We are so glad we did because we had an absolute ball. Here’s what we enjoyed most:
Sunsets: every holiday needs a good sunset or two. Wish I could take a lot of credit for this pic, but my camera has a “sunset” setting built in.
Resort-time: Need I say more?
Beauty spots: I love Thailand, there are just so many stunningly beautiful sights to take in.
Yum, it's the pancake man! Must be afternoon tea-time.
Food: And of course, being a food-blog, I cannot leave you without a quick recap of some of our meals.
We don’t usually do resorts, but we saved a lot on our flight tickets, plus with kids in tow, we decided to do things the easy way and stayed at the Holiday Inn. It was fantastic, right down to the buffet breakfasts. We were pleasantly surprised at the breads, they really tasted home-made, or should that be hotel-made? Mr. Kitchen Hand, who is a bit of a bread snob, gave it the thumbs up.
Out for a quick cheap and cheerful meal one night, we got to talking with the couple at the next table who very adventurously bought a bag of snacks from a street-vendor. When they offered me a taste, how could I possibly refuse? I went for the safest looking thing, the grub on the right (with arrow). It tasted kind of meaty yet mealy and a little sweet, a bit like a prawn crossed with a chestnut. Not sure if I could eat a whole bag of the things though!
Here’s a restaurant we stumbled upon while out looking for another one. Before we left on holiday, I asked fellow blogger 3 Hungry Tummies for a recommendation on where to eat in Phuket. He suggested Siam Indigo in Phuket Old Town. So off we went but halfway there, I realised that I hadn’t brought the address along with me, duh! (And with a lack of wi-fi in the hills, we couldn’t check it out online). So we drove around a bit, and if you’ve ever watched The Amazing Race, you’ll know that if one half of the couple navigates while the other half drives, things can get uh..a little tense. Especially when the navigator (yes, that would be me), doesn’t actually know where the restaurant is. Throw in one hungry child, and one “starting-to-get-carsick child” and things get even more fraught.
Luckily, my food-radar was working, and I spied a likely food stop called Uptown Restaurant. It’s a good sign when you walk in and the place is filled with locals. Another good sign is if the toilets are squeaky clean. We relaxed and pointed out the dishes we wanted from the extensive picture menu (very tourist friendly).
The dishes arrived, and they were good.
Mr. Kitchen Hand had an omelette with rice – the omelette is filled with a tasty mix of diced chicken and vegetables in a tomato-ey sauce.
I ordered the “Shrimp-paste rice”, which was deliciously spicy and served with lots of interesting sides (sorry, I can’t remember the Thai names for these dishes). The sweet pork sausage was amazing (tasted like a spicier version of the Chinese lup-cheong) and there was another side of sweet, stewed pork.
We shared a side of “Som tum poo (that’s how it was spelt on the menu!)”, which is the famous Papaya Salad, with salted crab. I think the salted crab must really be an acquired taste because it was a bit too strong for me, but the salad itself was wonderful.
The MC’s shared a plate of stewed pork and green vegetables but I forgot to photograph it properly before I sectioned-off MC Junior’s share. They polished it off.
Ahhh, the family that eats together, stays together!
Uptown Restaurant is located at 51 Chana Charoen Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket, Phuket 83000, Thailand (opposite the Thavorn Grand Plaza Hote)l. Wander across the road and there are indoor, air-conditioned markets to indulge in a spot of shopping.
Hopefully next time we’ll get to the other place!
Have a great weekend.
Oh, and one last pic before we go :