Was at Kuantan a few days ago and had an awesome seafood meal at Sara Thai Kitchen. It was sheer luck that we stumbled upon this popular Thai restaurant among the locals, as our hotel was only a stone’s throw away. Being a coastal town, seafood is abundance and fresh. Best of all the dishes are so affordable and may I even say cheap! You simply won’t get this kind of pricing in KL.
Ikan Siakap Goreng Tiga Rasa @ RM30. The fish was done perfectly with a crispy outside while retaining its its soft, flaky texture inside. Its size was huge, enough to be shared among 4-5 people and very fresh without any hint of farmed taste.
Siakap is one of the most popular fishes in Thai cuisine, usually steamed in a garlic lime juice (Sara Thai Kitchen’s signature style) But since we already had a steamed fish in our last dinner we decided to try a different style. The sweet, sour and spicy the sauce combined with the natural sweetness of the fish creates an appetizing flavor that would leave you asking for more.
The staff told me Tomyam is their specialty so I was left with quite a high expectation. Maybe because of that, I wasn’t too impressed with the taste – it wasn’t as fantastic as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong though, the Tomyam is good and had generous amount of seafood. Plus, how could you possibly complain when the price is only RM6?
It looks far from being a curry but this in fact is Sotong Goreng Kari. Despite that I absolutely loved this dish thanks to the freshness of the squids, which are tip-top quality. Also RM6 only for a medium portion.
The Lala Sos Tiram (RM6 for sederhana) was full of flavor and of course not to mention fresh and juicy as well.
The meal came to a total of just RM48 without any tax or service charge. It was definitely money well spent considering the high quality ingredients used to prepare the tasty dishes. While there are other restaurants in Kuantan that serve even cheaper seafood like Tanjung Lumpur, they just couldn’t produce the same savory taste. Among the various foods we had in Kuantan during our short stay, I consider this the best, and worth a recommendation.
Sara Thai Kitchen (Wan Seafood & Tomyam)
B42, Jalan Gambut,
25000 Kuantan, Pahang (Opposite Grand Continental Hotel)
GPS Coordinates: N3 48.730 E103 19.779
Tel: 012-9379322 / 012-9465591