Ratri Italian Bar & Grill has closed.
‘Ratri’ is poetic Thai for ‘nighttime’ and it’s at night when this west-facing Kata restaurant truly comes alive.
Modern, stylish and atmospheric, Ratri is most certainly the place to be at sunset on a clear evening, even if it’s just to spend happy hour, as the views out over Kata and Kata Beach, Pu Island and the Andaman Sea are unbeatable.
Where is Ratri?
On a hillside above Kata; you cannot mistake the restaurant’s profile above Patak Road, running inland from Chalong to Karon Beach. Take the steeply graded road next to A One Supermarket. There are parking slots on the way up and if you are walking you’ll find two sets of wooden stairs to use as shortcuts.
Off-white flooring with black tables and chairs set the tone, with elegant lighting and sweeping awnings (to protect against rain), diners will never feel crowded or claustrophobic in this two-floor, open-sided eatery and bar.
The upstairs bar is much the same in décor and has a stage at the far end on which live jazz is performed at weekends. On the outskirts of the restaurant facing west is a long wooden counter where diners can place their drinks and lean against while watching sunset and admiring the views.
The buzz (albeit a discreet one) at Ratri starts just before sunset when people start to arrive and enjoy the restaurant’s happy hour (17:00 – 19:00) but it doesn’t stop there: on clement nights you can take in the sweeping hillside views of fishing boats heading out to sea while listening to cool piped-in music.
Ratri’s generous size works for it in that even if there’s a large group dining there, intimacy for couples is still possible. In short, Ratri is a romantic and classy place.
The approximately 50-label wine list is 75% Italian with prices ranging from the 990 baht Prego Montepulciano d’Abruzzo to a 9,555 baht Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino. Wine is stored in an attractive and air-conditioned cellar adjacent to the bar level.
We sample the hearty Montepulciano and later a Chilean Concha y Toro Sendero Merlot and there’s little to choose between these red wines; both are young, robust, and complement the food excellently.
Ratri is unashamedly Italian, albeit with a Thai chef trained in Australia and the classic menu is pretty self explanatory for lovers of this cuisine.
The bruschetta al pomodoro is fine and crisp (Ratri’s house-baked bread is to die for) while tomato and red pepper mozzarella is spanking fresh.
But the biggest revelation is the truffle risotto – by far away one of the best I have tasted and highly commendable. For mains we enjoy a diavola pizza and a fresh, tasty grilled white snapper on a bed of salad.
This menu could not be described as fine dining but the combination of accomplished cuisine, good décor and an outstanding location sets Ratri Italian Bar & Grill distinctly apart from similar competition.
Cheerful and efficient with an English-speaking Italian manager who clearly is on top of his game.
Ratri Italian Bar & Grill
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - midnight
- Location: 74/1 Patak Road, Kata.
- Tel: +66 (0)76 333 538