Osha Thai Restaurant & Bar Phuket

Thai Restaurant in Phuket Old Town

Osha Phuket combines the beautiful classical setting of Old Town with the exciting contemporary Thai cuisine which Osha is known for from the brand’s Bangkok restaurant. Possibly the most photogenic, Instagram-worthy meal on the island, it is also extremely flavourful and innovative, taking classic Thai dishes and giving them a modern twist.

Set in The Memory at On-On Hotel – famous for its appearance in the 2000 movie The Beach, as well as for its delightful Sino-Portuguese design – it has an elegant apothecary-like look for the air-conditioned indoor dining area which, thanks to floor-to-ceiling front windows, is very light and open. There is also a covered outdoor area with a bare-brick village square feel.

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As attractive as the setting is, the food at Osha Phuket is amazing. Start with the Osha Chada (555 baht), which features Mekhong rum, passion fruit, lemon and apple for a very fruity blend which is extremely easy to drink. It is also presented under a large chada (a traditional Thai headdress), partially as a reference to the world’s largest chada, which sits in the Bangkok Osha. Follow that up with a poached oyster (250 baht), which has a surprisingly spicy flavour and herbal jelly under the foamy top.

The Tom Yum Koong (390 baht) is where things start getting really creative. It is presented and prepared in a coffee siphon, with the spicy soup itself heated by blow torch so that it rises into the herbs and spices before percolating back down to be poured out over two very meaty river prawns, without leaving any huge lumps of lemongrass or lime to eat around. The process still gives you the great tom yum flavour which, if anything, is amplified by the spectacular show.

The flavour of the Massaman lamb (490 baht) is enhanced by being cooked for over two hours, with the brown rice roasted inside a young coconut. A smouldering cinnamon stick is plunged into the curry sauce to add a little charcoal to the mix (don’t worry, it’s good for you) and to add an interesting smoky dimension to the flavour.

Just when you think the dishes at Osha Phuket couldn’t get much more fun, they bring out the fresh fruit platter (220 baht). Seasonal fruits are presented in a bed of ice, on a very large rock. This is balanced over a hollow in a second rock, which is filled with liquid nitrogen. The gently smoking structure will certainly attract the attention of fellow diners, who might even be tempted to come over for a few snaps. The fact that the tropical fruits are perfectly prepared for easy eating is almost an afterthought.

While a little on the pricy side, Osha Phuket’s creative presentation makes it a memorable experience while the sophisticated setting and unique location makes it more than worth the cost. Just make sure your camera battery is fully charged and you’ve got plenty of space in both your stomach and your memory card before you start.

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The Memory at On On Hotel

The Memory at On On Hotel is the oldest hotel in Phuket.It opened in 1929, aiming to accommodate Chinese and European traders as the island main income was thriving from the tin mining industry.This superb Sino-Portuguese building was entirely restored in 2012, and occupies a great position in the heart of Phuket Old Town, the historical district of Phuket City.No less than seven room types are available at On On Hotel, from spotless four- and six-bed dormitories (mixed or female-only) to Superior Rooms to Deluxe Rooms to Suites, all types of budgets are accommodated here.The amenities provided are also outstanding: the dorms have a community room with washing machines, kitchen and satellite television, while all the individual/couples rooms feature a television, mini-bar, electric kettle, and free Wi-Fi. Read More...

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