A Royal Feast

by Marc Tan

 

Situated in the old Customs House building, next to the Fullerton Bay Hotel, with the Central Business District as the dramatic backdrop and Marina Bay Sands dominating the horizon, Sabai Fine Thai On The Bay has certainly adhered to the ‘location is everything’ adage. Spread over two floors, the interior is a stylish blend of modern design and classic Thai art pieces.

 

The kitchen offers Thai fine dining and has quietly built a reputation as one of the city’s best.  At the helm is Ms. Jongkolnee Thoboonme (commonly known as Ms. Noo). No stranger to the Thai food scene in Singapore, she previously ran the equally respected Thanying Restaurant before the move to Sabai Fine Thai By The Bay.

With al fresco seating on either side of the main dining hall, the restaurant is a favourite with the after work crowd, attracted by sunset happy hour drinks on the terrace before dining inside.

The menu offers Royal Thai-influenced cuisine and each dish is presented with flair and attention to detail, as well as the authentic flavours so often missing from Thai restaurants located outside the kingdom.

Stand-out dishes on the extensive menu include the Tom Yam Pla, a light and fragrant soup with garouper fillet and Shimeiji mushrooms and just enough spice to balance the flavours. There is a good selection of spicy salads – our favourite, the tender Beef Salad, served with cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs and beautifully carved vegetables.

Their curries include favourites like Green Chicken Curry and the exquisite Thai Roasted Duck Red Curry (Kaeng Phed Ped Yang) with Thai apple eggplant, lychee, pineapple and Thai basil – an addictive rich and creamy dish that never fails to deliver.

Don’t miss the signature Steamed Sea Bass, served in a tangy lime and chilli sauce with fresh herbs – the delicate flesh of the seabass melts in the mouth in an explosion of intoxicating flavours.

Rice is served periodically on a top-up basis and diners can choose between Thai Jasmine rice and a delicious nutty brown rice, or take both as I usually do.

For dessert, the Mango Sticky Rice is always superb, or cleanse the palate with a light coconut sorbet, the ideal way to end such a culinary masterclass.

To walk off any over indulgence, take a stroll around Marina Bay after your meal and enjoy this part of the Central Business District at its best, while catching the dramatic light shows from Marina Bay Sands at 8pm and 9:30pm.

 

 

 

 

70 Collyer Quay, #01-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323

Ph. +65 6535 3718

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