The Place Located at Little India’s Park Hotel Farrer Park, I checked out the Thai-halal Blue Jasmine restaurant recently, located at the fifth level of the hotel. As a Thai-halal restaurant, Blue Jasmine is helmed by a Thai chef from Chiang Rai and has seen a revamp of its menu recently for its second year of operations. The space of Blue Jasmine is relatively spacious and huge in terms of seating capacity, which can accommodate up to 100 diners.
The Food The dishes on the menu are a mix of classic Thai dishes and other Thai province specialities. There are familiar dishes such as Tom Yum, as well as lesser known provincial dishes like ‘Poh Tek’. Other than its ala carte menu, the restaurant also offers buffet dinner every Friday and Saturday. For a start, I had the Cha-Om Fried Egg (S$12), a mix of egg rolls with seasonal vegetables and shrimp paste sauce. I personally prefer a big fried omelette instead as I feel it goes better with rice that way.
For soup, the Tom Yum Sea Bass ‘Poh Tek’ (S$20) is quite unlike the Tom Yum soup I am familiar with. The starking difference is that this version is filled with deep-fried sea bass along with the chicken stock and spices. The flavour is not too spicy, and it does remind me a little of the spicier version of our local fried fish soup. Oh and the generous oyster mushrooms are my favourite too!
I can’t have a Thai meal without ordering some Thai curry. Some of the curry dishes I tried were the Thai Green Curry (S$16) chicken and the Yellow River Prawn Curry (S$26).
Both curries are not too spicy, though I’m more fond of the latter which is a Southern Thailand dish. The yellow curry here is prepared with a myriad of ingredients and spices like lemongrass, red chillies and fish sauce. The river prawn here soaks up the essence of the curry.
For meat, try the Roast Chicken Esarn Style (S$16), a half portion free range chicken marinated in spices. Served with Esarn paste which is a blend of spices like lemongrass, coriander leaves and white pepper seeds, I like the tenderness of the chicken meat which is very juicy in flavour as well.
Another dish most of us enjoyed is the Holy Basil Krapao with Squid (S$24), a spicy signature dish which has predominantly long beans cooked with basil leaves and chillies. This dish is surprisingly tasty, as I am quite surprised that I enjoy my long beans done this way. Have it along with the blue jasmine rice! For noodles, the Thai Fried Kway Teow with Seafood (S$18) has a texture closer to Pad Thai than our local fried kway teow. I like the fact that the texture of the fried kway teow here is quite moist, and the generous portion makes it quite idea for sharing.
For desserts, I managed to try a wide variety of Thai specials such as Thai Chendol (S$12), Red Ruby (S$12), Mango Sticky Rice (S$14) and Coconut Pudding (S$12).
The mango sticky rice is my favourite of the lot, as it is served with a nice blue sticky rice. The colour from the blue rice is in fact from blue pea flower, without any artificial colouring. The overall taste is not too dry and goes really well with the coconut milk and fresh mango slices.
Rants As compared to the casual Thai eateries I am familiar with, prices at Blue Jasmine are relatively steeper.
Will I Return Again? As a mid-range Thai restaurant, I will recommend Blue Jasmine if you are looking for a comfy dining ambience to enjoy good Thai dishes. I guess it all depends on occasion, as I will still return to the more casual Thai eateries on a normal weekend.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Make your reservations instantly at Blue Jasmine here.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Monday to Sunday: 11.30am to 10pm
Buffet Dinner (Friday to Saturday): 6.30pm to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter