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    Where to Go for a Sunday Brunch in Phuket

    Much of the pleasure of living or visiting Phuket is choosing from the wonderful selection of restaurants whose international executive chefs present dishes that are hard to find anywhere else in the world.

    Though many of the tasty ingredients found on the menus of the island’s five-star resorts are imported from Europe or Australia, a lot is fresh in from the surrounding Andaman Sea or grown in organic gardens sprinkled around the region.

    These resort chefs present innovative contemporary cuisine that combines the ingredients of the world with the accents and flavours of Asia. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than the stunning collection of restaurants that offer sumptuous Sunday brunches for diners with exotic tastes.

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    Seafood & Jazz Sunday Brunch at Banyan Tree Phuket is the unmissable new weekly rendez-vous for well heeled epicureans and gourmets in Bangtao Beach’s Laguna Phuket Resort Complex. Set in the Watercourt, the opulent glass-walled and open-sided restaurant overlooking a lagoon located right next to the resort lobby, Banyan Tree Phuket’s Sunday brunch is truly a class act.

    According to its name, the main products on offer for degustation come from the sea: local and imported fresh seafood are the main attraction, yet the options available makes this high-end brunch a colossal combination of Surf and Turf. On different plates, lobster and cold cut, sushi and foie gras, or Norwegian salmon and Kobe Wagyu beef: a true feast indeed. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Sun 12:00 – 15:00
    • Location: Watercourt Restaurant in Banyan Tree Phuket Resort
    • Tel: +66 (0)7 637 2400
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    Kabuki’s Japanese Brunch at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is the first ever Sunday brunch in Phuket dedicated to the culinary delights from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. Kabuki – Japanese Cuisine Theatre is JW Marriott’s signature Japanese restaurant located right behind the main swimming pool and the lotus pond on the ground floor of the opulent resort which hosts no less than 13 restaurants and bars.

    From sushi to sashimi to teppanyaki and more, all Japanese favourites are available in the sumptuous buffet prepared for this weekly event. The quality of the food is second to none, and Kabuki can easily be considered the finest venue to sample genuine Japanese delicacies. In addition to the excellent food, guests can enjoy the degustation of excellent and rare (in Phuket) Sake types (Tedorigawa Yamahai Honjozo, Masumi Karakushi Gold, and Dassai Junmai Daiginjo) which complement perfectly the fare. Great treat indeed. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Sun 11:00 – 16:00
    • Location: Kabuki – Japanese Cuisine Theatre at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
    • Tel: +66 (0)7 633 8000
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    TwinPalms Phuket
    TwinPalms Phuket brunch
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    Set farther south on the island’s west coast at Surin Beach, Twinpalms Phuket has become the darling of the hip and happening set featuring stylish urban interiors and an international flair to its cuisine and beverages.

    Twinpalms often features wine dinners and special events attracting international chefs and their devotees so it’s no wonder that its Sunday brunch became an instant success. Residents are known to drive 30 miles for the opportunity to taste this brunch.

    Each Sunday there is a different theme for this buffet depending on what treasures the suppliers can find. It might be foie gras one week or a special cheese promotion the next. But guests can be assured of fresh Sydney oysters from Australia, tiger prawns, blue crabs and salads with Alaskan crab every week.

    The Sunday brunch is presented in the resort’s main dining restaurant, the Oriental Spoon but for younger family members, beautiful Surin Beach is waiting just outside.

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    Trisara
    Sunday Jazz Brunch at Trisara
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    Perhaps the Big Daddy of Phuket’s Sunday brunches, Trisara puts on a palatial spread that showcases international food married to local specialties. The brunch takes place on the ground floor of this sumptuous all-villa resort, next to the swimming pool and you can enjoy it in air-conditioned comfort or al fresco on the terrace. One of the most impressive food counters at the brunch/buffet is the patisserie section where top-quality pastries with delicious variances complement each other. Also impressive is the fresh fish counter, along with delicious and juicy cuts of roast beef next door.

    Choose a bottle of nice and light rosé, take your time, make frequent trips to replenish your plate and you’ve got a Sunday made in heaven. Another hot tip is the cheese section, with imported cheeses from all the best regions. Background music is live jazz which gets livelier as the afternoon progresses. It’s a good-natured family affair at Trisara and definitely a people-watching place as it is where the island’s movers and shakers – and just plain rich – hang out.

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    Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
    Hilton Phuket Arcadia brunch
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    Moving south to glorious Karon Beach past busy Patong, sits Phuket’s largest resort complex, the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, which welcomes visitors and residents for their extensive Sunday brunch and recreation programs. While the resort looks imposing with its large towers of guest rooms, it features one of the island’s top health spas and wonderful restaurants.

