Phuket has many dual-themed restaurants in which diners can choose between international and Thai food and indeed when it comes to medium-sized restaurants a double role seems requisite for success.
One of the most popular in this category is Black Cat, a Franco-Thai business that has been operating since 1996. Ever busy, and with a friendly and cheerful English-speaking staff, Black Cat is unusual in that it’s just as popular with long-term expatriates as it is with tourists.
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Black Cat is essentially a bamboo-themed restaurant, so stained and varnished bamboo tables, chairs, fittings and even some bamboo walls are the order of the day.
Terracotta tiled floors and dimmed lighting make it all very atmospheric but certainly not too dark. While the place is open on one side only it feels a lot breezier than one would expect.
This restaurant has been both busy and popular for many years now and it really isn’t that difficult to figure out why. If relaxed and friendly service dictates the atmosphere of a restaurant then it immediately follows that Black Cat is one happy place.
Other factors add up to make it a great location to eat at: good and tasteful background music, regular patrons; along with friendly and unassuming owners. Regulars congregate around the bar and even eat their meals there while newcomers tend to sit out in the ample dining space.
Of the regulars a certain percentage is French, as is the owner, but the lingua franca is English.
The wine list breaks down to 12 reds, 11 whites, five rosés and three sparkling wines – all reasonably priced and chilled. The house Vin de Pays d’Oc is a chirpy little number and at 365 baht a carafe, very good value for money if you consider that a single glass of wine in a five-star hotel costs that much.
Most wines hover around the 1,000 baht limit at Black Cat while just down the road in the international restaurants at Tinlay Place some of the same labels are twice that much. The restaurant also has an extensive cocktail list.
Black Cat’s menu is positively Gargantuan in size. Covering mostly Mediterranean and Thai dishes, the food preparation is beautifully simple, nourishing and generous.
We order a huge salade Niçoise that is filling and healthy, followed by a tuna steak with French fries along with beef lasagna. It’s all expertly prepared and the personal touch is very much there – in keeping exactly in line with the restaurant’s friendly, one-on-one approach.
This being Phuket, there’s a large fish selection and a good recommendation is the sea bass filet in white wine and mushroom sauce with potato wedges. There are plenty of desserts to select and the crepe chocolate is recommended – a feast for the eyes and stomach.
Here is where the restaurant truly shines and stands out from the crowd. The service at Black Cat is genuinely and 100% friendly, genial, perceptive and effective. With a ‘can-do’ attitude from the owner on down, you’ll be well looked after at Black Cat.
Where Is It?
In Cherng Talay, on the road leading into the Laguna Complex. When coming from Laguna head towards the wet market and Cherng Talay police station – Black Cat is diagonally opposite the market and 200 metres before the police station on the left.
If coming from the other direction follow the signs for Laguna at the Srisoothorn traffic lights in Cherng Talay. You’ll see Black Cat 200 metres past the lights on the right-hand side.
Black Cat Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 15:00 17:30 – 01:00 daily except Sunday 17:30 – 01:00
- Address: 104 Bandon Cherngtalay Road, Cherngtalay
- Tel: 076-271180 or 081-7879701