Tu Kab Khao

Thai in Phuket Town

Red lanterns cascade down this inviting 130-year-old Sino-Portuguese building, now reimagined as a packed-out restaurant devoted to Phuketian cooking. With varnished-concrete floors, sofa chairs and a wall made entirely of mirrors, it brings old-world glamour to sampling local specialities and is a particular hit with weekending Bangkokians. Signature dishes – mŏo hong, crab-meat curry – are based on the owner's mother's recipes.

The multiroom space has a proper bar with a good wine list and creative cocktails served in jam jars, and there's often live music.