    Here, there is a particular focus on hot food. Guests can taste Peking duck, prime rib, New Zealand lamb, beef from Australia, ham from America.

    There’s a choice of fresh indoor air-conditioned dining or a table set outdoors with the sounds of the pool’s waterfall nearby.

    As the Hilton Phuket Arcadia has large swimming pools with waterfalls and a Club special for the children, Sunday brunch means that the older members of the family can relax around one of the resort’s several swimming pools knowing their children are having a great time with the professional childcare staff. And Karon Beach is just across the road.

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    Mangosteen Resort & Spa
    Mangosteen Resort brunch
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    Perched up on a hill looking over the islands on Phuket’s eastern coast, sits the Mangosteen Resort & Spa, a resort that has been given awards for bringing a stylish elegance to a part of the island more known for relaxed informal beachside restaurants. The Mangosteen Resorts is a collection of charming cabanas with beautiful views to the sea. The main restaurant wraps around the lovely swimming pool with channels of blue turquoise waters flowing just next to the guests’ tables.

    Sunday brunches are very popular with local families who want to relax on their day off. The resort offers five different kinds of brunch which rotate each week including a unique Belgium inspired brunch offering French quality with German quantity.

    The Sunday I visited Mangosteen was presenting a Seafood-themed Sunday brunch. Guests were enjoying red snapper with tarragon sauce, roasted rock lobster with basil, crawfish with garlic butter and a piquant and popular tom yam seafood. Meanwhile, children were swimming and using the fitness facilities between snacking on their brunch. This Seafood-themed Sunday brunch also has lamb and steaks from Australia and pork loin with pepper sauce in addition to cheese and the best chocolate mousse I’ve had in a long time.

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    Mare is Centara Grand's flagship restaurant and it certainly is an impressive set up. The restaurant's Sunday lunch is rightly celebrated by locals and it's a bustling, colourful and - above all - a delicious event. With independent Idian, seafood, pasta, cheese and cold cut stations (and much more) you'll never be able to get through this impressive collection of culinary creations in one sitting.

    The Sunday lunch also offers live strolling musicians, good wine deals and close proximity to one of the resort's swimming pools as well as the beach.

    There are so many treasures at this buffet, it’s hard to choose between a plate of fresh salad items or the rack of lamb, prime rib or roast beef. Large luscious sushi sits near probably the biggest selection of French cheeses in Phuket. It’s a feast for royalty.

    And always nearby is the brilliant shine of the sea dazzling guests as they concentrate on their plates. This Sunday event takes place from April to November. Read More...

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    The Vijitt Resort Phuket
    The Vijitt Resort Phuket
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    One attractive option for a tasty Sunday afternoon is Vijitt Resort’s Sunday Brunch. Starting at 12:00 and running through to 15:00 it’s a veritable cornucopia of fresh seafood, tasty salads, excellent soups, kids’ choices and all that you’d expect from a top-flight resort. As if this wasn’t enough, the Sunday Brunch at Vijitt is set in rolling grounds (it was once an orchard) with sea views out east over Lone Island and Chalong Bay. If you choose to visit Vijitt be sure to take your swimming gear and sun lotion as you’ll get free use of the infinity swimming pool. There’s also live music, incredibly friendly service and a laid-back atmosphere ideal for those who like their Sundays as slow and delicious as possible.

    • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00 on Sundays
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    The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa
    The Westin Siray Bay brunch
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    The buffet at The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa is so multifaceted that upon arrival you may need a few minutes to orientate yourself. Set in the resort’s Italian outlet Prego by the Beach, the buffet is Italian influenced with lots of pizza choices and olive oil-based recipes and a whole raft of healthy salad and fresh veggie choices in a separate air-conditioned room which also has a splendid cake and ice cream selection.

    To the side of the main entrance stands the grill section with mountains of spanking-fresh seafood, sausages, steaks, and cuts set on ice; you’ve only to point out what you’d like and it’s served to your table within minutes. A Filipino couple adds to the atmosphere by singing evergreens and the wait staff members are enthusiastic and professional.

    Next to the pool, you’ll find a kids’ section from where you can order pizzas (invent your own topping; it’s fun!) and burgers and fries along with a wide choice of kids’ favourites. Of course there’s also plenty of pasta and spaghetti to sample from 12:00 – 15:00.

    But what sets the Sunday Buffet at The Westin apart is its location by one of the resort’s pools and the views out over the bay. They’re simply magnificent and effortlessly complement the rich lunch experience here. The atmosphere is casual/smart but after lunch the kids will want to frolic so it’s good to know that there’s a toddler-friendly pool right next to the restaurant.

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