At Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket
Open time: Daily 6-10.30pm
Resevation: Tel: 0 7636 2999www.dusit.com/dtlp
Situated by Laguna Phuket's beautiful of lagoon, where you can enjoy Royal Thai cuisine while being enchanted by the sundown.
Ruen Thai restaurant at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket offers elegant Royal Thai Cuisine in a charming atmosphere – and offers a very warm welcome to guests from outside the resort. Right next to the lagoon, the traditional teak house is the perfect setting for an authentic Thai dining experience. Ruen Thai dishes up classic favourites utilising recipes that have been passed down through the ages.
Following the winding garden path to the restaurant just before sunset, it became clear that this would be a magical dining experience. The sun began to splash shades of pink across the sky as we were seated and presented with the menus. Adorably designed, the menus feature the best offerings of Royal Thai Cuisine. We have many questions, and the service team, all smiles, is happy to answer them all – and recommend favourites.
We make our decisions quickly and service started almost immediately! As expected from Royal Thai Cuisine, the presentation of each dish is outstanding. Dainty serving bowls and fine ceramics are placed in the middle of the table. The aromas are deliciously overwhelming and the quality of the food is evident as we begin to ready our plates.
Pra Loh Tam Kai, grilled marinated chicken filet in lemongrass stick, is delightful. The chicken is delicious and juicy and the lemongrass provides a tasty companion to the grilled chicken. Then there is the Mussamun Nuea Yang. Mussaman is a classic Muslim Thai curry, rich in flavour with foreign influences. Slow-cooked, the beef at Ruen Thai is tender and the curry rich and creamy.
We dive into Sanon Wang Nai next. A baked marinated chicken breast, wrapped in pandanus leaves, Sanon Wang Nai is a perfect standout dish. It’s fragrant and full of flavour, while the chicken is exceptionally tender and juicy. The last dish to arrive is the staff-recommended Goong Ruen Thai – lush grilled tiger prawns with tamarind sauce. The prawns are enormous and as fresh as can be. The tamarind sauce adds a nicely balanced mix of sweet and tart to the dish.
Rich, sticky sweet desserts are up next. We order a variety from the menu, including Khanom Plai Sam Rab, a mixed selection of Thai desserts, Manorah Fon Leb, southern Thai style sweet banana in syrup and Tub Tim Krop Maprao Onn – jellied water chestnuts served in syrup and fresh coconut milk. Although delicious, the desserts are very sweet; we leave Ruen Thai with very full tummies.
Located in Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Ruen Thai restaurant is an exceptional dining experience. Prepare to be dazzled by the charming atmosphere of the restaurant, the knowledge of the service staff, the exquisite presentation of Royal Thai Cuisine and, most importantly, the simple yet outstanding flavours of the dishes. If you are looking for Royal Thai Cuisine on Phuket’s west coast, Ruen Thai leaves all competitors far behind.
Ruen Thai serves daily lunch from 12:00pm - 2:30pm including Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, while dinner is served each evening from 6:00pm - 10:30pm. Dress code is resort casual and for guests not staying in the resort, there is plenty of parking on-site.