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The wrapping may be plain but the contents are Phuket perfect at Uptown

Uptown Restaurant, Downtown Phuket City

Monday, August 30, 2010
Uptown Restaurant, Downtown Phuket City


Telephone: 076 215359, 076 212770

Open: Daily 10am-9pm, except for the 16th and 17th of each month when Uptown is on downtime.

Address: 51 Dilok-U-Thit 2 Road, Taladyai, Muang District, Phuket City.

Style: Phuket fast and furious.

Price range: Excellent value. Most dishes are in the 50 baht to 60 baht price range. A Singha beer, though, will set you back 100 baht. Spend 300 baht on food alone here and you and your companion will roll out the door.

Specialties: Phuket food for all tastes, with a touch of new technology. Sukki, noodles, pad thai are all hot items. The waitress takes the order on a new-technology touchpad, but leaves you with an old-fashioned wooden table number for you to take when you go to pay at the cash register.

What Phuketwan says: The child within, beneath the saggy skin, always still longs for Christmas Day, when the wrapping comes off the presents. That may explain why the Phuket omelettes at Uptown are so popular. Forget for a minute precisely what you've ordered. When the creamy yellow package appears at your table, you can pretend you have no idea what's inside. Vegetables and shrimps and other delicious innards may not take you for a spin around the block the way a tricycle can, or, if you happen to be a more modern child, give you an iPad start to new social media. But they sure can be fun to eat. This is the kind of restaurant that deserves to be celebrated on Phuket. Uptown, here for more than 10 years, highlights the difference between fast food and junk food. Just about everything at Uptown is delicious and wholesome, and far more appetising than anything at Macca's or KFC. That probably explains why it's sometimes difficult some lunchtimes to find space at one of the polished wood tabletops. Uptown ranks among the best restaurants on the island for consistent quality and excellent value.

How to find it: On a corner opposite the Thavorn Grand Hotel, along towards Phang Nga Road from the back of the market behind Robinson department store in Phuket Town.

Parking: Grab a space on the roadway and you are likely to be charged five baht for the privilege.

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Will anyone ever give out a bad restaurant review in Phuket, though?

Posted by Benjie on August 31, 2010 00:36

Editor Comment:

Not all Phuketwan reviews will be pinned to the walls of the restaurants.

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Hi Benjie,

I always thought that the liability laws in Thailand are that you are not allowed to print potentially damaging information about companies. Even if what you are saying is 100 percent the truth, the company could take you to court.

You can say that you had a bad time, got mistreated or had a lousy meal somewhere, but you have to be careful about naming the place.

For restaurants with crappy food or dud service, you just do not post a review and they do not go on the recommended list.

I am not an expert, but I think that is how it works.

Posted by Anonymous on August 31, 2010 12:48

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Good review and "Benjie", some less than 100% positive reviews have been published here! I even recall a wholly negative one in the Gazette for an Arabic place, but that was a long time ago.

Posted by tanya millibank on August 31, 2010 15:55

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Agree with the review... Uptown is my favorite casual lunch restaurant in PTown. Food (and staff) is always good, quick, and inexpensive. Nice mix of Thai, farang, and families.

Posted by Len on September 1, 2010 08:39

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And the Seabear Restaurant of the Year 2010 Award goes to: "CHU"! No doubt about that. Food: outstanding! Presentation: outstanding. Relation price/quality: outstanding. Location and decoration:Well, not to my liking. But as the food is so good, I don't care.

Posted by seabear on September 13, 2010 23:52


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