Soi 47 – Cheap & Good Thai Restaurant At King George’s Ave. An Entire Seabass At $19 NETT
(thus the name), and it has recently opened its 2nd outlet at 111 King George’s Avenue.
Of course I am happy for them.
After talking to the owner Mr Ang, I realised he was a simple man just wanting to serve up good Thai food at affordable pricing to the diners.
No added MSG, no GST, no service charge. The prices you see here and on the menu are Nett.
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Despite relative success and a number of media mentions (Straits Times recommend it for a “Cheap & Good Thai fix”), Soi 47 kept its pricing consistent.
You can still get a freshly steamed whole seabass for $19 nett, in a restaurant setting, hard to find anywhere else in Singapore. (Let me know if you find any good ones.)
The new branch at King George’s Avenue took over the premises left behind by AEIOU Café, a walk of about 10 minutes from Lavender MRT station.
This is a more spacious setting with tall airy ceilings, set to attract the lunch crowd nearby, and would make an inexpensive Thai food outing if you intend to head over for dinner.
The kitchen continues to be helmed by Thai chefs, who cook up a variety of dishes similar to what they prepare back in their home-country.
Here are some of the 10 recommendations from Soi 47:
Deep Fried Seabass with Baby Garlic ($19.00) I would normally order the steamed fish, but thought would have the deep fried seabas for a change.
Other than the golden skin and chunky flesh, the other draw was the numerous baby garlic taking on an ‘omnipresent’ role, surrounding the entire fish, that would please any garlic fan (and chase any vampires anyway.)
The crispy fish was seasoned minimally, so the flavours come from purely the sweetness of the meat, and all that garlic.
If you would enjoy flavours that are more punchy, also available are Deep Fried Seabass with Thai Chilli Sauce, Mango Salad or Sweet and Sour Sauce – all at the same value-for-money price.
Steam Seabass with Thai Lime Sauce ($19.00) The crowd favourite. Steamed white-flesh, mild-flavoured sea bass fish with a tangy lime, hot chillies and garlic with wonderful flavours.
Soupy and comforting as well.
Fish Maw Soup with Crab Meat & Quail Eggs ($12.00) The Thai street favourite of Braised Fish Maw in Brown Soup Ka Prao Pla Nam Dang – thick and gelatinous, slightly to the salty side. Good to go with a bowl of fragrant Jasmine rice.
Home Made Breaded Prawn Cake ($6.00 for 4 pieces) Their Tod Mun Goong is the one side dish that I can order every time I am here, because it is hard to find hand-made prawn cakes in Singapore – not the generic tasting ones.
It was satisfying to take delicious little mouthfuls, for the succulence and juiciness of the mashed prawn meat.
Home Made Thai Fish Cake ($5.50 for 4 pieces) The Thai Fish Cake are also “home-made”, springy and silky, except that I wished that there were slightly fatter.
Stuffed Chicken Wings with Minced Chicken ($6.80 for 3 pieces) Crispy chicken wings filled with moist minced chicken, mostly boneless except for the tips. Good to gnaw on, best with some Thai sweet chilli sauce.
Tom Yum Soup With Chicken ($5.50), With Seafood ($6.80) $5.50 Tom Yum Soup! So cheap.
The entire table all found the Tom Yum Soup to be very shiok. I won’t say it was extremely spicy, despite looking deep-orange, but enough to give a kick.
It was the tanginess that would wake up your taste buds.
Stir Fry Kailan with Roasted Pork ($8.00) Stir-fried vegetables with crispy pork slices.
Phad Thai With Chicken ($5.50), with Seafood ($6.00) The stir-fried rice noodle dish has good wok-hei and not too greasy, except that some people may feel that flavours can be stronger by adding more seasoning.
I liked it in a way because some of the other dishes like the soups could be richer, so this would balance it out.
Mango Sticky Rice ($5.00) Sweet sticky rice with coconut milk and fresh mangoes. Needs little introduction.
If you would like other desserts, available sweets include Tapioca with Coconut Milk ($4.00), Red Ruby ($3.00) and Chendol ($4.00).
Iced Milk Tea with Lychee ($4.00) Other than a variety of popular Thai drinks like the Iced Thai Milk Tea ($3.00), Iced Lemongrass Drink ($2.50) and Iced Roselle Drink ($2.50), newly introduced is the Iced Milk Tea with a stick of lychee ($4.00).
With most of the dishes ranging from $5.50 to $6.80, you can imagine that this will make a value-for-money meal, best to gather a few friends and family members to share the food and to try more variety.
As the new outlet of Soi 47 is just starting out, service can take a while. Keep them some time to settle down, and you will find this a good hidden gem in this part of Singapore.