Update: Rustic Eatery is permanently closed
Rustic Eatery Phuket is a popular restaurant found at the south end of Patong Beach, just before the tall bridge leading to Amari Phuket Resort. Rustic is small and so discreet from the outside you would easily miss it as you drive, so look for that tiny signboard hanging outside.
Rustic Eatery is cosy and casual, with that atmosphere of a young place with a new mindset. A welcome break from the soulless food served by shophouse restaurants of Patong. The food is excellent without being overly sophisticated and the menu is long enough to please everyone. Don’t forget to enjoy a cocktail (which starts at 99 baht) before dinner as the bar is well supplied, or one of their many craft beers of many origins, some from Phuket: Bussaba, Chatri IPA, Chalawan, all at 180 baht, but also from the rest of Thailand, Japan and USA.
Of course, the main reason you came here is the food. Rustic is one of the few restaurants in Patong run by this new generation of passionate chefs. Young Chef Nikola Lesar, a Master Chef Croatia winner, prepares a short but attractive set of dishes.
Main dishes are equally divided between meats and seafood. Meats: Truffled Wagyu fillet mignon and foie gras: 1,400 baht, Australian Wagyu tomahawk 1.2 Kg 3,200 baht, Seafood: Wine and cream French mussels 350 baht, grilled swordfish with caramelised fennel: 500 baht.
Rustic, as the name hints, is not overly fancy and decorated and not overpriced either. There are other restaurants on the island serving creative cuisine, but they usually are on the expensive side and you would go there on special occasions only. Rustic Eatery is when you feel like great food without the fuss. These are why Rustic is so popular, and you should book in advance!
We tried several dishes, and all were delicious. The almond and herb salmon fillet was superb. The duck was cooked to perfection (which is not the case everywhere we tried). Their pizzas are legendary, and their homemade macaroons and desserts are not missed! (We forgot to write the prices so guess what: we are going back!) Menu changes frequently, so look at the blackboard to see what’s new.
A mention should also be made about the staff, always attentive and very welcoming. They made sure our dinner was as perfect as it could be! (Note that they didn’t know we came for a blog review, as we never inform or never ask for free meals)
Rustic Restaurant Photos
Rustic Eatery Phuket Info
Location: Patong Beach
Address: 34 Thawewong Rd, Patong, Phuket 83150
Open: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm (Monday closed)
Phone: 076 344 776
Price: Medium to high
Rustic Eatery Map