It’s Saturday evening and the time had finally arrived for me to attend possibly my most unusual/unique dining experience since arriving here in Phuket. I have dined at many restaurants here, each being different some reason, be it décor, style of food or location. However, since I have seen the promotions and heard the comments about this venue I was certain that this was to be an evening of dining I would not soon forget.
Arriving at the suggested time, you cannot miss Palazzo’s “Mirror Palace” with its car park and spacious reception area brightly lit by elegant droplet lighting. After walking the red carpet you are greeted by the polite and welcoming lady who hands to you your ticket and advises you of table placing etc.
You are then welcome to a complimentary drink. I have to admit that from the outside, the “Mirror Palace” genuinely resembled a typical travelling circus arena many European’s would have visited at some time during their lives. Upon entrance, this was reaffirmed but was more a permanent structure, with it’s parquet flooring and wooden columns, than that of a travelling circus.
Once seated, each table should have been presented with a selection of breads and dips. Unfortunately, my table and possibly others seemed to miss out on these.
After my colleagues from Phuketindex had attended the Grand Opening of Palazzo, they had talked of drinks, including Champagne, being “freely” available all night. My colleague Nung and I debated as to which tipple we fancied and for some unknown reason both decided on the non-alcoholic water. It wasn’t until after receiving our drinks that we noticed the drinks menu on the table.
Although there was an extensive list of drinks available, no drinks were free and Champagne started at 5800 (But sparkling wine from 850 Baht for Cinzano) Baht a bottle (the free drinks obviously a one off purely for the Grand Opening). We were so glad we hadn’t been “free greedy” and opted for the Champagne.
Australian opera singer Dmitri Pronin embracing us with his vocal talents. We were entertained throughout the night with International acts ranging from Africa, China, Germany, Nedherlands, Russia, Ukraine and others. The most enjoyable for me personally was the crazy freak “Andrea” a modern version of the circus clown, who kept us amused throughout the evening (at one point getting guests on the stage, including myself) and Zhao Kun a female artist who was originally an artiste from a Chinese Circus.
The menu on offer had been very carefully chosen by Chef Maya Noosawat. It was a 5 course menu which consisted of fish, meat and other ingredients of the highest quality and was presented in a way in which would put many world class restaurants to shame. She also offered the full 5 courses as a vegetarian menu.
Almost every business has some teething troubles when starting and Palazzo is not without theirs. However, after only 1 week since opening I can assure you the teething problems Palazzo has are very small and will not ruin your evening’s entertainment. This unique dining experience is not something that should be missed. The show’s production and the quality of the food are set to a very high standard and I am sure the small faults will quickly be erased.
Please visit Palazzo Theater – Restaurant for one of the most entertaining evenings not only in Phuket but in my opinion Thailand.