Sunday 9 June 2024

Fi Woodfire Thai – A Modern Thai Culinary Concept with A Woodfire Twist [MEDIA INVITE]

Fi Woodfire Thai (“Fi”) Restaurant showcases a modern Thai culinary concept through the dynamic use of fire and curated for the local palate. To deliver a deep smoky richness, Fi uses a double-insulated wood-fire oven with Bincho-tan charcoal for longevity and heat stability, complemented by aromatic lychee wood.

Entrance - From Inside Robertson Walk
Entrance - From Outside Robertson Walk
Located at Robertson Walk, Fi is a cosy establishment that seats 40 guests. The restaurant is minimally decorated, merging simplicity and warmth. The main dining area is filled with high tables and chairs for a group of four or six. Meanwhile, the centrepiece of the restaurant is the long bar that double-up as a dining table that can seat up to a dozen of guests.

The Bar
We started our adventure at Fi with drinks. Thai Ice Lemon Tea [$8] and Sabai [$20]. The Thai Ice Lemon Tea is potent, thick and strong. I initially asked for no sugar, luckily the service staff recommended a bit of sugar, to remove the bitterness from the tea. A good recommendation.

Thai Iced Lemon Tea
LD choose a cocktail, Sabai. Sabai mean “to relax” in Thai, this cocktail mixes Mekong rum with a squeeze of lemon, simple syrup, and fresh basil leaves for a refreshing mid-day tipple. LD says it is refreshing and the bartender is very generous with the splashes of rum as well.

Sabai (Front)
Charred Corn Som Tum [$14]. Traditional Thai Som Tum complete with its ingredients Shredded Papaya, Cherry Tomato, Long Bean, Dried Shrimp, Onions, Chilli Padi, Garlic, Fish Sauce, Lime Juice and Peanuts. The salad is refreshing with a touch of spiciness and the grilled corn is absolutely delicious. Smoky, charred, sweet and juicy. A good start to the meal.

Charred Corn Som Tum 
Basil Minced Pork on Charred Eggplant [$18]. I usually don’t eat basil minced pork in a Thai restaurant, because it is usually very spicy. The version here is mild in spiciness, aromatic, sweet and packed with flavour. I also make an exception for the eggplant, the texture is smooth, crunchy with a nice smoky flavour and a nice grilled mark on the inner part. It provided an excellent base for stir-fried basil minced pork.

Basil Minced Pork on Charred Eggplant
French Poulet [$28] - Grilled Half Gg French Poulet, Chicken Liver, Jaew Sauce. The refined version of grilled Thai Chicken (Kai Yang). The French Poulet is juicy, succulent and the marinate penetrated to the bone. The meat from the breast and thigh are equally juicy. The marinated sauce is a bit sweet initially, but after a squeeze of lime, the citrus flavour just brings the overall flavours to life. It is best to be eaten with the raw salad.

French Poulet
“Moo Ping” Smoked Pork Ribs (500g Bone In) [$42]. Absolutely, ridiculously, super yummy. The pork ribs’ texture is fork tender, juicy, succulent, well-marinated with a lovely charred crust. It can feel a bit “Jelak” (Overwhelming), but it can easily be fixed with a squeeze of lime or dipping sauce. It is heavenly and finger licking good. #OinkOink #Porkgasm

Moo Ping
The Bones
Seafood Pad Thai [$18] - Shrimp, Squid, Egg, Tofu, Sprouts, Chives, Rice Noodle, Crushed Peanuts. This version here is Pad Thai which you get in restaurants / hotels in Thailand. It uses juicy big prawns. I find the taste of the pad thai is too bold for my liking, especially the sweetness level. Although it has a nice smoky flavour at the beginning, it dissipates from the dish after the second bite.

Seafood Pad Thai
Thai Milk Tea Panna Cotta [$12] - Thai Milk Tea Pudding Served with Coconut Ice Cream and Tea Jelly. A well-plated and well-constructed dessert. The milk tea pudding is dense and creamy. The tea jelly delivers a bold thick flavour of Thai tea, while the coconut ice cream binds all the ingredients nicely.

Thai Milk Tea Panna Cotta 
For spicy food lovers, please inform the service staff when you order the food. The kitchen can adjust the spiciness level for the Som Tum, Basil Minced Pork and Tom Yum. They can also serve cut chilli if needed.

Overall, we enjoy the food at Fi. Don’t expect a traditional street food in Thailand, be open minded to the modern interpretation of Thai Food here that are suitable to pair with their cocktails and drinks. Don’t miss out on their amazing French Poulet & Moo Ping. Chiyo!! Cheers!!

Thank you very much Protegie Consultancy and Team Fi Woodfire Thai for hosting us.

Food & Drink: 8/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50; $51 - $80

Fi Woodfire Thai
11 Unity Street
#01-07, Robertson Walk
Singapore 237995

T: +65 8776 1569
Wed – Sun: 11.30 – 15.00, 17.00 – 22.00
Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays

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