Bampot Kitchen & Bar Phuket
Phuket Foodies Review – Bampot Kitchen&Bar
I love Phuket. There’s a certain dark beauty between her natural charm and shady underbelly and all the contradictions she thrives on. “Enjoy my charming beaches, but pay for your spot in the sand.” “Come for a great mix of international food, which promises hype (and a price to match) yet rarely delivers.” A lot to flash but little to excite. That was until I discovered this diamond in the rough sand.
I had no preconceptions about Bampot Kitchen & Bar except it had “Bar’ in its title. I expected something snazzy or ecologically hip in true Phuket style but this place is a unique wonderland of its own. Partly disguised behind a white wall with hanging shrubs, lays a veranda with elegant metal and wood outdoor furniture.
This ‘natural vs modern’ urban theme transcends indoors with simplicity and luxuriousness in mind.
It’s not like anything I’ve ever seen in Phuket or even in Bangkok for that matter. The closest would be Quince on Sukhumvit Soi 45. Bampot is slick, what can I say.
Enter the master of feasts – Jamie Wakeford. A modern day man of mystery
that my lady friends have dubbed as “that hunky Scottish Chef” .But there’s a hell of a lot more going on behind that custom designed leather and denim apron. Jamie has hidden up his humble sleeve experience like working beside the likes of Gordon Ramsay at “Maze” in London and at famed Michelin star restaurant – “The Fat Duck”. Speaking of fat ducks, Jamie’s seared duck breast was heavenly. Succulent, rich, with burnt cabbage, mirabelle plum and pistachio puree which takes you to another level-entirely.
The Scotch Quail Eggs were an absolute delight. A creamy centre perfected by pristine cooking, to give that light, crispy crumbed outer and warm, squidgy inner. The potted Salmon was tasty enough and the Prawn Bon Bon with Green Curry was delicious and original yet less tantalising. One thing is for sure, do not go past their homemade cheesecake mousse with pineapple carpaccio and ginger bread crumbs. Sit at the bar, order a digestive cocktail, and just melt all over the stool with every delicate, creamy and tart mouthful.
Jamie has enlisted the help of fellow Scotsman – Martyn Nicol, to take charge of the bar. The powerful, ‘Hail Bloody Mary’, was a pinnacle moment of my trip. Martyn is highly skilled and his recipes are highly intuitive with no bullshits or fancy frills about it. So refreshing. Actually, I would say the exact same for Jamie’s cuisine too.
Bampot is a do-or-die for any foodies visiting Phuket, and why not?
The food is classically Western with intelligent, modern adaptations and the cocktails are just as bad-ass.
This Scottish duos need to tote their own food torches and cook to a 70’s funk theme. And lucky for us, rumour has it they will be expanding to the corners of our very own city. Can’t hardly wait.
Bampot Kitchen & Bar
19/1 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Thalang, Cherngtalay
Chang Wat Phuket 83110
Tel: +66 93 586 9828
Opening Hours: Daily 6pm to midnight