Tummour, Phuket City
Open: Daily for lunch and dinner.
Telephone: 083 5941772
Address: Bang Yai Road, off the Bypass Road, Phuket City.
Price range: Deep fried/grilled chicken (65 baht) Vietnames sausage (70 baht) Deep fried squid isarn style (130 baht) spicy bamboo shoot salad (50 baht) spicy minced duck salad (90 baht) spicy tune salad (80 baht) spicy vegetable soup with beef (80 baht) somm tum papapaya/crab/anchovy/long bean/ carrot/ (40 baht) sticky rice ( 15 baht) steamed chicken with thai herbs (200 baht) steamed white snapper with northeastern style sauce (320 baht) icecream two scoops (50 baht) wafer with banana (90 baht) latte (50 baht) water (15 baht) young coconut (40 baht) iced tea (40 baht) Heineken (90 baht)
Specialties: Somm Tum, or as the t-shirts on the waitresses say: crazy spicy.
What Phuketwan says:The place has just opened and it's jam-packed, mostly with young women enjoying lunch. The satang drops. Tummour is a popular chain brand elsewhere in Thailand. Young Thai women love somm tum (they like the double mm). Tummour specialises in spicy somm tum. Ah, so that's it. We try one and it's just right, sour and spicy in proportion. Tongues pirouette on pointy toe, do hand-stands and perform perfect triple-sommersaults into the Heineken. The rest is really just for show, but delicious. Spicy duck, beef ribs. Mmm. Tummour, we're told, is a name for the mortar and pestle used to bash somm tum into shape. The menu comes in tick-list form in English, so ordering is effortless. You can tone down or top up the spices just by asking. For an air-conditioned restaurant with style, consistent quality and prices not far above those you'd pay in the street, Tummour gets it right. And if we weren't forbidden from making bad-taste jokes, we'd add that Tummour just might grow on you.
How to find it: Bang Yai Road runs off the Bypass Road at Index Living Mall in Phuket City, heading north just along from Phuket International Hospital.
Parking: Street parking, usually there's no problem, or try the Index Living cap park. The restaurant is opposite.
Phuketwan reviewers pay for their own meals. If we don't, we tell you. Tummour is a candidate for Phuketwan's Phuket Restaurant of the Year 2012.