Sing’s Asian Kitchen Review
Asian food lovers, rejoice! No longer do you have to venture to Darra or hike to Sunnybank to be guaranteed of a good feed. Take a little wander over to Rosalie if you want to take your taste buds-and your loose change-on a ride.
Sing’s Asian Kitchen is my favourite Asian restaurant, hands down. The food is always fresh and tasty. It is amazingly cheap and the servings are huge (mains are priced from $7). The menu range is impressive, covering Vietnamese, Thai, and a touch of Chinese. It’s BYO too, so everyone’s welcome – even you, Fruity Lexia!
My partner D and I visited Sing’s on a recent Saturday night. We hadn’t had it in ages and we were dying-we needed a hit quickly. Luckily meals usually arrive within minutes of ordering, unless it’s a very busy night. We started with the King Prawn Salad Rolls ($7 for three). People who are stuck in the dark ages pathetically nibbling on deep fried spring rolls are losers. Cold Vietnamese rice paper rolls are where it’s at. The decent-sized rolls arrived and were bursting with sliced king prawns, rice vermicelli, mint, lettuce, cucumber, and bean sprouts. Rice paper is strong enough to hold everything together, yet is very thin so all the flavours of the fillings come through more. Don’t confuse them with the Paper Chicken ($7 for three)-these actually have succumbed to the lure of a hot vat of oil, but are very lightly deep fried.
For main, D went with the Pad Thai ($10.90) and I was a chick and ordered the Thai Mixed Salad ($12.90). I was worried about my choice, as so many Asian salads skimp on the greens and just have a few pitiful scraps of lettuce. As soon as our dishes arrived I knew I shouldn’t have doubted Sing’s. Wobbling on top of a very large bed of greens were steamed prawns, chicken, deep fried tofu squares, cucumber, tomatoes, celery, and crushed peanuts, all lightly coated in a sweet dressing. D is not a tofu person (he is a Man who only eats Meat), but he admitted he didn’t mind the tofu in my salad.
Pad Thai is a usual staple on Asian menus, and is a noodle-based dish with egg, shallots, peanuts, bean sprouts, and chicken. D’s Pad Thai was, as usual, a massive serve that looked fantastic. A mountain of fresh rice noodles hid the delights within, like tender breast chicken, crunchy bean sprouts and shallots, and a generous serving of cashews. Crushed nuts on top provided even more flavour, while a squeeze of lemon brought out the sauce’s delicate citrus flavours even more. My only minor complaint is that lime really does work better in this dish than lemon.
Sing’s also offers soups, stir fries, rice dishes, seafood, desserts, and plenty of vegetarian meals. There’s even a ‘Create Your Own’ option where diners can choose their noodle, cooking style, and protein combination, from as little as $8.50.
Service at Sing’s is always swift and pleasant, and the decor is simple but quite casually chic. It’s usually a good idea to book a table, but try for one outside. Inside is ideal for large groups but gets quite noisy as it’s steps away from the partially open kitchen. The outside area is quite cosy-tables have merely a foot between them-but there are comfy bench seats and the area is great for people-watching. The stretch of cafes and restaurants that Sing’s sits on is always lively, and there are plenty of options for dessert nearby. If it came down to a choice between an ice cream and a Pad Thai for the road, though, I think I’d be waddling back into Sing’s for round two.
Sing’s Asian Kitchen
Shop 1/5 Nash St
07 3511 6511
BYO $1.50 corkage per person