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Mon Tri's Boathouse Wine & Grill, Kata Beach

182 Koktanode Road
Kata Beach , Phuket
Tel: 66 76 330 015's insider take:

The Boathouse is like the Thai version of Tavern on the Green—"fancy" in a dated sort of way—but it's still full of local color and character. It occupies a prime spot on Kata Beach, the waves nearly lapping the dining patio. Head chef Tammanoon Punchan, Thailand's answer to Emeril, has his fusion moments, like the lobster done three ways, with green curry, Armagnac, and thermidor-style. Simple dishes also shine: Try the spicy sea bass soup and the green curry with beef. Punchan teaches an interactive two-day cooking class every weekend—if you can follow his heavily accented rapid-fire directives, you can replicate the basics back home. There are two other Mon Tri restaurants in Phuket, one specializing in organic cuisine, the other in Thai-Japanese fusion.

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