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Restaurants Options at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa

Restaurants Options at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa

Looking to book a holiday to Phuket, Thailand?

The 4-star Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa features 224 rooms and 7 accommodation options, ranging from standard rooms to plunge pool suites. Check out our earlier post for a review of the hotel and all the good stuff you can enjoy under the MyResorts suite of benefits for AccorHotels’ Le Club AccorHotels members (membership is free).

This post is for the foodies. Don’t worry about getting stuck with limited food options in the resort, Novotel Phuket Karon Beach has 3 restaurants – casual poolside dining at Joe Kool’s; Thai and regional cuisine at TAI restaurant and Horizon Cafe for buffet spreads.

We visited all three and here’s our review.

Joe Kool’s

This is located beside the main Lagoon Pool near the lobby area. You can laze on a sun bed or chill out at the al-fresco area of Joe Kool’s as you enjoy your food Joe Kool’s.

The menu features a selection of international and local snacks, including many comfort food items like pizzas, steaks and burgers. A recommended item to order would be the award-winning Magnificent Joe burger, second runner-up at the Phuket Best Burger Competition 2017. The 2017 competition was open to restaurants, hotels and resorts in Phuket, and burgers were made and cooked live onsite.

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These were the items we tried:

Magnificent Joe (THB 429) - Brioche bun, Australian beef patty, arugula, onion, balsamic jam, brie cheese, white truffle mayonnaise

Magnificent Joe (THB 429) – Brioche bun, Australian beef patty, arugula, onion, balsamic jam, brie cheese, white truffle mayonnaise

Cobb Salad (THB 289) - Chicken, blue cheese, avocado, romaine lettuce, tomato, hard-boiled egg with French dressing

Cobb Salad (THB 289) – Chicken, blue cheese, avocado, romaine lettuce, tomato, hard-boiled egg with French dressing

Carbonara (THB 299) - creamy bacon and Parmigiano Regiano DOP

Carbonara (THB 299) – creamy bacon and Parmigiano Regiano DOP

The restaurant is open from 11 am to 9 pm and is perfect for a cosy lunch after or before a dip in the pool.

TAI 

If you prefer Asian food, TAI is the restaurant to go to for a culinary feast. The restaurant is located near the quiet Oasis Pool. To get there, follow the main path from the lobby area and turn right. TAI is open daily from 12 noon to 11pm.

Enjoy locally sourced products, succulent meats, and seafood all cooked to perfection. The signature dish at TAI is their Massaman Gai – traditional Thai southern aromatic curry scented with a blend of spices, garnished with chicken’s hip.

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There is a Thai or Western 5 course set menu available at TAI at THB 2,500++ per set. These were the courses featured in each of the set.

Thai:

Amuse Bouche - Minced pork and prawns stir fried in a cilantro paste, seasoned with palm sugar and peanuts, served on a pineapple bite

Minced pork and prawns stir fried in a cilantro paste, seasoned with palm sugar and peanuts, served on a pineapple bite

US scallop salad spiced up with a tangy lemongrass and mint dressing

US scallop salad spiced up with a tangy lemongrass and mint dressing

deep-fried sea bass topped with a tasty Thai herbs crust served with betel leaves

deep-fried sea bass topped with a tasty Thai herbs crust served with betel leaves

Mussaman curry of wagyu beef cheek served with southern roti

Mussaman curry of wagyu beef cheek served with southern roti

Mango with sticky rice

Mango with sticky rice

Western:

Crispy black tiger prawns with garlic and Thai basil

Crispy black tiger prawns with garlic and Thai basil

Andalusian chilled gazpacho soup with Kalamata olives Tapenade Bruschetta

Andalusian chilled gazpacho soup with Kalamata olives Tapenade Bruschetta, with smoked salmon

Assorted bread that came with traditional condiments and the smoked salmon

Assorted bread that came with traditional condiments and the smoked salmon

Pan seared Australian ribeye steak, truffle mashed potato, green asparagus

Pan seared Australian ribeye steak, truffle mashed potato, green asparagus

Chocolate lava cake, vanilla cream, mango ice cream

Chocolate lava cake, vanilla cream, mango ice cream

It was a tough call to recommend between the Thai or Western option, but we will go for the Thai option because it’s always good to try some new flavours while in another country. For Singaporeans, the signature Mussaman curry tastes close to the curry we are used to in Singapore, but with a tangy note.

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This restaurant is located at a quieter part of the resort and would be perfect for a romantic meal or if you want some quiet moments with your dining company.

Horizon Cafe

Everyday at the resort starts with a delightful breakfast at Horizon Cafe. For parents with young kids, you will be delighted to know that breakfast is complimentary for a maximum of 2 children under 16 years old sharing parents’ room.

The restaurant operates from 6.30am to 10.30am daily, serving up your favourite Asian and international fares. Horizon Cafe is located on the second floor of the main building, just above the lobby area.

Continental breakfast items include pastries, bread, brioche, muffins, yogurts, cereals, fruits, salad, cheese, pancakes and crepes. Asian dishes include sushi, congee, stir fried noodles and fried rice. There is also an eggs live cooking station and a Western Hot section with gourmet sausage selections, cook ham, crispy bacon and potato hash.

Breakfast at Horizon Cafe

Breakfast at Horizon Cafe

Buffet spread

Buffet spread

Bread station

Bread station

These three restaurants should be able to cover most of your meals during your stay at the resort when you are too lazy to venture out for food.

Bon appetit! 

NOVOTEL PHUKET KARON BEACH RESORT & SPA

568 Patak Rd, Karon Muang , 83100 Phuket, Thailand
Phone: +66 76 358 666 – Fax: +66 (0) 76 358 645

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