Thursday, July 3, 2014

After Beach Bar




After Beach Bar is a place which is in the hills above Kata and Karon - follow a twisting, turning road and you will hear reggae music as you approach - this is it!

If you have been reading blogs and visiting Phuket then this destination is something of a 'Historical Monument' - it has been here ever since, well as far as I can remember.

So when we managed to park the car - if you are on bikes or in a taxi this is much easier we wandered in to grab a seat. 

The beer was served very cold and as we watched the sun begin to set I lost my appetite completely and cold beers were enough for me.


There was a newer bar next door (North) and a newer building past that - but the After Beach Bar decided to extend their deck the furthest and the other bars / restaurants have not yet responded (Baan Chom View and Small Viewpoint). Jamie's Phuket blog has some great pictures of them from here.



We did order some food - just nibbles - som tam and grilled squid - both of them were lovely - I was impressed because these are dishes which are really quite simple but are sometimes not always the best. I even found a review from Lonely Planet.


There is a lot of seating and on following visits we have been surprised by the amount of people that do make their way up here to have a few drinks....


Hint: Check the time of sunset and be there approximately 30 minutes before this to try to ensure you get a seat in the front

Phone Number: 081 894 3750
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: Above Kata Beach
Hours: 11am - midnight


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Janjira Dim Sum - จนทรจรา ตมซำ



Janjira Dim Sum is a most unremarkable restaurant on the side of the main road (Tesco, Central Festival, BigC and next to Index).



This meant that it was a wonderful place to stop and was I happily surprised when I went in - I have subsequently visited here again and written a post on the Cape Panwa Blog  regarding the 6 best Dim Sum restaurants in Phuket (the map is at the bottom).


It is always a good indicator when the restaurant has a continual flow of local residents and this is certainly one of them.



When I sat down I was immediately approached by a waitress who asked me (in English) if I wanted a drink - 'Cha Yen' (iced tea) was immediately ordered.


Within two minutes I was approached by another member of staff who presented me with (what was clearly) a hot tray of an assortment of different Dim Sum. This is where one could immediately feel  worried - what is everything? This I have got no idea. Then I was presented with the most wonderful Chinese tea - so wonderful that this is my Chinese Green Tea to compare all other Dim Sum restaurants to!

But the beauty was that they were not expensive! I think that when I actually visited the cappuccino across the road was more expensive than my dim sum breakfastAfter watching for a while I was also aware that it did not only serve Dim Sum but also traditional Thai food.
 


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Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: Chaleamprakieat Rd.,Muang (adjacent to Index)
Hours: 5:00 - 14:00

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kopitiam



Kopitiam is a restaurant that was introduced to me by Jamie - he also writes a blog about Phuket and this is a restaurant that he frequents quite regularly.




The Kopitiam is a special little place in Phuket Town. The decor and pictures that are on the walls all reflect the history of Phuket Old Town - a popular decorative tool in Phuket Old Town at the moment.




I even found a photograph of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival on my birthday - does this have significance to me? - quite strange in my opinion.




The food is simple Thai food and it it served in a very friendly environment. The restaurant is almost retro in design and is not that old but it looks like maybe - it is actually managed by the family of Guan Choon Toong Traditional Herb Shop around the corner. I am also led to believe that there is a corridor from here to the Shrine of the Serene Light on the other side. Like i46 the coffee shop there is a lot more here than first meets the eye.




The clientele seem to be all staying in the accommodation in Phuket Town OR have they visited it specifically for this restaurant. 



The food is simple and quickly prepared and it is tasty - we ate it all so quickly I cannot remember what we had. I also found a food blog / critic review of here... but i forgot what it was - here's a picture. Sam (a food critic) also visited here.


Oh and the beer was cold - we will return.



 

Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: 18 Thalang Road, Phuket Old Town
Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 closed Sunday

Monday, June 9, 2014

Fuji


Fuji restaurant is a chain selling Japanese food, this one we chose to go in was located at Central Festival.



The menu was quite large and there was a big selection of dishes - there is even a Fuji App to help you choose and is able to assist you in taking advantage of promotions (but at this time it was not working).



This particular time was lunch time and it did seem to be very busy - but the staff almost seemed to be 'put off' that they were busy - as I played with the iPhone whilst we waited I checked in on foursquare and immediately read two comments that 'the staff should learn to smile' - sometimes this social media is too much.



However when the food game it was very good - the avocado dish was the winner for me - fabulous.



There were other dishes which also looked beautiful.



Then came the 5Baht for the wasabi paste and only one pot of green tea! Ouch!

We would go again for the food but...



Email: Info@fuji.co.th  
Twitter: @welovefuji 
Phone Number: 076 249 861
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: 3rd Floor, Central Festival, Phuket Town
Hours: 11:00 - 21:00

Monday, June 2, 2014

Kopi De Phuket (โกปี๊-เดอ-ภูเก็ต)


Kopi De Phuket (โกปี๊-เดอ-ภูเก็ต) is a place that I had visited here previously and I kept going past too early but today I was there for lunch - today it was time for lunch.



It was certainly with the local Thai people and I am glad that I was not alone



Here are some of the previous photographs - because my phone ran out but here's the link to the website for the Phuket Road establishment.





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Email:
Phone Number: 076 212 225
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: 61 Phuket Rd, Talatyai Rd, Phuket Town
Hours:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lock Tien Food Court (aka Old Siam Theatre Local Food Court)


Lock Tien Food Court is a stop for everyone because there is so much to see. It is a Traditional Food Court so find your seat and then go and get your food so that there is always someone looking after the things on your table.

The Food Court is popular with the local people and with Tour Groups from Bangkok so please expect it to be busy. In fact the Food Court has been at this position for the last 50+ years

It is in the very near to the heart of Phuket Old Town so simply go and have a look and see whether you are able to manage eating there but it can be quite busy so get there before midday before it gets busy - however if you are late then it can be sold out!

There are a number of food stands around the outside so there is a quite big selection of dishes.



Well - the Por Pia (Fujian Style) Spring rolls were fabulous and yes they were good and they were certainly fresh - i watched the man roll them for us! After reading more I found that the gentleman rolling them may have been Khun Ko Lai, who has been rolling these specific style spring rolls for more than 40 years!



I kept reading about the Satay in a lot of reviews and they seemed to be like many of the Street food stalls scattered throughout Phuket.



Then came the noodles and we chose a different style of Hokkien Nooodles - 'Mee Nam Tom Yum Kong' - very nice but still too spicy for many, I enjoyed it sooo much I spooned out the soup which was left.




There are a number of popular dishes that I did not want to try though

I would say that it is also popular with people who have had dinner and choose to come here for the Traditional Thai Deserts - including the 'Oh Eaw' - a mixture of shaved ice, beans, jelly banana and syrup.



Approximate price: $$$$$ 
Address: Crossroads between Dibuk + Yaowarat Road
Hours: 6:30 - 17:00 (Closed on Tuesday OR when food runs out)