Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sanook Kitchen @ Northpoint City Shopping Mall in Yishun [Singapore]

Taking over the former premises of Thai Express at Northpoint City is this new Thai restaurant by the name of Sanook Kitchen, and since Sakon Thai wasn't very wallet friendly and Gu Thai Noodle Cafe failed to meet our expectation; our family decided to give this new entrant a try!

I read somewhere that Sanook Kitchen is under the same management of Thai Express but a check on the webpage of Minor Food Group (holding company for Thai Express) indicated that Sanook Kitchen isn't included in the list of food brands under them.

Anyway, even within reputable groups, there could be lousy brand restaurants and nothing beats trying it yourself to see if the taste is up to your expectations. So, here's what we had. 

Stir-fried Mixed Vegetables with Mushrooms - personally, i thought this simple plate of mixed vegetables was marvelously cooked and hit the right taste buds in every bite. The only problem is that the portion was insufficient for three persons although i can't complain much for S$5.90 a plate in a restaurant at a shopping centre setting. 

Green Chicken Curry - ever since my epic Thai curry experience at Raya Restaurant in Phuket, i can never resist ordering Thai curry when i see it on the menu. Likewise with the aforementioned vegetables dish, the portion wasn't generous. 

Its spiciness shot to my nose when i took a sip and while it was tasty (especially with plain, white rice); i prefer the curry to have a slightly thicker consistency. The pathetic portion of chicken was obviously frozen chicken; you can really taste the difference. And i can't help it but comment; can't the chef just put in more slices of brinjal even if they are not the usual, cute Thai brinjals?!  

Steamed Sea Bass with Chilli, Lime & Garlic - having tried a similar one at Singapore's Ah Loy Thai Restaurant, we thought we should order for the sake of comparison.

Submerged in a broth infused with sourness, spiciness and a touch of sweetness, the fish meat tasted fresh and in all; it, thankfully, didn't disappoint. For the first time, the portion was also deemed to be acceptable! 

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Location
930, Yishun Avenue 2,
#B1-01 (North Wing), 
Northpoint Shopping Centre
Singapore 768019

Menu
As above.

Order List
As above.

Pricing
Stir-fried Mixed Vegetables with Mushrooms - S$5.90
Green Chicken Curry - S$7.90
Steamed Sea Bass with Chilli, Lime & Garlic - S$24.90
(Subject to GST and Service Charge)

2 comments:

  1. I was trying to check if Sanook belongs to Thai Express. And landed at your site. I wonder if Sanook is a test-market for scaling downwards in terms of price to capture higher masses. And on the other hand to protect the parent brand.

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    1. I think it's likely a test market for new focus and directions. Not sure if pricing is scaled downwards as thai express wasn't very expensive i thought although taste was pretty much a letdown both times i visited (at other branches).

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