Thaipan is an affordable zichar restaurant that can be found within a condominium near Marine Parade. Zichar could be said to be the Singaporean/Asian equivalent of tapas, where friends and family order a few dishes to share.
Simply let the security guards know that you are going to the restaurant, and they will take down your car details and wave you through. Parking is plentiful, and the restaurant is a short walk up a gentle slope. There is both indoor as well as outdoor (alfresco) seating available. The outdoor section has a view overlooking the swimming pool, and it is pretty cooling at night.
I was there with my family (6 of us), and we ordered the following dishes to share:
Honey pork chop (M, $15)
The pork was tasty and tender, and I enjoyed the sweet flavor of the honey marinate.
Cereal chicken (M, $15)
I absolutely loved the crispy cereal flakes, and kept scooping them up to adorn my pad thai. 😀 The chicken cubes were delicious as well, and this was easily my favorite dish.
Butter prawns (M, $22)
This was Thai Pan’s signature dish, and I had to order it to try. The prawns were coated in egg butter, and were creamy and moist. I thought that it was not bad, although not amazing. I would have liked it more had the prawns been fresher and more ‘springy’.
Thaipan jade tofu with golden mushroom (S, $8)
The tofu was soft and decent-tasting. The amount of mushrooms given was rather sad though. A decent dish, but nothing fantastic really.
Broccoli w/fresh crab meat (M, $14)
I like my broccolis soft, and felt that these were not soft enough. Despite the name of this dish, there was very little crab meat, and I kinda felt cheated by the name.
Pad Thai (L, $11)
Despite looking very presentable, I have to admit that this was a very disappointing dish. I remembered it tasting way better on my first visit here, but on this visit, it was very unimpressive.
Horfun w/seafood (S, $5.80)
I am not a big fan of horfun, so I did not try this. I guess it was an ok dish though, similar to what you can get at any hawker centre outside.
The food at Thai Pan ranges from really yummy to average-tasting, and I would only really recommend ordering the honey pork chop and cereal chicken. The butter prawns are worth a try as well, although they may not please everyone. The other dishes that I had were average-tasting, and nothing to write home about. All in all, it is a solid zichar restaurant, and if you happen to be craving some zichar in the East, why not check it out. And oh, they do not charge service charge, but there is GST applied on the bill.
Thai Pan Restaurant
13 Siglap Road, Singapore 448911 (Nearest MRT: Bedok)
Open daily (incl. PHs) 11.30am – 3.30pm & 5.30pm – 10pm
Check out their website here.