Joes Downstairs is one of those hidden gems in the world that I have been lucky enough to find, and it's one of the few places I would go out of my way to visit, while travelling through South-East Asia, hands down!
I was first recommended this gorgeous place in 2010 during my first three months spent in Thailand. A few years later and this little spot deserves every praise which I left it with during my last trip. So much so that it became both a highlight of one brunch and a subsequent late night dinner during a long weekend to Phuket last month.
As far as ambience goes - this place has it made. A picturesque north-western view of the bay, cliffs jutting out onto the Andaman Sea makes this private and peaceful spot a great place to relax, enjoy a fine meal and take in a more un spoilt piece of the otherwise bustling Patong.
Staff are a winner here - friendly, attentive, immaculately presented and all smiles - appreciate your patronage and generously depict the very best of Thai hospitality - making great use of what the 'Land of Smiles' is all about!
Now for my two cents on the all essential food & wine quality of the restaurant/open lounge.
Wine + drinks menu was comprehensive, modestly priced and mixed cocktails were of a very high standard. I'm not much of a cocktail drinker on account of the fact that a truly good cocktail is rare to find. In this case, I was happy to order several. I recommend the Blueberry Martini - it's a taste of Thailand I think I will savor for years to come.
Food - one word - great. Lobsters on both occasions were prepared with finesse and expertly presented, with a focus on the protein, rather than the multitude of side dishes, which usually lessen the appreciation of such a staple dish. The laundry list of starters makes for one of those times when I could happily make a meal of them alone. And let me tell you, every one of them was just plain good. Dinner alike the second time that weekend provided me with a very fine burger. Again - one of those things I've only ever had 3 times in my life that have made me smile. This was one of those three times :)
I don't mean to get on my little soapbox too much about one place at a time. But when I love a place I visit, it's all smiles from me. This is one of those places - Highly recommended !!
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