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Tapas and wine is a delicious combination. The tradition originated in Spain in the 13th Century and spread worldwide due to the conviviality of light finger food and the pleasing effect of a glass or two of wine.
Oasis Spring Tapas Bar and Oasis On-the-Sea are the brand-new creations of Mom Tri Devakul – the owner of Phuket's famous Boathouse and Mom Tri's Royale Kitchen in Villa Royale, both fine dining locations and boutique hotels in Kata.
Spring Tapas is open sided with an elevated deck floor section by the bar. The bright blue-and-black canvas and wood seating sets a cheerful note, as does the white ceiling in the covered part of the bar.
Oasis follows this colour scheme with non-slip stone floors, lots of white columns, plenty of greenery and, of course, that lovely view of Kata Beach, one of Phuket's most beautiful strands.
Oasis has a split personality. The tapas part of the restaurant leans toward a cosmopolitan touch with French ballads and lots of passers by on the busy street outside, while Oasis features plenty of space and a jazz combo from Wednesday to Sunday.
Unlike the dungeon-like atmosphere of many a fine-dining venue nowadays, Oasis-On-the-Sea is cheerfully lit and decked out with bright colours. The restaurant also has al fresco dining.
With over 200 labels on offer, Oasis takes its wine list seriously. Mind you, the next door Boathouse consistently wins the coveted Wine Spectator award for excellence so the friendly rivalry between these two dining locations with the same owner can only be good for them.
We choose an Alamos Catena Zapata red from Mendoza, Argentina. It's full bodied and best enjoyed slightly chilled (the expression 'room temperature' derives from the days when rooms, or cellars, were downright cold affairs).
Most wine-growing regions, both Old and New World, are well represented on this impressive list.
The instant I taste the feta cheese and sun-dried tomato samosa I know we're onto a good thing at Oasis. The pastry is gorgeously executed while the filling is irresistible. Along with sweet potato wedges with aioli our tapas experience is a tasty one.
Meanwhile, once we're installed in Oasis On-the-Sea and into the starters, the culinary fireworks start up again with a chilled cucumber & apple soup with green apple sorbet along with Serrano ham, chicken & mango roulade – both dishes light and fresh.
This is great cuisine with top-of-the-line attentive and knowledgeable service in a colourful setting. Braised lamb shank follows on caramelized onion mashed potatoes and a hearty affair it is, as is the tuna steak and grilled vegetables.
For dessert we share a flourless chocolate cake, pistachio Anglaise, espresso syrup and mocha ice cream dish. An upmarket, well-appointed restaurant, Oasis-On-the-Sea is a welcome addition to Phuket's galaxy of fine-dining establishments.
Vic, our waiter throughout the evening, was one of the most accomplished we have been served by in Phuket.
A veritable master of his profession, he anticipated, suggested and delivered with panache. Oasis has a great service team.
- Address: 184 Koktanode Road, Tumbul Karon, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83100
- Tel: 076 333 569