Absolute Review : Phuket Town Restaurants Not To Be Missed

Posted on November 22, 2013


This week’s review comes from MsQ, Head of Special Projects Department for the Absolute World Group. Phuket Town is an ideal place to visit for good food; not only for local delights but for international cuisine as well, so here’s her choice of the best in town.

Suay offers a fresh, modern (delicious) approach to Thai cuisine by the passionate, personable and talented Chef Noi (Tammasak). He is adept at many traditional Thai dishes, but his sweet spot is making refined versions of Northern Thai classics with a European-technique twist – the best kind of East/West fusion, never con-fusion!

Everything on the menu is a small bit of heaven, but some of my all time faves: pesto/shanghai noodles, khao soi, larb gai spring rolls and the upmarket Thai version of Mexican tacos – made with Australian beef and roti served as the taco shell! Also skip the wine and go straight for the freshly-juiced cocktails, no syrups or concentrates used. My go-to tipple is the roselle-fueled Mai Tai.

Raya is truly Phuket food at its tastebud-tempting best served up in an authentic Sino-Portuguese shophouse. Must-order house specialties: lump crabmeat curry served with rice vermicelli, braised caramelized pork belly. Tip: arrive early (kitchen closes at 21:00), and BYOB unless your preferred libations are beer and/or Chinese tea.

China Inn Cafe 1
China Inn Cafe is well-known for its high quality, beautifully-presented upscale Thai menu. The gorgeously-renovated Sino-Portuguese shop house in Phuket’s Old Town is immaculate and serene, with rare objets, trinkets and Asian fabrics & clothing on offer in its well-curated shop. The lush interior garden is perfect as an oasis in the middle of a hot day exploring Phuket Town – make sure to order one of the fresh juices and/or smoothies to refresh yourself!

Tip: If you meet the eminently hospitable and graceful proprietress Mrs. Noi, do whatever she suggests – she is the prodigal daughter from one of Phuket Town’s oldest Baba (Chinese/Thai) families and will steer you to other lovely town experiences. China Inn is mostly open during the day, so call ahead for dinner reservations.

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