We joined the “Wine Evolution or Wine Revolution?” dinner event in March 2014 and had a great time. We were staying at the Boathouse for the weekend and upon learning about our love for wine, the manager recommended we join the dinner.
The evening started with a champagne reception and oysters, moving on to a four-course dinner of scallop tartar, veal cheek, wagyu striploin and dessert, accompanied by two Italian wine pairings for the first three courses and a limoncello to go with the dessert. The veal cheek braised in Asian spices was one of the best expressions of French-Asian fusion cuisine I've experienced. The commentary from their sommelier Georges Ciret only made the evening more memorable and we definitely felt that we learnt something about Italian wines that night!
We were seated by the ocean and had a great view of the French band La vie en Rose. While the ambiance was lovely and romantic, the only complaint we had was the lack of air-conditioning - we were sweating by the second course and the champagne and oysters grew warm quickly. The service was prompt and professional, but this would be expected at a dinner event hosted by the Boathouse itself.
It was the most expensive meal we had in Phuket, but considering the amount of wine and food we had (free-flow champagne reception + 4 decent-sized courses + 6 glasses of wine + limoncello + coffee/tea for USD90), we thought the price was fair compared to what we would pay at home and it was well worth it.
I've been to Phuket several times before and I do not think there is a comparable French restaurant in the area. If you're tired of Thai food, this would be the restaurant to go to. Be sure to ask for a table to by the sea to catch the beautiful sunset.
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