Baan Rim Pa, Karim Bay, Phuket
21 years since it first opened, Baan Rim Pa has won more fine dining awards than any other. In its cliffside teak house, impeccably prepared Royal Thai Cuisine is just part of a fine dining experience.
Baan Rim Pa, an open-air, two-story teak house on a cliff above a crescent of golden sand. The sun sets on boats bobbing against a backdrop of hills fading into the Andaman Sea.
Panoramic views over Patong Bay are complemented by surf crashing onto the rocky beach below, which mingles with Tommy Doyle’s magical sounds – jazz, blues and Broadway standards – wafting through from the piano bar. Then there’s the cellar with its 300 bottles of the finest wines from all corners of the globe, winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence every year since 2002.
Baan Rim Pa’s latest innovation, a private dining room, comfortably seats 30 for dinner or 50 for cocktail parties. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two, hosting visitors or a special party, it’s no surprise that they call Baan Rim Pa “simply the finest in the Kingdom”.
Nikita, Rawai, Phuket
Southern Phuket's premier beach bar and restaurant, Nikita's at Rawai is one of the island's favourite beach-side restaurants. The absolute seafront, gardensala café-bar with fantastic views over the islands in Chalong Bay, a shady setting and deliciously cool sea breeze is unbeatable for relaxing away balmy afternoons and evenings.
Time means nothing at Nikita's. Located on peaceful Rawai Beach, Nikita's well-trained team off ers real Thai hospitality to guests – who sit happily, daydreaming for hours, observing life on the water and chatting with friends. The extensive menu of authentic Thai food, fresh seafood dishes and the now famous wood-fi red pizzas, along with a selection of over 50 quality wines, cool cocktails, icy cold beers, English draught Cider, delicious fruit shakes, an excellent coff ee menu and service with a smile – seems to be a winner with visitors as well as the many regular locals who make Nikita's a second home.
Dine or relax under the sala, at garden tables or outdoors by the sea. Great food, great music, great wine, great friends… Nikita’s.
Patong Seafood, Patong, Phuket
"One of Patong’s oldest (since 1979) and finest restuarants. Serving a large selection of local fresh seafood from the Andaman Sea. Live Phuket lobster, crabs and fish for your choosing. Have it cooked to your liking. No tax and service charge."
The restaurant was rebuilt as it was in original Thai style with open dining area and a high circular design ceiling. Only the freshest seafood is brought straight from the boat and market to give you the finest selections, which are on display – chilled and ready to eat. The kitchens at Patong Seafood Restaurant are a place to behold, where their chefs with simply so many years of experience, prepare your seafood and other Thai delicacies to perfection.
The first thing that you will notice are the friendly staff. The smiles, the attentiveness and the helpfulness in making your choice are something you will appreciate and you will then know why many visitors and locals come back time and time again to enjoy this real taste of Thailand.
Mom Tri’s Kitchen, Kata Noi, Phuket
Enjoy fine dining in an award winning restaurant set just above the rocks and overlooking Kata Noi Beach. Panoramic sea views combined with the sound of the waves below create a peaceful, sensually indulgent and romantic setting.
Mom Tri’s Kitchen offers Thai and international cuisine served either on the open-air terraces, covered patio or Thai sala. Two exuberant menus offer delicious creations from Executive Chefs Darren and Sura. Popular dishes include hot crab soufflé, grilled tiger prawns, Phuket lobster and Angus beef tenderloin. Mom Tri's Villa Royale is the winner of the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 7 years in a row and has over 700 labels including an extensive organic wine list and 18 wines by the glass.
Rice, Patong, Phuket
Few destinations in the world can host an evening of enjoyment with sophisticated flair and unrivalled ambience. Unprecedented luxury and comfort characterise Baan Yin Dee. “Warm Welcome Home”, the English translation of Baan Yin Dee, is an apt name for this upscale retreat that truly is to be discovered. Traditional Thai hospitality, the pleasing sounds of the piano and the superb dinner make for a relaxing occasion.
The International and Thai at Rice in Baan Yin Dee Boutique Resort come alive in the dishes so delicately prepared and presented. The White Snapper in crispy Pancetta skin served with warm lentil salad and potato basil straw and the BYD Fusion, chicken breast stuffed with scallops and served with herb gnocchi and asparagus scented cherry tomato lay testimony to Chef Ta’s creativity in preparing delectable delights.
An upscale venue catering to tourists and locals alike, Rice provides an unsurpassed dining experience. With superb food, piano music and hospitality in a stylish environment, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Kan Eang @Pier, Cha-Long bay, Phuket
Kan Eang, meaning feel at ease, invites you to unwind with the soothing sounds of the waves, enjoy a stunning view of Chalong Bay and savor freshly caught seafood, local Thai delights and selected Japanese dishes. Classic Chinese-Thai seafood. Deep-fried freshwater weed with shrimp in batter may sound pretty weird but it tastes great. As does the combination of water chestnut, ginko nuts, dried chili and onion, cashew nuts, stir-fried chicken in an edible – yes edible, taro basket. That turned some heads, I can tell you.
