5 Best Thai Restaurants in Singapore for That Bangkok Time

Thai Food
Thai Food
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Indulge in the delectable flavors of Thai cuisine without breaking the bank. From the perfect balance of sour, sweet, salty, and bitter tastes to the subtle variations in ingredient proportions, Thai cuisine offers a unique culinary experience. Check out our article for the best Thai restaurants serving affordable and delicious dishes.

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1. Nakhon Kitchen @ Holland Village

Image: Nakhon Kitchen
  • Price range
    S$4 - S$25
  • Address
    27A Lorong Liput, Holland Village
    Singapore 277738
  • Phone
    +65 6286 8785
  • Opening hours
    Daily 11:30 - 21:30
  • Nakhon Kitchen has won the hearts of many locals because of its authenticity and affordable prices. The dishes are cooked by native Thai chefs and served by Thai staff.


    • One of the most affordable casual Thai restaurants in Singapore: Most of the dishes listed under the categories of Chicken, Pork, Vegetables, Rice, and Noodles are reasonably priced at S$6.00. For seafood dishes, the prices range between S$10.00 and S$12.00. It could be said that Nakhon Kitchen beats every Thai restaurant in giving diners the best deal on delicious Thai foods.
    • Great food served fast: No matter how many dishes are ordered, they all will be served at your tables quickly after you are seated. This is because orders are made while diners are in the queue and the staff is efficient in taking orders, setting the tables, and delivering the foods. At Nakhon Kitchen, most people are willing to queue and consider the quick service as compensation for the long queuing time.
    • Extremely spicy Tom Yam Soup: A bowl of clear Tom Yam soup at Nakhon Kitchen is a reward for those who love spicy foods. In its extremely spicy soup, there is a generous amount of freshly chosen ingredients like seafood and chicken. The distinctive aroma of lemongrass and the sour taste will knock you out from the first spoon.

    MENU: Nakhon Kitchen offers a decent-sized menu with dishes listed under the categories of appetizers, salads, soups, curry, seafood, chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, rice, noodles, desserts, and beverages. The portion of Nakhon Kitchen’s dishes is on the small side.


    • Pandan Chicken
    • Tom Yam
    • Green Curry
    • Stir-fried Minced Pork with Basil
    • Deep-Fried Pork with Garlic
    • Stir-Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts
    • Pad Thai
    • Olive Fried Rice
    • Thai Iced Milk Tea
    • Thai Iced Lemongrass

    AVERAGE PRICE/PAX: S$13 (No GST, no service charge)

    LOOK AND FEEL: Both outlets are designed to be very simple but clean and neat. However, the diner crowd makes these non-air-conditioned places a bit noisy.


    @ Holland Village

    • Address: 27A Lor Liput, Singapore 277738
    • Tel: +65 6469 6862
    • Opening hours: Daily 11:30 – 21:30

    @ Bedok North Avenue

    • Address: 136 Bedok North Avenue 3 #01-166, Singapore 460136
    • Tel: (65) 6245 5548
    • Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:00

    @ Hougang Street

    • Address: 212 Hougang Street 21 #01-341, Singapore 530212
    • Tel: (65) 6286 8785
    • Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:00

    @ Sengkang

    • Address: 1 Sengkang Square, #02-30, Compass One, Singapore 545078
    • Tel: +65 6962 2010
    • Opening hours: Daily 11:30 – 21:30

    2. Ah Loy Thai Restaurant

    Image: Ah Loy Thai Restaurant
  • Price range
    S$5.50 - S$15.50
  • Address
    9 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-04, Singapore 188098
  • Phone
    +65 8488 6528
  • Opening hours
    Mon to Thu: 12:00 - 15:00; 16:15 - 20:30
    Fri to Sun: 12:00 - 15:00; 16:15 - 21:30
  • Ah Loy Thai can now be found in the middle of Tan Squee Lan street in Bugis area. In its new home, the flavor that had captured the hearts of many diners since the time Ah Loy Thai was at Shaw Towers and Tampines Mall is still the same. That is the reason that keeps Thai cuisine lovers flocking to its new restaurant.


