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New rooftop dining experience overlooking the Andaman at The Nai Harn

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Red alert Phuket foodies.

The Nai Harn is once again raising the bar on island gastronomy with the launch of Prime @ Rock Salt, a new rooftop venue that promises exclusive dining experiences with spectacular views of the beach and sea. The new restaurant will begin welcoming diners from the end of November 2018.

Perched on top of Rock Salt, The Nai Harn’s popular beachfront restaurant, ‘Prime’ is an exclusive eatery with just 20 seats. This intimate size allows the chefs to create highly personalised dining experiences, including serene sunset dinners and private events for small groups.

“Diners will be dazzled by dramatic live cooking experiences, with an open kitchen that features a custom-built wood-fired oven and Santa Maria-style barbecue grill. This allows Executive Chef Mark Jones and his team to roast, smoke or chargrill at temperatures of up to 700 degrees Celsius.”

“Prime @ Rock Salt is a new dining destination for Phuket and you could not ask for a better setting. The rooftop at Rock Salt affords spectacular sea views, especially at sunset and later when the stars fill the night sky,” said Frank Grassmann, General Manager of  The Nai Harn.

“Combining this stunning setting with an exceptional menu, Prime is set to become the ultimate setting for unforgettable evenings, including romantic dinners and exclusive events.”

From custom-built kitchens to premium produce, everything about [email protected] is focused on creating fantastic flavours. The appetizers feature some of the finest imported ingredients from around the world, including Spanish octopus, French goat’s cheese, Scottish salmon and Cornish mackerel, all expertly prepared in innovative ways that showcase the sublime flavours. Diners can also indulge in an assortment of house-cured signature cold cuts presented with a choice of pickles, condiments and freshly-baked breads.

‘Prime’ also serves a selection of world-class steaks from Australia’s Rangers Valley, which is famous for producing the most incredible marbled Black Angus and wagyu beef from grain-fed cattle in New South Wales. Diners can choose from 400-day grain-fed Diamantina wagyu flank steak or 360-day wagyu rib-eye steak, perfectly chargrilled and served with a bone marrow and confit onion bread pudding, asparagus and red wine jus.

For an intimate yet extravagant feast, couples can share an exquisite 270-day Black Onyx Angus côte de boeuf, cooked over flames and oak chips, or indulge in barbecued glazed short ribs, slow-cooked for 48 hours then finished in the wood-fired oven. An extensive selection of fine wines – all of them hand-picked by global wine critic James Suckling – provides the ideal accompaniment to every meal.

With its modest size, stunning sea views and mouth-watering menu, [email protected] is set to elevate Phuket’s culinary scene to impressive new heights.

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Olta is the newest ‘olternative’ in Bangkok’s Suan Phlu

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Scottish Chef Jamie Wakeford, of noted Phuket restaurant Bampot Kitchen, is rolling out a new restaurant in Bangkok.

Themed as ‘modern British’, and named Olta, the outlet has just opened in the Suan Phlu neighborhood.

The Suan Phlu area is described as one of Bangkok’s latest dining enclaves, with new fashionable openings arriving every month. Currently, Suan Phlu is currently the IT restaurant area in the capital. This street is interesting for foreigners because it is in early stages of gentrification – the old shop houses are still there, along with the great street food stalls you expect, but now these have been joined by a new generation of funky modern venues appealing to locals, expats and tourists.

Suan Phlu is located on upscale Sathorn Road, close to many of the large five-star hotels – The Metropolitan, Banyan Tree and The Sukhothai. If you are arriving by BTS, it is easiest to get off at Chong Nonsi and take a short taxi.

Hitting the road to Bangkok, Wakeford is mixing up classic dishes and local taste with a talented innovative approach at Olta.

A cozy bar completes the offering. Looking for what’s new in Bangkok? Olta certainly should make the top of the list.

Best wishes to Jamie Wakeford and his new BKK team.

