Joining the list of quality places to eat downtown Phuket is Suay, a simple, yet effective setup showcasing the talents of German-trained Tammasak Chootong.
Suay (meaning ‘beautiful’ in Thai) keeps things uncomplicated and cheap but that doesn’t mean it’s not without a lot of allure and appeal; Chef Tammasak enjoys delivering top-class food at reasonable prices so it’s not surprising that the place does well with an approach like that.
Where Is It?
You’ll find this attractive restaurant in a garden setting along Takuapa Road downtown Phuket, off the main artery of Rassada Road, near the central fresh market. Parking at lunchtime may be a problem so give yourself plenty of time to spare. At night there should be no such problem.
With a white and light-green theme throughout and bracketed by a white picket fence in a garden, Suay’s lines are clean and the restaurant is well lit, giving a tangibly clean impression.
Wooden tables and chairs – all white of course – lend a breezy, cool air to the place and overhead fans keep the temperatures down. All in all, the place has a modern, no-nonsense attitude towards its décor and is conducive to an enjoyable evening out.
It’s not often that you hear Thai people speaking fluent German but Chef Tammasak does (along with good English) so it’s perhaps no surprise that there are quite a few German-speaking diners here, along with young locals who add a light-hearted feel to the place.
With cool background music and a ‘happening’ feel to the place, Suay is certainly a more entertaining night out than a lot of other downtown restaurants in Phuket and the welcome blend of original dishes, great décor and low prices is very seductive.
As befitting the simple and unpretentious theme of this restaurant, the wine list at Suay is Spartan but effective.
Prices are also kept down to a bare minimum but if you want to splurge out on a good bottle have a chat with the chef and he will offer some good recommendations.
Braised beef in sweet Thai green curry and the spicy fresh yellow fin tuna Issan-style are both eye-openers for their easy panache and brio. Choose from the specials backboard with its daily changing offers or go for old favourites such as grilled seas scallops.
Portions are relatively small at Suay and sharing dishes, Thai-style is the logical way to go about dining here as dishes are extremely reasonably priced and certainly won’t break the bank. Diners will inevitably ask themselves whether this is fusion food or not but it really doesn’t matter what category Suay’s fare is except to say that it is classically based yet modern in its execution.
Suay is an all-round good restaurant but the service here has yet to mature into anticipating diners’ needs and could do with a little more experience.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 till 24:00
- Location: 50/2 Takuapa Road
- Tel: +66 (0)87 888 6990