At Dusit Thani, Laguna Phuket
Open time: Lunch: 12.00 - 18.00 hrs. Dinner: 18.00 - 22.30 hrs.
Resevation: Tel: 0 7636 2999 ext.7309www.dusit.com
Casuarina Beach Restaurant is an ideal beachfront restaurant, either for sunset dining or a private event. They open for lunch and dinner daily, serving an array of à la carte delights, grills, fresh seafood and BBQ buffet, along with live entertainment.
This is what it’s all about. It’s why we come here. Toes in the sand, the gentle whisper of surf against beach, the sun gently dipping below the horizon in a spectacular blaze of orange and blue. This is what you get when you dine at Casuarina, the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s beachside restaurant. It really doesn’t get any better than this!
We were there on a Thursday evening to experience one of Casuarina’s two weekly ‘Sizzling Nights’, when the inside buffet tables groan under the weight of delicious appetizers, cold cuts, sushi, huge prawns, fresh crab, smoked salmon, gravlax, innovative salads and much more.
Outside, a mere hop and skip from the beach, you’ll find the giant barbecue grill, attended by Casuarina’s smiling chefs ready to grill your selection of premium meats and seafood exactly how you like it.
Sizzling Nights also include live entertainment – on Sunday a band and on Thursday a ‘show’; on our night it was a Polynesian show complete with authentic sounds, polished dancers, grass skirts and fire jugglers. The assembled diners loved it!
While the sun went down, we made a start on a very pleasant Concha Y Toro, Reservado – a Cabernet Sauvignon reasonably priced at just THB 1,400++ a bottle.
In no rush, we sauntered inside for what turned out to be the first of several ‘attacks’ on the tempting choices of ‘before-the-grill’ delights. Be careful not to overdo this moment! It’s so easy to ‘graze’ the hard-to-resist buffet – and forget to leave room for the grill!
Still taking our time, enjoying the show and the general beachfront ambience, we finally felt ready to tackle the ‘main event’. Melt-in-the-mouth imported steak, tender and juicy pork loin, simple but perfect jumbo prawns, the freshest fish and a spicy Italian sausage all found their way to our table – cooked with a happy smile to perfection.
Not sure if we were too full to sample the mouthwatering desserts, we sat back for a while longer, enjoyed the show and… we were ready. This is where worries about waistlines must be forgotten. We confronted a diet-blowing selection of sweet things just begging to be sampled – and we did not disappoint.
Casuarina’s ‘Sizzling Nights’ are great value at just THB 1,390++ (50% discount for kids) and are, not surprisingly, very popular. Make sure to book a table to avoid disappointment. And leave the socks at home – it’s a beach!