Vset Restaurant in Chalong Bay has been open for a bit more than a year, but there are now so many trendy restaurants in Phuket, it takes time to try them all… not to mention money. This new generation of cozy venues costs quite a bit, so dining in style more than twice a month might burn a hole in your pocket.
Vset (meaning ‘Magical’ in Thai) is in fact part of the very successful seafood restaurant Kan Eang @ Pier and even shares some of the facilities such as the beautiful seafront bar, a perfect place for a drink before dinner. The view on Chalong bay at the end of the day is very relaxing, quite different for all the usual beachfront restaurants; the horizon is peppered with many small islands and a multitude of boats of all sizes are gently bobbing in the peaceful bay.
However, Vset is a totally different experience. The fully air conditioned restaurant is large and divided in three rooms, all finely decorated. The first room which is also the main entrance is fitted with dining tables surrounding a beautiful U shaped open kitchen. A second dining room closer to the sea, is large and cozy with warm wooden tones and dimmed lighting. In between is the wine cellar displaying the wines you will be able to select from the menu.
Waiters and waitresses are very polite and all speak a very good English. Menu is original and creative with chef’s recommendation indicated with a small V, which we would usually pick. Once our order taken, we were served breads and excellent amuse gueules (yes, that’s in the dictionary), but I found myself busy taking photos around. Vset takes great pride in the food presentation, so I went to have a look at the open kitchen just to get a glimpse of the preparation. Appetizers always seem to require a lot of attention… We had Raviolis stuffed with local blue crabs and Wagyu beef slices served with pan seared Foie Gras, both were very good.
After trying so many restaurants in our life, we started to notice that appetizers are habitually good, but main course is were the real talent of the chef will show. We ordered Osso Buco, one of my favorite dish, but not easy to cook to perfection, and a rack of lamb, a simple dish but quality and cooking are unforgiving. Both dishes were well presented and perfectly cooked, but very unfortunately were a bit too salty. Dessert menu was very tempting but we settled just for the recommended passion fruits tart which was good.
Overall Vset was a nice experience with just a hiccup, the chef Ronnie Macuja wasn’t here on that evening and the main dishes ended up too salted. I think we will have to try it again, but we probably will call in advance to make sure Chef Ronnie is around…
Vset Restaurant, near Chalong Pier next to Kan Eang @ Pier Open from 11.30 am to 11.30pm
Tel: 076 381159