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Everyone is after the best dining-out deal in town and, short of reading up in guides and reviews, the best way to find the crème-de-la-crème is to follow the crowds.
And so it is that Las Margaritas Grill & Cantina in Karon is usually busy with appreciative diners as it not only has some of the best Mexican dining around, it also has almost unbeatable food-and-beverage prices. And who can resist a setup like that?
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Think Tex-Mex meets Thai shop-house, with tiled floors, tables lining the pastel-orange walls and an outside section open to the (almost) walking street. Several faux-weeping figs keep the interior green while bright-red table napkins lively things up.
A free soup and salad bar on ice stands next to a semi-open kitchen and everything absolutely gleams, it’s that clean.
Most of the staff at Las Margaritas have been working there for years so there is a quiet but professional confidence in their demeanour.
Dining al fresco is a lively affair as the street is a fascinating place to people watch. Dining inside is more intimate, with low lights and tasteful music.
One of the biggest drawing points of Las Margaritas is its reasonably priced wine list and with a whole litre of house red costing an incredible 450 baht you’d be forgiven for heading there purely for a booze up, considering that some five-star hotel restaurants charge that much per glass.
A pitcher of frozen margarita costs 495 baht and the restaurant offers lemon/lime, strawberry, mango and pineapple and coconut versions. The wine list is modest but it hits the spot.
Classic Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, avocado guacamole with salsa along with regulars such as burgers, fries and fish and chips are the order of the day at Las Margaritas. Nice touches such as a free soup and salad bar and mango garnishing along with countless extras help this place stand out from the usual tourist venues and portions are unabashedly generous which is why Las Margaritas is popular with families.
There really is something for everyone here and what makes it such a good deal is that the food is well executed, a kaleidoscope of colours and down-home tasty.
Smooth and unobtrusive, the service at Las Margaritas is light years ahead of the competition. You’ll be nicely surprised.
Where Is It?
Karon Centre consists of a main road (Patak Road) from the traffic circle by the beach heading up to a Buddhist Temple.
Sprouting off to the left are several ‘sois’ or streets and Las Margaritas is on the second soi (the one opposite the lugubrious-looking Little Mermaid hotel and café, leading to Centara Karon Resort) about 50 metres along on the left-hand side opposite Two Chefs Swedish Restaurant.
Las Margaritas Grill & Cantina
- Address: 528/7 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Muang, Phuket 83100
- Tel: 076 286 400, 076 396 217