The 9th Floor Restaurant & Bar - Phuket

Gourmet Dining in Patong Beach

If you happen to be from the Mediterranean and have a Thai friend and another colleague from the Alps there’s only one place on the island that will happily serve all three of you your local dishes, and that’s 9th Floor Restaurant and Bar in Patong’s Sky Inn Condotel. Yes, 9th Floor dishes up Alpine, Thai and Mediterranean food with panache and this award-winning fine-dining location also handles Italian and French dishes, for good measure.

Located on the ninth floor of a prominent apartment building just off Rat-U-Thit Road, the western-facing restaurant commands good city and sea views. On clement evenings it’s a premium destination for sunset dining but be warned: in high season from November to May you’re going to have to book ahead to avoid disappointment, it’s that popular. As if to prove the point, owner Thomas Brack, himself from Switzerland, says that up to 60% of diners are regular customers and that can only be a good thing.

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The restaurant is unique in several ways: First off, a bevy of beauties in ‘little black dresses’ will serve you, and four of the gorgeous wait staff are experienced sommeliers with at least 60 hours of study with a wine expert under their belts. And you’re going to need all the guidance you can get as 9th Floor’s wine list extends to over 330 labels from all around the world with no particular slant towards specific wine-producing areas. Another pleasant surprise is that, although the majority of wines are not budget choices, prices here are up to 30% cheaper than at comparative places due to the fact that 9th Floor deals in cash purchases, thus avoiding expensive commission.

Upon leaving the elevator you’ll enter a plush lounge area where the girls will greet you and lead you to your table in the handsome restaurant with dark chairs and tablecloths that neatly contrast a kaleidoscope of colours at the bar. Not that you’ll take all that in at first glance because they first thing you’ll fasten your eyes on are the lofty views outside. On clement evenings the windows are opened.

The menu is in English, French, German, Thai, Japanese and Russian and it’s not exactly sure when 9th Floor will commission a Chinese and Tibetan version but given the language range it’s only a matter of time… All the old Swiss favourites are here and of course rösti with creamed chicken strips ‘Zurich style’ (340 baht) is expertly done by the Executive Chef who has had extensive international experience. A nice touch is when three waitresses arrive at exactly the same time to serve up three dishes at our table and no, it wasn’t a coincidence.

The best way to describe the atmosphere here is ‘cosmopolitan’ as on any given evening you’ll hear several different languages at various tables (and sometimes at the same table), just as in Switzerland in fact, where to be a polyglot is a matter of course. Dining here is a gourmet experience and one that is highly recommended. Prices are in the medium-high category but the plush feel to the place, the excellent and attractive wait staff, and the quality of food more than make it a treat you owe yourself.

9th Floor Restaurant

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 16:00 – late
  • Location: 47 Rat-U-Thit Road, Sky Inn Condotel, Patong
  • Tel: 076 344 311 (after 4pm)
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