Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thai The Dine-In [Thai To Go Restaurant Outfit] @ Sembawang Cottage along Sembawang Road (Near Chong Pang)

I rarely dine at restaurants in Singapore that serve Thai cuisine after visiting Bangkok where authentic Thai food can be have had for less than S$2 a dish.

Thai [The Dine-In] is slightly different - it came recommended by a friend [Karen] who wrote an impressive blog entry on Thai To Go, the delivery branch of Thai The Dine-In.

Simple decor with splashes of cheerful colours to lighten up the stressed up souls in many of us, the newly-open restaurant seemed to attract more customers than its neighbours within Sembawang Cottage.

Such a turnout is always assuring for the irritating skepticism in me.

Lemon Grass Drink
As refreshing and as thirst quenching as most lemongrass drinks i had so far. I should seriously consider having a lemongrass plant in my house so that i can concoct my own drink anytime!

Sliced Fish [marinated with Special Thai Sauce and Herbs]
I found this to be really normal and my passive taste buds faced incredible hurdles in trying to understand what these special Thai sauce and herbs are.

My mom can whip up a similar dish with plain soy sauce and oyster sauce. As you can probably guess by now, my mom (a pretty fantastic cook herself) is a yardstick i frequently used to measure and compare outside food.

Saucy Braised Tofu [with Seafood]
Definitely a savoury dish you would enjoy with a bowl of plain white rice! And don't worry about the vegetables as they appeared green (instead of yellow in some restaurants) and had a nice crunch to them.

Crispy Chicken [in Tangy Lemon Sauce]
Crispy - check. Crunchy - check. Meaty - check. Lemony Sauce - Check. The aforementioned are my basic criteria in assessing this Thai dish. Problem is; the four criterions are not that hard to meet.

In order to stand out from its Thai cuisine competitors, there is a need to differentiate (boy, i still remember my marketing lessons in polytechnic) and the company can start by re-looking into recipe of the tangy lemon sauce.

Stir Fried Glass Noodles [with Seafood]
To start the ball rolling, let's touch on the pieces of squid. They were cooked to perfection and the texture was almost like fish-cake with a squiggly bounce to them.

With strong emphasis on garlic and peppercorns (likely include some special sauce as well), the heavily fried glass noodles were amazingly flavourful and i could not get enough of them!


I am definitely anticipating my next visit - shall try out the Pad Thai then! Would it be as heavenly as the epic one i had in Krabi? Let's find out soon!

369 Sembawang Road,
#01-05, Sembawang Cottage

Lemon Grass Drink - S$2
Sliced Fish - S$9.50
Saucy Braised Tofu - S$6.50
Crispy Chicken - S$8.50
Stir Fried Glass Noodles S$6.50
[NO GST. NO Service Charge]

Additional Information
Free on weekdays afternoon? Choose from four different value sets at only S$8.90 each!

Prefer to order ala carte from the menu? Click the above picture for a better look!

For the catering branch of Thai The Dine-In, 
please visit


  1. Hey Cavin, you were too kind to have referred to my post as "impressive". Shy lar.

  2. Hi Karen,

    You are too modest! Your post is the reason why i have decided to give Thai The Dine-In a try. :P

    Would love to try this dessert cafe you touched on a while ago. The one in braddell i think. haha

  3. Oh, you mean Wimbly Lu? It's in Braddell. You will need a gps to guide you cos there are a couple of turns you need to make. :)

  4. wow interesting place. I notice at the end of your blog.. you live in Yishun too!

  5. karrot: ya! i have checked out google maps and know how to go liao. Frankly, who the hell would know there's a cafe there?!?!?

    foodie: hahaha, yes!!! u also?~??!?!?

  6. yup, putting up at yishun too!

  7. a fellow yishunian! which area do u reside in?? Any food to recommend in Yishun?? :P

  8. 700 plus. You?

    got, but not a lot. Can check out my blog for the posts (

    1) 928 Yishun Laksa
    2) Sembawang White Beehoon
    3) Orange Ciabatta Toast at Good Morning Nanyang Cafe (Sembawang Shopping Centre)
    4) The Prata Place (will post on it soon)
    5)Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood (will post on it soon)

    What about you? Any recommendations in yishun? =)

  9. 100+, between Chong Pang and Northpoint. :P

    Have tried all those you mentioned! But only managed to post the first one.

    Eh.... i like the nasi lemak at block 156 (i think)! and definitely the chicken rice from block 925. oh! and the horfun from 747!

  10. wa u conquer whole of yishun liao ah.

    925 chicken rice standard has dropped. No longer a fan of it

  11. not all lah. i bet there are places u have tried and i haven't.

    925 standard has dropped?! i must tried it again!!!


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