The very best in dining

tasty January 14, 2018 10:20

By The Nation

The Nai Harn, Phuket’s premier luxury resort overlooking pristine Nai Harn Beach, is celebrating a highly successful 2017 during which it established a reputation as the island’s leading culinary destination.

Now it’s aiming to reach even greater epicurean heights in 2018, with a series of exciting gastronomic events and activities. 

The resort’s gourmet journey for 2018 begins this month with extended visits by two of the UK’s most celebrated masters of fine dining and mixology. 

Acclaimed mixologist Salim Khuory, former head barman of the iconic American Bar at The Savoy in London, will be sharing his expertise during his annual residency at The Nai Harn in January. As part of his stay in Phuket, Salim will be adding to The Nai Harn’s extensive list of original cocktails with two brand new signature creations. 

January also sees the return of British celebrity chef Will Holland, who will join The Nai Harn from January 19 to 27 from The Atlantic Hotel’s Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant in Jersey. Holland will create a series of special dishes for the hotel’s beachfront restaurant, Rock Salt. He also plans to host an exclusive six-course dinner at the resort’s Cosmo restaurant on January 26. 

“I have known Will since 2007 when he was working at La Becasse (the UK restaurant that received a Michelin star in 2009). We bonded over a shared love of amazing food, so he was first on the list of top chefs I wanted to bring to Thailand when I moved here in 2013,” says The Nai Harn’s executive chef Mark Jones.

“During his first visit we really rocked it together, attracting high-profile guests and inspiring diners and chefs alike. I am sure that this year’s residency will reach even greater heights and I look forward to exciting our guests with Will’s incredible culinary creations here.” 

The return of the two masters in their respective crafts comes just a month after the resort hosted the world’s leading wine critic, James Suckling, for Phuket’s second “Great Wines of Italy” tasting event. The exclusive gathering in December marked the final stage of Suckling’s multi-city Grand Asian Tasting Tour and James has already confirmed a third event at The Nai Harn on December 8. 

Further ensuring the best quality flavours at The Nai Harn, the hotel’s Cosmo restaurant launched a fresh new menu, which saw Jones draw upon his 20 years of experience in Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury resorts to create a series of stunning new dishes focusing on the freshest and finest ingredients from sustainable sources. Jones has also helped elevate the resort’s artisanal cuisine to new levels with the launch of The Charcuterie, an extensive selection of home cured meats and other delicacies. 

In addition to hosting the twin residencies from the UK in January, a wealth of other exciting culinary occasions are in the pipeline for the remainder of the year at The Nai Harn. Highlights include a residency by Massimo Camia, who will be showcasing the flavours he creates at his Michelin-starred restaurant in La Morra, Italy in March. Then in May, Suckling with return to judge the 3rd Best Ros้ of Thailand competition, with blind tasting on May 10 and a gala awards ceremony on May 11. 

“These world class events and special guests will further establish The Nai Harn’s position as Phuket’s foremost gastronomic destination in 2018,” says Frank Grasmann, general manager of The Nai Harn.

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