Beachside Thai: The Southside dining scene just got more exciting. An eatery inspired by the street food of Bangkok and the beaches on the southern coast of Thailand, Sip Song offers casual bites best enjoyed family-style. The restaurant is the brainchild of dining group Maximal Concepts, which also runs island-inspired Limewood, with the two joints basically bookending various restaurants and shops at The Pulse complex on Repulse Bay Beach.
Look and Feel: A cozy, charming spot with views of the quieter end of Repulse Bay Beach. Expect a colorful interior, with an open kitchen where you can catch all the chefs in action.
On the Menu: Even though Thai food is the focus here, you won’t necessarily get the most authentic flavors. Instead, the dishes here are often presented with a twist. The “Don’t Tell Mom” roti pancake starter with BBQ pork neck and chili jam ($95) alludes to the fact that the chef, a Bangkok native, created this dish that would have his mother fuming, owing to its unusual flavors.
The unorthodox-Thai theme continues with phad see ew ($125), which comes with melt-in-your-mouth hangar steak. The Thai “son-in-law” scotch egg ($55), on the other hand, pays homage to a classic Thai dish and is made to minced chicken and crispy shallots. While the menu boasts plenty of traditional, hearty curries, you should go for something you won’t find elsewhere. We’re a fan of the BBQ skate wing with massaman curry paste ($255), a rich curry that ramps up the spice factor yet manages not to mask the fresh flavors of the fish.
Meet the Chef: Head chef Nuch Srichantranon honed his craft in Southeast Asian restaurants in Australia before arriving in Hong Kong.
Great For: Cocktails and bites in the day; casual dinner after a long day soaking up the rays on the beach.
FYI: In case you’re wondering why Maximal Concepts decided to open two beachside establishments on the same strip, Sip Song offers a more wallet-friendly dining experience while the menu very much focuses on Thai flavors.
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