Layi Nakalay Road ”Millionaires' Mile”, Kamala
Open time: Daily 11am-midnight
Resevation: Tel: 0 7630 2000www.paresaresorts.com
The restaurant at Paresa is perched high on the Kamala cliffs amongst lush virgin forest and majestic banyan trees, with breathtaking sunset views over the Andaman Sea.
With a prime location on Kamala’s Millionaires’ Mile, the restaurant at Paresa Dining is nestled high in the cliffs overlooking the Andaman Sea. Tucked in amongst lush vegetation and tropical greenery, it offers sweeping sea views in a fine dining setting.
Classy yet minimal, the restaurant offers al fresco terrace dining with comfortable seating in an intimate setting. Paresa Dining really is a special culinary experience. The restaurant features two expansive menus, one highlighting Mediterranean delights and the other classic Thai favourites.
Upon arrival, we are greeted by cheerful staff with exceptional English. We are quickly given a tour of Paresa Phuket and then ushered to the restaurant where we choose to sit under a massive banyan tree. It should be noted that the wine list at Paresa Dining is expansive and features a variety of labels from around the world. Fighting the urge the indulge in a glass of red, we opt for non-alcoholic refreshments instead. The Berry Sweetheart is refreshing combination of red fruit, mint leaves and cranberry juice that is perfect for a luxurious Saturday lunch at this unique venue.
Ready to eat, we choose a varied mix of dishes from the Diavolo Mediterranean menu. The lush Tapas to Share is Iberico. It’s a tasty Iberian fed pork ham, served on tomato ciabatta bread with extra virgin olive oil. The Iberico is fresh, moreish and the perfect start to a fantastic lunch.
Serving sizes at Paresa Dining are rather large, and we were surprised when our entrées arrived. Chiang Mai Eco Chicken Breast arrived on a cutting board accompanied by a vibrant salad and an interesting side dish of Black Mash. Essentially, the Black Mash is a combination of black olives and mashed potato. The dish is salty with an earthy flavour, but it totally works.
We also order a duck entrée to share which is perfection. Succulent and rich, the duck is accompanied by mushroom varieties and a light sauce. Although duck can be an acquired taste, the duck at Paresa Dining isn’t the least bit overpowering.
Dessert is a tart Lemon Curd. The lemon curd meringue, streusel, lemon sorbet and Valrhona chocolate are full of complementary flavours. The plating of the dessert is lovely, too, which goes to show that, at Paresa, they pay meticulous attention to detail is taken when it comes to presentation.
Before leaving Paresa Dining, we take one last long glance across the 270 degree views from the restaurant. The view is truly is breath-taking, the food excellent and the service second to none.
Speaking of the service, the dining staff are obviously well-trained. They speak English well and are easy to engage in conversation. Eager to make recommendations, even as to the tastes and textures of the food, they are also incredibly mindful of watching the table, clearing plates as soon as they empty and spacing out the service for a relaxed meal experience.
Whether it is a leisurely lunch or a romantic evening that you seek, Paresa Dining really does tick all the boxes. Chef Jordi Valles Claverol and his culinary team are not only delightful, but excel in serving up some of the best modern traditional flavours the island has seen.