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Beef carpaccio at The Pantry

The Pantry Restaurant, Surin/Bang Tao

Sunday, December 14, 2008
Best Restaurant of 2008 contender

Telephone: 076 324541

Open: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, deliveries

Address: 110/44 Moo2, Cherngtalay, Thalang,

Style: International/Thai food, bakery, coffee shop, pizzeria

Price range: Sunday roast beef (395 baht) pork or chicken (320 baht) big breakfast (220 baht) sandwiches (90-220 baht, smoked salmon and cream cheese) pizzas (240-300 baht) burgers (180-270 baht, bacon cheese and egg burger) salads and soups, bowl of olives (70 baht) vietnamese spring rolls (90 baht) beef carpaccio (190 baht) red tuna sushi (195 baht) baked mussels (185 baht) spaghetti bolognaise (240 baht) vegetable lasagne (250 baht) risotto (215-250 baht) tom yung gung with rice (160 baht) traditional beef stew (280 baht) peppered red tuna steak (495 baht) prime tenderloin beef steak (495 baht) white snapper (600 baht) grilled tiger prawns (700/850 baht) shakes (95 baht) fresh orange juice (70 baht) desserts pancakes crepes (130-180 baht) broad selection of tea, coffee, Singha beer (70 baht) house wine (150 baht a glass)

Specialty: Fresh food, hydroponic greens.

What Phuketwan says: Between Surin and Bang Tao (sandwiched between them, if you must) the Pantry is a cosy newcomer aiming for broad appeal. While there is a positive in having a cafe where previously there were few options, perhaps the good folk here try too hard to be all things to all people, with the prices leaning towards the Amanpuri/Chedi side of the sandwich. The venue itself is practical and unpretentious, in a location where the food and the service must rise above average to compensate for being a plain and simple outlet beside a nondescript road. It's possible to bite into Indian, Italian and Thai all in one lunchtime snack. The food is certainly tasty but not exceptional value, although there is a happy hour, plus wine tastings. Is it possible to do all things equally well? Perhaps. With pizza deliveries, catering, its own bakery and a desire to please, the aim seems to be to become the local hangout. The Pantry will probably develop a more specific character as the region develops more upmarket apartments.

How to find it: On the coastal road between Surin beach and Bang Tao.

Parking: The laneway is narrow so best park at a bay by the sea, along towards Surin.

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