Every once in a while the perfect dining experience crosses your path, and all you have to do is go with the flow and let it happen. Location and décor are definitely important but these two key factors without good food just don't work. That's why Mom Tri's Kitchen Royale at Villa Royale in Kata Noi Beach is such a clever act: it balances the three factors perfectly and invites the diner to simply appreciate and enjoy some fabulous cuisine in a divine setting.
Villa Royale straddles the headland separating Kata Yai and Kata Noi beaches on Phuket's west coast. Kata is some eight kilometres south of Patong. Drive to the south of the resort town and follow the road over the hill to Kata Noi. Villa Royale on the right and has ample parking space in its beautiful gardens.
Mom Tri's Kitchen Royale is sumptuous in its décor with terracotta floor tiling and views out over Kata Noi and the Andaman Sea to die for (don't miss sunset here). There is a successful marriage between natural and man-made décor in its al fresco section and a plain old-fashioned sense of delicate taste throughout. The owner, Mom Luang Trihosyuth Devakul, is one of Thailand's most renowned architects and his skill has been put to optimum use here in creating a fantastically beautiful place to enjoy gourmet food and wine; indeed it used to be his house!
The original restaurant and kitchen are now a reception area and guests descend into the dining section where there are eclectic alcoves, antiques and beautiful artwork. Recent work on the restaurant has seen it expand and now it has an extra terrace and a functions room below the main part of the restaurant.
Immediately as you enter the property a sense of elegance pervades. Koi play in stone pools and the beautifully landscaped garden complements the lush and tastefully illuminated interior. Live music from a baby grand piano drifts through the night air as well-presented waiters guide you to your table.
If a businessman could capture the magical early evening feel at Mom Tri's Kitchen Royale and sell it on he'd be a very, very rich man indeed. The horizon is lined with cloud formations, the sky a deep shade of orange, with dark turquoise waves breaking and hissing on the granite boulders below the terrace. Perhaps a sceptic would break it all down in a simple equation of live jazz + gorgeous sunset + sea breezes = magic, but it’s far more subtle than that at Mom Tri’s Kitchen.
The wine cellar here deserves a mention: with over 700 labels and a skilled and seasoned sommelier it’s no great wonder that this cellar wins consecutive ‘Wine Spectator’ Awards of Excellence year after year. The restaurant also offers a rotating selection of 18 wines by the glass with excellent choices.
There are two executive chefs at Mom Tri’s kitchen, handling the western and Thai side of things respectively. The menu is extensive and veers from traditional dishes to fusion creations. The anti pasto is very well presented and is a perfect starter along with a complimentary cup of fresh gazpacho and beautifully fresh home-baked bread. For mains, slow-cooked veal cheek in a red wine sauce with porcini mushrooms and roast vegetables is a heavy dish made lighter by the excellent French rosé while Phuket tuna ‘provençal’ with carrot puree, roast yellow pepper, and cherry tomato ketchup is somewhat lighter in texture.
Mom Tri’s is an experience. It’s an all-round assault on the senses in the best possible interpretation of the expression. It certainly is not cheap and diners should be aware of this fact but in certain facets such as location and atmosphere it’s a very hard act to beat.
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Mom Tri's Kitchen
- Opening Hours: 7:00 – 23:00
- Location: in Mom Tri's Villa Royale Kata Noi Beach
- Address: 12 Kata Noi Road, Phuket 83100
- Tel: +66 (0)76 333 568