Ratri Italian Bar & Grill - Phuket

The Best Cocktail & Dining View in Kata Beach

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‘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.

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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.

Décor

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.

Atmosphere

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.

Wine

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.

Food

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.

Service

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
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