Khao Rang Breeze is the nearest thing to treetop dining in Phuket. This predominantly southeast-facing restaurant at the summit of Rang Hill, downtown Phuket, enjoys fabulous views at any time of day. Unlike many Phuket restaurants, Khao Rang Breeze is quite international in its menu choices and even though it does serve Thai food it’s not necessarily a dedicated Thai food destination.
But why treetop? Because, with several trees growing up through the wooden decking and several more within touching distance from the restaurant’s protective fencing, you get the definite impression that Breeze is cradled in the surrounding strong branches rather than built into the hillside, which it is.
Outside on the L-shaped wooden-decked terrace, all is calm. The sights of the city may be here below but none of the noise. Gone is the beeping traffic, the whistles of traffic policeman and the general hullaballoo of Phuket and instead the air is filled with birdsong and the rustle of breezes in the neighbouring foliage. Near the entrance, just above Breeze’s terrace, stands a Buddhist shrine, all glistening gold in the late afternoon sun, providing an immeasurable dignity to the restaurant. Khao Rang Breeze’s interior, by contrast, is more up to date, with air conditioning, glass-topped tables, a modernistic décor and design and occasional live Thai folk music at night.
The comprehensive photo menu offers such international delights as baked New Zealand mussels in chardonnay, salmon sushi, red snapper filets, salmon steak, duck a l ‘orange, pastas and spaghettis while prices on the Thai menu are a little more ‘elevated’ than down the hill in town (chicken fried rice 95 baht, phad thai 120 baht, although a whole fried fish is a reasonable 400 baht). This is precisely because of the elevation; while the food is definitely recommendable at Breeze, the views are the clincher and the main reason why people love to come here. Watch the sun set over the ‘backbone’ of the island to the west or gaze over to the white-flecked turquoise waters of Makham Bay to the east. In the distance directly south stands the serene and watchful Big Buddha.
And why not enjoy the best of both worlds, along with a decent glass of wine or two (Breeze has a temperature-controlled storage space for its nine-label wine list) and dine with that gorgeous panorama stretching out before you? As mentioned, the views at Khao Rang Breeze are impressive any time of day but perhaps sunset is the best time to go, as Phuket Town at nighttime is a twinkling lit-up tapestry to behold from on high.
A great alternative to beachside dining, Khao Rang Breeze is modern, attractively laid out, atmospheric with a friendly team of young staff members, and best of all it never seems to become crowded. One of Phuket Town’s better ‘secret places’.
Khao Rang Breeze Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 24:00
- Location: The top of Rang Hill, downtown Phuket. Can be accessed from several directions