3/25/2013 10:22:00 AM

Best Thing We Ate This Weekend: Jasmine Tea Panna Cotta at Sway

Before we get to the silky panna cotta and accoutrements at chef Rene Ortiz's new Thai restaurant, let’s talk presentation. Both the Son in Law and the peanut curry come with an egg perched on the side (see the photos below): the son in law’s is fried and crispy on the outside and cut in half to showcase the custardy yolk, while the chicken-confit peanut curry comes with a tender marinated egg (like the highlight of most ramen dishes). In both cases the brilliant white and yellow contrast with the darker colors of the fresh herbs and curry flavors.

So we were surprised and delighted when the jasmine panna cotta arrived, its presentation paralleling the savory dishes, with bright-white coconut-lychee sorbet perched on top of the darker, richer elements. We liked the crunch of the amber-hued amaranth nuggets in contrast with the fresh sliced grapes, lynchee, shiso peppers and pretty Thai basil leaves. No surprise here that pastry chef Laura Sawicki was nominated for a James Beard Award this year.

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