Ad: Sri Panwa, Cape Panwa. Tel: 076-371006. Web: www.sripanwa.com
When Baba Dining Lounge burst onto the scene a couple of years ago, people were flocking to Phuket’s new “it” venue. At last there was somewhere that managed to find a balance between being a great Phuket restaurant and hosting some wild parties as well. The guys at Baba have been working hard to give the island more of the good stuff and there have been a couple of additions to the Baba family.
Baba-Q is barbeque central with a fine selection of meats from around the world, including fresh seafood. Baba-Q is also home to a cooking school on the second floor, where there are six cooking stations that can be used for lessons or else converted into private hotpots for dining out. There’s a huge swimming pool and Baba-Q is as great a place to eat as it is to work on your tan. There are also parties held at Baba-Q, including NYE 2008 with music legend Arthur Baker. More big names to come for 2009.
Set to open in April is Baba 88 might well become Phuket premier clubbing venue. Baba 88 will be underneath Baba Q and will play host to top international DJs. The guys from Baba usually come good on their promises, so expect some exciting developments. There will definitely be a lot more parties at Baba and Baba 88 will likely be picking up the slack in the Phuket nightlife scene for a long time to come.