The Place Previously located in Joo Chiat and Rochor Centre back in 2012, popular Thai eatery Rochor Thai has reopened about a month ago at the relatively new Novena Regency, about five to ten minutes walk from Novena Square. The new space at Novena is a cosy one with an open concept Kitchen, which we highly recommend to reserve well ahead. Serving authentic Thai food with a focus on Central Thailand, the chefs are mainly Thais with established culinary backgrounds back in Thailand, led by Chef owner Joel.
The Food We had to start off by having our all-time favourite Thai Iced Milk Tea ($5.80), which was humongous in size, 525ml to be exact! I like that it wasn’t too sweet, and it might be good to share it out as I have problems finishing it all by myself.
One of the signature dishes at Rochor Thai, it is not hard to tell why the Drunkard’s Prawn ($18) lives up to its name. The spicy kick was addictive, I must profess even though my tolerance for spice is probably at the mid-range level. There was no doubt about the freshness of the prawns, but it was the strong flavour of this dish that made it so endearing.
Another highlight here is the Grilled Iberico Pork Collar ($19), a sinful Thai street food treat which I can’t afford to have everyday on my waistline. Despite so, the pork collar was grilled to a tender, soft texture that I would not mind having more.
The other dish I recommend is the Orange Curry Fish Broth ($19), especially if you really need your spices. Unlike Thai green curry which typically fry the curry paste, the orange curry was prepared using the boiled method. Packed with ingredients such as deep fried barramundi fillet and omelette egg, this is the perfect dish to go with some white Jasmine rice.
To add some greens to our meal, the Cabbage with Fish Sauce ($12) was unexpectedly tasty even though I didn’t expect how good a plate of cabbage can be. This dish is also one of the signatures at Rochor Thai.
It just wouldn’t be a complete Thai affair for us without the Pad Thai Rocher Thai ($14), which is served alongside with crab meat, crab eggs and fresh prawns. The Pad Thai wasn’t too greasy and how unusual it is to have crab meat with Pad Thai?
We can’t say we have a complete Thai meal without some homemade Mango Sticky Rice ($8) and Coconut ice-cream ($8).
Rants The location is rather offbeat though it is in Novena. Located in a new building, Rochor Thai is the first and only tenant as of our visit so make sure you don’t make a wasted trip down. Do reserve in advance.
Will I Return Again? Good Thai eateries are hard to come by in Singapore, but suffice it to say Rochor Thai is one of the better ones around. Affordable Thai fare for family and friends, yet without compromising on quality and its authenticity.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Make your reservation instantly at Rochor Thai here.
275 Thomson Road
#01-03 Novena Regency
Tel: +65 6440 3270
Monday to Thursday: 11am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 9.30pm
Friday: 11am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12pm to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10pm
Ranted by the Ranter