The Bistro, Millennium Resort, Patong, Phuket

Before I begin…

I would like to wish all readers/floggers a Happy Chinese Rabbit Year. Gong Xi Fatt Chai!

Okay, back to business. This is a long overdue post and also my last post for the week.

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We were wandering around Jungceylon, Patong Beach’s largest shopping mall the whole day, trying to seek shelter from the scorching hot weather outside. It was almost dinner time when we passed by the connecting passage that connects Jungceylon with Millennium Resort Patong, (which is located just next to the mall) and saw a big notice board promoting their food and beverages at 50% discount! Hotel food at half price discount, wheee!!!

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*Sorry for the typo error on the picture; it should be “resort” instead of “hotel”
It was rather early for dinner actually (5pm?) but we doesn’t want to go back to our hotel and come out again, so we decided to have early dinner and we were the only customers at that time. Serving Mediterranean, Western and Thai delicacies, they have an optional al fresco dining at the garden terrace too. Menu is easy to browse with big fonts, description for each dishes and spiciness level indication. And before we place our order, we double (or maybe triple) check with the waitress and yes, we were entitled for the 50% discount. :p

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Complimentary bread with butter. It was rather strange though to serve bread as starter since we ordered only Thai dishes that evening, but the bread were good, no complaints here.

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We decided to go fiery hot that evening, hence we ordered all spicy dishes such as the Red Curry with Pork (usual price 250 Baht). You can choose the type of curry (red or green) and ingredients (pork, chicken, beef or prawns) and it will be the same price. Although spiciness level was indicated as 2, we found it rather mild (as you can see the colour is not very red here due to higher content of coconut milk) and the sliced pork were really, really tender! I learnt a new Thai word here too; apparently “Moo” refers to pork and not beef. Beef is called “Nuea”. It would be much easier if “moo” is beef, doesn’t it?

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Tom Yam Talay (seafood, usual price 210 Baht) came in its full glory; abundance of squid, fish fillet, prawns, onions, tomatoes, button mushrooms etc all swimming in a tangy tom yam soup. It has the right amount of kick in every sip, sending us into “sweat mode” directly. But luckily for us, the Vegetarian Massaman (original price 170 Baht) was mildy spicy, similar to the pork curry. Plenty of vegetables were chucked into this delicious curry dish, including carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, button mushroom, baby corn and oyster mushroom. And lastly, the deep fried seabass with three flavours of chilli sauces (original price 300 Baht) wowed us with its succulent, firm and fresh meat. Did ala sweet and sour style, the sauce lend a touch of Thai to the overall dish.

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The Bistro
Millennium Resort Patong Phuket
199, Rat-Uthit 200 Pee Road,
Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand

Tel: +66 76 601 701
Web: The Bistro, Millennium Resort
Business Hour: 6.30am to 10.00pm

Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant, FantaSea Cultural Theme Park, Phuket

Continue from my recent Phuket trip back in August 2010, we were lucky to be picked by Laguna Resort’s sales person to visit the Laguna Resort (and listen to a membership sales presentation after that) at Jungceylon, the biggest shopping mall in Phuket. Lucky, you say? Because we’ll get two free tickets to visit FantaSea, the night time cultural theme park worth 790Baht each, inclusive of international buffet dinner, stage show and transportation after the tour!

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The ticket consists the portion for the buffet dinner and a mini map as well. There are a few attractions here, the Safari (can see white tigers here), arcade, Palace of the Elephant (which is the theater) and some shops. But we found the most interesting part was the toilet!

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Buffalo hand dryer! Buffalo head-shaped washing basins! The water will come out from the nose! Hahaha.. so cute. We were really amused with the decorations of the toilet, we were rather hesitant to leave LOL. We were standing outside the toilet for a while and whenever visitors came out, they would laughed to themselves. Hehe.

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Buffet dinner starts at 7pm. Tables and chairs are arranged in rows in the enormous hall, similar like those in canteen, but much grand-er with numbers. The ladies at the entrance will guide you to your table based on the number printed on your ticket. There is a section separated only for the Muslims (halal section), but we did not see anyone sitting there though. There are counters all around the hall, with a few stand-alone ones dishing stuff like roast duck, sushi, sashimi, Vietnamese beef noodle and so on. There is also a section for vegetarians as well. You do not have to get the drinks from the counters though, as there will be waitress coming over to take your order. For your info, drinks are not included in the ticket price, you would have to pay them separately.

