At Karon Beach Square, walk only 5 minutes
from Karon Circle toward Kata Beach.
Open time: Daily 6pm-11pm
Resevation: Tel: 0 7639 6139www.karonbeachsquare.com
Asian home-style cooking, including Vietnamese and Thai specialities.
Upstairs, with a commanding view across the courtyard at Mövenpick Resort, Orient Asia is a relaxing place for dinner.
We started our evening with a selection of cocktails including a Mojito with Pampero Bianco Rum, a Triple Sec with fresh mint, lime juice and brown sugar along with a non-alcoholic "mocktail" Coco Colada, with pineapple juice, coconut cream, lime juice and brown sugar.
The décor demonstrated Asian influences with red coloured panels, subtle back lighting and contrasting dark timber furniture. Decorative Chinese urns and bottles occupied the shelves along the walls.
We kicked off with a selection of tasty Orient Asia appetisers: Thai Warm Shrimp Salad with lemongrass-mint leaf garnish – slightly tangy – and a crab meat and fried rice dish with sweet chilli sauce. We followed with a deliciously light Tom Kha Gai (spicy chicken and herbs cooked in coconut milk soup).
For my main course, I selected one of the Vietnamese favourites, Roast Duck Saigon, which came drenched in a tangy sauce accompanied by sautéed mangoes and garnished with shallots and chilli. My partner chose Steamed Whole Sea Bass with Lime garnished with chilli, garlic and coriander.
For wines we opted for both a red (France) and a white (Chile). The red, De Chansac Carignan Vielles Vignes, was a touch on the intense side while the white, Passo Del Sol Sauvignon Blanc offered a hint of apple and melon. The wine list at Orient Asia is not extensive (four reds and four whites). Choose by the glass or bottle from the selection of Australian, French, Chilean and South African wines.
I tried something new for dessert, a Coconut Vanilla Affogato with Vietnamese Coffee – espresso coffee poured over ice cream with a coconut vanilla sauce... a touch of decadence! My partner indulged herself in another great treat, a Ginger Crème Brûlée with Lime Sherbet served in a wafer basket.
Everything we ordered was faultless – both in preparation and service. The different dishes arrived at a perfectly relaxed pace; we were not rushed. Background music was Café Del Mar, a bit of George Michael and touches of country rock with Shania Twain.
Orient Asia comes highly recommended if you fancy a fairly simple, yet exotic, touch of Asian cuisine in comfortable, relaxed surroundings.