Formerly the legendary Doolie's Diner, this lively restaurant is located in Phuket's entertainment area. Food of good quality is served in large ... More
Rock Hard Cafe
Formerly the legendary Doolie's Diner, this lively restaurant is located in Phuket's entertainment area. Food of good quality is served in large portions and at low prices. Seating 70 people, you can choose air-conditioned comfort indoors, with the option of the delightful outdoor patio cafe, which is a good spot (if a little noisy) for those who like to watch the world pass by. Specialties include the Mexican Ribs (THB195), Burgers and Fries (THB175) and Surf 'n' Turf (THB400). They also have a “Stop'n Go” takeaway facility.
Dinner on Valentine's Day 2010. We made reservations the day before. On the night itself, we arrived on time but they had given away the table we reserved and they made no attempt to apologise.
Food was mediocre at best. We had the ribs and the combination platter. Price for ribs was exorbitant for the quality, would recommend any other bar & grill around Patong. The combi-platter was nothing to shout about, the onion rings in particular were lousy, more like Bread Rings with onion.
Drinks were mediocre, quite a ridiculous price given the standard. Had the same Mojito in Hard Rock Hotel in Sentosa, Singapore. Same price but standard was far better, excellent in fact and worth every cent. Wife had the Pickle Tink. It costs you 3 drinks of similar quality anywhere else in Patong.
Whenever we called for service, I could percieve that they turned their head away every time my hand shot up for service. It takes me about 5 minutes to get service, ridiculous given that at anytime there are about 5 staff milling around our vicinity.
When we left, no one greeted us though we passed at least 4 staff, including the one at the door - they just ignored us.
There were 2 bands, one was, as you could guess by now, mediocre / pitchy. The other was good, but not enough to save the evening.
For a special occasion like Valentine's particularly, I must say service is particularly pathetic. They did not even try to decorate for the occasion, no flowers, balloons, nothing whatsover to cue you in on the occasion. It might as well be any other weekday night. We regretted spending our time and money at HRC this Valentine's.
I visited Doolie's Diner way back in the 90's - what a place! I returned Dec. 2008 and witnessed a shockingly pleasant transformation. Rock Hard is now located upstairs as A Go Go format, while the downstairs now hosts a restaurant / Disco called Club 53. The food was still great, but the real surprise was all the beautiful dancers at Rock Hard. There's ample space, classy design, two stages, two pool tables and about 72 entertainers. I found nothing similar in all of Patong. Rock on Rock Hard!
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