EAT Bar & Grill Restaurant is a tiny place on the second street of Karon beach. If it wasn’t so much talked about you probably would drive pass it a dozen times without noticing it. People do talk a lot about it on Trip Advisor but Trip Advisor rankings usually don’t mean much to me when it comes to food. But well… I was around and I was hungry so why not give it a try after all.
A Tuk Tuk dropped me in from of a surprisingly small restaurant with a couple of occupied tables outside and a big black sign above it with 3 letters: EAT. I walked in and the place was packed, buzzing with the kind of lively background conversation you only hear in places where food and mood are good. It really strikes you.
Some very friendly and polite person asked if I had a reservation, and of course I didn’t have one. She apologetically asked if I wouldn’t mind the counter since the place was obviously full. I love counters! It has this cool casual feel to it you get in London or Paris but never in Phuket. So here I am at my counter looking at the menu and the blackboards with the specials. They do have lots of great meats, salads and fancy dishes to choose from when a waitress came to me and whispered “You should try the Chateaubriand, that’s the special of the day and there is only one left” …. Only one left! I had to have it…
Here I need to brag a bit (or explain). In 3 decades of travelling around the world, writing and blogging I had the chance to eat at the best and the worse tables of the world. From amazing sophisticated Michelin restaurants to incredible street food, I accumulated enough past culinary experience to make a decent judgement when I eat somewhere, and I’m not easily impressed. So I can safely say this Chateaubriand was unexpectedly good, when I saw it I had concerns about the cooking, but it was perfect. I took my time to enjoy my food, watch the chefs in the kitchen, observe the crowd and the crew, talk to the owner and I liked what I saw. The team is genuinely part of the atmosphere, working and having a bit of conversation with people at tables.
In this review I won’t list the food and the drinks and the prices as I usually do (and it’s very affordable, Chateaubriand was 799 baht). Just do yourself a favour if you like great meat: call, book and go.