There are very few restaurants that emit romance, mode and sophistication in the same breath, yet at the same time deliver world-class cuisine.
Naturally, one tends to think in clichés in this select department: New York, Paris, London, even Buenos Aires and Tokyo – and one certainly envisages a severely damaged wallet after dining out at one of these venues.
Think again; Phuket’s award-winning Da Maurizio may be expensive by local standards but on the international stage, and more specifically the Southeast Asian stage, it really is one of the best bargains for lovers of fine dining, wine and excellent service.
Where Is It?
Da Maurizio is situated on the coastal road just north of the Novotel, heading out of Patong on the way to Kalim. There is adequate parking on both sides of the road.
Head down the broad stairs into the intimacy of this medium-sized seaside restaurant.
Classic Italian, with white linen tablecloths, a fully stocked and colourful bar, brick floors and an air-conditioned inner room complementing a breezy al fresco section.
If one counts Mother Nature as part of the décor you have only to look west over the granite boulder-strewn beach below the restaurant to realise that this is one of the most beautiful dining venues in Phuket.
Background music ranges from light operetta to modern Italian ballads while the impeccably clad wait staff hovers at the ready. Diners are from all over the globe with the occasional celebrity and hi-so personality popping in.
Da Maurizio is stylish, impressive and memorable but never pretentious. This is, after all, fun-loving Thailand.
High service here is never frenetic or jerky and the constant background ebb and flow of the Andaman Sea helps the atmosphere stay relaxed.
This restaurant is a yearly Wine Spectator award winner and has access to a fantastic 600-label list so, in wine terms, it’s stratospheric.
We choose a Palazzo Della Torre red 2004. Its body is supple and the aftertaste surprisingly interchangeable with each dish served.
Old World and New World are both admirably represented and the sommelier is attentive and well-informed. In short, Da Maurizio is a wine-lover’s dream location.
Da Maurizio is by far the best contemporary Italian restaurant in the south of Thailand, if not in the country and numerous awards have proven this.
We start our gourmet treat with foie gras and candied walnuts atop of cubed green apples on a crisp homemade raisin bread and port wine reduction. The fresh al dente fettuccine with marinated and lighted seared yellow fin tuna, capers, Gaeta olives and rizzoli anchovies was a delight. In short, a great taste combination.
For main course rosemary lamb chops sitting on a mint salsa verde with lemon yogurt with herbed couscous is a sensation.
Of course, a meal is not complete without dessert and the executive chef makes his own, including the best tiramisu I have ever tried. He also suggests on our next visit we should try his degustation menus, both pasta or traditional.
Those with a discerning palette and a taste for fine dining should pencil this restaurant in as a ‘must do’ during their visit to Phuket.
Da Maurizio’s staff members have long been showing the way as one of the best examples for culinary newcomers to Phuket.
Humorous, extremely well presented and efficient; they perfectly complement the restaurant.
- Address: 223/2 Prabaramee Road Patong
- Tel: 076 344 079