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Duke’s Fusion Bar & Bistro is in the heart of Phuket Town. Set along bustling one-way Rassada Road and opposite sister restaurant Anna’s, Duke’s is aimed at the after-work crowd.
It’s decidedly cool in décor and design, with minimalist buffed concrete interiors, stripped walls with bare brick here and there, eclectic seating arrangements ranging from a leather Chesterfield sofa and chairs to wall sofas to industrial chic-type tables and even a rocking horse – all under subdued lighting with a long central bar. Outside is a fan-cooled sitting space and the overall effect borders New York-like chic understatement.
A colourful mix of Brazilian, jazz classics and standards tumbles out of brand-new JBL speakers bracketed to the wall. Even though Duke’s features hip-hop and house music later on in the evening it’s not really a dance venue; it has more of a speakeasy feel to it.
Run by a young team of Bangkokians, Duke’s bursts with ideas such as a nightly resident DJ, a well-trained mixologist, a great beer selection (with matching glasses), and a good range of imported liquors and international food.
We sample fish and chips, a bacon avocado grilled cheese sandwich with French fries along with penne cream sauce mushrooms and braised pork. The fish dish is remarkably generous and surprisingly cheap for the quantity served but then most servings at Duke’s are indeed large and filling. This makes a nice change from several newly arrived restaurants in Phuket whose main interest seems to be to get you to order the same thing twice in order to be satisfied.
Speaking of feeling full, a pint of draught Hoegaarden Belgium wheat beer (in its characteristic chunky hexagonal glass) accompanies all this and even though it washes down well, we were ‘rather sated’ afterwards as a result.
The international food at Duke’s encompasses Korean, Mexican, Thai, Japanese and Chinese, not to mention old favourites such as sandwiches and pizza toast. A nice little touch is that there’s a short list of American Microbrewery beers here, and this must be a first for the island so if you fancy a quaff of Dead Guy Ale, Hazelnut Brown Nectar, or Boont Amber Ale this is the place to head to and it’s also good to know that draught Guinness is served, too.
All in all, Duke’s keeps things simple with a compact menu, atmospheric yet understated décor, low lighting and discreet service.
Dukes Fusion Bar & Bistro
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – midnight
- Location: Rassada Road next to Brasserie and opposite Anna’s