Phuket Thailand: Two Excellent Restaurant Choices in the “Rock Fish” and “Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante”

A Local Phuket Real Estate Agent met in the Hotel Pool pointed us in the direction of two Great Restaurant Options.  Both had Excellent Food, Quality Service and Sensational Views. We were also encouraged  to arrive in time to enjoy the Gorgeous Sun Sets before the atmosphere changed to Evening Dining.  (We made reservations to insure premium table locations at both locations.)

The Rock Fish Restaurant is located at The Southern End of Kamala Beach, Phuket near the Marriott Vacation Club.                        

Cuisine served is best described as “Asian Fusion” and their kitchen matched some of the better Fusion Restaurants we’ve visited in Tokyo and California.    The Rock Fish has a marvelous view of the surrounding  Mountains and the Andaman Sea.  The Total Package is  an impressive Restaurant Concept.

Some of our favorites came from the “Starters” Menu including:

 -Scallops wrapped in proscuitto, warm asparagus salad with rose apple puree ,

-The Crisp Calamari with a tomato, cucumber & basil salad, roast garlic mayo

- The Roast Duck & crisp vegetable wrapped in rice paper, lime & soya sauce

Memorable Main Courses included:

- Tuna marinated with chili paste, Thai herb salad, white prawn, coconut juice & tzaziki sauce

-The 5 Spiced Pork Loin, local crackling, roast potatoes, garden vegetables 500 apple puree & chili plum dressing      

We were very pleased with the Ridge California Lytton Springs 2008 Blend of 74% zinfandel, 21% petite sirah, and 5% carignane.  The Rock Fish offered this Vintage as their August Wine Special at a reasonable price.

The Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante is located on Kalim Beach Road, Patong, Phuket.

 It is The Choice for Italian Food and Fine Dining in Phuket.  The Da Maurizio serves Classic Italian Food and most of the featured dishes are made from Chef Maurizio’s Family Recipes. (He brought his 83 Year Old Mother to Thailand to train the staff prior to the Restaurants opening.)  Watching the Sun Down from our Table was one of our trips highlights.  We recommend watching the sun slowly sink over the horizon from the bar as an option to dinner.

The Da Maurizio has an impressive Wine Cellar.  The menu includes a comprehensive selection of Italian, Chile, Australia and American Wines.  We tried the  Organic Splash Cabernet from Yarra Valley, Australia.  We found it balanced and it complimented the courses ordered.

At Da Maurizio you can not make a mistake by selecting Fresh Seafood from the Daily Options.  This was complimented very well by fresh pasta dishes that are the Restaurant’s Trade Mark.  Some of our favorites were:

-Pesce al Cartoccio (Grouper cooked in Parchment)

-Vermicelli con Zucchine e Gamberi  (Vermicelli with Zucchini and Shrimp)

-Phuket Lobster with Pasta Primavera (Pasta with Spring Vegetables)

-For Dessert the Tiramisu served in a Tall Wine Glass

Be sure to ask for a copy of the Maurizio’s Familiy Recipe Book.  We were given a Souvenir Copy and will make good use of it.

The Rock Fish Restaurant   http://www.rockfishrestaurant.com/rest.html
The Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante http://www.baanrimpa.com/italian-restaurant/

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