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Here are some of the items I had. Clockwise from top left: Bolognaise spaghetti with Hawaiian salad (spaghetti so so, but the salad was ok with a special dressing), cucumber maki and salmon sashimi (maki was too mushy, sashimi was ok), some Thai chilli chicken and dried shrimp salad (very crispy dried shrimp but the chicken was a bit hard to chew), honeydew with pandan dessert (refreshing!) and rice with grilled snapper fillet, fries and tomato beef (fish was dry and beef were tough). Verdict: Go for the desserts instead!

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Oh, and don’t miss out their milkshake. That was a very thick and creamy but not too sweet strawberry milkshake. Good stuff!

After the dinner, all guests will proceed to the Palace of The Elephants at 9pm. It is a cultural stage performance, depicting the legend of Kamala (Prince Kamala with his magical elephant) with some acrobatic moves and illusion projection. If you’re tired of the beach activities in Phuket, or has no plan at night, try FantaSea for a change, you might love it.

Official Web: http://www.phuket-fantasea.com/eng/index.php

Thai Thai, Hilton Arcadia Resort & Spa, Phuket

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Why was I ended up at Hilton? That is because my friend joined the Hilton membership and has one night free stay voucher at any Hilton hotels/resorts around the world… hence, during a short gateway to Phuket in August, we stayed one night at Hilton Arcadia Resort & Spa, Karon Beach and moved to Patong the second day. Being a member has quite some privileges such as free buffet meals, 50% discounts on group dining, free upgrade to luxury suites and so on. If you’re interested to join or know more about the membership offers, do not hesitate to contact me.

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Initially, we wanted to have our dinner at those local shops but little did we know, Hilton Arcadia is a huge place! There were about 3 pools, 3 tennis courts, 4 restaurants and one golf course all stretched out on a 75 acres of lush tropical gardens. Walking from our rooms to the lobby easily takes about 15 minutes. So we decided to have our dinner in one of the in-house restaurant instead with 50% membership discounts. Since Sails was having seafood night that particular day (we’re not a seafood fan), we decided to go for Thai Thai for some fiery Thai delicacies.

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For your info, this place is not related to another Thai Thai restaurant in Sunway Pyramid. The place was tastefully decorated with a combination of modern and rustic Thai arts. Menu was extensive but we did not see pomelo salad or mango sticky rice in their dessert section, though. We received a complimentary appetizers (not sure if it’s for all patrons or only for Hilton members); minced chicken salad (foreground) was gorgeous with a tangy dressing, vegetable roulade (middle) was ok, nothing fancy and grilled black pepper chicken cutlets was lip-smackingly delicious.

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A traditional Thai spicy and sour prawn soup with lemongrass, galangal and button mushrooms (275 Baht). This was one of the better Tom Yum I’ve tasted in Phuket. However, the gripe kicked in later; CK claimed that the prawns doesn’t taste very fresh.

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Northern-style stir-fried Australian scallops, baby corn, sweet basil and young peppercorns (425 Baht). 4 pieces of large, fresh (checked) Australian scallops were seared and then stir-fried with long beans, baby corns, sweet basil leaves and young peppercorns. The scallops were really fresh, plump and juicy but the sweet basil somehow masked the flavour of the scallops. The baby corns were crunchy and sweet, unlike any other I had before, which were usually bland.

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The last two dishes sadly, did not live up to our expectations. The Steamed Cod Fish with Red Curry (340 Baht) was disappointing as it was overcooked, rendered the meat dry and tough. The same goes to Steamed Chicken with Lemongrass and Thai Herbs (355 Baht) – the presentation was quite messy with all the crushed lemongrass on top of the chicken but the aroma of the lemongrass was quite soothing. Other than that, there is nothing to shout about.

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Still got space for dessert? Of course! I had the Tub Tim Krob with Coconut Ice Cream (170 Baht), which came with not only just red rubies (water chestnuts), but also green and yellow ones and some coconut flesh. It was a trick on the palate as the coconut ice cream itself is sweet but the thick coconut milk was salty. Contrasting flavours in one simple dessert.

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Thai Thai Restaurant
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
333 Patak Road, Karon Beach,
Muang, Phuket, Thailand 83100

Tel: 66-76-396433
Fax: 66-76-396136

Opens for dinner only, 6.00pm – 10.00pm (Monday – Saturday). Closed on Sundays.
Web: Click here.