The Place Located in Amara Singapore Hotel, Thanying has been a reputable Thai fine dining restaurant in Tanjong Pagar for many years and my last visit here was a few years back. The restaurant recently reopened to a refreshed look, a complete change of interior spotting a more contemporary design.
The Food While the interior has transformed, the menu remains true to the Royal Thai cuisine, which literally means dishes fit for even the Royal family. The menu is quite extensive and even if you do not take spice well, there are dishes which are not that spicy.
I started with an interesting dish called Miang Khum, which comes in an assortment of ingredients like herbs, peanut, fried shrimp and ginger with honeyed Tamarind sauce. This dish reminds me of popiah, which comes with a green leaf to wrap all the ingredients in and have it at one go. This dish is no longer on the menu but it can be arranged for corporate events as part of a set menu.
The Goong Krabueng (S$22) is a dish I would recommend for sharing, which is deep-fried prawn pancake in thin slices. The thin texture is crispy and does not weigh too heavily on the palate. This reminds me a little of the Korean style pancakes.
You can’t go wrong with the Tom Yum Goong (S$10) as well, which is moderately spicy. The Thai Spicy Prawn Soup here is cooked with Mushroom, Kaffir Lime Leaf and Lemongrass.
You know a dish is fit for royalty when it is nicely deboned. The Peek Gai Sod Sai (S$20/4 wings) is a boneless chicken wings stuffed with Minced Chicken and Thai Herbs.
One of my favourite dish this meal is the Gaeng Panang Nuer (S$18), a special thick curry with beef. The beef slices are tender and the rich curry sauce goes very well with the Khao Ohb Nam-Liaeb (S$17), essentially black olive rice with minced chicken in claypot.
Other dishes I had were the Pla Krapong Nuengmanao, which is steamed seabass with lime and chilli sauce; as well as the Phad Pak Kanar (S$18), stir-fried Thai kailan with oyster sauce.
For dessert, amongst the options is the Thai Dessert Set (S$17) if you are undecided. This three-tier set comes with an assortment of Thai cakes and is good for sharing between two to three people.
Rants Thanying is amongst the best fine dining Thai restaurants in Singapore, so do expect to pay up for a Thai meal here.
Will I Return Again? There are many casual Thai restaurants in Singapore but not that many fine dining ones. Thanying is one to visit for a special occasion or if you fancy having Thai food in a nice dining ambience.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
165 Tanjong Pagar Road
Amara Singapore Level 2
Tel: +65 6222 4688
Daily: 11.00am to 3.00pm; 6.30pm to 11.00pm
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