Phuket not only has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but also some very special culinary experiences. Here are 7 sublime fine dining restaurants to try in Phuket.
Phuket is a perfect place for a tropical getaway, whether you stay in hotel villas or designer residences. We know how exquisite the beaches are, but we don’t talk enough about the diversity and appeal of Phuket’s foodie scene. Here’s a closer look.
As Thailand’s first and only Michelin-starred restaurant, Pru has done everything in its power to support and enrich the natural ecosystem. Through the concept ‘Planting. Raise. To understand.’ Chef Jimmy creates each savory dish from a combination of sustainably grown plants from the Pru Jampa farm. Opt for the Pru experience and order the 5- or 7-course meal, which includes mouth-watering options such as Wagyu Short Rib & XO, Red Mullet & Black Garlic, Dry Aged Travelly & Green Strawberry, and more.
At Black Ginger, a romantic raft transports guests across the hotel’s lagoon to the traditional Thai architectural house that serves cutting-edge Thai cuisine crafted by Chef Anongrat “Piak” Meklai. Amidst a dark and elegant interior beyond the luminescent lagoon, guests can indulge in multiple Phuket and Thai dishes like Moo HongBeef Massaman and Crispy Cha-plu Leaf. If you are new to the area, don’t forget to try the famous local dessert, Oh Aïwwhich is a banana gelatin in Champaka flower syrup.
Want Indian cuisine? Head to Tiffin by La Sala at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket for an authentic Indian feast. Here, Chef Sunil from Maharashtra, India cooks up classic Indian dishes in his warm, high-ceilinged open kitchen. The chef’s recommendation is the Dal Anantara made with black lentils and Indian butter, while a classic dish like saffron butter chicken is also worth trying.
Acqua is a multi-award winning Italian restaurant with a determination to balance taste, technique and aesthetics in a gourmet atmosphere. In this futuristic black and white interior, chef Alessandro Frau offers an international menu with star dishes including lobster salad, raw Sicilian red prawns and wood-fire roast suckling pig.
At this casual fine-dining restaurant, Nitan integrates the taste of local Thai cuisine with French techniques in a tantalizing 5- and 8-course tasting menu. The creator behind Nitan, Executive Chef Sariwat ‘Earth’ Wanvichitkhun, brings together the best seasonal produce from several local farms, including the restaurant’s own farm in Surat Thani, to create elegant and delicious Thai dishes. Get ready to savor tiger prawns in a ginger and tamarind sauce, a sea bass roulard in a coconut soup mousse, a striploin of beef biryani, and more.
Fancy an evening of grilled prime morsels and incredibly fresh seafood? Wagyu Steakhouse is packed with dry-aged beef, lamb, and pork, as well as French oysters, lobster, tuna, and many other seafood indulgences. With an extensive wine list, champagnes, and top single malts range, guests are welcome to stay as long as they wish. Cuban cigars are also available to be enjoyed outside.
Trisara seafood also tops the list of dining experiences in Phuket. This Thai seafood restaurant uses the freshest ingredients from the same Pru Jampa farm to create delicious dishes with complex flavors. Heirloom recipes are limited but only include the best; Lon Poo, Phuket-style crab curry, Thai-style Phuket oysters and steamed green mussels with Thai herbs, to name a few. Couples will also love this spot because of its romantic and laid-back setting next to the beach.