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By Lauren Hill | October 24 2017
Combining Thailand’s outstanding cuisine with this region’s exceptional offering of luxury resorts, Phuket has an abundance of fine dining venues. Spanning authentic Thai, fusion and international cuisine, here’s our pick of the five best restaurants in Phuket.
Tucked into the grand Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion of Phuket Town, this elegant restaurant is among Phuket’s best known fine dining venues, combining its elegant Sino-Portuguese architectural setting with a menu of authentic Thai cuisine. Representing the past, present and future of Thai gastronomy, chef Khun Noroor Somany Steppe cooks up dishes like duck with tamarind sauce, black crab curry with coconut milk and lemongrass, and whole sea bass steamed with organic lemongrass. Diners can opt for the restaurant’s set menu to taste the chef’s signature dishes. Blue Elephant also acts as a cooking school.
This award-winning restaurant in Kalim Beach showcases the modern Italian cuisine of the accomplished Sardinian chef Alessandro Frau, with a particularly extensive range of Italian wines and modern interiors exhibiting chic black and white décor. The exceptionally appealing menu comprises dishes such as yellowfin tuna carpaccio marinated in extra virgin olive oil and lemon, topped with fresh artichokes and bottarga, Sicilian red prawns with jus, poached Maine lobster, and wood fired roasted suckling pig with saffron.
This chic bar and grill is considered one of Phuket’s most sophisticated drinking and dining spots, combining elegant interiors with West Coast cuisine and an ambience created by jazz and lounge music. Expect to see aged grilled tenderloin steaks, fresh seafood and an array of pasta and pizza dishes on the menu. Perhaps start with the Wagyu beef carpaccio or pan-seared foie gras, followed by lobster ravioli, pizza Napoletana or classic tom yum goong, with one of the restaurant’s indulgent desserts to finish.
The Boathouse hotel sits on the shores of Kata Beach, affording guests ocean views from their rooms and as they dine at the celebrated restaurant. The Boathouse Restaurant offers both Thai and western cuisine in a fine dining setting with indoor and outdoor seating and a wine list that has consistently won awards each year. As an added incentive for dining here, the restaurant provides complimentary transfers for diners staying in the Kata and Karon area.
This fusion Thai fine dining restaurant sits within the scenic surroundings of The Slate five-star hotel. The distinct indoor and outdoor dining space incorporates traditional Thai architectural style with contemporary design and luxurious touches, set on a platform over the hotel’s lagoon. The restaurant’s chef Anongrat Meklai cooks up classic and modern Thai dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and is particularly well known for her flavorful som tam, tom yum and Panang curry.