Acqua is a standalone fine dining Italian restaurant located on Kalim beach. Very well known among Phuket foodies as one of the best Italian fine dining restaurant in Town. Alessandro Frau is the man behind this restaurant as the owner and chef.
for mobile devices and full screen viewing click here
This was not the first time we tasted his food, it was awhile back many years ago when Alessandro was chef de cuisine at the Italian restaurant in the Sheraton Phuket. We could remember how good his food was then. Every time we visit Phuket we always wanted to visit but never had the chance. This time, we finally we made it.
Our dinner started with a warm welcome from Alessandro. He recommended his signature degustation tasting menu. The tasting menu was very attractive; 8 items of high quality ingredients carefully prepared for only 2,500 ++ per person. We also could not resist trying items from the a la carte menu.
Amuse bouche Rice arancini pizzaiola
Not long after ordering a big container with bubbling water and smoke was presented at our table. It was a beautiful presentation of fresh Gillardeau oysters, served with condiments (220 per piece). Gillardeau is considered the Rolls Royce of oysters; large juicy and flavorful.
Another beautiful dish appeared at our table; Lobster salad Catalana style, with cherry tomatoes and marinated red onions in olive oil and lemon sauce (600). The lobster was nicely prepared; the sweetness of the lobster was well balanced with other ingredients.
Pala I Fiori Vermentino di Sardegna, Sardinia, Italy (390 by the glass)
The tasting menu starts with Raw Sicilian red prawn with smoked Avruga Caviar. The portion was not big but very refine. The red prawn was full of flavor in each small bite we try to savor.
Another delicate dish; Scallops carpaccio served with black truffle, raw asparagus in olive oil and lemon juice and truffle essence.
Sous vide cooked octopus salad, marinated in extra virgin olive oil, lemon and vinegar, fennel leaves, celery and taggiasche olive DOP.
45 minutes slow cooked egg on a parmesan cheese fondue, fresh black truffle and crispy pancetta powder.
Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti, Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Italy (400 by the glass)
Acquerello saffron risotto with stracchino cheese, caviar and Sardinian sea urchin; this was my first time to have cheese, caviar and sea urchin in one plate, the richness of all 3 ingredients was mind blowing.
Pan fried USA scallops with foie gras, chilly jam and truffle pumpkin sauce.
From the a la carte menu we had the Black squid ink risotto with Sicilian prawn and its own bisque (1000). The prawn was grilled releasing an irresistible aroma. Do not ignore the head part; it was full of flavor from the fat and juices’, adding it to the risotto was like a perfect marriage.
Wood fried suckling pig, saffron and violette potatoes, broad beans and its own sauce was the main course for the tasting menu. The pork skin was crispy, the meat was juicy and tender what more do you need but with the sauce and the beautiful sides makes it even better.
Sicilian Cannoli stuffed with sweet ricotta cheese, candid orange chocolate shavings in marsala flavored cannolo. Very sculpture like presentation, it was as good to look at as it was to eat.
Vanilla flan with moka coffee (430); another beautiful presentation.
Petit four; Strawberry tartlets
This was a very special meal, unexpected ; we knew it was going to be good but not this good. Each dish was prepared like works of art, and cooked to perfection not only it was beautifully appealing but the taste reflects what we see. This was one of the best dinner we had in Phuket. Alessandro did not only cook but he created edible art.
* prices and menu are subject to change
** currency are in Thai Baht