Inspired by Phuket’s natural landscape, InterContinental® Phuket Resort is a luxury beachfront hideaway featuring 221 elegantly appointed rooms and villas overlooking the Andaman Sea. The resort has five restaurants and bars that offer a variety of cuisines, and recently welcomed a new addition named ‘hom’.
Helmed by Chef Ricardo Nunes, who previously worked at several Michelin-starred establishments, including Potong, Belcanto, and Gaggan – he is a purveyor of locavorism, seasonality, and curiosity. With him leading the kitchen, the restaurant aims to celebrate ancient fermentation processes that have unified cultures for centuries. To further develop the intricacies of the fermentation techniques utilized across all dishes and beverages at hom, a Resident Zymologist, Mateo Polanco, is working closely with Chef Ricard. Chef Ricardo and Mateo have a strong belief in the pursuit of perpetual improvement; this innate curiosity and passion for discovery enable the presentation of endlessly innovative menus.
“The techniques used in the hom kitchen center around flavor elevation; we will excite curious diners by presenting ingredients in new and inspiring ways whilst maintaining a respect for the true nature of each ingredient,” said Chef Ricardo Nunes of hom.
The hom team is guided by Restaurant Manager, Peter Lucas. Peter boasts over a decade of experience working in Michelin-starred establishments; most recently, Baan Tepa in Bangkok, and has also worked at the likes of Restaurant Savelberg in Thailand and Ciel Blue in The Netherlands.
Chef Ricardo develops the hom menus by first identifying viable ingredients that grow or live on the island of Phuket – proximity is key. The team then explores how ancient fermentation techniques can be used to maximize flavors, elevating the produce whilst still respecting the true nature of each ingredient.
The resulting 10-course tasting menu is well-balanced, thanks to the painstaking detail taken by the hom team. Ultimately, their goal is to surprise curious diners and encourage exploration and discovery. The hom beverage program will seamlessly complement the food offering, collaborating closely with local producers. The symbiotic relationship enables knowledge to flow in both directions, ultimately ensuring the safeguarding of local resources and the prevention of overproduction.
An Ethereal Setting
The experiential journey begins as soon as guests step foot into the magical InterContinental Phuket Resort. As they journey to the breathtaking Sawan Pavillion, where hom is located, guests are regaled with stories of the resort’s rich Himmapan past. Inside the pavilion, white and silver tones add to the heavenly feel of the venue, whilst a Monta Flower-inspired chandelier hangs overhead. Prior to departure, a curated memories bag is gifted to each guest. Thoughtful mementos encourage guests to reminisce on their hom experience.
HOM - InterContinental Phuket Resort
333, 333/3 Moo 3, Kamala Beach, Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand