Sunday, May 22, 2016

VT Namnueng Phuket


VT Namnueng Phuket was something we had driven past many times and when we had an excuse to go to somewhere which looked a bot special we went here. It certainly was impressive - not exactly sure where we were at one point.

It was not until I wrote this that I became aware of the history of this special building - thank you to Asia Web Direct for the text below.

VT Namnueng Phuket Restaurant is really a special venue for dining in Phuket Town. Opened in July 2015, this Thai restaurant is set in a superbly renovated Sino-Portuguese house originally built at the end of the 19th century by one of the most prominent tin mining barons of this period, Phra Aram Sakhonkhet.

Standing at the back of a 1,400sqm plot of land featuring a splendid French formal garden, the restaurant’s dining rooms can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests in a vintage décor inspired by classic French styles (again) from 17th and 18th centuries. VT Namnueng Phuket Restaurant’s menu is, in keeping with its décor, classic: you could sample most of the dishes that made Thai cuisine so appreciated around the world.

T Namnueng Phuket Restaurant’s premises take you way back in time. The original mansion is a genuine Baba Peranakan house (Baba Peranakan are the Chinese descendants settled in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore during the 19th century) used nowadays for private parties, yet opened to visits when not in use.

The restaurant’s actual dining rooms occupy a building added to the original house during the ‘60s by its second owner – Pengsiam Anyasakul, a man famous for his festive receptions who needed space to house his friends and family. Partially abandoned for almost 30 years, the house and land was leased in 2013 by a charming wealthy couple from Petchabun in northern Thailand. They invested a lot of money into reviving this property and opening it to the public.


It was not until I wrote this that I became aware of the history of this special building and I should have taken some better photographs of the outside - next time...


The decor inside was certainly like many restaurants which I have seen in a French aristocrat movie... The food was certainly Thai and there was an enormous selection to choose from - I love going with my wife (who is Thai) because she chooses everything for us.



There was the traditional soup (not quite a Tom Yam) to share between us.




There was the prawns served in lemon grass on a banana leaf.



Traditional prawn crackers.


Fabulous Issan sausages...


Barbecued pork


Then I was back in Laura Ashley or Harrods with the dolls.


Then Jemma thought that the furniture was great for lying down on.

Phone Number: 076 354 500
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: Along Wichitsongkram Road in Phuket Town
Hours: 10:00 - 21:00

  


Monday, May 16, 2016

ก๋วยจั๊บป้าไหม สวนหลวง


This was a place that I wanted to go because I had a real need for a rice congee. A Thai rice congee is something that I used to eat after a heavy night when I first came to Thailand and now I needed this as part of recuperation...



This was certainly a traditional Thai restaurant that we visited this night. There was a pot of boiled rice congee at the front of the restaurant.




The congee was perfect...



There was a plethora of other Thai Traditional dishes but I was totally absorbed by the beauty of the congee.




The passion fruit drink was also fabulous...


We will certainly go here again if I need a congee.



On leaving they also served traditional Thai style coffee - next time.

Phone Number: 
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: Opposite the park in Phuket Town.
Hours:

 


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Coffee Coco-Nut


Do you want a traditional sweet Thai Iced coffee?



Here is a wonderful place to visit if you are nearby.



There are a great many choices for an iced drink but as nothing was in English I was stick to an Iced Coffee - "Cafe Yen"It is close to the Central Festival and near to the best Songkran gun Toy Shop in Phuket - ธดาพร ของเลน.



 A wonderfully interesting place.




We have been here more than once!









Thursday, May 5, 2016

Street Foods - Sea Cicadas (Chakachan Talay)



The Sea Cicadas are not always found and I believe them to be a seasonal dish but I am not sure.


The deep fried sea cicadas are usually found on the West coast of Phuket - these were found adjacent to Maikhao beach. Here is some more information about the sea cicadas on that beach.


So what did they taste like apart from a little crunchy?
That would probably be the best description...
Try some if you are visiting Phuket.




Friday, April 29, 2016

Cafe del Sol


Cafe Del Sol is a trendy new Cafe (coffee shop) in Phuket Old Town. I chose to have a cappuccino and a mango smoothie. Lovely cappuccino and served with the traditional breakfast nibbles (Tao Sor). This was wonderful.



Then it was time for the mango smoothie - delicious. 



We sat outside but there is the opportunity to sit inside - we liked watching the traffic drive past.



Inside the floor was a little more glamorous / cultural.



Then there were small macaroons to nibble.



We could also buy some Tao Sor to take home with us!



I hope that this place is still open the next time that I choose to go in - so many small Cafe's open in Phuket Town but don't last...

Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: Dibuk Road, Phuket Town






Sunday, April 10, 2016

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวต้มยำกุ้งมะนาวไข่หวาน


Do you want some traditional Thai noodles?

Come here - everyone from the surrounding colleges does - i felt positively old when I was in here!!



Maybe that is the reason for the Free WiFi poster?

So if you want anything which i popular to the young Thai's taste and wallet then I suggest that you visit here... No Honey Toast here though.



It does win my best vote for the best something in Phuket though -  Iced Tea in Phuket though.



Anyway the service was quick and very happy (usually a good reflection on the quality of the food). Certainly worth taking the walk and search for...

Approximate Price:$$$$$