The Place One of the latest restaurants to open in Orchard (Ngee Ann City), and as their name seems to suggest, Haha Thai rejoices in making its diners satisfy from a hearty Thai-styled meal. The interior decor was helmed by a certain member of the founding team behind the Haha restaurants (with Haha Sushi in Lavendar), the trained designer took great pains to ensure Haha feels homely yet edgey – in good contrast with the typical shopping malls’ restaurants.
The Food Their chefs are from southern Thailand, where they are more inclined to add intensity to the flavouring. To cater to the Singaporean masses, Haha Thai has steered their kitchen staff to prepare dishes more suitable for the local palate, which literally meant less spiced and more of the sweetness and saltiness. Read on to know if that go down well with the Pandas!
First up, the mandatory soup of any Thai meal, their Tom Yum Talay ($9.80) kicks start the meal. As warned, don’t expect the typical spicy Tom Yum soup here. With the exception to that, the soup ticks off all the right palates, probably a good Tom Yum to have during a working day lunch and spare yourself from the sweat!
If you are bored of the usual Phad Thai, give Haha Bak Mee ($10.80) a try! A tad too sweet, but this Bak Mee rendition deserve the “Haha” recommendation – an adjective added to the signature dishes at Haha Thai! Another staple mains, the Haha Fried Rice ($11.80) gives the indecisive you a chance to savour all the variety of fried rice served here. This includes Pineapple. Green Curry, Belachan, Tom Yum and the Olive Fried Rice. Can you make a guess which are the ones we have chosen?
While this does not have the “Haha” recommendation, the Buttercorn Prawns ($18.80) are simply delish. Thumbs up to the combination of the flanky pork floss, buttery crunchy corns and the fresh prawns, this wholesome side dish pairs well with any of the fried rice.
Not a fan of ordering fish when eating out, mainly due to the high price tag. But if your wallet permits and you crave for it, Haha Himalayan Snow-Baked Seabass ($49.80) will not disappoint. Done in the usual Indochine-styled of baked fish, enjoy this with the assortments of thai condiments at their central sauces counter! Will definitely recommend the green spicy sauce to go with this.
Another side dish we will recommend is the Haha Crispy Egg Floss Omelette ($11.80). Some skills are required to prepare this dish to perfection, have it with any staple mains or simply have it on its own!
How can we skip another thai favourite, the homemade Haha Otah ($8.80)?
At Haha Thai, they do serve up some daily specials as well, so keep a lookout on their black boards for inspiration. We had their Swordfish Sashimi with Thai Sweet Chili. Uniquely done and surprisingly matching it off really well. We do recommend you trying their specials, since it would be the freshest of ingredients the kitchen manages to find at the market for the day!
The usual Thai beverages Haha Thai Iced Tea ($4.80) and Haha Lemongrass ($4.80) are always tempting. The ones at Haha, well, it did made me smile, so you should have one too!
And to social media trending desserts at Haha Thai, which some of you may have seen a couple (read: a lot) of instagram posts of, the Haha’s Red Velvet Lava Cake with Ice Cream ($10.80) and Matcha Lava Cake with Ice Cream ($10.80) are da bomb. Quite surprised to find this gem in a Thai restaurant, but knowing how much effort the team behind Haha is making sure their restaurant thrives in the competitive food scene, we cannot expect anything less now! If you can have only one lava cake, go for the Red Velvet. But if you like it even sweeter, go for the Matcha.
Was told by the restaurant that they are looking to add more exciting new Ice Cream ($4.80 for 2 scoops) flavours to their already long list of exclusively-Thai options, which currently includes Coconut, Lemongrass, Mango, Thai Iced Tea, Lychee, Durian and the classic Vanilla. Probably a scoop of Tom Yum ice cream next?
And just as you think this is all, they are also pushing out their Illy’s Coffee Slushie paired with thai rice crisp ($3.80). Its as good as it sounds, really. You can do a takeaway too!
Do keep a lookout for its set lunches ($12.80 per set) and also their weekday Happy Hours (3pm to 6pm) promotions!
Rants Spice it up! Some of us may not take spices as well as the southern Thais, but am sure we can do better than “next-to-nothing”!
Will I Return Again? The casual vibes, affordable bites and of course, the delectable desserts, I will be back.
Make your reservations instantly at Haha Thai here.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road #05-29
Tel: +65 6299 4401
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Ranted by The Rantee