TRAVEL: NOVOTEL KAMALA BEACH, PHUKET – SOUL KITCHEN RESTAURANT

What we ate…


Appetiser: a selection of bread with dips & oils

Pre-starter: mixed chicken and sweetcorn in a crispy golden cup

Starter: prawn in coconut milk with galangal, coriander, strew mushroom served in a coconut 

Main: massaman beef curry, deep fried sea bass with garlic & pepper, stir-fried broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom, carrot, asparagus with oyster sauce

Dessert: sweet Thai mango with sticky rice and sweet coconut cream

In yesterdays post (here) I spoke about our stay at the Novotel Kamala Beach resort in Phuket on our last night at the hotel we enjoyed  5-course (yes 5!!) at their Soul kitchen restaurant. When we arrived at the restaurant the staff had custom made a menu for us which we was super impressed about. As we were ordering our drinks a selection of breads with dips and oils was brought to the table, I opted for wine as I’d had enough Chang/Singha to last me a while but Rob stuck with the beer.

Our pre starter was these little golden cups filled with chicken and sweetcorn mixed and was actually so nice! We wasn’t really sure what to expect with this starter but was pleasantly surprised, we had 5 mini cups each which was a great size for a pre starter. Our main starter was a coconut filled with coconut milk, prawns, mushrooms and coriander – I found this starter super filling so I only had around a quarter of it, I don’t usually go for a soup when drinking wine as it doesn’t sit quite right. The mushrooms and prawns in this starter were delicious and I’m glad I tried it but just couldn’t finish it.

The main course was hands down my favourite part of the meal – everything was so good! We had a beef massaman curry which is probably my favourite Thai dish – If you’ve never tried it you really need to, it’s curry paste, coconut milk, potato, onion and peanuts… so yummy! Our massaman here was no exception and the beef just feel apart in your mouth it really was cooked to perfection. The previous night out for dinner we had tried sea-bass but it had nothing on this one, I’ve never tried sea bass before but now I’ll be eating it much more as this one was so nice. Our dinner was also served with rice and a vegetable stir fry mix of broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom, carrot & asparagus which complemented our main dishes perfectly. 

For dessert we enjoyed fresh mango with sticky rice and a coconut sauce, I absolutely love mango it’s probably my favourite fruit but I preferred it without the coconut sauce as it was a little too sweet for me. It’s also a typical Thai dish to have sticky rice with your dessert but it’s just not for me as I’d much rather my rice with a main rather than dessert, it’s just one combination that just doesn’t quite go for me I’m afraid. 

Overall, our meal was lovely and the staff were so attentive to us throughout the whole meal and kept our drinks topped up (the most important part, obviously haha). It was a really nice touch to have a set menu prepared for us and we thoroughly enjoyed trying different courses that we may not have picked from the menu ourselves – it’s the best way to try new food! If you’re looking to stay at the Novotel in Kamala beach, Phuket you won’t be disappointed as our stay was an excellent all-rounder! You can check out the hotels latest deals and book your stay here.

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*Thanks to Novotel and Accor for making our stay so special and helping to arrange our trip!

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