DAVINCI RESTAURANT PHUKET
EXCELLENT ITALIAN CUISINE
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Davinci Restaurant Phuket
Reservations: Reservations suggested
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Author and Credits: Sam Wilkinson
Welcome to the Davinci Restaurant Phuket, located in beautiful Nai Harn. The Da Vinci restaurant is one of the most traditional Italian restaurants on the island of Phuket and is located in the southern most part of the Island in Nai Harn village, which is an idyllic quiet location far from the crowds of Kata, Karon and Patong. The restaurant has two dining areas, one which is in an Alfresco setting with chandeliers and a beautiful decor while the other offers a more relaxed atmosphere with a children's play area so parents can enjoy the food.
At Da Vinci we strive to offer an Italian cuisine which is both simple but sophisticated in it's preparation and presentation, made from fresh ingredients which are sourced locally on the island every day.
Da Vinci is famous for its various Pasta disches as well as the main courses of Australian Beef, Seafood and White Snapper. At the same time Da Vinci offers a full menu of thin crusted Pizza's cooked in a traditional wood fired oven. The Wine list offers a wide range of Italian wines and there is a full Cocktail menu including the famous after dinner cocktail the Da Vinci Coffee Martini
The Da Vinci restaurant is not just a meal, it is an experience of taste, service and atmosphere and one of the places where people living on the island all year round go to relax and enjoy the food.
On a fine night most diners choose to eat al fresco in the breezy courtyard but Da Vinci also has a spacious and well-lit open-sided interior with parquet floors, ceiling fans, modern art, a sofa, bar and even a colourful children's play area over by the wood-fired oven. A white-and-black leitmotif runs through the restaurant resulting in a pleasing spacious feel to it.
The outside dining section is interspersed with shrubbery and, to top it all off, the good chunky crockery, white linen tablecloths and quality cutlery lend a distinctive classic feel.
Breezy, romantic and distinctive; Café del Mar-like music provides a pleasing audio backdrop to the proceedings (as do nearby cicadas) while attractive wait staff do a good job of adding to the general sophisticated atmosphere.
It's obvious that many of the customers are regulars and this cements the 'genuine' impression that Da Vinci gives out.
At the same time Da Vinci is far from being a pompous nose-in-the-air eatery so expect light-hearted banter with lots of smiles.
All labels at Da Vinci are Italian and with a 12 white and a 15 red wine list there's a good choice. House reds, Bosco Del Cermioli Rosso and Matte Rosso, along with whites Bosco Del Cermioli Bianco and Matte Bianco, are sold by the glass or carafe at reasonable rates.
We choose an Allegrini 2006 Valpolicella Classico and it's a great companion to the evening's dishes. Overall, wine prices are not wallet busters here the most expensive being a Brunello Di Montalcino at 4,200 baht.
Da Vinci also does a good line in exotic and tasty cocktails and has local and international beers.
Every successful restaurant needs a talented hands-on chef to create and maintain the highest standards possible and Da Vinci is no exception to the rule.
Chef John hails from nearby Krabi Province and is a maestro in producing top-of-the-range and spanking fresh dishes such as his bruschetta which is made with oven-baked (in the restaurant's wood-fired oven, of course) bread.
With achingly fresh topping prepared just moments before and olive oil oozing through; if this doesn't pique your appetite then nothing will. This is followed by a beef carpaccio, rucola and grana a delicate combination of hydroponic salad and wafer-thin slices of meat.
To the side stand a tomato and mozzarella caprese and such delights as cold veal in a tuna sauce sounds bizarre but it really works. The insalate di mare with Chiang Mai lemon is highly recommended, as is black spaghetti with squid and prawns in a tomato sauce while the restaurant's spaghetti bolognaise is genuine, honest and delectable. All pasta dishes are served in ample 150-gramme portions. Perhaps the tastiest dish of the evening is the pasta tricolore and when I comment on this three other candidates for the best dish are offered by fellow diners such is the quality of food at Da Vinci. Good stuff.
Tasteful, well trained, certainly attractive and well presented, the girls at Da Vinci are the result of a lot of quality coaching and the upshot is an eminently dependable service team.
The Da Vinci restaurant is located in the Bzenter Mall in Nai Harn, a new modern designed structure with a central courtyard and beautiful shrine as the centerpiece.
The location offers outside dining in a garden like atmosphere very different to what is usually found in Phuket. Nai Harn is a small village at the southern most tip of the island which boasts the second most beautiful beach and is well known for its art galleries, restaurants and more relaxed atmosphere.
This is where the local expat community comes to unwind. By car or Tuk Tuk Nai harn is 25 minutes from Patong, 15 Minutes from Kata & Karon and only 10 minutes from Chalong.
As many customers say, Da Vinci is well worth the drive...
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