Sunday, November 23, 2008

Baan Rim Pa, Phuket

Just a final (extremely belated!) post to round-up the Phuket trip, on Baan Rim Pa, one of the most famous restaurants in Phuket, specialising in what they call "Royal Thai Cuisine". Baan Rim Pa is located just up from Kalim Beach, on a rocky outcrop with stunning views overlooking the Andaman Sea. It used to be the founder's house, but has since been converted to a group of three restaurants (Baan Rim Pa, on the highest floor which is at the same level as the main road; Joe's Downstairs at the second level, a modern restaurant focusing on Australian cuisine; and Da Maurizio, an Italian restaurant which is at the lowest level right on the rocky outcrops).
Mindful of our earlier miscalculation for Mom Tri's, we made sure that we arrived in good time at Baan Rim Pa to get an eyeful of the sunset (my earlier photo of the Phuket sunset with the fishing boy was in fact taken sitting on those rocks you see in photo above, I also caught a hermit crab but decided to free him.).
The ambience was romantic in a retro way, with creeping vines, live piano music, and dim lighting. Food? Good, but not spectacular for the price we paid - about 100 SGD for three dishes, including tom yam goong, steamed fish with lemon and garlic, green duck curry. Oh well, the stunning sights made it worth our while.

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