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It's everyone's dream: To dine surrounded by absolute luxury while sipping on a good wine. For some, it remains just that – a dream – but the lucky ones get to live it out. And you can too, at Watermark Restaurant in Phuket's Boat Lagoon Marina.
The above-mentioned luxury happens to be in the shape of lustrous white multi-million dollar motor yachts, their prows defiantly jutting over the steel fence separating the 150-cover restaurant from their mooring space. With one of Thailand's most prolific restaurant settings, dining at Watermark is an event in itself.
Where Is It?
The Boat Lagoon is on Thepkasattri Road flanking Phuket's east coast, just north of Phuket Town – a 30-minute drive from Patong. Turn into the Boat Lagoon just before the PTT gas station. Once inside, simply go straight until the first roundabout and park thereabouts, you'll see a large stainless steel 'W' announcing the restaurant entrance.
At Watermark the leitmotif is black: chunky black wooden marble-topped tables and chairs, dark stained wooden decking floors, black sofas, dark lattice work with hanging plants… thankfully there are some visual counterpoints such as two bright red oil paintings outside the wine room, but mostly the soft lighting alone has the task of lifting the mood.
Things get a little brighter in the bar due to the colourful liquor labels and reflecting surfaces.
Outside in the open-sided dining area, the gleaming white yachts are Thailand's most expensive restaurant background accessory.
Watermark is one of Phuket's most stylish venues. The restaurant runs well-attended theme parties the first Friday of every month and has been known to host fashion events.
On a 'normal' night the bar and lounge area (which features WiFi) is the epicentre of the music while the outer-lying dining areas are a lot quieter and more conducive to dinner conversation. Expect a well-dressed clientele knowledgeable in cuisine and wine, comfortable in the opulent surroundings.
An extensive 78-label list makes up the backbone of the air-conditioned wine room's contents but watermark also offers a rotating 20-label wine promotion list with the choice of wine by the glass or the bottle.
The average price for a decent bottle here is hovering around 2,000 baht and if you find this expensive it's worth noting that some labels here cost over ten times that amount.
Overall, the wine selection leans toward the Italian with occasional New World selections.
Watermark is fundamentally Italian influenced and as a result diners can choose from seven types of pasta with four cream-based sauces, five tomato-based, four seafood-based and five olive-oil sauces. The restaurant offers 17 pizza types.
Having said that, there are Thai and other Southeast Asian influences at work here; a good example being a trio of Vietnamese rice noodle rolls containing rare tuna and seaweed alongside a hot mustard dip, shrimp and green mango.
We sample a paad thai goong that is on the sweet rather than the spicy side, but the essential freshness is all there.
A Greek salad with rocket leaves, feta cheese, cucumber, mixed salad leaves, oregano and olive oil is hearty, healthy and full of goodness. A popular wine selection – red Chilean Merlot Vina Mont Gras, capably complements all this. Grilled white snapper in pistachio crust with Mediterranean sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and black olives with grilled asparagus also acquits itself well and a good selection of house breads makes sure we're full. Watermark also features a children's menu and a decent dessert list.
• Trio of Vietnamese rice noodles rolls
• Crab & avocado salad with cucumber and rocket-yoghurt coulis
• Grilled white snapper in pistachio crust
• Goat's cheese and beetroot ravioli
Some members of the service staff have been with this restaurant for years and some are fairly new, resulting in a slightly up-and-down experience that should even out soon.
- Location: in Boat lagoon Marina.
- Address: 22/1 Moo 2 Thepkasattri Road.
- Tel: 076 239 078