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Thai Tapas at Ginja – a truly remarkable taste sensation

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I am invited to special dinners many times a week and most are wonderful nights exploring new flavors and presentation at some of the island’s best restaurants. Last night was exceptional and beautifully presented at the award-winning Ginja Taste in Mai Khao.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa invited Chef Prasertchai Trongvanichnam (aka. Chef Jack, Chef de Cuisine of Flavor Restaurant,Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel) to Phuket.

He recently won the prestigious title of Iron Chef Thailand Competition. Last night he presented the first of four very special Thai Tapas nights at Ginja Taste. It runs nightly until February 7.

The Thai Tapas degustation menu features creative and adventurous dishes revolving around the theme of molecular gastronomy. Each course has its own story.

Sampling menu included Ceviche – flamed tuna topped with coconut drops, lemongrass & onion powder and mint gel; 24-Hour Sous Vide Black Angus (grass fed) short ribs massaman crusted & coconut gnocchi; Truffle potato in mushroom dust & pumpkin puree; Crispy pork belly, steamed kale, turnip and chili pesto; Butterfly pea granite just to name a few.

Price is 2,800++ baht per person for 6-course set menu and 3,500++ baht per person for 10-course set menu. The Iron Chef Thailand Winner’s a la carte menu is also available.

The writer can HIGHLY recommend the “Chili & chocolate sphere with pineapple textures”, probably the most remarkable dessert I have ever tasted! Congratulations Chef Prasertchai Trongvanichnam.

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For more information or reservations, contact the dining experience team. There’s parking available and the JW Marriott staff will point you in the right direction.

Telephone: 076 338 000

Email: fbdiningexperienc[email protected]

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Phuket’s Top 10 Brunches

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Brunch has become a weekend staple on the island and its seems everyone has their own take on this beloved mix of two meals… a chance to slow down, enjoy some amazing food and try a little bit of everything.

Whether you want something casual or prefer taking a boat to a private island, Phuket gives you the options to do it your way. 

Here are Phuket’s Top 10 Brunches on the island, with options for everyone. You don’t have to max out your card to indulge in a good brunch, just bring an empty stomach.

TWINPALMS SUNDAY BRUNCH

Offering a fabulous array of cuisine in a stylish setting and one of the first brunches to launch on Phuket and has a steadfast reputation of being the place to be seen.

Begin with a Bloody Mary and enjoy the freshest lobster, king crab, prawns, oysters, mussels and sushi and sashimi, all offered in abundance.

Light salads are dotted around to complement the food and for those who crave something a little heavier the roasted meats and hot dishes will not disappoint. Cheese lovers will be delighted to find that the selection is varied and suitably stinky and may be all washed down with a rich glass of port.

Of course, desserts are truly scrumptious, and the signature chocolate fountain is a devilishly delicious pot of sweetness for fresh berries to be dunked into.

Guests may choose whether to enjoy half a bottle of wine or to opt for a free flow of champagne, prices vary according to taste.

Every Sunday 12pm until 3pm.

THB 1,690++ including 1/2 bottle of wine (red/white/sparkling) per person

THB 7,380++ per couple, including a bottle of Champagne

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The Naka Island : Sunday brunch on the island

Every first Sunday of the month, escape from the busy city life and enjoy the beauty of nature with the “Sunday Brunch on the Island” at Naka Yai, which is only a 10-minute boat ride from Ao Por Grand Marina. Enjoy the most exquisite culinary pleasures with fresh seafood, authentic Thai food, pastas, Live BBQ stations, variety of desserts, and much more. After the brunch, enrich your mind by lounging on the tropical beaches, splashing in the pool or exploring our Naka Yai Island by joining the destination discovery program.

Situated within lush coconut groves and stunning beaches with unobstructed views of the emerald green Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay, The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket invites discerning travelers to stay in elegant villas, savor gourmet dining experience at the restaurants, and enrich their life with memorable experiences and spa retreats, all enhanced by personalized service.  

