25th floor of The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa
The highest restaurant in Phuket with breathtaking 180-degree views above Patong. This is one of Phuket’s most authentic Chinese restaurants serving traditional Cantonese cuisine.
Overlooking Patong Beach, with 180 degree views over Patong from the 25th floor of Patong’s most iconic hotel, The Royal Kitchen offers a wide variety of Imperial Chinese favourites with the focus on a variety of succulent duck dishes.
My dining partner and I opt for the set 7-course lunch menu and are immediately served a cold, sweet Chrysanthemum Tea. A delicious Shrimp Wonton Soup follows, full of rich flavours and featuring spring onions and bamboo shoots. Emperor Salad completes the starter portion of the menu – a creamy prawn salad mixed and served in a whole watermelon, it is a sweet addition to the lunch.
The Peking Duck is the highlight of the menu, and the crisp skin is served with homemade Chinese pancakes, cucumber sticks and spring onion in addition to sweet Peking Duck sauce for dipping. It’s a combination of crisp, chewy and sweet and a makes for a moreish snack. Throughout the duration of the lunch, we are served a sweet, soft Steamed Snow Fish with a fresh salad. The combination of soya sauce and sweet onion add to the subtle flavours of the dish.
Hokkien-style Noodles with Shrimp are next and the dish is a real standout. Featuring mushroom, pork and a variety of fresh vegetables, the flavour is incredibly smoky and delicious. Hong Kong-style Beef Fillet with a rich, red wine sauce is placed on the table next. The meat is tender while the red wine sauce adds in a bold, sweet flavour. The dishes were served with intricate fruit carvings that enhanced the already pristine food presentation.
A deep fried Chinese Plum Pancake was the dessert; a perfectly sweet, crisp flavour combination to end the meal.
The signature dishes that make up the set 7-course lunch menu at The Royal Kitchen are Cantonese-style and each extremely delicious. The distinct flavours of each dish are a treat for the taste buds.