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 Island Buffet: Try Everything at your Leisure


One of the real highlights of any trip to Thailand is the food. Once tasted, it is easy to understand why Thai cuisine has gained such worldwide popularity in recent years and you should definitely take the opportunity to experience it as often as you can whilst in Phuket . . . especially buffets.

The pleasure of eating Thai food is the great variety of taste, the exotic aromas plus all the herbs and spices that go into even a simple dish. Whether chilli hot or comparatively mild, harmony is the guiding principle behind each dish. The ideal Thai meal is a harmonious blend of the spicy, the subtle, the sweet and the sour and is meant to be equally satisfying to the eye, nose and palate. 

A typical meal might then include soup; a steamed dish; a fried dish, a spicy salad or curry and a variety of sauces into which the food is dipped (accompanied generally by steamed rice of course). This feast is then followed by a Thai dessert or fresh fruit. Of course, to ensure that you have the wide range of choices needed to decide for yourself, a buffet at one of Phuket's many hotels and restaurants is a very good option indeed. You can then savour the wide variety of flavours on offer and decide which combinations suit you the best. The choice may seem daunting at first, as can Thai food in general, to the uninitiated, but with perseverence you can always find what suits. Recommended action is to take as wide a selection as possible. 

 The beauty is that you can return to the buffet as often as you like: take a plate of seafood, then some curry, rice . . . whatever you wish to try. It won't take long before you realise what your preference is. At lunch buffets such as the Metropole Hotel in Phuket Town, the variety on offer is wide and the staff willing to suggest choices. Manager Khun Naruepon is also always willing to help with your selection from the wide variety of Thai cuisine (Japanese and European dishes are on offer as well).

In Phuket, as in the whole of Southern Thailand, the cuisine is greatly influenced by the abundance of fresh seafood available. Seafood, southern style, is unique and often served barbecued or cooked with a combination of herbs and spices such as lemon grass, chillies, mint, basil and coriander. Most buffets will include the option of barbecued, steamed or roasted seafood.

The Thai people love to eat, and you will rarely be more than five minutes from a place serving food in Phuket. There is no lack of restaurants across the island ranging from the simple and inexpensive to the more opulent, where you will encounter well-prepared, beautifully-presented dishes and good service.

Perhaps the best way to sample a greater variety of Thai dishes, however, is to indulge yourself at one of the lunch buffets on offer in many of the hotels around the island. Ask the staff for their recommendation for the day, or just practise putting combinations together until you find the most pleasing one for your taste buds.
Bon Appetit

Our recommendations for lunch buffets:
The Metropole Hotel, 1 Soi Surin, Montri Rd, Phuket Town. Tel: 215 050. The Metropole Cafe buffet lunch, on the second floor of the hotel, is open from 11.30am to 2pm. The cost is Bht199 per person.

Thainaan Restaurant, 16 Vichitsongkram Rd, A. Muang. Tel: 226 164. Buffet open from 11am to 2pm. Bht180 per person
(For other suggestions, please contact your guest relations desk.)

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