Boathouse has inimitable style and has come up with another winning idea: Saturday evening jazz over dinner. There’s just something about a good glass of wine, a gourmet meal, and good jazz music. This combination is a triumvirate of temptation, yet complementing the Saturday jazz evenings at Kata Beach’s Boathouse is another sort of trio; none other than Moe’s Jazz Trio.
Boathouse at dusk has got to be one of the most exotic and alluring places on the island to raise a cocktail to the setting sun. The colours are more intense, the horizon redefines itself, and sea breezes filtering through the open French windows, along with the sound of breaking surf, underscore the fact that Boathouse doesn’t have a rock-solid reputation for excellence for nothing. Boathouse will figure prominently on any savvy traveler’s list of five-star Phuket experiences to sample.
We sip a couple of cocktails as the band sets up then choose a table parallel to the floor-level ‘stage’ and sample an amuse bouche before enjoying wonton ravioli with prawns in shellfish and morel sauce (the menu also offers the choice of fricassée of wild mushrooms with tomato, white wine, and herbs on creamed polenta).
This is accompanied by a Cotes de Provence 2011 Pétale de Rose whose flavours enhance the lighter essences of the dishes. Seared Tasmanian salmon with a dash of potato purée, asparagus, and dill cream sauce is next and again, this gourmet-wine-jazz combination is absolutely delicious.
A pot au chocolate with sea salt and chocolate flakes is served and we dare one more glass of the excellent rosé before moving on to coffee and tea.
As for the music, this is not the place to hear any pounded-out flattened tenth Thelonious Monk improvisations or wailing Coltrane-like sax. No, the piano-double-bass-drums trio knocks out piece after piece of solid, fast-moving keyboards-led jazz, with the occasional flash of ‘fours’ (where each player plays four-bar solo breaks before the band rejoins the original melody). And even though we’re sitting right next to the band we are able to maintain a rich dinner conversation without so much as ever having to raise our voices. So there are no worries when it comes to obtrusive sound levels – it’s all acoustic.
It’s been an excellent evening full of both tasty food and music in an excellent setting. One important note is that Boathouse has a valet service so it doesn’t matter if the car park is full: simply leave your keys with the valet and your car will be looked after. Recommended.
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The Boathouse Phuket
Boathouse by Montara is quite simply one of Phuket Islands most iconic boutique hotels.Located directly on Kata Beach and facing due West, Boathouse by Montara is the most refined absolute beachfront accommodation on the island.With just 38 rooms and suites, personal service is at premium with the emphasis on quality in every Boathouse by Montara facility whether it is fine dining, a spa experience, and an afternoon at the adjacent RE KA TA Beach Club or simply surfing.Mention the name Boathouse by Montara to those in the know and it will be regarded as synonymous with five-star luxury, fine dining, and the best wine cellar in southern Thailand. Read More...
Boathouse Wine & Grill
- Opening Hours: Sat 19:00 (arrive for sunset)
- Location: The Boathouse Phuket, Kata
- Price Range: From 1,500++ baht