The baked Phuket lobster in butter is a lesson in freshness and the seafood basket – grilled tiger prawns, jackfish, crab and squid – a sight for sore eyes. The tom ka gai – chicken in coconut milk – at Kan Eang @Pier is one of the best menu you must try. This is not light food and you'll be pretty full by the end of the evening so pace yourself and order accordingly.
Kan Eang @pier is more than a restaurant, it is a destination. Originally called Kan Eang 1, the name was changed after renovations. Kan Eang 1 with more than 30 years of preparing great seafood dishes had long been a favorite among both locals and visitors from around the world Kan Eang@pier is no different and continues the tradition of satisfying any palate with their selected fresh seafood and local specialties.
Kan Eang@pier has the flexibility to cater for everything from intimate dinners to special events and large banquets.
This restaurant with its friendly and attentive staff and seaside tables and chairs in an idyllic setting offers a relaxing and pleasant dining experience day or night. Enjoy a panoramic view of the yacht harbor and close islands.
Vset, Cha-Long bay, Phuket
VSET is a "restaurant at its extraordinary best". VSET, pronounced "Vi-Sate", in Thai means "extraordinary".
It is the first gastronomic restaurant along Chalong pier and has a naturally thatched roof, quaint interior decor and an open kitchen where you can see the Master Chef Ronnie Macuja and his talented team at work. Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor seating, this intimately proportioned establishment serves up delicious fare in a homey atmosphere.
Multi-award winning chef Ronnie Macuja's creations combine well-known methods with a bit of local fl are and creativity producing a stellar menu in the process. Notable dishes include: Phuket Lobster Salad with long green eggplants in crustacean dressing, Foie Gras Parfait, Cognac-flamed Lobster Bisque, Australian Lamb Cutlet, Red Snapper Steak with balsamic-roasted cherry tomato and Honey-glazed Pork Belly. These only touch the surface of the experience while a fine wine list can add the ideal twist and a tantalizing selection of desserts rounds off a full set of flavours. It is a restaurant centered on the palate, but it is how all its attributes fit together that make it a truly extraordinary place.
Boathouse Wine & Grill
A Phuket legend and culinary landmark on Kata Beach for over two decades, Boathouse Wine & Grill guests can savour leisurely lunch and fine dinner degustation menus in a chic and modern beachfront setting.
Boathouse Executive Chef Jean-Noël Lumineau, Thailand’s only Maître Cuisinier de France, uses handpicked locally-grown produce, fresh seafood and fish and imported prime meats to present a culinary experience like no other in Phuket.
At the intimate and stylish, newly created Sunset Lounge above the restaurant guests can relax and enjoy distinctive cocktails and drinks throughout the evening.
Sala Bua, Patong, Phuket
Located at the boutique hotel Impiana Phuket Cabana in Patong, Sala Bua offers a superb cuisine of East-meets-West prepared by an award-winning chef in a sophisticated yet relaxing ambience. Dining is al fresco and outdoor with stupendous views of the Andaman Sea and sunsets.
Translated from Thai 'Sala Bua' means 'Pavilion of Lotus', which represents a sacred place to find joy and happiness. Along line of lotus ponds, which surround the restaurant symbolise this meaning. White tablecloths on the sand and inside further define this notion and the elegance of this place to dine.
The award-winning restaurant's menu of Mediterranean cuisine with and Asian twist, is the creation of Chef Dirk Schroeter.
Whether it be for an amazing meal out or for a romantic interlude, enjoy elegant dining under the stars at Sala Bua.
Blue Elephant, Phuket city, Phuket
The 13th restaurant in the Blue Elephant Group chain, the Blue Elephant Governor Mansion Phuket Cooking School & Restaurant offers exceptional authentic Thai dishes served in a splendid setting, an historic Sino-Portuguese style mansion. Today this building which was once the governor of Phuket's home hosts superlative dishes created by a HAPA (Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2008-2010) for ‘One of the Most Creative Chefs in Asia’ winner and Blue Elephant founder Chef Nooror Somany Steppé.
Elaborate dishes beautifully presented and subtly spiced are sure to please and this fine place to dine has an array to please all from different tastes and textures to different ranges of spiciness. Innovative dishes include Chor Muang, a steamed flower shaped dumpling, Laab Salmon, a salmon tartar, Doi Kham Salad, a purple eggplant salad with grilled scallops and Black Chicken Crispy Spring Rolls as starters. Gastronomic delights continue with Nooror’s Massaman Lamb is a coconut milk curry of lamb, potatoes, peanuts and cashew nuts, Black Chicken Green Curry, Phad Sator Koong, prawns with parkia in shrimp paste, Duck with Tamarind Sauce. The unique serving dishes of plates and bowls may include a bamboo case or pandus leaves.