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Reaching a Climax in Patong – Absolute Thailand

June 26, 2014

Strolling through the centre of Patong, through the mega-mall Jungceylon, along Rat-U-Thit Road, and further along the road it’s pretty amazing to note the shear amount of restaurants there are in the area. Lord almighty! There are literally hundreds of food outlets of all shapes and sizes including Indian, Thai, German, Italian, and quite a few Arabic and even Nepalese outlets.

But let’s be honest: Patong has always been about quantity rather than quality. Diners looking for quality will either have to rely on locals to point out where the good stuff is, or else go looking very hard indeed.

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Well, here’s a word in your ear: On the top floor of Absolute Bangla Suites at the end of Soi Rico just off Bangla Road, you’ll find Climax – a top-of-the-range eatery with views and décor to match.

This 50-cover rooftop poolside restaurant is both naturally breezy and fan cooled and features non-slip flooring, faux water-hyacinth seating and banquettes, glass-topped tables, clever and intimate lighting plus views out over Patong Bay and the Andaman Sea, which of course mean premium sunset vistas. A huge canvas roof complements the al-fresco atmosphere enhanced by unobtrusive background music and decidedly attractive waitresses hovering attentively nearby.

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So far so good, yet Climax’s menu is also impressively varied and far reaching. We sample a French onion soup (190 baht) that is as robust as it is genuine – the real Monsieur McCoy, so to speak. Other starters worth sampling are a trio of stuffed peppers (465 baht) and fresh blue crab and apple salad (420 baht) – a delicately balanced harmony of flavours and textures. For mains we don’t mess around and wade into huge portions of tournados Rossini (780 baht) complemented by a slice of foie gras and potatoes with spinach. This recipe is the creation of the great Savoy chef Auguste Escoffier and Climax’s executive Chef Khun Sert pulls it off with élan even though the dish’s name sounds oddly like a squadron of Italian jet fighters. The menu also includes four pasta dishes as well as a vegetarian selection that includes a pretty canny aubergine lasagna creation.

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A lot of folks vacationing in Phuket’s luxury resorts come to Patong with high expectations of the local seafood and Climax certainly delivers in this field, with fresher-than-fresh sea bass; shelled mussels in garlic and white wine; blue crab, and blackened Cajun salmon.

As for the wine list; it’s made up of around 20 labels – mostly New World – with several Aussie labels and reasonably priced South African house wine by the half-litre and litre carafe and if you want to enhance your meal with a cocktail or three, they’re all available at 180 baht. Cheers.

Sunday nights are barbecue nights at Climax. It’s a very popular place to be with prices starting at 399 baht. Climax is also probably the cheapest place in town to get happy between 17:00 – 19:00 daily with your first drink at only 50 baht, then 30% off subsequent drinks.

To sum up: Climax is one of the best rooftop restaurants in town, offering the added attractions of daytime lolling in the adjacent swimming pool, refreshing breezes, reasonable prices, and an extremely attractive wait staff along with a five-star chef. It’s also a convenient location if you want to hold a private function, with plenty of parking in the hotel underground space.

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Location: Absolute Bangla Suites, the end of Soi Rico, off Soi Bangla.
Open: 07:00 – 23:00.
Tel: 081-9796262

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