Texture Café & Restaurant Phuket is now permanently closed.
Texture Café & Restaurant Phuket is a trendy contemporary eatery in Phuket Old Town with a charming exterior, cool interior and excellent western cuisine, with a focus on blending – as the name suggests – contrasting textures. Altogether, it creates a lovely café atmosphere and an ideal place to take a break from exploring the colourful historical streets, or somewhere to enjoy an exceptional evening meal.
Inside a vividly blue, old Sino-Portuguese building on Dibuk Road, Texture Phuket takes the separation of café and restaurant quite literally, with the first part of the diner having a long bar and a selection of small tables (like a chic café) while the second part, through a glass door, has comfortable sofa seating and larger tables (like a cosy restaurant). Both parts are air-conditioned for added comfort, though you can also sit out front to enjoy the sun and warm air. The décor throughout is simple but stylish, with modern furniture offset by retro fittings.
While the dishes at Texture Café & Restaurant Phuket also seem to be quite simple in appearance and preparation, it’s obvious that a lot of thought and skill has gone into their preparation. The menu contains plenty of fairly standard options, such as spaghetti carbonara (150 baht), Caesar salad (150 baht) and classic French onion soup (120 baht). However, the majority of the choices are signature preparations, combining soft and firm textures, such as wasabi-crusted tuba steak (400 baht), Romaine lettuce bacon salad (150 baht) and grilled rock lobster burger (280 baht).
We tried the signature “duck duo” (300 baht), which coupled a crispy duck breast with duck confit, and was served with lentils, vegetables and a subtle orange sauce. The different preparations of the same bird made for varied but complimentary flavours and textures, which the soft lentils and firm vegetables added to, making it a very enjoyable dish. The amaretto chocolate mousse with almond caramel dessert (120 baht) was a similar collision of crunchy with soft textures, with the various flavours skilfully blended so that one single one dominated or overwhelmed the others. Perhaps a little on the sweet side (to be expected, with a dessert), it was a delicious end to the meal.
Being a café as well as a restaurant, the drinks menu at Texture is also something to behold and continues the trend of combining contradicting consistencies. The chocolate peanut butter milkshake (80 baht) is particularly enticing, but we tried the signature iced fruit tea, which comes with a hefty pile of apple pieces on top. Unlike commercial flavoured iced teas, the fruit does not completely obliterate the flavour of the tea, with the sweetness instead acting as an enticing counterpoint to it. Naturally, there is also a wide selection of hot and iced coffees, pots of tea and Italian sodas available, with prices from 60 to 90 baht.
Texture Café & Restaurant Phuket is well-placed in Phuket Town to act as a great pit stop for those exploring the Old Town’s beautiful streets during the day, as well as anyone seeking somewhere special to dine in the evening. With friendly and welcoming staff, weird and wonderful dishes and unobtrusive décor (plus the air conditioning), it has a pleasant and comfortable café atmosphere.
Texture Café & Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30 (closed on Wednesday)
- Location: Dibuk Road, Phuket Town
- Tel: +66 (0)81 916 1430
- Cuisine: Western fusion