Name: Sailors Thai Ivy
Where: Level 2, 330 George St, Sydney
Diners: HappyLeDiz and iFranc
Walking out of the lift I see Ivy Bar to my right (with gorgeous canary yellow and white candy stripe wallpaper) and a line of sinks to my left. That's right, you can see into the washroom of the women's amenities from the foyer, an interesting feature. Behind a black screen you step into a bright, airy space full of sophistication - black panelled walls, luscious green plants, white plantation shutters on floor to ceiling windows lining the opposite wall.
The sophisticated dining room & bar
I was greeted by a friendly waiter, shown to my seat and offered a drink while I waited for iFranc. The music was funky, a bit of electro, funk and jazz and played at a good volume. The place has a good vibe to it but, seeing as the windows overlooked one of Ivy's many bars, I can imagine if the bar was pumping it would very quickly become hard to maintain a conversation in the restaurant.
iFranc arrived and after we finally stopped hugging, saying good to see you, you look fabulous etc... we settled down to the menu. We decided to share 3 entrees to keep the meal light and had a glass of wine (a lovely, light Loire Valley Vouvrey) to complement the dishes.
First up we ordered the betel leaves with crab, coconut, chilli, lime, ginger and peanuts, caramel sauce. This was far and away the best dish we had. Each bite was a burst of flavour, simultaneously spicy, sweet, fresh and crunchy; the roe on top of each leaf made a delightful pop in my mouth introducing even more flavour with each chew. Both iFranc and I loved this dish and agreed we could eat it over and over again (and seriously contemplated doing so)
|The dish of the day - betel leaves with crab, coconut, chilli, lime, ginger, peanuts and caramel sauce ($12)|
Next up was the prawns in wonton skin with sailors thai sweet chilli sauce. This dish was presented with a lot of height and the wontons were fried to a golden hue. Each bite was crunchy with lovely, chunky prawns contained within and the sauce was nice too. iFranc didn't like the tails, he thought they were too crunchy (but that's a personal preference thing)
|Prawns in wonton skin with sailors thai sweet chilli sauce ($16)|
|Twice cooked five spice calamari with red chilli, coriander and shallots ($20)|