Vegan Dining at Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand

19th October 2014

It can be difficult to truly relax on holiday when you’re worried about finding vegan options. That’s why Paresa Resort is refreshing. We didn’t have a single worry during our stay at Paresa since there was always something vegan for us, starting with delightfully refreshing breakfasts and complete with fine dining evenings.

For our two-night stay we had more than enough choices to satisfy and indulge us. There’s exquisite and authentic Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Luca Mancini at Diavolo and a variety of well-prepared and full flavored vegan Thai dishes at Talung Thai. Across the board, we loved everything we tried during our stay and never had any trouble requesting vegan options.

Meanwhile, check out our Paresa multi reviews here and here.



Breakfast

Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand

Breakfast is included at Paresa and along with a buffet spread that includes wonderfully fresh tropical fruit and made-to-order juices and smoothies, you have your choice of an à la carte dish. À la carte breakfast options include Western and Thai dishes. We asked our server which dishes could be prepared vegan and were promptly informed of our options.

The menu options that can be prepared vegan upon request are Pad Thai, Pad See Ew and Thai Fried Rice. We found these options to be more than sufficient for our stay and we ended up trying the Pad Thai and Thai Fried Rice. Both were really nice and the portion sizes were generous as well.

Paresa Resort Vegan Breakfast

Breakfast @ Paresa Resort: A lovely way to start the morning with fresh juices, tropical fruits and an open air view over the Andaman Sea.

Breakfast also includes champagne, a number of breads and jams, cereals and soya milk, coffee, tea and additional non-vegan items (pastries, meats, cheeses, yogurts, etc).

If you prefer a vegan Western breakfast, you should let them know in advance to allow them time to prepare something specifically for you since all of the vegan à la carte breakfast options are Thai dishes.

Local Tip: Phuket pineapples are smaller and picked ripe so you can actually eat the core and it’s really quite delicious! Locals apparently love to eat the core of their pineapples and after giving it a try we can see why, it’s not quite as sweet as the rest of the pineapple but also not as fibrous as the pineapple cores we get at home.

Vegan Pad Thai

Paresa Resort Phuket: Vegan Pad Thai with bean sprouts, vegetables and fried yellow tofu (Pad Thai Jay)

Vegan Thai Fried Rice

Paresa Resort Phuket: Vegan Thai Fried Rice with vegetables and fried yellow tofu (Khao Pad Jay)

Fresh fruits and juices

Paresa Resort Phuket: Freshly cut fruits and freshly pressed juices (i.e., Thai Tropical Tangerines)

Paresa Resort Dining Area

Paresa Resort Phuket: There is only one primary dining area at Paresa, so after breakfast it becomes the shared space for Talung Thai and Diavolo for lunch and dinner service. Read here for more details.



Diavolo Restaurant

Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand

Diavolo has a number of vegetarian dishes on the menu and with advance notice can prepare some exquisitely crafted vegan dishes. Diavolo prepared an irresistible 4-course dinner during our stay and Executive Chef Luca Mancini measured our appetites perfectly, starting with a light and bright mostly raw tomato tartare, followed by a hearty yet consciously small truffle risotto, building up towards a crispy polenta dish and finishing with a lovely vegan chocolate mousse complemented with tropical pineapple and pandan flavors.

Paresa Resort Dining Area

Paresa Resort Phuket: Evening shots of the primary dining area at Paresa, so after breakfast it becomes the shared space for Talung Thai and Diavolo for lunch and dinner service. Read here for more details.

Paresa Resort Dining Area

Diavolo Restaurant Vegan Bread

Diavolo Restaurant @ Paresa Resort: A trio of vegan breads. Our favorites were the mini olive focaccia and tomato bread with pumpkin seeds.

Diavolo Restaurant Vegan Italian

Diavolo Restaurant @ Paresa Resort: Vegan Tomato Tartare with avocado, rocket and bread crisp.

Diavolo Restaurant Vegan Risotto

Diavolo Restaurant @ Paresa Resort: Vegan Truffle Risotto with pistachio and almond

Diavolo Restaurant Vegan Italian

Diavolo Restaurant @ Paresa Resort (from left to right): Vegan Crispy Polenta Fritter with smoky eggplant & capsicum sauces; Vegan Chocolate Mousse with pandan sauce, orange, coconut, fennel, pineapple carpaccio, and hazelnut and caramel.



