They say that an essential part of enjoying a meal is its presentation but another important factor in the equation is the location of any given restaurant.
As Phuket is a hilly island the opportunity to appreciate a good meal while enjoying outstanding and sweeping vistas is almost unparalleled in the country. Here are the top five ‘meals-with-a-view’ culinary destinations on the island.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
With its hilltop vista of Phuket's lush greenery along with a generous swathe of the Andaman Sea, 360 Degrees is a winner in the looks department alone and its towering location and views are wonderful extras. This two-level, deck-floored restaurant's upper floor is where the kitchen, bar and washrooms are located. The under-lit white-topped bar is set off by its black slatted stools and a giant, white sail cover is fitted over it all. All of this, with the lights of Phuket twinkling down below, makes for a pretty impressive dining location.
Mention should also be made of the clever wick-burning lamps that enhance the intimate atmosphere. 360's smoked salmon roll with goat's cheese capitalizes on its smooth texture and the grilled prawns with chili mango salad are delectable. Food presentation here is tip-top and the spicy lamb shish kebab underlies this point with its artful arrangement of skewers. 360 Degrees is a class act. Read More...
- Location: in The Pavilions Phuket, Bangtao (Layan) Beach
Way below, the sea sparkles and shimmers in the early evening light. The sun hovers above the horizon as shadows on the wooden deck terrace lengthen and a gentle breeze ruffles the napkins. This is Diavolo, in Paresa, a five-star resort set into a hillside and located along Millionaires’ Mile – one of Phuket’s most celebrated addresses.
The restaurant is centred on a red-and-gold colour theme with plenty of richly hued wooden parquet flooring and matching walls. It spills out onto a large terrace with decking and spectacular 270-degree views out over the Andaman Sea and a huge banyan tree to the side. It’s all simply done but the overall effect is strong and pleasing to the senses.
Diavolo rustles up quality Italian dishes and, if you’re so inclined, you could even order a couple of Thai side dishes. Cool, breezy and atmospheric, Diavolo has stunning views. Read More...
- Location: In Paresa Resort, Nakalay Road (Millionaires’ Mile) Kamala
- Tel: 076 302 000
Tung Ka Café is one of Phuket's best sunset viewing points and one of the only restaurants with a view that isn't actually on the west coast. West coast viewpoints can get pretty crowded at about 18:30, but Rang Hill, or Khao Rang in Phuket Town, the site of Tung Ka Café is relatively peaceful. Khao Rang enjoys vistas over the town and the island’s ‘backbone’ of north-to-south hills – every bit as prolific as a coastal sea view.
The 180-degree views south absolutely dominate and by day they encompass Makham Bay to the east, Chalong Bay and the Big Buddha to the south and the mountainous spine of the island (Nakkerd Hills) to the west. Serving typical Thai dining, you’ll enjoy an evening here above Phuket Town. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:30
- Location: At the top of Rang Hill, Phuket Town
- Tel: 076 211 500
There’s a very thin and precarious line running between classy, tasteful décor and outright kitsch. The Versace, a French restaurant in Patong Beach, flirts with this line outrageously and manages – against all the odds – to come out on top. Still, many would say that Versace is way over the top and they’d be correct in the strictest term of the expression as it is the highest open-air restaurant in Patong.
The views out over the town and beach are spectacular and it’s definitely worth getting there for early evening when the golden rays of the setting sun reflect and almost animate the golden theme running throughout this unusual three-storey Vesuvian-like restaurant. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – late. Closed Tuesdays
- Location: 206/56 Prabaramee Road, Patong
- Tel: 082 448 4887
Seen from offshore, Patong has a highly distinctive skyline. The two tallest buildings dominating this skyline are the Patong condominium and the Royal Paradise Hotel. The Royal Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant at the top of the Royal Paradise hotel, has a much sought-after 180-degree view out over Patong and the Andaman and looking down from this lofty perch, Patong below looks like a toy town.
The Chinese-themed décor and flourish of the Royal Kitchen may be a little 'over the top' for some but when you consider the rich and filling cuisine served here such largesse is very much a logical complement. Of course the view out over Patong and the sea is very much part of the restaurant's attraction and diners wishing to snag a window seat absolutely must reserve beforehand.
Dishes here are lovingly prepared by Khun Chuchart, a Chinese chef now 20 years in Thailand and a well-respected local culinary celebrity. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every day from 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-23:00
- Location: in Royal Paradise Hotel, Patong Beach
- Tel: 076 340 666