SRI Panwa, located in Panwa Cape, on the scenic southeastern tip of Phuket, is known the world over as one of Thailand’s most luxurious resorts. Morning, noon, and night you’ll find yourself immersed in nature, surrounded by stunning ocean views, and spoilt for options of food and beverages.
The Japanese restaurant, IKI, is located above the Baba PoolClub and offers both indoor and terrace sitting areas – both offering equally exquisite ocean views. The menu presents a variety of Japanese favourites including: a wide range of appetisers, sashimi, sushi, maki, tempura, yakitori, tonkatsu, teppanyaki, udon, don, chirashi, and zaru soba.
Taking pride in their quality of dishes, team IKI consists of only chefs that have been trained by master chefs; namely the sushi, sashimi and yakitori chefs were mentored by the legendary Iron Chef Boontum and uphold many of his techniques and cooking secrets.
For starters, the Shirao Salad – crispy silver fish, mixed green salad, and tobikio with skippy dressing (B650++), or the Himachi Tacos – guacamole sauce, cherry tomato, spring onion, red onion, green chilli, scallion, and lime (B400++) make for great nibbles before heavier courses.
The sashimi and sushi sets come with five pieces per a la carte order, or diners may opt for the Sashimi Delight with two pieces of eight kinds of sashimi (B2,400++) or the Sashimi Highlight with two pieces each of five kinds of sashimi (B1,600++).
The Hidagyu Striploin (B3,900++) and Canadian Maine Lobster (B1,800++) are must-try dishes from the teppanyaki menu. Each dish is served with fried mixed vegetables, garlic rice and clear soup.
For something a little lighter, diners can opt for yakitori – charcoal grilled skewers of succulent meat or vegetables. Choose between lamb, pork, beef, fish, chicken or a variety of vegetables.
Named after the Japanese word for ‘drink’, a popular term among Japanese when drinking, you may hear chants of ‘Ikki Nomi’ as friends motivate each other to go ‘bottoms up’.
Indoors, the live teppanyaki and sushi stations add a theatrical element to the mix as you watch the master chefs at work, while the terrace offers relaxing scenic views and sounds of nature.
Parking is available at the resort. Baba IKI opens daily from 12pm–11pm.
Sri Panwa. 88 Moo 8 Sakdidej Road,
Tambon Vichit, Phuket. 076 371 000.