09 September 2015

Phuket July 2015 Day 2 - Pullman Arcadia, Kan Eang 2 Seafood, Seoul Grill

Continued from Day 1 - Heng Heng Thai Food, Pullman Arcadia

The next morning, we woke up bright and early, eagerly anticipating the sumptuous breakfast buffet spread that Pullman offers. I have mentioned before, the buffet spread and quality at Pullman is one of the best I've eaten. The atmosphere was also relaxing and peaceful, making the entire breakfast experience a highlight of the stay.

To my dismay, the restaurant was overcrowded with boisterous tourists from a group tour (or more); their mannerism and behaviors somewhat spoil the mood. The kitchen did their best to keep the food refilled which was commendable but on the ground it seemed to be understaffed; dirty plates not cleared promptly, and no offers of coffee or tea. The situation continued for the three breakfasts we were there, although we wanted very much to linger and enjoy a slow and nice breakfast, we didn't.

After breakfast, we decided to take a stroll around the lobby and hotel as the furnishing has been refreshed and even more lovely than before.

Reception area.

Lobby lounge. There's live band every night, nice place to chill out and relax over breathtaking views.

New area which opened since our last visit.

There's a deli bar with two small shops selling clothing and accessories.

Bar by the main pool.

Guests can enjoy coconut juice or ice-cream while relaxing by the poolside.

This is another chill out area, also great for sunset viewing. Our room overlooks this area.

We decided to venture out for lunch. On the way out, hubby caught sight of this durian stall and being a durian lover, simply had to stop to try.

These were local durians.

Bought one to try, meat texture not bad, tasted quite like our kampung durians.

We drove for one plus hour from almost the northern part of the island to the southern part at Chalong Bay.

Kan Eang 2 Seafood is highly recommended by many people so we don't mind going the distance for good food.

This place looked kind of familiar. I think either we've been here before or another restaurant nearby, some 15 years ago?

Anyways, the restaurant is big and spacious with indoor and alfresco choices.

One of my favourite dish, Tod Mun Goong, deep fried breaded shrimp cake. The shrimp cake was fresh, flavourful and crispy, and the kiddo liked it so much he had three pieces, leaving only one piece each for hubby and I :(

We were pleased to see the deep fried fish butterfly-style; it was nicely done but too bad without the tamarind sauce that we liked (dish found at Krao Chao Bann Koh Samui).

Tom Yum Seafood. Initially they sent a non-spicy version (waiter just assumed we don't take spicy) and we rejected it. It was ok, the broth was sour and spicy but lacked the depth of sweetness we were looking for.

Steamed squid in lime and chilli. Was quite good, squid was fresh and sauce very appetising.

Overall, it was a good dining experience with lovely view and gentle breeze. Food-wise, some hits and misses, considered one of the better dining places we've been in Phuket (although still falls short of our expectations as compared to Koh Samui).

After lunch, we shopped at Patong Beach area for a while before heading back to Naithon area. But before that, must let the kiddo try the famous street snack!

Our usual order, Nutella with Banana. The pancake was crispy on the outside, with warm and gooey banana and nutella inside. Yummy! The kiddo loved it and had almost half of it by himself.

We reached the hotel in the evening, just nice for a swim by the main pool to catch the lovely sunset.

For dinner, we decided to venture out again to a nearby mall. Wanted to eat at our favourite hot pot place, MK restaurant but the kiddo insisted on Seoul Grill.

It's basically a conveyor belt buffet concept, all-you-can-eat for 2 hours at 299 baht person, children FOC.

First time we see a grill like this, the centre part for grilling meat and the side is for soup. Quite brilliant because the juice from the meats will drip into the soup making it very flavourful and sweet.

Besides items on the conveyor belt, there are also cooked food like fried chicken, sushi, noodles, salad etc. Not bad at all.

After dinner, we shopped at Tesco supermarket for a while before heading back to the hotel for the night.

Stay tuned for Day 3 - dhatri spa, Thanoon Seafood, Vero Italian restaurant.

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