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Healthy stuff as Orange House meets Bang Tao blue

Orange House, Bang Tao Beach

Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Best Restaurant of 2008 contender

Telephone: 076 271159 or 089 7297 291 for reservations or takeaway

Open: 9am-2am daily, in high season

Address: 82/4 Bang Tao beach, Thalang 83110

Style: Scandanavian Thai

Price range: Reasonable prices. Orange House breakfast (including rye bread, cheese and yoghurt) 200 baht, fried crab with yellow curry 350 baht, steamed mussels with garlic 200 baht, sandwiches include liver pate (140 baht), potato (180 baht) smoked ham (140 baht) and meatball (160 baht). Main courses run from meatballs, potato and gravy (220 baht) to Indian curry with rice and nan bread (220 baht) to Aussie pies (150 baht), grilled fish (200 baht). Plenty of Thai options. Desserts include blueberry pie (120 baht). Singha beer (70/140 baht) Rusty Nail cocktail (160 baht).

Specialty: Healthy, sustaining meals, lively evenings.

What Phuketwan says: Orange House is no lemon. Groovy is the word that springs to mind. A pet monkey squats in a window. There's a dive centre attached that offers training and trips. Takeaway fun, and takeway meals, too. The walls are orange, so are the napkins, the chairs, the menu. Everything. It's a case of any colour you like, as long as it's orange. He-and-she diners were enjoying a pair of large bottles of Chang beer at 10am. The American Breakfast is clearly designed for that endangered species, the healthy-eating Americans. (We think this mysterious couple avoid celebrity and live somewhere in Nebraska.) The bacon and eggs came with a tossed salad of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber. Of course, we simply had to order orange juice. We were well into breakfast when along came a large, unexpected pancake, accompanied by a whisky bottle of honey. We were contemplating just managing to get through the pancake when along came a dish of fresh pineapple. Some breakfast. Orange House has a great setting, right on the beach, so close apparently the waves give the walls such a hammering in low season that the restaurant has to close.

How to find it: Head for Bang Tao village and turn towards the beach at the Best Western Bang Tao Beach Resort, which also signposts The Beach Restaurant. Go straight to the beach, less than 50 metres away, and then stroll along the sand to the left.

Parking: Probably best to park on the narrow roadway and walk down.

Phuketwan restaurant reviewers pay for their meals. If someone else does, we tell you so

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