    • Addictive Butter Calamari: Butter Calamari is one of the signature dishes of Ah Loy Thai, which usually runs out soon. As its name would suggest, the dish is prepared in the way that calamari is deep-fried to a light, golden crunch and then coated with butter and spicy chilli sauce. The sauce makes this dish more heavenly.
    • Menu is simple, yet it offers equally good dishes: Ah Loy Thai has a very small menu, which could be listed on one page. Nonetheless, it is also an advantage because this kind of menu enables the chefs to keep things under control to deliver consistent and equal quality to each dish on offer. Besides Butter Calamari, other dishes like Pandan Chicken, Tom Yum, Green Curry, Pad Thai, Thai Crispy Mango Chicken, and Pineapple Fried Rice are all delicious.

    ORDERING: Diners can make orders while queuing in line. This simple process could be done by marking your choices on the given order slips that diners will hand over and make payment at the cashier counter before being seated. During peak times, it normally takes 45 minutes for the meals to be served after placing orders.

    PRICES: Ah Loy Thai’s prices range between S$5.50 and S$15.50, and there are no GST and service charge.

    MINUS POINT: Service is inconsistent.


    • Cash only
    • Booking is recommended to avoid a long time queuing (normally 30 minutes).

    3. Jai Thai Restaurant on Purvis Street

    Image: Jai Thai Restaurant
  • Price range
    S$3 - S$32
  • Address
    27 Purvis Street, #01-01 An Chuan Building, S188604
  • Phone
    +65 6336 6908
  • Opening hours
    Daily 11:30 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:00
  • Operated by Thais with three locations in Singapore, Jai Thai places emphasis on its authentic Thai dishes prepared in a traditional way. Especially, the outlet at SingPost Centre has been certified as a Halal restaurant.


    • Comprehensive menu with around 100 dishes: Jai Thai’s expansive menu will certainly make diners be spoilt for choice. Besides the Thai favorites, diners can also find many dishes that are hard to find anywhere such as Thai Penang curry with chicken, beef, or prawns.
    • Individual set menus that are value for money: Jai Thai offers six dazzling individual sets for diners to choose from. Tom Yum Set (S$7.80), Green Curry Set (S$7.80), Pad Thai Set (S$6.80), and Beef Noodle Set (S$6.80) are for those who prefer to have a sufficient portion of their favorite to satisfy their craving. For people who like sampling some of the specialties in the restaurant such as Thai Spring Rolls, Thai Green Curry Chicken, Fish with Chilli Sauce, Pandan Chicken, Mango Salad, and Tofu Green Curry, try Pineapple Rice Set (S$9.80) or Olive Rice Set (S$9.80). In addition, a dessert of the day and a choice of drink will also be included in each of these sets.
    • Vegetarian options available: Unlike most other Thai restaurants, Jai Thai offers a delicious and flavored vegetarian menu with around 30 items listed under the categories of Appetizers, Soup, Bean Curd, Vegetables & Salads, and Rice & Noodles.

    MENU: Jai Thai’s menu is designed in a way that gives diners chances to choose their preferred food portion sizes. The majority of the dishes are priced at S$6 for small sizes, S$9 for medium sizes, and S$12 for large sizes.


    • Green Curry
    • Fish Cake
    • Prawn Cake
    • Tom Yum
    • Pad Thai
    • Mango Salad
    • Fried Prawn with Tamarind Sauce
    • Steamed Tofu with Chicken Basil
    • Fried Beef with Basil Leaf
    • Pandan Chicken
    • Thai Beef Noodles
    • Deep-Fried Fish Fillet with Pepper & Garlic
    • Olive Rice


    NOTE: All prices are subjected to a 10% service charge.