THB 2,600++ Water and soft drink included 

THB 3,200++ Half bottle per person from selected wines 

THB 3,900++ Half bottle per person of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

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Banyan Tree

The Banyan Tree Brunch experience returns with a generous selection of live fresh, local and imported seafood with exceptional Lobster dishes, Japanese starters, mouth-watering meats, Asian wok and Western grill treats. Gourmet cuisine, exceptional service, Live Jazz and tranquil surroundings, Our brunch has something for everyone!

THB 2,800 Net – Food buffet

THB 3,400 Net – Includes free flow beer, select cocktails and soft drinks

THB 4,000 Net –  Includes free slow select wines and bubbly

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Xana Beach Club Sunday Fun Brunch

XANA’s Sunday Fun Brunch is an ideal weekend escape for the whole family, with a special discount for children aged 6-12, and complimentary dining for all kids under 6 years old. What’s more, a ‘Kids Corner’ will be set up for children to help make this dining experience a fun family activity for all. 

THB 1,450++ Sunday Fun Buffet Brunch

THB 2,250++ with free flow of house wine, sparkling wine, beer and signature cocktails

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The Nai Harn Phuket 

Guest can savor delectable creations prepared by culinary maestro, Executive Chef Mark Jones, while enjoying spectacular views over Naiharn Bay and listening to the sounds of Resident DJ Sun. For the first three Sundays in January Savoy London American Bar Legend Salim Khoury will stir and shake your martinis.

THB 2,200 NET – per child aged from 6 to 18 (with free flow juices and soft drinks)

THB 5,500 NET – per adult (with free flow Metodo Classico and Martini Bar)

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Trisara 

A mid-morning repast on our sunwashed decks with live jazz and the melody of waves tumbling onto shore. A curated menu of exotic and familiar fare, delivered in small plates, the very best seafood and open Barbeque leaves plenty of room for tasting and conversation. Phuket’s must-do Sunday dining experience.

THB 2,600++ Food only

THB 3,200++ Food with a bottle of wine for 2

THB 3,900++ Food with a bottle of Champagne for 2

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Hilton Phuket Arcadia 

The recently refreshed Sunday family brunch at Hilton Phuket Arcadia offers great culinary options for locals and foreigners with an international menu containing a wide variety of Thai and western dishes. Live music performers and a great family atmosphere complement the fantastic food selection, making this Sunday Brunch a must for families and friends staying around Karon beach.    

THB 999++ Food only 

THB 750 ++ Drink package including house wine, sparkling wine, beer 7 cocktails

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The Boathouse 

Happening every last Sunday of the month, enjoy a full gastronomic delicacies ranging from Oyster Selection, Maine Lobster, Foie Gras, Charcutiere Platter, Prime Beef, Great French Cheeses and more.

THB 1,990++ including free flow soft drinks

THB 2,990++ including free flow wines

THB 3,990++ including free flow Piper Heidseick Brut

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The Slate 

A proud tradition of what is often considered as Phuket’s most renowned Sunday brunch, we continue to hold strong with an exeptional landscape of gastronomy presented at the dreamscapes ‘River’ restaurant and poolside at Underground Cafe. 

THB 2,450++ including free flow soft drinks

THB 3,450++ Including free flow wine, sparkling, local larger and craft beer 

THB 4,050++ Veuve for 2 –  A bottle of Veuve Clicquot (75cl) to share

THB 6,200++ Including free flow Veuve Clicquot

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Novotel Surin

The delightful brunch features both international and Thai dishes, every Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. International cuisine includes the live sushi bar, Greek salad, bread corner, pizza and pasta selection. Thai dishes include Roasted chicken, Green curry with fish ball, stir-fried chicken with mushroom and cashew nuts, Tom Yam Goong, Banana Roti live station and more!

THB 599++ Including water and juices

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