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Thanying Restaurant (Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa)

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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.

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 18:30 - 23:00

+65 68253881
$62 based on 17 submissions
Dinner (6 votes), Quiet (5 votes), Romance/First Dates (5 votes)
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Quiet and Peculiar

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.

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07 Sep 2013 • 11 reviews • 0 follower

Quiet and Peculiar

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.
02 Oct 2012 • 6 reviews • 18 followers

good (but not extraodinary) thai seafood with nice ambience

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.

28 Apr 2012 • 145 reviews • 29 followers

Fine Thai at the Amara Sanctuary

To read the full review with photos, please click here to visit City Nomads...

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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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28 Nov 2011 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Dreadful dreadful dreadful!

What can I say, I really wanted to like this place, seeing that it was the convenient choice for a nice dinner out with the wife whilst we were staying at the Amara Sanctuary. With all the good reviews on HGW, could not be too bad, right?......

Wrong!!

They were having an Asian Masters promotion, $80 pax, 15% off with Amex. Seemed a reasonable deal, and being a chill out evening, why not.

First up, the wines. A glass each included in the set. Now, I don't generally expect great (or even good) wines to be served by the glass, but at least drinkable. The spatsburgunder I had was orange/brown in tint, bitter in taste. It was completely off, and they had the cheek to serve it.

The appetizer of pomelo salad was mediocre with odd chewy bits of dried shrimp, fiery bits of chili padi mixed in with pomelo.

Now the mains, which was a large dish served with 3 mains on it, and white rice. The green chicken curry was passable, but nothing exceeding what I could get at a normal mid-range thai restaurant. The fish patty was completely overcooked, dry and tasteless.

Last, desserts. A choice of red ruby in coconut milk, or thai sweet desserts/kueh. We ordered one of each...and voila, 3 minutes later, the waiter returned and announced that they were out of the kueh. They subbed with fresh fruits instead and gave us both a portion of the red ruby, which was a nice gesture but honestly too little too late.

I have never felt such a compunction to walk out of the restaurant without paying. It was a complete rip-off at the prices asked, honestly, would have been more satisfied at Thai Express.

I have also seldom been more motivated to write a restaurant review, but for a restaurant of this repute to serve up such a disaster is plain scandalous.

04 Oct 2011 • 1909 reviews • 258 followers

Thai Fine Dining

During a recent staycation at Sentosa, I decided to check out Thanying at Amara Sanctuary. Bearing in mind that Thanying on the mainland does serve good quality Thai food, I did come here with high expectations.

Located at the getaway resort, it does have a very comfortable zen-like feel to the place and the sprawling restaurant looks really new, indicating that a lot of effort was put into maintaining the beautiful facade.

I started out with the Thai Spicy Prawn Soup (Tom Yum Goong)($12), the clear version which was really good. The clear version of the soup had a strong level of spiciness and yet had a nice lemon finish.

I also tried the Thai Spicy Fish Soup (Tom Yum Pla) which is the version that is served with evaporated milk.

The Chicken Wings ($18) were deep fried with a very crispy outside.

Meanwhile, the Chicken Scramble Egg ($18) and the Kai Lan Salted Fish ($18) came as advertised.

Finally, I had the Red Curry Duck ($18.50), which was authentically spicy.

Service was generally good, as one would expect in a fine dining environment. When a small stray fly flew into the vegetables, they offered to replace the dish even though I felt it was not necessary. Overall, I left satisfied and the experience certainly met up to my high expectations.