Food Review: Sarai At Tanglin Mall | Contemporary Casual Fine-Dining Thai Restaurant
The Place Located in Tanglin Mall, I checked out Sarai this month, a relatively new contemporary Thai restaurant. The interior of Sarai is elegant where the dining setting leans more towards fine dining from the white tablecloths and wine glasses. The spacious layout of the restaurant is quite an open concept, where the mix of table sizes is good for couples and various groups sizes.
The Food The menu is designed by Isan-born Chef de Cuisine – Chimkit Khamphuang, or better known as Chef Lisa, who has more than 27 years of culinary experience. The inspiration of the food menu draws from classic Thai cuisine well-loved by Thailand’s royal family.
Other than Ala Carte dishes, set menus are available for lunch or dinner, starting from S$68++ to S$108++. The set menus are rotated every two months, following Chef Lisa’s experimentation with in-season produce. The wine list is also quite interesting as it showcases Thai wine too.
I had the Exploration Dinner Menu (S$78++ per person) and started with an Amuse Bouche of Lab Gai – Spicy and sour minced chicken on cucumber cup.
Next up is a series of Starters where I had the Nam Prik Ma Kae, Tomato chili dip with endives, Thai cucumber, jicama; Tod Mun Hu Plee, Assorted banana blossom cake with spicy dip; and the Puu Sorn Glin, Handpicked local flower crab with pickled garlic on crunchy rice.
For Mains, there is white rice served with Pad Hed Rum Gap Dog Pak Pang which is stir-friend dou miao flowers with assorted mushrooms, as well as Panang Nua Yang which is grilled Australian Wagyu sirloin in aromatic panang curry sauce. I love the rich panang curry sauce which goes extremely well with the rice and is not spicy at all.
I do find that the rice portion is a little too much as compared to the portions of the two dishes served with the rice, and I would have preferred if there was more sauce to go along with the white rice. In general, the dishes I had are not that spicy either which is great if your spiciness threshold is low.
In terms of visual presentation, I also feel that it is better if the dishes are served separately in individual bowls rather than being lumped together with the rice.
Served separately is the Pla Hmug Nun Ma Naw – Steamed squid stuffed with roe sac with chilli lime garlic sauce.
In addition, there is also the Tom Klong Pla, a Smoked barramundi soup and sweet leaf bush to cleanse the palate.
For Dessert, I had the Jelly Bi Tuey which is Pandan panna cotta with coconut foam and sesame wafer. I love the crispy sesame wafer which goes well together with the pandan and coconut elements.
Rants The presentation of the mains could be more refined.
Will I Return Again? Overall, I do think Sarai has potential to do well though there are some areas of presentation of the dishes which can be fine-tuned. The flavours of the dishes I had could also be much bolder, such as stepping up on the spiciness level.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
163 Tanglin Road
#03-122 Tanglin Mall
Tel: +65 6737 0818
Monday to Sunday: 11:30am to 3pm; 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Ranted by The Ranter