The Only 1 Star Michelin Restaurant in Phuket
Pru Restaurant at Trisara Phuket has become the first and only restaurant to receive a star from the new Michelin Guide. Michelin only arrived in Phuket in 2018, and the results were much anticipated. While a lot of restaurants around the island received BIBs and Plates from the Michelin Guide, being the only one with a star means a lot, but also raises the customers’ expectations quite a lot. It was time for us to go back to Trisara.
As expected, the restaurant was fully booked on almost every evening of the next two weeks, but we took a chance and went on a waiting list for the Saturday three days later. We called, but they informed us that we could only make bookings via the reservation system on their website, and once you see how fully booked it is now, it makes a lot of sense. Lucky us, on Saturday afternoon we got a call as a table became available.
The first thing you see when entering the restaurant is the Michelin red plate proudly displayed in the entrance, surrounded by flowers and spotlights. The team welcomes you warmly, then lead you to the bar where you can enjoy some lovely cocktails, champagne or wines before dinner. The design is cosy and relaxing but sitting outside would have been so great if weather was on our side. We arrived on a wet day, so there was no outdoor sitting and couldn’t enjoy the sunset that usually sets right in front of the restaurant.
Once ready we were invited to move to the dining room just next to the bar. The place is quite small and modest with only a few tables, very welcoming and intimate.
What Does Pru Mean?
‘Pru’ is a Thai word describing the place where the forest meets the sea, implying a particularly rich soil. Pru has a strong commitment to using only local ingredients, mostly grown in their garden in the resort, around Phuket island, or in Northeast Thailand.
The menu consists mostly of two options: five courses and eight courses, both with possible wine pairing, but no ‘A la carte’ menu. As we are rather small eaters, we considered the five-course option but were kindly advised to go with the eight courses, as portions are tiny. So we did.
As always in high-level restaurants, you first receive a couple of sophisticated amuse-bouches before the starters. These were refreshing and delicious.
Appetisers arrived, and as you can expect it from any Michelin restaurant, a well-trained waiter or waitress describes and explains each dish in much details. At Pru, it is quite essential as everything is grown locally or at least comes from somewhere in Thailand.
Dishes keep coming promptly, just at the right pace, so we didn’t feel rushed or slow. Eight dishes were indeed right as plate were small and superbly presented. The first half was fantastic, and the complexity of tastes and textures were pleasing and fun to explore
The second part was less impressive, but it seems to be often the case in fancy restaurants. The appetisers are always more creative than the main dishes as meats or seafood often have a stronger character.
Maybe we were getting a little saturated but found the desserts a little underwhelming.
Overall, the dinner was excellent without being truly unforgettable. Service was spotless, and dishes were prepared with great care and attention to details, but our impression was that using only local ingredients created a limitation of tastes and textures. Considering the very high price tag, it probably will be just a one time experience.
Prices at Pru
6-course menu: 4,680 Baht (THB 4,000 +10% service charge and 7% tax)
8-course menu: 5,850 Baht (THB 5,000 +10% service charge + 7% tax)
6-course vegetarian menu: 3,831 Baht (THB 3,000 +10% service charge + 7% tax)
Add a couple of cocktails, a glass of wine and a bottle of sparkling water, bill will reach 15,000 baht.
Pru at Trisara Resort
Location: Trisara Resort, Naithon
Address: 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand
Open: 6 pm – 10:30 pm (sunday closed)
Phone: 076 310 100
Cuisine: Innovative Thai
Price: very high
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