If it was your last meal…

Over the years I have been asked this question many times. In the early years it was easy, but as I started to appreciate life and food my answer changed. In many ways this question is often linked to the condemned man, sitting in a prison cell and served by jail wardens.

But if this was your last meal, there are probably 3 things you would want

Ambience

Whether it is the view, the history, the lighting, table setting or comfirt of chairs, it all is part of the ambience. Now add the company you are with whether family, friends or your partner. It is the setting and atmosphere. In Erope many restaurants are in the basement so no view although many have tables in the street so you can watch the world go by

Service

I have been in places where the service was terrible, yet had great fun because those serving me were joking and having fun at my expense. We normally take service to be seamless, yet attentive, your needs are anticipated yt the staff are in the background. There are probably over 2,000 restaurants in Phuket but you will find yourself going back to places where you are recognized, feel important and they know what you probably want to eat and drink. It can make you feel special and you are more likely to forgive errors and mistakes

Food and Drink

Most of us don’t have the time or inclination to eat a degustation menu every day. Sometimes it make be just a toasted ham and tomato sandwich or fish and salad. The key is fresh ingredients where the food is cooked as it should be and hopefully served hot. Molecular cooking is very creative and old techniques like Sous Vide are all the rage, but most of us want fresh appropriately cooked food

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So what are my favourite places in Phuket

Tony’s Seafood on the Beach at Laguna– sand between your toes, hear the waves, watch the sunset and basic but really fresh seafood. One of the few beach restaurants left and a haunt for many locals on the north side of the island

Beach House in Kata– Been an institution for 20 years. Again right on the Beach, service very good and you can watch a great sunset

9th Floor in Patong. A Menu of 113 items so something for everyone from Swiss to Thai. Service second to none under Swiss Manager Thomas and over 50% of diners are regulars

Aqua in Kalim– Chef Alessandro has been recognized as one of the 20 best chefs in Asia nd he has won Iron Chef Thailand. Great service and a large wine selection although I joke it is often too expensive for me. A place where you don’t have to order off the menu once you get to know the Chef

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Two tips

Always leave the tip in cash so your servers get the tip and don’t just add it to your credit card bill

If you like a place, become a regular and get to know the manager, chef and serving staff. You’ll be surprised how much it improves your experience and treatment over time

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