A good spread of affordable Thai, Western and Vietnamese cuisine, live football screening with ice-cold beers on tap all under one roof? Yes. We may have just stumbled upon Geylang’s best-kept secret.
Tucked in a quiet street along Sims Close, 10 minutes away from Aljunied MRT Station, SIMS is a crowd favourite among those living and working in the Aljunied vicinity.
We were there on a Friday evening and the place was buzzing with diners. Many had huge platters on their tables and we knew we had to get one (or two) for ourselves!
We ordered their Signature Thai Platter, Basil Pork With Rice, Pad Thai, Fried Garlic Prawn and Stir-fry Kai Lan with Roasted Pork.
The Signature Thai Platter [$36.90] consists of Moo Bing skewers, Half Grilled Chicken, Grilled Tiger Prawns, Thai Fishcakes and Spring Rolls. Portions are huge and excellent value for money to enjoy with 3-4 hungry friends!
Promotion: Enjoy 2 Towers of Heineken Beer and Signature Thai Platter for $125 nett-
As Thai Food Connoisseurs in Singapore, Basil Pork with Rice [$7.50] is a must-try dish for us when we visit any Thai establishment, as the ‘simplest’ dishes are always the hardest to master. The Stir-Fried Basil Pork here was well executed with the balanced trinity of Thai seasonings – fish sauce, soy sauce and oyster sauce, and finished with generous servings of Thai Holy Basil, a dash of chilli padi, topped with a sunny-side up. It was definitely one of the better ones we have had here in Singapore.
The generous portion of Pad Thai with Chicken [$7.50] was also well executed.
When eating with a group of friends, these are some dishes which are good for sharing.
Stir-fry Kai Lan with Roasted Pork [$15] is a savoury and satisfying dish that combines the slight bitterness of the kai lan with the saltiness of the pork for a perfect balance of flavours. It is a healthy and flavourful way to incorporate more greens into your diet while enjoying the deliciousness of roasted pork.
Fried Seabass with Mango Dressing [$29.90] was a good change from the usual Steamed Seabass with Lime and Garlic dressing. This is essentially a 2-in-1 dish with fried seabass and mango salad. The spicy and tangy mango salad is sure to whip up your appetite.
Fried Garlic Prawn [8 for $30] came with freshly fried garlic bits which were so addictive. It was exactly like eating cereal prawns where we could not stop munching on the crispy bits.
Apart from Thai, their Vietnamese cuisine is a hit with customers too.
We were particularly impressed with the Vietnamese Grilled fare – both the Char Grilled Pork Belly [$16] and Grilled Pomfret [$33.90] were well seasoned and charcoal-grilled a-la-minute, exuding an alluring char-grilled flavour in every bite, made even better by the variety of sauces and dips available!
We were also told that another favourite among their regulars is the Vietnamese Pho [from $7]. We were too stuffed by then to try more food, but we will be here again very soon!
For drinkers, you will be happy to know that there are various promotions ongoing!
Smooth and creamy Guinness [1 pint for $12; 9 pints for $88] and Ice Cold Heineken Beer [1 pint for $10; 9 pints for $78] on tap are available to help you beat the heat.
Football screening and promotional bundles are also available on match days.
Overall, we had a fun experience dining at SIMS with the wide choice of food options, lively ambience and great value. Also note that there is a huge seating capacity, an air-conditioned dining area and ample parking lots here at SIMS!