Dramatically perched on a cliff top, this restaurant has been setting the standards for service and style in Phuket for ten years. One of the island's ... More
Baan Rim Pa
Dramatically perched on a cliff top, this restaurant has been setting the standards for service and style in Phuket for ten years. One of the island's foremost and favorite eating spots, the traditional Thai teak house hosts the wondrous open-terrace restaurant, built with spectacular views over Patong Bay. In the evening, the local pianist charms diners with his own interpretations of Mozart. Main meals start at THB195 and include the delicious Yaam Khong Talay Pasom (herb salad of mixed seafood) and Panaeng Ped (creamy curry with duckling).
This was highly recommended by our hotel but honestly it is tired and complacent. Too many staff, couldn't even have a sip of our over-priced wine (severely high margins!)without a new staff member topping it up. So many interruptions it was impossible to feel intimate at all. One staff member was so bored and unprofessional that she yawned loudly and stretched and rested on the deck's pillar right next to the table. Food was a let down, not fresh and scowling looks from the waitress when we opted to start with a Tom Yum soup and follow with a soggy, unfresh seafood plate. Our departure was a disaster, we were so disgusted by the whole experience. I've had better Thai food outside of Thailand! This place needs a breath of fresh air and hotels have to stop recommending it until they've been there lately.
We had been to this Restaurant some 8 years prior and had a truly wonderful experience and so were really looking forward to going back! What a huge disappointment! Right from the start we felt that we were being rushed to order and felt uncomfortable as there were quite a few people waiting to be seated. We ordered from the Special Thai Style Menu and except for the Spring rolls every thing else became quickly cold and very uninviting to taste. Unfortunately they brought out everything together which did not happen before on our last visit! My Mango juice was warm and was largely disguised with two huge ice cubes which made no difference. Other drink orders were forgotten! Service was so poor that we had to continually call for the waiter and in the end we complained about what we had experienced. The other couple with us had to send their fish back as it was also cold. Finally the manager did come and tried to smooth things over with some fairly poor excuses, offering us a discount and some cognac as sweeteners. It didnt work!!! Our whole experience was extremely disappointing. Quite frankly I think this place is now highly overrated and far better meals and service can now be got elswhere. I have sent so many people to the Baan Rim Pa and now will definitely recommend they look elsewhere!! Oh by the way the discount was a huge 15% Ha ha I was expecting at least 50%!! Don't be disappointed. Go elswhere! If you want a meal with fabulous surroundings then go here by all means but don't expect too much else!! Highly overrated and inflated prices compared to elsewhere!! This place has obviously seen better days and now can't cope with the extra competition!! Don't be conned by the so called ambience, for a Restaurant the quality of food and service comes first!! Here it is sadly gone missing!!
I have now lived in Thailand for 17 years total and dined at many of the top restaurants around the country. I also have dinned at many Thai restaurants around the world. I visit BRP at least once a month, and regularly with business and family visitors from around the world. I can say I have never been disappointed in any aspect. Great food, super ambiance, dedicated and highly trained staff, and always great reviews on all points from my guests. BRP is expensive compared to many Phuket restaurants, but no more than any 5 star resort restaurant and WELL worth the value!
We went to Baan Rim Pa in June 2008 after reading some positive reviews. Don't believe them. If you have eaten good Thai food before you will find this restaurant is grossly overrated for both food quality and price, the food was especially disappointing.
Our mixed starter plate was obviously prepared some time earlier, not cooked fresh for our order, it came out cold and hard as if it had sat under a food heater.
The pepper and garlic squid was devoid of any flavor and overcooked, we left it largely uneaten it was so bad.
The penang curry duck was decent, but nothing to rave about.
We spent about 3000 Baht for the above food and four local beers.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's only redeeming feature is the location and view. The next night we returned to a local 'beach and plastic chairs' restaurant where we were staying at Nai Yang Beach (quite some distance from Patong) and the Thai food was simply outstanding and a 1/4 of the price. The "chefs" (I use the term loosely) at Baan Rim Pa should spend some time attending the out of the way beach restaurants to learn how to cook properly.
Our hotel recommended this to us as a great place for Thai food. It's on a cliff over the sea and the view at sunset is very nice.
The food however is terrible. Coming from the SF Bay area we eat at *a lot* of Asian restaurants and our neigbhorhood Thai restaurants have far better Thai food. I'm sorry - if think this is decent Thai food - you've never had it before.
It's clear that the local hotels send their caucasian clientele to this place. The only Asian in the place when we were there was my Asian GF. She hated the food too.
I was really looking forward to eating here as we had heard some good reviews. We were however disappointed with the food.
The satay sticks came without any marinade, the sauce was bland, the prawn spring rolls were nothing special. The Green Curry and another chicken dish arrived and were luke warm, as was the accompanying rice.
The best part was Nid's Yoyo cocktail!
For the money we spent I could well recommend plenty of other restaurants that may not have the fabulous view, but the food is certainly better.
I went there with my husband on december 2006, It was the last day on our honeymoon, it was very romantic and it had an amazing Thai style, it was a perfect place to have a romantic dinner.
The service was very excellent and very friendly.
We went here on Sept, 2006 with very high expectations and we were very disappointed. The only good thing about this place is its location and the food. Other than that, every thing was a disaster.
We ordered just one meal set (because my friend and I plan to share, and then order a la carte later on). The waitress frowned and said "Just one?!".
The total bill included a 10% service charge so we didn't bother tipping. Another waitress, seeing the check, called another waitress who was cleaning a table beside ours, and said something in Thai while showing the bill!
I really can't believe this place!
Don't waste your money here!
The BRP restaurant is a disapointment...
I would go almost every night during my two week January 06 vacation to have a drink at the bar...that was the only bright spot.
I had dinner there only twice.
Sitting at the bar, I noticed the piano music was as old as the piano player himself and he kept playing the same tired, old songs every night...you need to up-date your restaurant and your entertainment for tourists who return more then once.
I did not care for the cats walking around the tables or the ants crawling all over the place....I suspect they were in my food, but since it was so dark, I could not tell.
I had thought this would be a better experience for me, but I was very disappointed.
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