I am a Chef at an Italian bistro down in Phuket. I came here to compare the food I cook to what some people tell me is the best Italian food in Thailand. Also maybe find some inspiration as well.
It's Mothers Day today so I thought I had better ring only to make sure they wern't booked out. I rang a bit before 11am. The person that answered the phone wasn't able to tell me anything except give me your number and we will call you back after it opens at 12pm. I thought it poor that they don't know whether their restaurant is booked out or not until it actually opens.
I took my chances and went. I was the only customer when I arrived. The service inside was great. Certainly the best I have experienced in 3 years in Thailand.
As soon as I was seated they asked me would you like sparkling or still water. What they didn't mention was that their water was going to cost me 210 baht ($7). This left me feeling a bit stooged when I was leaving later. To put it in perspective I could buy a main course in most places for less than that and I would have much rather given the 210 to the lady out the front of the hotel begging for coins. If not for this tricky water business I would have given 5 stars.
Moving on. I ordered the foie gras starter and a penne matriciana.
Bread was offered (for free :) with oil and balsamic. The starter came in perfect time. The foie gras was a good sized portion. It was cooked perfectly and the accompaniments were great as well. Perhaps they could have put just a slight bit more to accompany it. The sea salt on top was great as well.
After this was done with they topped up my bread. I thought the bread was nice and not too hard like someone else here mentioned. Crusty yes.
There was a bit of a longer wait this time but they informed me about it which was nice to see. Penne matriciana arrived. It looked like just penne and tomato sauce. To me matriciana has salami and olives at least but I know it varies chef by chef. Due to the very dark enviroment I couldn't get a good look at what I was eating but there was a fine dice of salami or something in there after all. They also grated parmesan into the pasta at the table which was nice. So the pasta was decent but I didn't see anything that made it special in it's own right.
As I mentioned the restuarant is very dimly lit. Probably just a touch too much. As another guy says it is hard to actually read the menu. Also I like to really analyse and see whats going on in my food but actually I was struggling to see it here. When the waitress brought the bill she had to move the table lamp just so we could read it. Going a bit far with the ambience.
Overall. Good food. Great service. Dark. Say no to water as maybe the cocktails are cheaper ;)
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