A Night of Fabulous Dining at Panwa House
Having lived and worked as a writer and editor in Phuket for the past 11 years, I thought I knew every great restaurant and dining experience on the island. I was wrong.
I had never discovered a true hidden treasure in the elegantly welcoming form of the Panwa House restaurant situated right on the beach overlooking Makham Bay within the lovely grounds of the Cape Panwa Hotel.
Perhaps that was because this terrific restaurant is rather hidden away and you really have to know
where it is to get there! So, I am giving you the inside information, so that you won’t wait as long as I did to experience this wonderful dining sensation.
Take the road right to the end of Cape Panwa which is still one of Phuket’s unspoilt corners where the traffic is light and life goes on with all the smiles and gentle graciousness for which Thailand is famous.
Just before the Aquarium you will see a left-hand turn up and over a steep hill leading to the venerable foyer of the Cape Panwa Hotel.
From there you will be guided to an old fashioned funicular no less, which gently trundles down the steep hillside overlooking the sea to the beautiful natural amphitheatre of the bay below where the lovely Panwa House is situated.
The restaurant is within a two storey, wooden mansion, modelled in the grand Sino-Portuguese style for which Phuket is famous. Constructed over 80 years ago, within its grand walls the normal tumult of modern life seems to stand still and the venerable bookcases, grandmother clocks, antique desks and armoires, all from Phuket’s historical tin mining boom era, seem to be lost in time, silently meditating upon the many parties, weddings and revelries which these stately rooms have witnessed over the years.
It’s not for nothing that this sumptuous location has been used in many films and TV series.
As if this combination of historical elegance melting into sublime natural views and splendor weren’t enough, the cuisine at Panwa House is also authentically Thai using the very best ingredients all cooked and presented in the most beguiling fashion.
We dined sitting on the lovely terrace overlooking Makham Bay under a moonlit sky.
We chose their set menu suppers, an excellent way to get a broad overview of the superb cuisine on offer.
Following a starter of glass noodles and vegetables, we chose the Southern Platter with such local delicacies as stir fried crab with curry powder, fried Tiger Prawns with Tamarind sauce, sour soup with Thai fish and young coconut shoots, smoked shrimps with spicy shrimp paste and vegetables, and deep fried fish with Lemongrass.
The alternative set menu is the Bangkok platter featuring such luminary dishes as spicy Thai soup with seafood, roast duck in red curry with grapes and pineapples, crispy morning glory spicy salad, deep fried marinated chicken fried in Pandanas leaves and deep fried shrimp cakes.
With a choice of desserts and drinks all included in these sets, they really are the most wonderful way to get a feel for the equally wonderful Panwa House and its amazing restaurant.
It’s no surprise that the glorious Panwa House Restaurant gained the award of being one of Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurants in 2017 in recognition of thepersistent quality of its cuisine and outstanding hospitality and service.
For reservation call +66 (0) 76 391 123 -5 www.capepanwa.com/panwahouse