One of Phuket Best Thai Restaurants
Black Ginger is a fabulous Thai restaurant in a very beautiful setting inside the Slate hotel in Nai Yang Beach. Black Ginger cuisine itself is worth the visit, but the setting and enigmatic arrival make you feel very special… like being in a traditional Thai movie. The Slate hotel itself is a piece of art, each room, each outlet and each of the other restaurants are designers’ work. The best way to enjoy it is to spend a weekend at the Slate as we did, and to explore every corner.
As you arrive through a small beautifully decorated passage, you first reach a pontoon on the edge of a small lake. The area is dimmed with a lot of palm trees and vegetation, lit by real torches! The restaurant you came to visit is across the water…. but there is no bridge to reach it! If like us you arrive after sunset, at what we call ‘blue hour’, the place truly has a magical touch.
A comfortable raft slowly approaches the wooden deck where you stand and you are invited on board. The staff then pull the raft back to the restaurant using a thick rope, and you are taken ‘to the other side’. It really adds a nice surreal touch
The restaurant consists of several Thai houses of traditional design, all painted in black. The first one is a beautiful open air bar where you can sit to enjoy a nice romantic cocktail first. You are then invited inside the largest house. Inside, everything is dark wood or painted black: floor, walls, tables and chairs. It works surprisingly well and doesn’t feel oppressive. The light distribution is very smart, creating an intimate atmosphere that makes the experience feel really special. Considering the price range being a little high, the restaurant is busy enough to create a lively background. (Nobody likes a fancy restaurant where you are the only guest!)
The Food at Black Ginger
Chef Piak prepares the fabulous cuisine you are about to discover, her specialties are som tam, tom yum, panaeng curry and crispy prawns with battered cha-plu leaves
Another must-try is a Black Ginger’s specialty called ‘Poh Pia Sod Phuket’, or Phuket fresh spring rolls you must roll yourself. It’s fun and delicious! (310 baht). Phuket fish cakes were surprisingly good too (Tod Man Pla – 290 baht).
Try also the steamed whole white snapper with chilli, garlic and lime, it’s really a popular Thai dish, delicate and easy-going for everyone’s taste (Pla Kapong Nueng Manao – 620 baht). The list goes on and on, we wished we could try them all! However, for some reason, no matter how full you are there is always a place for dessert. We like the classic coconut ice cream (Kati Ice Cream 110 baht) and the Phuket favourite rice flour dumplings, served in creamy coconut milk (Bua Loy Ma Praw Orn 150 baht)
The whole dinner is an unforgettable experience. Yes, price is a little high and the restaurant might be a little far if you stay in the Patong area, but if you plan to have one special Thai dinner in Phuket, Black Ginger is the place.
Black Ginger Location
Location: 116, Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 83110 (Nai Yang Beach)
Open: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: 076 327 006 (reservations strongly recommended)