Love it or hate it, Phuket continues to be one of Thailand’s most popular destinations. This enormous island is home to its fair share of overcrowded beaches but beautiful stretches of sand can still be found. These are 10 of our favorite dining spots in Phuket. Read the original version of this updated article here.
Breeze is a sophisticated restaurant-lounge located at the sleek Cape Yamu development in Phang Nga Bay. The restaurant’s name comes from its design, a free-flowing open-air concept arranged to create a sense of stillness. The unique space enhances the French, Japanese, and Thai-inspired dishes prepared by Chef Cheryl Johnson. Johnson combines imported and locally sourced ingredients to create subtly flavoured dishes like duck confit salad; and homemade beef chili. The restaurant’s brunch is particularly popular, with menu highlights including roasted pork belly with apple caramel; and coddled eggs with chorizo, pepper oil, and potatoes.
Breeze at Cape Yamu, 224 Moo 7 | Pa Khlok, Phuket, Thailand, +66 81 271 2320
There’s a true emphasis on all things healthy at Suay, but what has really made this restaurant famous is its unique interpretation of traditional Isan food, which is the cuisine of Northeastern Thailand. Try the braised beef and tomato clear soup; and the grilled sea scallops. For drinks, there are a number of excellent teas and cocktails available, along with a variety of fresh shakes and juices. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, with elegant green and white colours emphasised both inside and out.
Boathouse Wine & Grill is known for its well-prepared international menu and knowledgeable staff. Home to one of the biggest wine cellars in Phuket, the restaurant’s staff recommend perfect wine pairings for the restaurant’s menu of seafood, pastas, pizzas, and Thai favourites. Although the restaurant is part of Boathouse Guesthouse, guests and non-guests alike are free to enjoy its French and Thai dishes, along with beautiful beachfront views. As an added bonus, the restaurant offers complimentary pick-ups and drops-off from numerous locations around the island.
One of several restaurants found at the Banyan Tree Phuket, Saffron is known for serving authentic Thai food in an elegant, upscale setting. Thanks to the efforts of attentive executive chef, David Hamilton, Saffron offers an impressive menu of Thai dishes, including green curry, Massaman, satay skewers and snake head fish with black pepper. The interior features warm tones and a romantic ambiance that invites diners to linger over wine or coffee after finishing their meals.
Siam Indigo exudes a relaxed hipness that makes it the perfect place to enjoy an evening with a few friends, and perhaps even make a few more in the process. The owner is French, the staff are Thai, and the fusion of these two cultures creates a rich and interesting atmosphere. The restaurant is set in a historic Phuket shophouse and decorated with local artwork. The modern Thai menu is constantly changing, with daily specials based on the freshest produce available at the market. If diners aren’t satisfied with the menu selections, the restaurant’s accommodating chef is always willing to grill meat or seafood according to their preferences.
Situated a few feet from shore, Taste Restaurant offers an eclectic menu of Thai, Japanese and Swedish dishes created by Chef Martin Ostlind. Menu highlights include the BBQ pulled pork sliders; and the camembert cheese bruschetta with tomato jam. With a spacious interior that can accommodate up to 135 people, the restaurant’s atmosphere is almost always lively and completed by an excellent music selection, plus walls decorated with mix-media artwork created by emerging Thai artists.
Taste Restaurant, Surin Beach 3, Choeng Thale, Phuket, Thailand, +66 76 270 090