Dining in Phuket is never a boring affair. Whether you’re in the mood for street eats, fine dining or looking for an intimate setting for a romantic meal, you will find something that floats your boat – even on the days that you absolutely don’t feel like having any local Thai food. When your tastebuds are only tempted and tantalised by exotic fare, here’s where you should head to:
The Greek Tavern
If you yearn for a taste of exotic greek cuisine, a trip to The Greek Tavern will satisfy your cravings. Tuck into platters filled with crispy calamari, succulent souvlaki and flavourful moussaka. Those with a hearty appetite may order a serving of tender roast lamb, along with a selection of crisp salads. The attentive service offered by the friendly Greek owners adds on to the charm of this eatery, which boasts a casual and comfortable setting that puts diners at ease.
Get a taste of one of Singapore’s signature dishes at this eatery. Yes, we are talking about the renowned chicken rice – a dish of aromatic rice cooked with chicken broth, served with steamed or roast chicken, as well as chicken broth. If you are dining with a group, be sure to order up plates of bak choy, bean sprouts and fried tofu to share. The adventurous can also try out a serving of kidney or liver. Do not forget to savour this savoury treat with plenty of dark soy sauce and tangy chili.
Phuket travellers hankering for a taste of authentic Chinese fare will be pleased with the delicacies at Anita’s Kitchen. Free from the much dreaded MSG, each and every dish is painstakingly prepared from scratch, and doled out in generous portions. You will not go wrong by starting your meal with a plate of pan-fried pork dumplings. After devouring this tasty starter, move on to other savoury treats such as the pork rib noodles, shrimp with rice noodles, and the sweet and sour pork ribs. Diners who cannot tolerate heat in their food should make this known to the owner of the restaurant, and she will customise the dishes and menu to suit your tastes and preferences.
Enjoy a taste of ‘globetrotter cuisine’ at Tatonka. The name of this striking restaurant may be distinctively Native American, but the cuisines served get its influence from Asian, Mediterranean and Latino flavours. The restaurant offers an exotic setting that promises to captivate – the walls are painted with colourful murals of warriors hunting buffaloes, and the interiors are filled with beautiful wood furniture.
Arrive with a group of dining companions, and be prepared to tuck into a spread of tapas delights. Sashimi tuna spring rolls with dijon miso sauce, peking duck pizza, and saigon beef with green mango and bacon are some of the delicious fusion dishes found on the menu. Tatonka also dishes out a selection of vegetarian tapas items for veggie-loving travellers. Round off the meal on a sweet note by ordering the cool coffee, a chilled mocha beverage made up of coffee, vanilla ice cream, Kahlua and a dash of whipped cream.
When the mood for a fine-dining Japanese meal strikes, make your way to JW Mariott Phuket Resort & Spa. There, you will find Kabuki, a restaurant which dishes out meals that are more than a mere dining experience. In fact, it promises to be a feast for the senses, for you will set sight on a culinary performance right before your eyes.
All meals at Kabuki are prepared in front of the diners. Opt for a tepanyaki meal, and be prepared for an eye-opening experience filled with flying knives, fiery flames and diverse flavours. Alternatively, go for sushi, and watch on as the deft and nimble fingers of the expert chefs transform a variety of seafood into edible pieces of art.
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