Flame, on the road into Laguna, opened in June last year but has already developed a solid reputation among expats and tourists for its excellent spit-roasted chicken.
The chicken (B220 half and B380 whole) is marinated in spices for 12 hours, then spends two hours cooking on a German rotisserie.
It’s well worth the wait – it tastes amazing.
Heading the kitchen team is Chef Eak, from Phatthalung province, but who has called Phuket home for the past 20 years. He started as a kitchen hand before making the step to kitchens at the JW Marriott and the Holiday Inn Patong.
The menu at Flame is by no means restricted to roast chicken. It covers kebabs (B120 upwards), wraps (B110 upwards), boneless lamb, baby pork ribs and pizza
(starting at B210).
But the stand-out menu option remains the rotisserie chicken. The French-roasted version is flavoured with white wine, thyme, rosemary, shallots and honey, and is
by far the most popular, Chef Eak says.
Thai Spiced Chicken (flavoured with pineapple, mango, lemongrass, lime and kaffir leaves), Arabian Chicken (flavoured with cumin, tumeric, coriander, dates prunes and raisins), and Indian Spiced Chicken (flavoured with yoghurt, massala, garlic, ginger and balti paste) are the other options. The meat is flavourful, moist, and cooked to perfection.
The kitchen is open-air, which means you can sit at the bar while watching the chefs work their magic on your meal.
When it comes to the pizzas, Chef Eak expertly twists and twirls the raw dough. On top of the base go tomato purée, mozzarella, mushrooms, artichokes, ham and olives, and voilà, you have Pizza Capricciosa, one of the popular pizzas at the restaurant.
The atmosphere is breezy and relaxed, with many regulars popping in and out for a snack or a sit-down meal. It has a good name among the expat community around Cherngtalay, and is also popular with return tourists staying nearby.
The restaurant is owned by Twinpalms and is next door to their Bake café. Flame offers a free delivery service within five km for orders of B450 and above.
The environment has a Phuket summer feel to it, and the chicken, if you haven’t already guessed, is to die for.
Flame, open daily 11am to 10pm. 58 Lagoon Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, 076-270 707; fax: 076 325 673 and email: email@example.com.