Nook Dee Boutique Resort By Andacura, Kata
Mouth-watering creations of amazing international dishes. Authentic and ancient recipes are used for the stunning Thai dishes, while mostly organic products, fresh herbs and spices are used.
Nook-Dee Resort is quite new. You would imagine that all the prime sites on the island had long since gone, but Nook-Dee proves that’s not the case: it sits proudly on an exclusive headland above Kata Noi. From the gallery-style restaurant , a modern plate glass affair with open-plan kitchen at one end, the panoramic view is utterly spectacular, stretching from Kata Viewpoint and Promthep Cape down to the lights of Kata Noi Beach.
The food and service complement the setting. From an extensive menu, including a wealth of Thai classics as well as international dishes, I choose a starter of Cream of Broccoli Soup. It is exquisite, served with a side portion of crispy bacon and a jug of cream – a model example of how the dish should taste. My partner samples the seafood salad or Goon ob Woonsen (prawns on a bed of vermicelli with bacon, garlic and black pepper, coriander and Chinese wine). The dressed prawns are spicy and succulent, the piquant sauce just right. A classic…
My main course is Snowfish, beautifully presented atop a layer of potato and creamy orange butter-saffron sauce. Poached to perfection, the delicate flesh is still firm and flavoursome. Opting for a Thai dish, my friend selects the chef’s personal recommendation from the menu’s extensive selection of ‘Thai Home Cooking’: a Phad Phed Sri Krong on. The pork spare ribs are tender and cooked in a rich coconut-based curry sauce with long beans. A southern speciality, it is pronounced excellent.
Food is sourced world-wide. Apart from the 25 Thai dishes, which include Massaman and red curries, as well as distinctive northern fare, high class meat and fish includes Wagyu tenderloin, New Zealand tomahawk and short rib steaks and Tasmanian salmon. If you really want to push the boat out, go for the seafood basket for two. It includes a whole lobster, two rock lobsters as well as snapper fillet, sea prawns, squid and mussels.
There is an international wine list – eleven whites and seven reds, a lot of aperitifs and spirits – and even a small bottle of Bin 50 Lindemans Shiraz, airline style, which I thoroughly enjoy with my meal. My friend is delighted to find local Chan-O-Wan beer on the menu.
Roy-Dee is a must-visit restaurant, not only blessed with panoranic vistas, but with exceptional cuisine and impeccable service. Prices are highly competitive. And there is even an al fresco buffet every Friday.