Thai Tantric at Orchard Towers is our all-time favourite Thai eatery in Singapore. There, we’ve said it. Thai Tantric is not the most fancy restaurant, nor is it a place where we would recommend for a date night.
But what makes this no-frills eatery a place you can return to regularly is its authentic Thai food at super reasonable prices. And that is precisely why it remains popular all these years.
Despite its sleazy location in Orchard Towers, Thai Tantric is perpetually packed. People who work in the vicinity seek solace in the comfort food, while people like us would travel just for a reliable Thai meal.
The prices here may appear to be slightly more – S$6 for rice and noodle dishes, and S$10 for meat and seafood – than other Thai eateries in Singapore, but the bigger portions more than make up for it.
Whatever it is, if you haven’t been, it is time to head down.
You can’t beat the Green Curry Chicken (S$10) at Thai Tantric. We’ve had it on numerous occasions, and they were always thick and flavourful, with generous chunks of chicken.
Need your soup? Yes, you shall have it. The Tom Yum Seafood (S$10) is consistently good. But if your tolerance for spicy food is low, this might be a bit too fiery for your liking. We loved it though, that it was always milky and kickass with strong hints of lemongrass.
The Steamed Seabass in Thai Sauce (market price, we paid S$35) is such a star that this on its own is worth a visit. It may not exactly be affordable, but it is worth every penny. Fresh white-flesh fish that is soaked in a spicy and tangy sauce; totally hits all the right spots.
You can come here for a simple lunch and get a one-dish meal and a glass of Thai iced tea, or gather a group of friends and order many Thai classic dishes to share. That’s what we like to do – party over a table full of Thai dishes!
Something that you should avoid when in Thai Tantric is the Pad Thai (S$6). You might think that a Thai eatery won’t get this classic dish wrong, but we tried it twice and it was completely unimpressive. Don’t waste your money and calories.
The Pineapple Fried Rice with Floss, on the other hand, was much better than expected. We’d choose this over the Pad Thai anytime.
Just a word of caution: Orchard Towers is probably not the safest place for girls to visit alone. So make sure you have a guy among your company, or just go with a big group of friends.
#03-23 Towers, 400 Orchard Road
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Sun & PH: 3pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard