Cuisine: Thai (Southern)
Price: THB320 per person without alcohol (what I paid for)
Visited: 26 March 2011
Value for money: 8/10
Phuket Town is surely a Hidden Diamond of Thonglor, in which many of restaurants in Thonglor area are either European food or Japanese/Korean food. This tiny restaurant, accommodates ~ 40 guests, serves variety of fantastic Southern Style Thai authentic food. It is located conveniently at the corner of Soi Thonglor 6 Entrance. Parking along the road is permitted. The nearest BTS station is surely Thonglor Station, which is within the walking distance; ~ 5 minutes walk. Though the place is small, it is still easily spotted with Southern Thai-Chinese decor at the entrance with triangular arch gate and wooden doors and windows. Inside restaurant is furbished to give atmosphere as though you are eating in Phuket: retro style wooden tables, chairs, and floors, wall painted of Phuket Town. Many of Phuket food are in Hokkien (Fujian) Chinese style, which have been adapted and blended with local food. Hence, it would contain both richness of taste while some is also spicy.
|Phuket Town @ Thonglor 6|
|Retro Southern Thai Decor|
We started with Pork Belly Stew in Chinese Phuket Style (หมูฮ้องภูเก็ต - Moo Hong Phuket). This may look similarly to typical Chinese pork stew with soy sauce. Here, it tasted a little sweet while maintaining its saltiness. Delicious though not so tender: good with a nice bowl of boiled rice (6/10).
Deep-fried Belly Pork with Salt and Garlic (หมูคั่วเกลือ - Moo Kua Gleua) was crisp on the outside and had some thickness. Some may prefer it to be thin rather than thick though. It tasted little salty (7/10).
|Pork Belly Stew in Chinese Phuket Style|
|Deep-fried Belly Pork with Salt and Garlic|
Pak Miang in Coconut Milk with Fresh Prawn (ผักเหมียงต้มกะทิกุ้งสด - Pak Miang Tom Gung Gati Sot) is one of the well-known Phuket dish. Sweet scent came from coconut milk, which was really fresh. Prawn had big size and Pak Miang (Local Southern Vegetable Green Leave) was splendid. A must try dish indeed (8/10).
Next was Stir-fried Pak Miang with Egg (ผักเหมียงผัดไข่ - Pak Miang Pad Kai). This dish may not earn creative point but delightful surely. The highlight was super crisp dry prawn. Personally, I would prefer to have more egg (7/10).
|Pak Miang in Coconut Milk with Fresh Prawn|
|Stir-fried Pak Miang with Egg|
Coming along was Stir-fried Sa-Tor with Shrimp with Curry Paste (สะตอผัดเครื่องแกงใต้ - Sa-Tor Pad Kreuang Gaeng Tai). Sa-Tor is Stink Bean, which grows in the South of Thailand. Another of my favourite dish though it was a little spicy. It also had hint of sweetness from shrimp paste (กะปิ - Ga Pi). I think this dish here may not be spicy enough for those from local Southern (6/10).
Stir-fried Pork with Lemon-grass Slice (หมูผัดตะไคร้ - Moo Pad Ta Krai) was not really a Southern dish from my opinion. However, this dish was full of pleasant. Freshness from lemon-grass with a hint of coconut milk. If pork was more tender, it would be more enjoyable (6/10).
|Stir-fried Sa-Tor with Shrimp in Curry Paste|
|Stir-fried Pork with Lemon-grass Slice|
Next was another famous traditional Thai dish: Red Curry Pla-Mong Fish Suffle Served in Banana Leaf (ห่อหมก - Hor Mok). It had strong scent of curry paste. It was not spicy but rich in taste. The texture was soft, however, the traditional Hor Mok in Southern style is more watery (7/10).
|Red Curry Pla-Mong Fish Suffle Served in Banana Leaf|
Egg Noodle Stir-fried with Seafood in Oyster Sauce (ผัดหมี่ฮกเกี้ยนซีฟู้ด - Pad Mee Hokkien Seafood) was a disappointment here. Too sweet and had no consistency in the texture of noodle: some was too soft while some was undercooked (3/10).
|Egg Noodle Stir-fried with Seafood in Oyster Sauce|
Last was Rice Noodles with Steamed Crab Meat in Spicy Curry (ขนมจีนน้ำยาปู - Ka Nom Jeen Naam Yaa Bpoo). Another all time famous dish from Phuket. Soft rice noodle combined with thick crab paste curry and condiments was really tasty. At Phuket Town, the curry was thick but the taste of curry was not rich enough (6/10).
|Rice Noodles with Steamed Crab Meat in Spicy Curry|
|Crab Meat Curry|
I personally appreciate with this tiny restaurant "Phuket Town". A rare gem in the modern era of Thonglor. While many places are European food and Japanese/Korean food, this authentic restaurant brings back charm and fascination of Thai food back to Thonglor area. Overall taste may not be as strong as those in Southern Thailand, but it does suit both local Bangkok and Foreigner from my point of view.
Phuket Town Restaurant @ Thonglor 6, Bangkok
160/8 Soi Thonglor 6
Sukhumvit 55 Road
ภูเก็ตทาวน์ @ ทองหล่อ 6 กรุงเทพ
160/8 ซอยทองหล่อ 6
Open Hours: 10:30am - 10:00pm daily
Tel: +66 (0) 2714 9402