Where To Eat: The Best Restaurants in Phuket

Phuket is one of the most magical places in the world to sit back and relax before heading out on the town for a spectacular night out. La Gaetana Restaurant La Gaetana’s narrow little dining room is the perfect place to get cozy with a small group of friends or enjoy an intimate date. The sunny space is painted in bright colors, and the rich mahogany ceilings give the spot a rustic feel—complete with bright yellow fans to match. The food is as eclectic as the décor, and diners can expect to see a variety of seafood with hearty veggies and fresh-made bread. Appetizers include the carpaccio medley, complete with a selection of tuna, beef, salmon and smoked duck breast. Warm bread and homemade butter accompanies the meal. Giant Portobello mushrooms baked with gorgonzola are perfect for vegetarians, and meat lovers can dig into cannelloni stuffed with cheese and topped with bolognaise. Home Kitchen, Bar & Bed - Phuket This stylish yet kitchsy restaurant is nestled in a boutique bed and breakfast. The brain child of Chef Daniel Isberg, the bar was designed by artist John Underwood, who recycles household objects into unusual works of art. The second floor is reminiscent of an attic, yet the roof is shaped like an upside-down hull, giving the intimate space an airy feel. The pastel colors are shabby chic, and they pull together the eclectic islandy decorations. Menu items include foie gras tacos with pear and mint chutney, a rocket balsamic vanilla reduction, king scallop carpaccio with ginger and coriander dressing, seaweed salad and lemon and vanilla risotto served alongside pan seared tiger prawns. The menu offers chic, fresh and comfort food, meshing the flavors of Phuket with European techniques and ideas. Raya Restaurant - Phuket You’ll feel right at home in this Asian fusion restaurant, located in a two-story house. Both locals and tourists flock here to set their eyes on dishes that have been heralded by celebrities from all over the world. The intimate dining rooms, located on both stories of the house, offer an eclectic décor. Cute touches include antique record players, colorful tiled floors, bright-green shutters and crisscrossing stairwells. The menu includes a mixture of Thai and Chinese favorites, like crab meat curry with rice vermicelli, braised pork belly, Phuket prawns and fried sea bass in lemongrass sauce. Siam Supper Club in Phuket For visitors who want to rub elbows with locals, the Siam Supper Club is one of the best places to get Western food in an old-boys club setting. To the sounds of classy jazz music, diners can feast on French onion soup, grilled cheese, honey roast chicken, pizza and pasta. A few local favorites grace the menu too, like massamam curry and tom yam kung.

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