I had visited the Thai restaurant that used to reside at this site a number of times but for some reason I hadn’t got around to going to Ayatana until now although I’d heard good things. After it opened it seemed to be very quiet for quite a few weeks – before obviously word of mouth got around and now it is often full. As soon as you walk in you can tell Ayatana is a more refined experience than its predecessor. The décor is simple but classic, and the lighting is muted. A good date destination I imagine.
The restaurant is small but you know what they say about good things. The tables soon fill up but it doesn’t feel overly crowded. The service is prompt and polite. The menu is full of so many items that sound delicious none of us come to a quick decision over what to order. In the end we selected the pan seared Japanese scallops, the minced pork and prawn rice paper rolls, and the five spiced duck breast steamed buns.
All of the entrees are delicious and presently beautifully. A lot of care and attention has gone into the food and it’s obvious. For mains, we ordered the hot, sweet and sour crispy barramundi fillets, the slow cooked massaman curry, and the roasted macadamia and cashew nuts stir fried with chicken breast fillets. I had the barramundi and it was fantastic. Just the right amount of kick, and the sweet and sour were balanced perfectly. The barramundi was also nice and crispy. By all accounts the other two mains were very well received as well. I was impressed with the presentation of the stirfry in particular as too often that can just be a pile on a plate with no care in the presentation. It also had a nice bite without being overpowering.
There were so many things that I missed out on trying I’ll definitely head back here soon to try more of it. I can hear the pork belly calling me. When the worst bit of the meal is when your scallop falls off its perch of sliced Granny Smith apple, you know you have very little to complain about. Ayatana isn’t into trendy, it’s just into good food.
Note: There is also a take away menu available.