5 Best Dining Spots in Southeast Asia Revealed

by Jul 23, 2019Cambodia, Food and Drink, Hotels, Indonesia, Thailand

Do you consider hotel restaurants to be more of a secondary tool, just a place to go to for a lazy breakfast?

If the answer is yes, be ready to have your world changed forever! Dining in a luxury hotel can be an experience all on its own, as the hotels strive for excellence in every detail, not just the room interiors.

When it comes to hotel dining in Southeast Asia, we at Red Elephant Reps know everything about the most mouthwateringly delicious restaurants and are ready to give away our secret spots!

Talung Thai at Paresa Resort – Phuket, Thailand

Paresa Resort is a bucket list accommodation even for the most spoilt travellers out there. It’s no wonder that their Talung Thai Restaurant is featured in the Michelin Guide 2019 – an ultimate dream of every restaurant, as the Michelin approval is recognised as the highest level of quality and success. Even the most sceptical travellers will be impressed with the excellent cuisine served with spectacular ocean views from the restaurant’s clifftop setting.

The recommended dishes to try are the tasting platter of Thai amuse bouche including chicken satay, fresh spring rolls and fried shrimps money bag with Thai dips, as well as a Goong Mangoon Pad Pong Garee – an Andaman Sea Phuket Lobster in yellow curry.

The experts have spoken and we couldn’t agree more!

Black Ginger at The Slate Phuket – Thailand

Get your forks ready for one more Michelin approved restaurant on our list – Black Ginger, located in The Slate Phuket Resort. Set in a traditional Northern Thai mansion hovering over a luminescent lagoon, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining areas as well as private dining rooms.

Upon arrival, a raft will carry you through the lagoon to the cocktail bar, and on to the main dining area after a welcome drink. Famous for its mix of ancient and modern, The Slate Phuket takes this approach even to the kitchen – with ancient local recipes being at the forefront of Black Ginger’s menu. The restaurant’s Chef Piak brings over 20 years of experience to the picture, adding complex flavours to the simple traditional Phuket and Thai dishes.

Aperitif at Viceroy Bali – Indonesia

One of the 5 best restaurants for vegans in Ubud according to the South China Morning Post, Aperitif restaurant at Viceroy Bali knows how to live up to expectations of even the most picky eaters. Belgian executive chef Nic Vanderbeeken has developed a menu that caters to meat-eaters and vegans alike, with an eight-course vegan dinner available with 24 hours advance notice.

The restaurant’s menu is an eclectic journey of global gastronomy with influences from both Indonesian and European culinary techniques. The design is inspired by the atmosphere of the 1920s with chequered black-and-white marble flooring, French windows and a smart casual dress code.

Make sure to save some room for dessert and try a Bubur Injiin – an Indonesian black rice pudding with coconut milk, palm sugar, mango sorbet, coconut pearls and black sesame purée, suggested by a pastry chef Alex McKinstry.

Hunkaar at Anjali by Syphon – Siem Reap, Cambodia

A gastro bar-cum restaurant with a dynamic open kitchen concept, Hunkaar at Anjali by Syphon offers a high quality selection of Western and Asian dishes and a good wine list.

Chef Hak Serey, who showed outstanding performance as a student of culinary arts at the Paul Dubrule Hospitality & Tourism school in Siem Reap, pays a lot of attention to the ingredients, with the restaurant’s team seeking out fresh produce and seasonal fruits every morning.

During your dinner, make sure to try a variety of Khmer dishes, combining a sensational mix of textures and spices, and order the ginger chicken, recommended by The Telegraph.

SALA at SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort – Phuket, Thailand

The winner of Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurants Award for several years in a row, SALA Resort is a culinary destination worth visiting. With a menu focused on southern Thai cuisine, paying special attention to seafood, you will also be offered a tempting choice of rich curries and Western flavours to add to the mix.

Located at the beachfront and with adjacent swimming pools, the restaurant offers both al fresco and indoor dining options. Special attention is paid to every dish, with an emphasis on giving due credence and value to every step, from the ingredients used, to the presentation on the plate.

Special attention should be given to the wine list with its comprehensive selection of global labels and moderate prices.

 

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