Brush Restaurant & Lounge - Phuket

Kalim Beach Restaurants & Dining

Brush has been closed and replaced with Home Kitchen, Bar & Bed

Brush is a Bauhaus-like building facing the sea at Kalim Beach. It's a restaurant featuring artwork and zany colourful creations, the brainchild of locally-based Australian designer and decorator John Underwood. Brush is a hotbed of artistic inventiveness yet its culinary creations are no less resourceful than its visual oeuvres. With views out over Kalim Bay and a busy street scene just outsude, there's plenty of action and sights to take in over a cocktail on the sofa near the front of the restaurant.

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Where Is It?

Brush is located in Kalim, Phuket’s up-and-coming hotbed of chic, with-it and turned-on restaurants and bars.

Kalim Beach is just north of Patong along the Beach Road and you’ll find Brush at its centre – its blue signage and large open front are easy to spot.

Décor

Brush has been fitted out largely with recyclable materials; white-painted wooden strips line an entire wall and parts of the ceiling, lending it a slight Spanish-Galleon effect. A repainted bicycle with an orchid in its basket stands next to paintings and white congas but the overall feel is far from cluttered. The downstairs floors and much of the décor are off-white with long cushion-covered sofas below swathes of dangling textiles.

The restaurant, as you have probably deduced, is in itself a work of art. It’s also worth mentioning that many of the creations that make up the décor of Brush are for sale so it’s uniquely ephemeral and if you’re so inclined you can take some home with you!

Atmosphere

With waitresses gliding around in angel-like loosely fitted and flowing garments and light but hip background music with the sun setting in the Andaman directly opposite; Brush has a perceptibly chic feel to it. Of course the ambiance changes when the place gets busy and DJ Kensho starts his 21:00 – 01:00 set.

Diners can also choose to sit upstairs or even out front on sofas in the restaurant’s bar area. Brush is also the venue for fashion shows, art exhibitions and general happenings so its chameleon-like character fits perfectly into multiple roles.

Wine

A tangible way to assess restaurants’ wine lists is simply to sample the house label and in this case the very reasonably priced Chilean Cantavida Merlot shines with its fruity, young taste and light bouquet.

The wine list features flighty descriptions of the products but having never drunk ‘freshly cut grass’ nor chewed on ‘meadow flowers’ it’s hard to relate. Labels stemming from the Old and New world are evenly based on the 40+ wine list that is separated into nationalities and supplied by a reputable locally-based wine importer.

Food

The menu features tapas such as green chicken teriyaki and barbecued wagyu beef and avocado roll and starters also include an excellent trio of smoked fish crostini, wakami seaweed and full caper berries, capsicum and goat’s cheese tian.

One of Brush’s signature dishes is braised ox cheek with cauliflower purée and baby vegetables in a red wine reduction and this is outstanding with a melt-in-the-mouth perfect texture with the purée especially deserving praise. A pan-fried fillet snapper on herb crushed potatoes in sauce vierge has a tangy aftertaste due to the potatoes being white vinegar infused. This successful marriage of worldwide flavours takes a lot of foresight and skilful execution and is a perfect complement for Brush’s vision of celebrating art in every form.

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Service

Being Thailand the smile factor is high and this is refreshing in such a cutting-edge restaurant. Orders are taken without fuss, the exotically clad wait staff are attentive and there’s no misunderstanding.

  • Opening Hours: 16:00 – 01:00
  • Location: Kalim Beach Road, Patong
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 340 348
  • Price Range: Pricey
  • Opening Hours: 16:00 – 01:00
  • Location: Kalim Beach Road, Patong.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 340 348
  • Price Range: Pricey
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