Phuket has drawn renowned Chefs from all over the world. Restaurants representing Eastern Europe and much of Asia are readily available. Being one of the largest tourist destinations in the world offers a wide variety. Whether it is because of the relatively close distance or just the unique beauty Phuket has to offer, many Chefs have setup establishments on the tropical island. Listed below are three restaurants to choose from, one Indian, one Russian and one Chinese.
Indian Food in Phuket – Baluchi
Baluchi is an Indian restaurant located on the southern side of Patong in the Horizon Beach Hotel. Right across the street from the beach, Baluchi provides a wonderful opportunity to escape the beach crowds and enjoy an authentic Indian dining experience. The lighting is crisp, with a bit of a sterile feel, but the warmth of the decor compensate. The layout is open-air and wood friezes line the walls. The clientele is primarily Indian, giving a good indication of the authenticity of food.
The reception is prompt and very friendly and they offer the choice of dining indoors or outdoors. The floor plan is midsized and given the popularity of Baluchi, reservations are highly recommended.
The wine list consists of only 14 bottles, but given the variety that is often associated with Indian cuisine, any bottle chosen is bound to accompany at least one portion of the meal.
The appetizers are both Indian and Thai and there is a very broad selection. The Chicken Tikka with Kasturi Methi is a great start and large enough for two.
Baluchi has an extensive menu featuring many different curries, kebabs, breads and tandoori dishes, all prepared in Northern Indian style and served in copperware. The chef, Chef Ratan Singh, was the Master Chef at the Mumbai Hyatt before relocating to Phuket. His creations are all made with imported Indian ingredients to truly bring authenticity to the menu.
The manager goes around to each table to ensure everyone is satisfied, and is eager to accommodate any request. The service is very friendly and professional. The menu is primarily Indian, but a Thai menu is also available. Between the food and the service, Baluchi offers a very unique and authentic Indian dining experience.
- Baluchi website
- Price range between 150-1,500 THB
Russian Style in Phuket – The Spice House
The Spice House is a Russian restaurant located in the heart of Patong at the Jungceylon Shopping Center. Among the crowds of shoppers and theatre goers, one can easily escape into a Russian fine-dining establishment. Upon entering, the lighting is done in an array of soft neon colors. The decor has been done in a very sleek postmodern fashion and design.
The reception is very welcoming and easy to understand. Due to the restaurant’s size and great popularity, people wanting to get a seat should get there early as they do not take reservations.
The appetizer menu isn’t very extensive, but very traditional. The Appetizer to Vodka features pickles, salted cabbage, pickled onions, boiled potatoes, salted fish and ham rolls with garlic-cheese stuffing.
The only wine is offered by the glass, but the drink menu more than compensates and they feature many fine vodkas.
The service is helpful and courteous. The food is outstanding. The chef, Chef Olga Tabachenko, offers several very creative dishes, from Herring under a Fur Coat to more traditional Russian dishes such as Goulash Home-Style and Borsch. One of the most popular dishes is the House Marinated Roast Pork, with Russian Style Sauce. People should also bring an appetite as the portions are very large.
There are quite a few deserts to choose from. From Strawberries Flambeed in Cognac with a Scoop of Ice Cream to Dessert Apples in the Snow, the menu will not disappoint.
The Spice House is a wonderful and welcome surprise in Jungceylon.
- The Spice House website
- Price range between 190 – 1,500 THB
Chinese Food in Phuket – The Royal Kitchen
The Royal Kitchen is located on the 25th floor of the Royal Paradise Hotel in the heart of Patong. Perched on top of Phuket’s highest tower, upon entering, it takes a moment to take in the spectacle. The view is absolutely breath taking. Walls of glass provide a complete 180 degree view of the ocean, the beach and the town below. The lighting is soft and elegant and the decor is impeccable with every detail attended to.
The reception is very quaint and friendly. The seating area is rather large, but having one of the best views in Patong, reservations are definitely needed to get a window seat.
The wine list has 27 corks, each one very appropriate to accompany Chinese dining. The appetizer menu has a variety of different items and a rotating centerpiece is available for larger groups to sample all of the dishes on the table.
The chef, Master Chef Chuchart, has been in Thailand cooking for over twenty years. His creations consist of everything from Hong Kong Suckling Pig to Peking Duck. The food is authentic Chinese and many of the ingredients are imported to recreate the unique tastes.
The service is exceptional and they care for every detail throughout the meal. Between the service, the food and the view, The Royal Kitchen is an amazing surprise and definitely provides a memorable experience.
- The Royal Kitchen website
- Price range between 800 – 1,500 THB
It is easy to find upscale restaurants and fine-dining in Phuket. With the variety of restaurants, there is definitely something for everyone.