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.
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
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.
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.
The Sunday Family Brunch at Hilton Phuket Arcadia takes the concept of a family dining experience seriously. As well as being delightful for the grown-ups, thanks to an incredible variety of high-quality cuisine, it is sure to be a memorable meal for the little ones too, with activities and attractions and even a dedicated buffet set out on low-level tables, so everyone can help themselves.
The quality of the ingredients and preparation at the Sunday Family Brunch at Hilton Phuket Arcadia is well beyond the usual expectation of a buffet brunch. The sushi is freshly made and of a standard above what you would get in a Japanese chain restaurant. The pasta is freshly cooked to perfection before your eyes, with a choice of sauces available. You can custom-make your own fresh fruit smoothie or salad from a broad selection of ingredients. The choice and quality of the meats on the carvery is exceptional and there is an entire side of the restaurant devoted to desserts. Even the snacks are of excellent quality, with a great selection of breads, cheeses and cold cuts. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sun 12:00 onwards
- Location: By the Garden Pool, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort, Karon
- Tel: +66 (0)7 639 6433
Mangosteen Resort & Spa
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.
Coast Beach Club & Bistro at Centara Grand Beach Resort offers a mix of sophisticated flair and a relaxed beach bar vibe. Panoramic views of the Andaman Sea are paired with local and international delicacies, including freshly landed seafood and grilled meats. Other highlights include tapas and a wide selection of cheese and cold cuts. Set al fresco, right on Karon Beach, the Beach Club has both indoor and outdoor dining settings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sundays 12:00 - 15:00
- Location: Centara Grand Beach Resort, 683 Karon Beach, Patak Road, Karon
- Tel: +66 (0)7 620 1234
The Vijitt Resort Phuket
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
The Xana Beach Club Sunday Fun Brunch is very much true to its name, providing an enjoyable pool party atmosphere and a great selection of high quality cuisine…on Sunday. It has a street market style of set-up, with offerings from around the world. This gives you the convenience of a buffet, but with every dish freshly prepared before your eyes.
The buffet brunch is laid out geographically, with colourful signposts showing where each option comes from, including France, Italy, India, USA, Australia, Japan and, naturally, Thailand. Each station has a modest range of popular national dishes on offer, such as cold cuts and pastas from Italy, burgers and chicken wings from America, sushi from Japan and barbecued meat and seafood from Australia. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sundays 12:00 – 15:00 (High Season only)
- Location: Xana Beach Club, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Bangtao
- Tel: +66 (0)7 635 8500