On the only road into Kata Noi
Open time: Daily 7am-11.30pm
Resevation: Tel: 0 7633 3568www.facebook.com/villaroyalephuket
Stunning sea views, a Thai and international menu and an award-winning wine cellar featuring over 750 labels.
Park in the Villa Royale car park and head over to reception. They will point you in the right direction. Go down the stairs to Mom Tri´s Kitchen and WOW! What a view, right down to the rocks and the Andaman Sea only a few metres away.
The menu, and especially the wine list, read like an encyclopaedia, there´s so much choice. After a lot of thought and indecision, for our first course we settled on Lobster Bisque (with a generous serving of rock lobster and a shot of flaming brandy done at our table), Beef Carpaccio (with sliced raw Wagyu beef, Parmesan cheese, shallots, Dijon yoghurt and baked Andaman blue crab soufflé with fresh herbs and spices). Unique and scrumptious!
From a stunning wine list, we chose a very pleasant Côtes du Rhône, Domaine de Saint Cosme 2014.
Moving on to the main course, my two dining companions decided to share a Seafood Platter, (which included grilled seafood, rock lobsters, tiger prawns, jumbo river prawns, mussels, squid and whole sea bass, served with mixed salad and a choice of sauces).
I chose Pork Belly and Sea Scallop (with steamed `bok choy´, curried pumpkin purée and rhubarb and ginger chutney). This was one of Chef Darren´s signature dishes and I have to say that it was subtle, succulent and absolutely exceptional - a must-try dish.
While we devoured our main course we were entertained by a shoal of squid, hovering in the lights that shined down from Mom Tri´s Villa Royale into the shallows near the rocks, performing what appeared to be a choreographed dance routine.
We ordered our desserts and a couple of cocktails to finish the evening off, choosing Ice Cream Kata Tod (deep-fried coconut ice cream in coconut shell with pandanus sauce and banana brûlée), Sapparod Phuket (with scoops of coconut ice cream and Phuket pineapple drenched in brown sugar rum sauce with toasted coconut) and Brûlée Lemon Tart (with raspberry coulis and mixed berry sherbet). Accompanying cocktails were Koh Puu (gin, Campari, Grand Marnier, grape pineapple and lime juice, served in a pineapple) and Phuket Kiss (Malibu, Crème de Cacao, cream, Grenadine, lime juice and pineapple juice).
How would I sum up Mom Tri´s Kitchen...? Impressive, with a skilled and knowledgeable team, an inventive and talented chef, unbeatable location and comfortable surroundings - as close to a flawless experience as you can get. This is certainly a must-do in Phuket at least once and really hard not to go back for more.