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Absolute Dining : Phuket Restaurant Guide

April 22, 2010

Phuket has so many places to eat, from street stalls to high-end resort dining rooms, making it hard to choose where to go for a meal. If it’s Thai cuisine you’re craving and you’re looking for a special place to dine in Phuket, pick from one of these five favorite restaurants.

Baan Rim Pa is the obvious choice for fine Thai dining on Phuket. The traditional Thai menu, attentive service and large wine list attract foreigners and locals looking for a special meal. The elegant, open-air dining room is nestled in the hills overlooking Patong and Kalim bays so if you arrive in time for sunset be prepared for a stunning view.

Baan Rim Pa has long been established as one of the most famous restaurants in Thailand and a favorite of visitors from all over the world. With a menu featuring Thai dishes formerly found only in the Grand Palace of Thailand, Baan Rim Pa is the standard for Thai cuisine fine dining on Phuket Island and throughout Thailand. This Phuket Thai restaurant also features a piano bar showcasing live jazz, blues and Broadway standards nightly. The Cellar has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for consecutive years since 2002. Baan Rim Pa also features one of the best selections of spirits and cocktails in the region, nightly ice- and fruit-carvings, a cigar bar and a Thai handicrafts boutique. Founder Tom McNamara’s “home on the cliff” has it all. Baan Rim Pa is simply the finest in the Kingdom.

The curries and typical Thai dishes are delicious but the fresh-caught seafood is what’s really shines at this Phuket institution. Pick your fish or shellfish and let your server know how you’d like it prepared and then sit back and enjoy the view of Chalong Bay and the surrounding islands. Kan Eang @ Pier looks fancy (it was completely renovated in 2007) but is really just a great, basic seafood restaurant.

Special with its setting, Kan Eang@pier is located just next to the Chalong pier offering a picturesque dining venue and a fantastic culinary experience. Serving Andaman seafood, local specialties and Japanese cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Operating since 1973, the restauran is very famous among locals and tourist alike for its seafood.

You can enjoy daily caught seafood in any cooking style. Whether BBQ, steamed, fried or sashimi. Try Nam Prik Goong Siap, Bua Tod, Hor Mok, or crab meat creamy curry served with white noodles and so much more.

Phuket’s most appealing restaurant for the sophisticated international traveler is located far away from the busy noise of international tourism. LIM’s, tucked into a setting of tall trees and lush vegetation on the hillside above Kalim Bay, features Modern Thai Cuisine, the latest sounds from Europe’s top DJ’s, all in a setting of tropical splendor and fine art..

The 60-cover hillside restaurant encompasses everything a class act should: ultra-fresh food, expertly prepared select ingredients, great background tunes and a sense of occasion in unusual and tasteful surroundings.

Lim’s is located in Kalim, just to the north of Patong, but this beach feels like it’s on another planet – the difference in atmosphere being that great. If coming from Patong, drive one kilometer along the Beach Road and, just after where the road separates around a tree in the centre, turn right up Soi 7 where the Orchid Hotel makes the corner. You’ll find Lim’s up the hill on the right-hand side of the soi.

Mom Tri’s elegant beachfront restaurant on Kata Noi is consistently ranked one of the island’s best restaurants. The airy dining room attracts a mix of foreign visitors and local tourists, and the Thai and Mediterranean menu satisfies everyone’s tastes. During high season, reservations are essential.

Enjoy fine dining in an award-winning restaurant set just above the rocks overlooking Kata Noi Beach. Panoramic sea views combined with the sound of the waves below create a peaceful, sensually indulgent and romantic setting.

European favourites and Thai dishes are served either on the open-air terrace, covered patio or Thai sala. An exuberant menu offers delicious creations from talented executive Chef Sura. Popular dishes include hot crab soufflé, light and savoury appetisers, tuna carpaccio, Phuket lobster and Angus beef tenderloin.

Mom Tri’s Kitchen is the winner of the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 3 years in a row and has over 350 labels including an extensive organic wine list and 16 wines available by the glass.

As of 18th December 2009 SILK will be at Andara Resort Villas – Phase 3. Offering traditional thai cuisine in a contemporary setting, with stunning views of the Andaman sea The menu combines the finest traditional Thai ingredients prepared with a focus on authenticity of taste and texture. The delicious creations are carefully concocted using local flavours and time-honoured techniques and the freshest ingredients.

This sleek, chic rooftop restaurant just around the corner from Surin Beach serves traditional Thai food and very international cocktails to a cosmopolitan crowd. Sit out on one of the comfy balcony loungers or inside in the air-conditioned dining room.


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