Long Chim @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Fresh from earning the top spot on the San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2014, Australian chef and restaurateur David Thompson went on to join the repertoire of celebrity chefs in Marina Bay Sands shortly after. Opened in September last year, Long Chim marked Chef Thomson’s debut into the Singapore culinary scene but unlike his award-winning Nahm in Bangkok, this casual-dining restaurant specialises in Thai street food and dishes are mostly below $30.

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Drawing inspiration from modern-day Bangkok, the interior design of Long Chim is both sleek and swanky with its low lying lights, 3D wooden panelled ceilings supported by walls and pillars that are unapologetically covered in murals made up of thick bold strokes.

Taking up to 150 diners at one time, Long Chim is by no means a small space and might be considered sprawling even. It offers a variety of dining experiences and you can choose to either sit at the kitchen counter for some live action, tuck into bar bites at the lounge area alongside exotic Thai cocktails concocted at the bar, book the private dining rooms for intimate get-togethers or simply dine at one of the tables in the main dining area which is sufficiently cosy.

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We started with some appetisers- Cured Pork Fritters $17 and Dried Prawns in Betel Leaves $13. The latter with its ginger notes, toasted coconuts and chunks of peanuts all wrapped in a juicy betal leaf was simply a party in the mouth with its varying textures and myriad of flavours, while the former was rightfully salty and thrilled with waves of spiciness from the slices of bird’s eye chilli.

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The Prin’s Noodles $28 was one of my dinner highlights. Paired with Sriracha sauce for some added heat and accompanied by succulent prawns and juicy pork chunks, the dish had a nice “wok-hei” and just the right amount of sweetness to it.

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The Pad Thai $30 was frankly not exactly cheap but after having a taste of the al dente rice noodles tossed in sweet-spicy nutty sauce and its chewy savouriness, I concluded that it was indeed worth the splurge. Lovely balance of flavours with an enjoyable sourish finish from the tamarind.

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We were lucky enough to have Chef Thomson in the kitchen that day and even got to try his new Red Prawn Curry $31 which was intensely spicy and deliciously satisfying. Best eaten with a bowl of steamed white rice for completeness.

The award-winning chef later shared with us that although many had given feedback that the food at Long Chim was on the salty side, he was adamant about not compromising his recipes just to suit the Singaporean palette as this was the way food was prepared in the street stalls of Bangkok. Props to chef for sticking to his guns and judging from his past accolades, I dare say that Singaporeans will probably warm up to his authentic style sooner or later. He is after all, one of the most decorated Thai chefs in Asia.

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Other items on the menu worth mentioning include the Green Beef Curry with Roti $28 which was thick, creamy and downright mouthwatering and the Stir-Fried Vegetables $16 made fancy with slabs of fatty and sinfully luscious pork belly.

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Desserts proved to be the surprising stars of the evening with a Durian Ice-Cream $15 that had everyone at the table raving. Even those who were not huge fans of the king of fruits agreed that Long Chim had done justice to the robust bitter-sweet nature of the durian that was beautifully amalgamated with the homemade gelato for a smooth and delectable creaminess. The Mango with Sweet Sticky Rice $14 too was worthy of praise with gloriously rich coconut cream smothering the bed of delicately-cooked glutinous rice grains and thick slices of superbly ripe mangoes.

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Overall, Long Chim which actually means “come and taste”, stays true to its Thai roots. The food is authentically appetising while the staff who were mostly Thai, were knowledgable, attentive and almost charming. A great experience and one which I would most certainly return for.

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Atrium 2 #02-02
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018955
Tel: 6688 7299

Opening hrs:
Lunch: 11:30-14:30H
Dinner: 17:30-23:00H

Singapore

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