A recent business trip brought gNOMe 2 and her colleagues to Kuantan. Upon touching down at SAS (Sultan Ahamd Shah) Airport, one of her colleagues immediately contacted a friend for a good place for dinner.
‘Go to Sara Thai. It’s famous. And good’.
Really? All the way to Kuantan for Thai food? :O Not quite convinced, we decided to ask the car rental guy.
‘Oh. You can try Sara Thai. It’s good Thai fusion food with a hint of Malay style.’
To cut the long story short, Sara Thai it is!
Located at Jalan Teluk Sisek, this place is not hard to find. Waze or Google Map yourself there and you will be there in no time. Legit parking spaces are aplenty by the road side, so fret not!
The restaurant was buzzing with diners, so once we sat down, we immediately ordered away.
First served was the Thai Tomyam with Seafood (RM15). The seafood was fresh, with abundance of squid, prawns and mushrooms. In the East Coast, fresh seafood is bountiful here. If one is expecting for authentic Thai Tom Yam, no, you won’t find it here. Instead, this tom yam soup is a fusion of Malay and Thai style. It is a little bit more diluted, not so spicy and sourish as compared to authentic Thai Tom Yam. But to cater to the local taste buds, this makes the cut.
Ikan Siakap Goreng Tiga Rasa (RM30). The fish was huge, enough to feed 4-5 people. Fish was fresh, deep fried till its skin was crunchy, yet retaining its soft texture inside. The tiga rasa (three taste) sauce is a mixture of the bottled sweet & spicy thai sauce, with a handful of tomatoes thrown in for the sourish taste. Nevertheless, this dish didn’t impress gNOMe 2 enough albeit the fish being fresh.
Stir fried Baby Kailan with Ikan Masin (RM7). This dish turned up to be pretty oily, and very salty due to the ikan masin (salted fish) and perhaps, the additional usage of salt. We had to pair this dish with rice every spoonful to mask the saltiness. 😦
gNOMe 2 and her colleagues also had Nasi Goreng (fried rice) Special Sara Thai, which turned up to be the yummiest of the lot! All 4 of us had to agree that this was the winner of the night. 🙂 Rice (overnight rice I’d reckon!) fried just nice, with the correct amount of seasoning and spices.
Verdict : Craving for Thai fusion food with a hint of Malay style? Satisfy your cravings here. Decent fresh seafood, reasonably priced under one roof. It’s Halal too!
How to get there :
Address : No 66, Jalan Teluk Sisek, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang
Contact number : +6012-937 9322
Opening hours : Mondays to Sundays. 1100 hours till 2300 hours.