Our office had some foreign guests and after an elaborate Chinese meal the night before ( details still to be posted) and all the tea breaks in between, most of us were groaning when it’s time for dinner and would pretty much rather have a lie down then eat. Anyway, eat we must, and everyone ‘aye’ when Thai food was suggested( actually,I think they would say ‘aye’ to anything as long as they get some beers with the meal )
When we called Amarin to reserve a table , they said that the private room was already taken up, and the waiter suggested that we order the food first as they have quite a big crowd that night and we might be in for a long wait, anyway, we decide to order when we get to the restaurant.
A very good looking waiter ( drat ! I didn’t get his name) took our orders and our guests were pretty disappointed when they wanted to try Singha beer and was told that it was out of stock, so they had to do with the other regular brands .
The placemats deserve a mention, it had Thai (/ Chinese ?) animal horoscope on them, and we were swapping placemats around the table in order to read about what the year had in store for us
For starters, we had Mieng Kam ( RM15), this is one of my favourites at Amarin as not many Thai restaurant in KL serve this. The platter includes ( pix below, clockwise) : Daun Kaduk ( kaduk leaves)- which look like dauh sireh ( same shape) but it’s not , ginger, onions, chili padi, lime, roasted dried prawns, roasted coconut and roasted peanut, in the middle is the sauce. Procedure : take a piece of daun kaduk, apply the sauce (don’t worry , it’s not spicy, – kinda sweet sourish) and then add whatever you fancy into the leave, roll it up and then take a bite. Yummyy..the sour of the lime, the crunchiness of the peanut, the spiciness from the chili, the heat from the ginger, the fragrant of the coconut, dried prawns – what a great combination.
Fish Cakes ( for RM15 you get 5 pcs) , the Thai style fish cakes are usually ‘tougher’ compared to the softer Malaysian fish cakes. There were some bits of chili padi and long bean in these too. This was ok – although I would prefer more long beans in the fish paste.
Fried bean curd ( RM15) was nice, deep fried and crunchy on the outside , soft and tasty on the inside. The tofu went very well with the chili sauce which was sweet and mildly spicy.
Green curry chicken ( RM16) – the chicken slices came with brinjals and long bean, the gravy was very rich and aromatic . It wasn’t spicy and the mat sallehs enjoyed this very much.
Mango salad with soft shelled crabs ( RM19) , the other option was salad with fish but since we were going to order a main fish dish , we decided to go with crabs, and I must say that was a good choice. The crabs were coated in a thin batter and deep fried, you get to experience biting into a few different texture as you bite passed the crunchy outer crust , the crunchy ( soft shell) and into the soft flesh. The mango salad was a disappointment though, the spiciness overpowered the sour and sweet , which was lacking in this dish. This dish was packed with Chili padi and this resulted in many red faces ( and sudden gulps of beers ) as they accidently bit the chilies
The Japanese guest would like to ‘try’ Tom Yam, so we ordered a pot ( for 2-3 pax) of Thick Tom Yam Seafood ( RM39.90). You can decide on the level of spiciness of the soup when you order, so, if you want to be a hero, go ahead. Anyway, we asked for ‘mild’. The mat sallehs stayed away from the soup but fished out the ingredients which include : chunks of fish, cuttlefish and prawns. It’s bearable spicy ( my level, which is very low) and had a distinct lemongrass flavour , slightly sourish, we managed to get about 6 half full bowls out of the pot.
Fried fish with Thai chili ( RM48) – the fish was deep fried and thai chili sauce poured over it. This was nice , although the sauce looks pretty spicy, it was only mildly spicy, slightly sweet and mildly spicy to be exact , and blended very well with the fish.
We also had Kailan with salted fish- which was normal. (they started attacking the dish before I get a chance to get my camera, so, sorry, no pix)
If you are undecided on what you want for dessert, the waiter will come around and bring you a ‘sample’ of what they look like. We ordered Chestnut with coconut milk ( RM8), Thai Cendol ( RM6) – which looks and taste like local cendol and Mango with sticky rice (RM12).
Overall , an ok meal and in terms of price, it’s can be pricey, although please watch out for promotions, we dined at Amarina few times and I think we never had to pay in full as there are always some kind of promo or another from selected credit card companies, and you get 15- 20% off the bill ( food only, minus beverages). And during this visit, we get 50% off for using a CIMB credit card!
NB: Amarin means “Heaven” in Thai
Amarin Heavenly Thai
Level 2, Center Court
Mid Valley Megamall,
Tel : 03 2938 3187