Monday, 25 June 2012

Best night out in Phuket

When one local recommends a restaurant, you take note; when three say it’s an unmissable experience, you book a table. The ex-pat community in Phuket, Thailand, is clearly enamoured with Ka Jok See, a quirky restaurant located in Phuket Town, and its popularity is starting to filter through to canny tourists looking for an exceptional night out without the sleaze often associated with Phuket nightspots.

Located in a quiet back street in an 18th century Sino-Portuguese house, Ka Jok See (which means ‘stained glass’, referring to one of the beautiful historic features left intact inside) is so well known amongst the locals there’s no need for signage. The décor is quirky, eclectic, with dangling chandeliers, candles and flowers setting a romantic mood.
Reasonably priced, though not dirt cheap, its menu features popular Thai dishes that suit the Western palate without compromising flavour; it is also licensed, with a decent cocktail list. But really, you don’t come here for the food; it’s more about the atmosphere, which progressively builds throughout the meal as the staff invite diners to dance between courses.
As the night progresses, so the music build from soft jazz to cabaret to techno; until around 10pm, tables and chairs are pushed aside and the dance party begins, with patrons climbing on tables, shouting, singing along – sheer madness. There are half-naked men dripping candle wax on bare chests, limbo dancers, sexy gals strutting in killer heels; and of course, the obligatory ladyboy, swathed in jewels and slinky satin, belting out dearly departed Whitney Houston hits as only a professional lipsyncher can do.
The party continues into the wee hours; so make sure your reservation is no earlier than 8.30pm, or you could be in for a long, albeit memorable, night. 
26 Takua Pa Rd,
Phuket Town
Ph: 07621 7903 – reservations essential, particularly on Friday and Saturday night.

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