

There is something about Thai food that just appeals to the Indian palette. Perhaps it’s the assortment of spices they use. Perhaps it’s the profusion of exotic flavours. Perhaps it’s the contrasting textures and the delicate aromas. Perhaps the curries remind us of home. Whatever it is, I’ve been told by many an Indian that Thai food is their favourite cuisine.

And when you’re heading out for Thai food, what better place than Jim Thompson: A Thai Restaurant and Wine Bar. This world class Thai restaurant not only boasts of serving the finest Thai cuisine, but its dramatic architecture and dazzling interiors put it in a class by itself.

The restaurant is situated in a Dempsey Hill heritage venue with a stunning interior. The palatial interior space and the dramatic 15-metre high ceilings lend plenty of character to the place and set the stage for a heightened dining experience, making it the perfect place for a celebratory dinner or just a romantic night out.

The interior features lavish detailing and quintessentially Siamese eclecticism, with contemporary Thai arts and crafts, and hand loomed Thai silk furnishings aplenty. You can tell that attention has been paid to every single detail, from the table settings to the food.

If you’re in the mood to dine al-fresco, the restaurant also has outdoor seating in the form of a wooden deck, with a water feature.

Moving on to the food, the menu is vast, with a wide selection of appetisers, salads, soups, curries, main dishes, seafood, barbecue, noodles and desserts. To top it off, the menu is pork-free and vegetarian friendly. In fact, they have a whole separate menu for vegetarians, with the widest selection of dishes that I’ve ever seen in a non-Indian restaurant outside of India.

The wine list is extensive and they also have a selection of cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages including traditional Siamese herbal drinks.

On recommendation of the Beverage Manager, we tried Siam Sunray (S$24) and Thompson Mojito (S$28). The Siam Sunray is aptly called “Thailand in a Glass”. I could taste delicate flavours of Thai spices like lemongrass, ginger, kaffir lime and even red chilli. Must try! Thompson’s twist on the classic Mojito – prepared with lemongrass infused vodka – is also worth a try, especially for mojito lovers. continue reading

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