A Buffet fit for a “Buffet” at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort

A Buffet fit for a “Buffet” at Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort

chefThere’s a new buzz and energy about the lovely Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa as they use the current Green Season to integrate several new management personnel and launch a raft of innovations and promotions.

One such innovation is their Monday, Wednesday,Friday and Saturday themed buffet evenings, served in the beguiling splendor of their “Sails” restaurant.

The Hilton Phuket Arcadia has always been famous for its location and facilities and is well named as it boasts some of the most extensive and sumptuous grounds to be found anywhere in the Andaman region. In European Renaissance arts, “Arcadia” was celebrated as an unspoiled, harmonious landscape and home of the Greek God “Pan”.

As you wander through the Hilton Phuket Arcadia’s lovely grounds, or are whisked through them in one of the huge resort’s courtesy shuttles, you will quickly come to appreciate why this resort, located overlooking the golden sands of Karon Beach, is so named.

padthaiIt was at the lovely “Sails” Restaurant, surrounded by greenery and overlooking one the resort’s many limpid swimming pools, that we recently met newly-appointed Executive Chef Raymond Siek who walked us around and introduced us to the many delights of a Friday evening’s Malaysian cuisine-themed buffet. Our choice of evening was fortunate as Raymond originally hails from Malaysia and despite having enjoyed an extensive 25 year career with many of the most prestigious global hotel brands, in many far-flung corners, he still harbors an immense passion for the exciting tastes of his homeland’s cuisine.

Mondays buffet is Asian/Chinese-themed, Wednesday’s is Thai and Saturday’s is the Hilton’s seafood BBQ evening. In addition to the themed dishes reflecting the featured region for the evening, each buffet also offers such key culinary constants such as fresh and mixed salads, a mixed delicatessen spread, cooked and carved meats, a cheese selection and an irresistible array of desserts and fruits.

TableEach evening’s buffet comprises abundant stations from which one can casually ‘graze’ enjoying many varied platefuls of delicious dishes and sampling to match one’s own appetite and tastes.

We started off at the very fresh and healthy salad bar loading up with veggies and mixed salads featuring various seafood, fish and meats.

Then, under Raymond’s tutelage, we tried the deliciously moist onion bread, freshly-baked in the resort’s bakery, dipped into the most succulent Malaysian chicken curry in which the coconut milk was as delicious as any I’ve ever tasted.

It was then on to a roast lamb dish with freshly-cooked noodles, followed by a selection from the delicatessen and cheese cornucopia and finally a naughty dabble among the desserts, ice cream and fruits. It was a heartily satisfying culinary experience for sure, but why you might ask the strange title of this article…. “A Buffet fit for a ‘Buffet’?”

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Well, Warren Buffet is the most successful investor of the 20th century and the chairman, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and the third wealthiest in 2015, so I think it’s fair to say that should such a discerning and perceptive gentleman ever arrive in Phuket he would immediately head over to savor one of the Hilton Phuket Arcadia’s special buffets…fit for a “Buffet” such as he!

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
333 Patak Road, Karon Beach, 83100
Tel: +66 (0)76 396433
www.phuketarcadia.hilton.com

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