Y.E.S. 93.3FM 美食鉴定团: Tawandang Microbrewery (Dempsey)

Thumbs up for Thai food!

I was very honored to be invited back for another YES 93.3FM 美食鉴定团 outing. This week, 4 lucky winners (from last week’s live radio contest) and their classmates made up the rest of the tasting panel. Together with DJs Jiafa and Weibin, we gathered for another gastronomic adventure at Tawandang Microbrewery in the tranquil Dempsey enclave.

Beer is freshly brewed on the premises.

Tawandang was established in 1999 as the first microbrewery-themed restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. The Dempsey outlet in Singapore is their first overseas outlet. They have since opened a second outlet in East Coast Seafood Centre.

Tawandang Lager Beer

The main attraction at Tawandang is their signature fresh German-style beer — Lager, Weizen, and Dunkel.

Crispy Salted Shrimp

Besides beer, Tawandang also serves modern Thai cuisine. This starter of tiny crispy salted shrimp, served with chilli dip, was an immensely more-ish snack and the perfect accompaniment to beer.

Green papaya salad with prawn

This piquant salad is conventionally Thai. Spicy, sour, and crunchy, it really shook our tastebuds up!

Tawandang-style Sauteed Morning Glory

This lightly stir-fried veggie dish looked like shredded stems of kangkong.

Chilli Crab

I didn’t try the crabs cos I was too lazy to shell them crabs, heh. But the spicy tomato sauce was deliciously rich without being too heavy.

Steamed Squid with Chilli & Lime Juice

Oh, I loved this dish of steamed squid for its refreshingly tangy soup. It looks innocently clear, but there’s a potent kick of heat provided by chopped chilli padi. Those sneaky fellows sure are deceptive!

Grilled Seabass with Salt

This was a whole seabass wrapped in banana leaf and foil, then grilled. The result was succulent, tender flesh. Served with coriander-based dip, this method allowed us to appreciate the natural sweet flavors of the fish.

Deep-Fried Pork Knuckle

Another item that’s the perfect beer food — German-style pork knuckle! The skin was superbly crunchy, but the meat was a bit dry in some parts.

Tom yum soup with prawn

And of course, which Thai meal is complete without tom yum soup?

Our hearty meal rounded off with a dessert of sticky rice with mango and a refreshing platter of cut fruit.

Live band

The same night we were there (it was a Sunday evening), the restaurant was packed with both families and groups of friends. The spacious premises and live band helped to create a laidback but lively party atmosphere.

Cheers for beers!

Do tune in to Y.E.S. 93.3FM (live radio also available on the web) on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 from 6pm onwards to hear our reviews on Tawandang Microbrewery. You could also win a chance to join the next 美食鉴定团 outing!

Many thanks to YES 93.3FM for the invite, as well as the staff of Tawandang for the warm hospitality.

Tawandang Microbrewery
Block 26 Dempsey Road
Singapore 249686
Tel: +65 6476 6742

URL: www.tawandang.com

Open daily: 11.30am – 1am