Way below, the sea sparkles and shimmers in the early evening light. The sun hovers above the horizon as shadows on the wooden deck terrace lengthen. A gentle breeze ruffles the napkins as we enjoy our vodka martinis in one of the most impressive dining locations on Phuket’s chiseled and beach-indented west coast.
This is Paresa, a five-star resort located along Millionaires’ Mile – one of Phuket’s most renowned addresses. To be more specific we’re sitting in Diavolo, one of the resort’s restaurants. Diavolo is unusual in concept as it shares space with Talung Thai, the resort’s signature Thai restaurant.
Diavolo is centred around a red-and-gold colour theme with plenty of richly hued wooden parquet flooring and matching walls.
The restaurant spills out onto a large terrace with decking and spectacular 270-degree views out over the Andaman Sea and a huge banyan tree domineering to the side. It’s all simply done but the overall effect is strong and pleasing to the senses.
First off, the restaurant has excellent and well-thought-out background music and that’s half the battle won for a good atmosphere. Another big advantage is that it is perched atop a cliffside that looks down to the sea crashing on granite rocks hundreds of feet below.
The excellent wait staff adds to the carefree atmosphere here and the restaurant complements and is complemented by the peaceful ambiance of Paresa Resort. It seems somewhat logical that the word ‘paresa’ translates as ‘heaven of all heavens’ as the Diavolo, at least in this case, doesn’t get all the best melodies – he serves the food up instead.
The extensive wine list at Diavolo is housed in a walk-in, glass-sided wine ‘cellar’ and the almost 70 labels come from all over the world with good selections from Chile, France, Italy, Australia and New Zealand amongst other sources.
House reds start from a reasonable 150 baht for a generous glass of Australian Silver Gum Chardonnay and escalate to a more taxing 350 baht for a glass of Chianti, Ruffino 2007. You’ll find pretty much everything you need here, from a basic bottle of red to an exotic Champagne and a good range of cocktails.
Diavolo rustles up good-quality Italian dishes and, if you’re so inclined, you could even order a couple of Thai side dishes. We don’t, and enjoy a rocket salad with gorgonzola cheese and Italian sausage, bruschette miste and good, fresh house bread.
The special of the day is swordfish topped with bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and lemon zest with olive oil on a bed of zucchini, capsicums, onions, eggplant, garlic, tomato, raisins and pine nuts and is very Med, very tasty.
A signature Diavolo pizza is next and consists of mozzarella cheese, pork sausage with tomato sauce. The Italian culinary repertoire at Diavolo is certainly extensive and doesn’t miss a thing and with an Italian chef behind these creations their authenticity is unquestionable.
Diavolo has a happy crew with good English-language skills. The wait staff certainly matches the high standards of this restaurant.
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Paresa Resort Phuket
Paresa Resort Phuket is located in Kamala, on Phukets west coast along a road that is nicknamed Millionaires Mile due to the richness of the architecture found there.Perched on a seaside cliff, the resort is spectacularly designed and blends in superbly with the surrounding Nature.The resort offers six types of accommodation - all of which face the sea with spectacular views out over the Andaman Sea.Room types encompass Cielo, Dima, Cliff, Aqua, Talay, and Grand Villa. Read More...
- Location: In Paresa Resort, Nakalay Road (Millionaires’ Mile) Kamala
- Tel: 076 302 000