Nikita's, named after its owner Nikki, is a hugely popular waterfront restaurant in Rawai. Not that it's a big affair, Nikita's has always retained its personal touch and this is why many expats regard it as their special watering hole and home away from home.
Nikita’s has been operating for longer than some senior Phuket expatriates would care to admit and has witnessed Rawai turning from a sleepy backwater to a fairly busy tourist destination. The restaurant itself has recently undergone something of a transformation as previously it was more of a bar but now offers a full menu and wine list – resulting in a surge of popularity for what was already a well-frequented and noted destination for both visitors and locals.
A central, covered section is open sided and adjacent to the bar. A lot of the charm of Nikita’s is due to the fact that most of the seating is al fresco with a whole section right next to, and on a retaining wall by the sea. This means great sunset and late-afternoon views out over the nearby islands and passing yachts.
Apart from that, Nikita’s doesn’t go out of its way to impress with fancy décor and that’s fine with its many regulars.
One of the few places in Phuket that is as popular with local expatriates as it is with visitors to the island, Nikita’s has an international atmosphere. The restaurant has a long history and is the regular watering hole for many a long-term expat.
Even though it can get buzzing around mealtimes, staff members with good English-language skills have a highly personable approach to the clientele and the restaurant’s owners are usually there to greet and chat. Particular mention should be made of the piped in online music as it is unobtrusive, melodic and admirably fits the atmosphere.
With a 12-label white wine list and a 15-label red list all at rock bottom (for Thailand) prices you can afford to indulge a little here.
A good recommendation is the Chilean Louis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon red that is wonderfully clear and with a body capable of adapting to the various dishes we sample. Five wines are served by the glass for those who feel like a less-committed tipple with their meal.
Chef Thon and his team are previously from the five-star Royal Phuket Yacht Club and they cook up a storm in the recently-installed kitchen. Their Thai dishes are reasonably priced and creative while dishes such as Nikita’s fish and chips are outstanding. The batter for the fish is made from Chang Beer and as a result the fish is marvelously soft and delicate and comes with a side dish of purée de petits pois – in other words mushy peas.
Nikita’s does an excellent and generously proportioned wood-fired vegetarian pizza – no slices of salad and a bit of cheese here – it’s a marvel of mixed flavours and textures. The tangible freshness of dishes keeps the place justifiably popular and what with its attractive setting and no-nonsense approach to quality, pricing and service Nikita’s is a winner on several counts. Highly recommended.
The English-speaking and smartly uniformed staff at Nikita’s does the place proud. It’s a fair size and the girls cover a long distance but they always manage a welcome smile.
Where Is Nikita’s Restaurant Phuket?
Rawai is the southernmost beach on the island. Nikita’s is located to the east side of the beach and is easy to find as it is well marked and has a generous car park.
Simply head due south from Chalong until you meet the sea. Follow the road to the right and Nikita’s is 200 metres on the left.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 till late
- Location: Wisit Road, Rawai Beach
- Remarks: Parking available
- Tel: +66 (0)76 288 703