Malina’s at Aspasia Resort

The Aspasia Phuket
1/3 Laem Sai Road, Kata Beach, Karon Sub-District,
Muang, Phuket 83100 – Thailand
Tel.: (66-76) 284 430, Fax: (66-76) 333 035

We stayed at this resort in Phuket a couple of weeks ago. Originally, we were booked in for three nights, after which we were thinking of going to another island, or over to Krabi, but the room and the service were just too good, so we extended our stay for another four nights. Tip: book through for the best rate.

As part of our booking, we received a voucher for a free dinner at the hotel restaurant. Initially, I was a little skeptical, because hotel/resort restaurants aren’t always the greatest, and when you’re in Thailand, there are so many opportunities for great food to be had! But after a tiring day at the beach and by the pool (it’s a hard-knock life for us) we decided to be lazy and just eat at the resort. The free dinner was comprised of a three course set menu, which had pretty much everything on the a la carte menu anyway, and which allowed you to choose dishes from each of the Thai or Western menus for each course. So it wasn’t really a set menu, it was more of a restricted a la carte.

To start with, Mr N chose the spring rolls, which were tasty enough, but nothing to write home about. I chose a seafood soup from the Western menu, which was rather bland, and not even worth photographing.

For mains, I chose the Massaman chicken drumstick, served with a curious half-white, half-blue steamed rice. There didn’t really seem to be any flavour to the blue rice, so I’m not sure exactly what the point of it was. The chicken itself was well cooked, and the Massaman sauce (not a curry) was sweet with hints of anise and cloves. I’m not sure if Massaman is supposed to be like that, but it was very good.

Mr N chose the Phanaeng curry pork, which similarly came with the strange bi-coloured rice. The curry was creamily coconut-ty, and not too challenging on the spice-meter. In my esitmation, it was a little bland, but Mr N enjoyed it, which is the important thing.

For dessert, we stuck to the Thai menu again. I chose the banana fritter with vanilla ice cream, which came out in small banana chunks, as opposed to a whole banana. I think this might have been because they were using smaller lady finger bananas, which taste better anyway, so I was happy. I was also happy because this upped the batter-to-banana ratio! Mr N chose the mango with sticky rice option, which was great (mangoes were right in season then) though sticky rice was a little heavy for dessert after two courses.

All in all, the food was fine, but not amazing. We also revisited the restaurant many times for breakfast (included with the room) and the buffet spread was consistently great. I love an egg station which does eggs any style you like. I also love substituting croissants for toast; a little thing I do when on holidays!

What do you go for at a breakfast buffet?