After visiting Sontaya, my perception of South East Asian cuisine has changed. This restaurant was not only aesthetically gorgeous, but the food was out of this world! The menu consisted of a variety of dishes from traditional Thai to modern interpretations of Indonesian plus much much more. The service was spectacular and the ambiance was top notch. My guest and I walked out of the restaurant feeling good and having enjoyed a beautiful evening out.....
First to arrive at the table after the warm towel service, were a selection of prawn crackers with a chicken and prawn red curry dipping sauce. This was a complimentary starter to prepare us for the feast that we were about to indulge in. A genuine gesture on behalf of the restaurant, and since I was famished, it was the perfect way to take the edge off.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasi_goreng) usually made with leftover rice from the day before, flavored with sweet soy, shallot, garlic, tamarind, and chilli. There are some versions made with salted dried fish as well. This one was served with a side of chicken satay and topped with a perfect egg, sunny side up. I took the liberty of mixing all of the ingredients together and served it to my guest and myself, upon first bite, it was a flavor explosion! The creaminess of the yolk coated the delicate tendrils of rice and helped to balance the punchy spices infused into the core of this authentic rice delicacy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massaman_curry) It is a lovely medley of savoury and sweet flavors and paired with the slow braised beef short ribs that simply melted in your mouth, this really took Thai to the next level! This is the kind of dish I dream about eating, with so many dimensions of flavor, you really can't go wrong.