Thai cafe takes over Spruce Bistro at WKWSCI

By Paige Lim

Sukho Thai Cafe has taken over the premises of the defunct Spruce Bistro at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI), beginning operations yesterday (4 May).

Long waiting times marked the cafe’s first day. A WKWSCI staff member said he and another colleague waited for almost an hour for their orders.

The staff member went to the cafe around noon and ordered basil chicken fried rice. He described the dish as “quite good.”

But his other colleagues waited for only about 15 minutes for their orders.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Thai restaurant serves Thai dishes like green curry chicken rice and red tom yam seafood rice, as well as Western food like spaghetti bolognaise and fish & chips.

Dishes range from $4.50 to $5.50. The cafe also offers light bites such as assorted sandwiches, cakes and fries, and drinks like tea and coffee.

Spruce Bistro closed early last March after three years of operation at WKWSCI, citing poor sales and manpower constraints. It has since relocated to Block 20A of the North Hill precinct.

The bistro was not popular with students for its overpriced fare, and sold refrigerated or pre-made meals ranging from $5 to $8.

Though Sukho Thai Cafe is not halal-certified, dishes do not contain pork and lard and most of the ingredients are purchased from halal supplies, according to the restaurant’s owner.

The restaurant was the only bidder in the call for cafe operators.

Sukho Thai Cafe is open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.