Ella Bar, Bistro and Bed, Patong, Phuket
Telephone: 076 344253, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 100/19-20 Soi Permpongpattana (Soi Post Office) Thaweewong Patong, Phuket.
Style: All day breakfast
Price range: Not cheap but not expensive either. Eggs benedict on ham with hollandaise sauce (250 baht) eggs norwegian with smoked salmon (250 baht) poached eggs with spicy tomato and potato hash (250 baht) potato pancake with shredded tuna and potato filling (250 baht) full breakfast (280 baht) eggs chilaguilas, scrambled eggs, tortilla crumbs, cheddar, ranchero sauce, avocado, tomato and sour cream (280 baht) homemade natural yoghurt (180 baht) banaa pancake with coconut and tamarind (180 baht) baked apple pancake (180 baht) shared platters, cured meats (400 baht) cheeses (400 baht) classic burger (280 baht) bacon blue (320 baht) avocado chicken sandwich (280 baht) roast duck with red curry (220 baht) chicken soup with coconut milk (220 baht) beef noodle soup (220 baht) thai pineapple fried rice (220 baht) greek salad (220 baht) singha (100 baht) cocktail (220 baht).
Specialties: Breakfast eggs, burgers. Booze.
What Phuketwan says:
IF WE WERE forced to go out one New Year's night on Phuket, find ourselves plastered, lose our virginity sometime before dawn and then lose our memory sometime after dawn, Ella is one of the few places we'd enjoy waking up. As the fug of Patong lifted - well up to a point, a Patong fug is a fairly soft-solid thing, a bit like a child's blowup swim ring - we'd stagger downstairs in our favorite fairy pajamas, with a santa hat still on our head, order up big, then wait for our memory and our virginity to return. Nobody would cast a second glance at the fairy pyjamas, the child's blowup swim ring or the santa hat. The wait staff, being attentive in every respect, might choose a slightly more mellow music set, perhaps swapping AC-DC for Sade. Nobody would bat an eyelid if, instead of eating the eggs benedict, it appeared to take the shape of our childhood teddy bear, thought to have been burned in an incinerator on the very day we had to head to school for the first time, and we decided to snuggle it with our nose. Actually Ella is not really like that. It's a splendid place of great style and substance, New Patong beats Old Patong. But even if the old days - and the old nights - lingered on, Ella would still be a great place for breakfast, whatever time you came around.
How to find it: Down one of those sois south of Soi Bangla, Ella is a modern delight for eating or drinking, or combining both with care and consideration.
Parking: Along beach road, if you manage to find a space among the car hirers. Not as hard to find as it was once. Easier in low season.
Phuketwan reviewers pay for their own meals. If we don't, we tell you. Ella Bar, Bistro & Bed is a candidate for Phuketwan's Good Value Phuket Restaurant of the Year.