Pre-Dinner Treats on Phuket

If you want to impress guests with a gourmet experience to remember, then a private luxury villa on Phuket is the perfect place to celebrate the finer things in life.

 

Whatever the occasion, there’s always a pleasant space to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and catch up with your guests before the main meal is served, and many of the island’s high-end private holiday properties come with the services of a professional chef.

 

It’s certainly possible to host an elaborate dinner party on Phuket, complete with exquisite food and fabulous drinks, but without even having to lift a finger. 

 

Scrumptious appetisers are always a good way to start the experience for everyone  and the right choices will ensure everyone remembers the meal from start to finish.

 

Here’s a selection of tasty finger food ideas for you to try before you eat dinner, and the best places to enjoy them in your private villa on Phuket. 

 

Honest Flavours

 

 

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If you’re in the mood for something fresh and light before a big meal, then raw spring rolls are the perfect choice. Packed with colour and flavour, these Vietnamese beauties can contain pretty much anything you like, including cucumber strips, mango, rice noodles, red cabbage, tofu and prawns. Their versatility means they’re perfect if you’ve got vegetarian guests coming round and they are best served with a creamy peanut dipping sauce.

 

Barbecued Bites

 

 

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For something a little heavier but still very tasty, marinated chicken skewers are a mouth-watering choice. Thai herbs and spices are infused into the chicken, which can then be grilled outside on your villa’s barbecue unit. The irresistible aroma wafting over from the barbecue pit means that guests are going to want to enjoy these treats outside to make the most of the al fresco atmosphere. They can mill around the pool terrace enjoying these succulent skewers, or even sit down on the plush sun loungers on the terrace ahead of the main event.

 

Taste of the Ocean

 

 

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If you can’t get enough greens, you’ll love these spicy Thai lettuce wraps. Islands like Phuket are famous for their incredible seafood, so you shouldn’t miss the chance to serve your guests the local catch of the day. These wraps make the perfect finger food for guests to enjoy while they sip on chilled glasses of bubbly. Ask your villa’s chef to personalise the flavours to reflect your own taste, seasoning the shrimp with everything from shredded green papaya or sweet mango. It might be a good idea to serve them out on your villa’s lush lawn, overlooking the ocean. 

 

Mediterranean Meets Thai

 

 

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For a true treat, there are few appetizers more satisfying then fresh calamari. While this crisp, golden snack might be associated with aioli dip and Greek cuisine, Thailand’s own version of fried calamari is just as good. For one, you know that the produce you taste is fresh and locally sourced. Secondly, your villa’s private chef knows just how to strike the balance to create the perfect, crispy batter. They’ll also be able to whip up a sweet chilli dipping sauce that packs a powerful punch of flavour. Perfect when complemented by stunning sea views and chilled white wine.

 

Wow Factor Food

 

 

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When it comes to food, excellent presentation is always sure to impress your guests. If your villa’s private chef is cooking for you, then you can be sure that the visual appeal of the meal will be top notch. For extra wow factor, try serving pan-fried scallops in their shells to your guests. A simple marinade of chili, soy sauce, spring onion and sugar will have them begging for more. Many of Phuket’s most luxurious holiday properties feature multiple indoor living areas, including stylish mezzanine decks overlooking the living and dining area. This is the perfect place to enjoy your luxurious scallop treats. 

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