    @ An Chuan Building

    • Address: 27 Purvis Street, #01-01 An Chuan Building, S188604
    • Tel: (65) 6336 6908
    • Opening hours: Daily 11:30 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:00

    @ Clover Way

    • Address: 7 Clover Way, Singapore 579080
    • Tel: (65) 6258 0228
    • Opening hours: Mon to Thu 11:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 21:00; Fri, Sat, Sun & PH 11:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:00

    @ SingPost Centre  (Halal certificated)

    • Address: 10 Eunos Road 8, SingPost Centre #B1-147, Singapore 408600 (In front of NTUC Fairprice)
    • Tel: +65 6346 4940
    • Opening hours: Mon to Thu 11:00 – 20:30, Fri to Sun 11:00 – 21:00

    4. Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant

    Image: Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant
  • Price range
    S$6 - S$32
  • Address
    5001 Beach Road,
    Golden Mile Complex #01-67/68/69, S199588
  • Phone
    +65 6293 5101
  • Opening hours
    Tue to Sun: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant, which serves Bangkok and Northern Thailand style food at affordable prices, is a famous Thai casual eatery at Golden Mile Complex. All the dishes at Diandin Leluk are prepared by native Thai chefs who have many years of culinary experience.


    • An award-winning Thai restaurant: Diandin Leluk has received much praise for its yummy food over its three decades of operation. Beef Kway Teow is among the dishes that give the restaurant its fame.
    • A Thai street exciting atmosphere right in Singapore: Known as Singapore’s Little Thailand, Golden Mile Complex is home to Thai eateries, Thai supermarkets, Thai grocery stores, and Thai fashion shops that mainly cater to the Thai community in Singapore. This bustling exciting place really makes you feel you are in Thailand. If you want to taste authentic Thai food in a typical Thai street atmosphere, with Thai fellow diners at other tables, Diandin Leluk will catch your eye.

    MENU: Diandin Leluk features a comprehensive menu, which gives diners choices for their preferred portion sizes. Most of the dishes are pretty good, and out of them, clear tom yum soup and chicken feet salad are the standouts. More especially, this restaurant is also happy to serve vegetarian options upon request.


    • Clear tom yum soup
    • Chicken feet salad
    • Hotplate omelette with oyster
    • Pad Thai
    • Fried pork with basil
    • Steamed seabass with spicy lemon sauce
    • Mango salad
    • Papaya salad
    • Stir-fried morning glory
    • Red ruby
    • Mango with glutinous rice


    5. Joe’s Kitchen

    Image: Joe’s Kitchen
  • Price
    $6.50 - $38
  • Address
    Block 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-182
    Singapore 150124
  • Phone
    +65 6270 8484
  • Opening hours
    Daily 11:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • As we can see from its name, Joe’s Kitchen is helmed by Joe, a Thai chef who worked for Parkway Thai Restaurant previously. Since opened in 2006, this casual Thai eatery has made a name for its good Thai foods, good services, and reasonable prices. Joe’s Kitchen catering for both dine-in and takeaway needs is undoubtedly the place to indulge your cravings.


    • Extensive menu with dishes adjusted to suit local palates: Joe’s Kitchen features a very large menu with hundreds of dishes listed under categories of appetizers, salads, soups, beef, chicken, pork, omelettes, tofu, prawns, crabs, fish, vegetables, rice & noodles, desserts, and beverages. The food spiciness level is kept minimal which is suitable for those who cannot take spicy food well.
    • Awesome stuffed chicken wings for fans of Thai finger foods: Joe’s Kitchen appetizers are often praised by local foodies, especially the stuffed chicken wings. The exterior of the wings was fried to crisp golden brown perfection with fillings made up of minced chicken meat mixed together with bits of chestnuts and sweet corn kernels. The mid-section of the chicken wing is nicely deboned, so this finger food dish won’t make your hands messy.


    • Stuffed chicken wing
    • Prawn cakes
    • Claypot crab with vermicelli
    • Green curry
    • Papaya salad
    • Pineapple fried rice
    • Thai fried vermicelli
    • Pad Thai
    • Basil leaf minced pork
    • Honey Chicken


    LOOK AND FEEL: Nestled at a HDB block, this small casual eatery has a simple and basic interior. But it is often packed by locals during lunchtime and dinnertime. The place is equipped with air conditioning, which is more comfortable than some other restaurants.


    • It is always worth calling Joe’s Kitchen before you arrive to confirm a booking.
    • The place is not easily accessible by MRT.
    • This eatery applies the service charge of ten percent to dining-in.

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