Dining: Something for everyone at Moon Bistro

Dining: Something for everyone at Moon Bistro

PHUKET: With the Cherng Talay area filled with flashy eateries, it is often difficult to decide where to grab a bite to eat. Driving down Lagoon Road, a small joint named Moon Bistro and Restaurant catches the eye at first glance. This elegantly-designed restaurant appeals to tourists, as well as long-term expats and locals, with both indoor and outdoor seating separated by large glass doors. The owner, Mazar Jobi, is an interior designer by profession, and has done a commendable job creating an atmosphere that is both functional and inviting, by painstakingly crafting each aspect from the walls to the furniture. The high

Thursday, December 29, 2016 | 12:00 PM

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Putting the fun back in Sunday

Putting the fun back in Sunday

PHUKET: Those who enjoy Sunday brunch will be happy to know that Xana Beach Club relaunched its ‘Sunday Fun Brunch’ last month. The brunch is set in a scenic location overlooking Bang Tao Bay, making it ideal for spending a relaxed Sunday afternoon with family and friends. It features the largest number of live stations in Phuket, including a salad station where you can enjoy making your own caesar salad with freshly-grilled cajun chicken and green tea salmon. There is also a pasta station, as well as a scallop and seafood extravaganza on ice which includes steamed rock lobster, Alaskan king crab, tiger prawns and rain

Friday, November 11, 2016 | 02:00 PM

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Food: Fusion fare at Wok Pagoda

Food: Fusion fare at Wok Pagoda

PHUKET: Located 10 minutes from Chalong Circle along the road to Kata-Karon, Mom Tri’s Wok Pagoda fuses gourmet Western and traditional Thai dishes together over an open-air pavilion. Nestled in the steep slopes of Phuket’s mountainous East-West divide, Wok Pagoda’s vantage captures a nearly 180-degree view of Chalong Bay, Phi Phi island and the carpet of lush terrain rising into Phuket Hill. In short, the view alone is worth the visit. Wok Pagoda’s fusion-focused fare is the new-born sister to the established Mom Tri’s Kitchen, just a jaunt away in Kata. Its opening in December, just in time for high season, will al

Friday, October 21, 2016 | 02:00 PM

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Indulge your Italian cravings

Indulge your Italian cravings

PHUKET: My tastebuds had been tingling for some authentic Italian food for a few weeks, so I feel fortunate to have discovered Leonardo DaVinci restaurant located in Kata Hills. The restaurant recently launched a new menu, in addition to a sizable wine list offering a variety of sparkling, white, rose and red wines. The newly renovated restaurant can seat up to 70 people in multiple dining areas, which include two bars, private rooms and an outdoor seating area for an intimate dining experience under the stars. The ambiance is modern and elegant with a wooden, earthy decor. At the same time, the feel is serene, warm and i

Monday, September 19, 2016 | 02:00 PM

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Treat yourself to Sunday tapas

Treat yourself to Sunday tapas

PHUKET: Good food and relaxation are what Sundays are all about. The Sunday Tapas lunch at Banyan Tree Phuket provides this and more. This weekly event is about a three hour affair, which starts at noon and replaces the resort’s Sunday Seafood Brunch. The ambience at the newly relocated ‘The Watercourt’ complements the meal, a live jazz band, a view of a lagoon and friendly, attentive servers. The meal begins with a variety of ‘cold tapas’ including sushi, sashimi, salmon and asparagus frittata and, my personal favorite in the category, a prawn, avocado and chili ceviche. The tapas were served with a varie

Monday, August 15, 2016 | 02:00 PM

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Dining in secluded luxury at Big Fish

Dining in secluded luxury at Big Fish

PHUKET: You won’t know about Big Fish unless you’ve stayed at the Marriott Resort & Spa in Nai Yang. The upscale restaurant is tucked against the sea-side base of the modern hotel, and is nearly surrounded by Sirinath National Park. Even after arriving, would-be diners must speak with a bellhop to be driven down by golf cart to the restaurant. This has its own charm, if you’re in the right mood – like visiting a speakeasy, you’re in on some secret. The restaurant is fortified, in a way, against the traffic and chaos of Phuket’s day-to-day throngs. The venue’s formal dining is relaxed by its pool-side ambiance

Saturday, July 23, 2016 | 01:00 PM

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