Talung Thai Restaurant

Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand

Since our stay at Paresa was during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Talung Thai had a special Vegetarian Festival set menu. The set menu included four courses, with two options for each course.

Talung Thai Restaurant Dining Area

We ended up sampling all eight of these vegan dishes during our stay (but we stretched it out over two meals and shared one set menu at a time). It was a lot of food, but every dish was satisfying and different. We especially enjoyed the desserts, so make sure you save room for dessert! Both of our desserts used one of our favorite ingredients – Pandan. If you’re unfamiliar with pandan, it’s like the Asian vanilla bean in terms of the function but with a unique flavor all to itself. Pandan also provides the distinctively bright green color.

Even outside of the festival, Talung Thai is able to provide vegan options and veganize a lot of traditional Thai dishes.

Talung Thai Restaurant Dining Area

Talung Thai Vegan Spring Rolls

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort: Vegan Poh Pia Pak Tord (crispy spring rolls, glass noodles, local organic greens, taro jelly mushroom and tamarind). We love the crispy spring rolls and the tamarind sauce was lovely.

Talung Thai Vegan Spring Rolls

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort: Another shot of Vegan Poh Pia Pak Tord (Crispy spring rolls, glass noodles, local organic greens, taro jelly mushroom and tamarind)

Talung Thai Vegan Thai Soup

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort: Vegan Tom Yam Hed Ruam (spicy mixed mushroom soup with lemongrass, fresh lime and juice). It was quite spicy but that’s some delicious and authentic Tom Yam.

Talung Thai Vegan Massaman Curry

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort: Vegan Gaeng Massaman Tao Hu (Aromatic Southern curry with peanuts, yellow tofu and crispy rice). Looks like mostly coconut milk-based, but with chunky yellow tofu and potato. Delicious crunchy peanuts also give a nice texture.

Talung Thai Drink and Starter

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort (from left to right): One of the special mocktails available throughout the day; Vegan Yam Hed Pa (Wild mushroom salad, local Thai herbs with lime-chili vinaigrette). We didn’t expect the salad to be super spicy since there was no indication on the menu that it would be spicy. The mushrooms had absorbed the vinaigrette completely and everything was generally spicy. Nice variety of mushrooms including enoki, shiitake, wood ear, etc.

Talung Thai Salad

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort: Another shot of Vegan Yam Hed Pa (Wild mushroom salad, local Thai herbs with lime-chili vinaigrette).

Talung Thai Vegan Dishes

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort (from left to right):Vegan Gaeng Jued Tao Hu (clear vegetable soup with tofu). We made this soup at our cooking class on our first day, but with different ingredients (fried yellow tofu, wood ear and mixed veggies). The soup included round silken tofu and tons of mushrooms and vegetables, making it slightly different from the one we prepared in our class; Vegan Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak Ruam (green curry with young eggplant, organic vegetables and coconut milk).

Vegan Thai Green Curry

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort: Vegan Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak Ruam (green curry with young eggplant, organic vegetables and coconut milk). Not very spicy, but tastes like any ordinary green curries. Comes with Thai basil, chili, broccoli, cauliflower, and mushrooms.

Now for the vegan Thai desserts…

Thai Fried Banana Fritter

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort: Vegan Khao Mao Tord (local ripe banana & coconut fritters). The dessert was highly recommended by our waiter. It’s a pretty interesting dessert. Banana wrapped in a pandan-coconut and battered and fried. Once opened, the sweet, creamy banana is encased in the firm green hued (pandan) coconut meat.

Thai Fried Banana Fritter

Thai Green Pandan Coconut Jelly

Talung Thai @ Paresa Resort: Vegan Woon Gati Bai Toey (Green pandanus coconut vegan jelly). Refreshing and light dessert to finish off, with a lovely pandan and coconut flavor. Pandan is often considered to be the ‘Asian vanilla bean essence.’


Given the quality of the vegan food offered during our stay, there was no need to leave the property or ever worry about finding vegan options. Simply provide advance notice of your special dietary needs or restrictions and you can rest assured that Paresa will take care of everything.


PARESA RESORT PHUKET

49 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala, Phuket 83150
paresaresorts.com

Disclosure: Thank you to Paresa Resort Phuket for hosting us and providing their Vegetarian Street Food Festival Package inclusive of two nights accommodation. All opinions are our own.

 

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