A menu that is pleasing and accommodating to both travelers’ and locals’ taste buds Set on a hill overlooking the stunning waters of the Andaman, Cradle restaurant is tucked inside the breathtaking Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa. Offering up international and Thai cuisine, Chef Kwan sources the freshest ingredients around, such as seafood from the local pier and vegetables and herbs grown right on the resort property.
To start off the evening, one must try the Thai-pas for Two – a plate full of spring rolls, samosas, fish and prawn cakes, and chicken and beef satay, beautifully displayed and accompanied by a trio of delightful sauces comprising sweet chili, mint yoghurt and peanut. Everything is crisp and grilled to perfection, leaving diners eager to try any number of the delicious mains on offer.
If you are looking for a traditional dish to try, the Kiaw Wan Goong Lae Sua (Green curry with tiger prawns) is definitely the way to go. Full of flavor, spice and everything nice, Chef Kwan’s green curry is creamy, well balanced and has just enough heat to make locals and travelers content. However, if you are wanting to try something new, the innovative and delicious Phuketian pizza is just the ticket. Comprising of your typical margarita pizza, this culinary gem is topped with a local favorite, kra pao gai (stir-fried chicken with holy basil). This unique combination is full of different flavors that perfectly meld together. From the smooth mozzarella and the fragrant holy basil, to the heat of the chilies, this dish has quickly become a crowd favorite.
But one cannot visit Cradle and not try Chef Kwan’s signature Goong Makham – fried tiger prawns with sweet tamarind sauce. The size of the prawn alone is worth ordering the dish for. It is truly a sight to see – almost unworldly. But unlike many restaurants that serve up beautiful food, Cradle, and particularly the Goong Makham has the flavor to back it up with. Crispy on the outside and soft and light on the inside, these giant shellfish are wonderfully complemented by the subtle sweetness of the tamarind sauce in which they’re beautifully displayed.
And what is a delectable meal without a sweet ending?
Offering your traditional Thai mango and sticky rice, and grilled pineapple skewers, Cradle also has on hand unique and creative desserts, such as the Choc-kra-jiab Tart – a roselle and chocolate tart served with vanilla ice cream. With a similar texture to cherries, the roselle accompanies the silky chocolate filling beautifully, while the vanilla ice cream balances the sweetness of the roselle.
All of Chef Kwan’s delightful culinary wonders are enjoyed with amazing sunset views and friendly and attentive staff, as you sit poolside in the Andaman breeze.
With a menu that is pleasing and accommodating to both travelers’ and locals’ taste buds, Cradle is a must-try restaurant for anyone wanting to enjoy the best of what Phuket has to offer.