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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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