Daily: 11:30 - 15:00
Daily: 18:30 - 23:00
Located in the lush tropical garden setting of Amara Sanctuary, guests can dine in a sedate stylish setting away from the hustle and bustle of the urban city.
Went there on a Fri evening, very quiet. White table cloth boutique size building amidst greenery. Only 4 tables occupied. Food was good overall, good portion too; could go easier on the salt and sugar and be a bit more generous with desert size. Prices are 5 star Thai. Ambience and deco, could have been 4 star but due to neglect, 2 star. The cheap and flimsy menu design looks and feels like Phuket roadside cafe, most juices not available. Service was courteous enough, though obviously understaffed. The setting and structure is interesting with sense of outside and elegant romantic boutique gourmet Thai dining potential. Yet the modest size dining room feels like a deserted rich family dining room with hints of former glory. Lighting too bright, deco's stale, some seats were stained. Toilet doors should not be seen by any tables. The place is full of wasted potential. Could do with some serious renovation to justify their pricing.
i was there for dinner with my hubby last August. Love the zen-ish interior, and because there were not many guests, we had almost very personalized service. the staff were very attentive.
the basil chicken w cashew nuts is nice!
i enjoyed the tom yam too, clear and spicy. so, was the kailan.
we made a mistake by ordering the fried whole fish, served with the thai sauce. the fish turned out a lil dry.
overall, it was good seafood that i can probably get at a much cheaper price elsewhere...so u wld just be paying for the location and service.
after dinner, we had coffee at the al fresco section. must say, they need to do a lil tidy up of the place cos it could look a lil rundown a few mths down the road if neglected.
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Over the bridge, though the greenery, round some corners and then through some more greenery again lies the Amara Sanctuary Resort....which houses Thanying - a fine dining Thai restaurant.
On this occasion, it was due to a recommendation from a good friend of mine who possibly is as much of a foodie as I am....certainly close anyway.
Having visiting the Thanying in the Amara Hotel in Tanjong Pagar, I was keen to explore further afield and see if this relatively new establishment could live up to the stellar reputation of its Tanjong Pagar sister.
Arriving at the Amara on a weekday evening, it was extremely quiet (not unsurprisingly - it is Sentosa after all) with only a few tables around the restaurant occupied.
To get our palates in the mood for the some sour and spicy food, we decided to order a couple of margaritas, which at $11.50 each is really not that bad. I also noticed that they have beer on the menu for $9-11. Browsing through the menu it was immediately good to see that a lot of care had gone into the menu to make it 1) a great cross-section of Thai cuisine, and 2) well priced. Nothing worse than a scary menu.
To start the evening's delights we decided go on recommendation (and a bit of tradition) and order some Tom Yam soups. The one directly below is actually Tom Yam Pla Krapong - a fish slice version. This was simply outstanding. A rich, spicy coconut broth with juicy oyster mushrooms sliding around my tongue. Gorgeous. This is one of the best tom yams I have had in a very, very long time.
Having said that, the traditional prawn version was not too shabby either. What struck me was its purity. Seen below, this was a broth full of flavour and perfectly balanced. Spicy but not overbearing, and very, very more-ish.
Moving on, the Pomelo Salad ($18) arrived. When it comes to Thai food, I always remember when I was training as a Chef, my boss used to say, " Thai food is all about balance, sweet, salty, sour and spicy". This could not have been better applied to this dish. A sweet sauce and the pomelo to cut the spice from the chili, the salt from the naam pla (fish sauce) and a wonderful sourness from the lime juice. On top of the that, the texture of the ingredients was excellent. The crunchy peanuts with the soft flesh of the pomelo an prawns. Magic! ........................
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