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Fight for your right to patty

PHUKET: A small café in Naiharn is gaining a reputation on the island for its great burgers, which aim to provide a healthier option for students of Muay Thai.

By Claire Connell

Wednesday 18 April 2012, 05:36PM

Aiming to provide a healthier dining option, Kombat Cafe is located in Rawai-Naiharn.

Aiming to provide a healthier dining option, Kombat Cafe is located in Rawai-Naiharn.

The cafe was opened at the end of November by Australian owner Shane, who has lived between Phuket and Australia for the last four or five years. He works in the Australian film industry and originally came to Phuket to train in Muay Thai.

His friend Owen runs the adjacent Kombat Fight Lab, which sells Muay Thai equipment, and Shane started the cafe, a former bar, as a place where trainers and students could come and get healthy food.

Shane says the secret to the popular burgers is the fresh ciabatta bread he
uses instead of traditional hamburger buns.

Shane says he opted for the ciabatta buns, purchased from a bakery in Surin, because they are light and healthier than the traditional “heavy” burger buns, which are often sweetened with sugar.

“I’ve had a few burgers around the island, and without bragging, I think ours
are pretty good. The ciabatta makes a big difference,” he says.

The cafe’s chicken burgers comprise a chicken patty, lettuce, tomato, cheese
and sweet chilli sauce on a ciabatta (B120), while the hamburger adds beetroot, caramelised onions and relish on a ciabatta (B120).


Breakfast options include egg, sausage and bacon burgers for between B80 and
B100, multi-grain bread, home made muesli, plus more.

Roast beef and chicken sandwiches are B90, fresh juices are B90, and protein shakes are B100.

Instead of frozen French fries Shane has instead gone with homemade “potato chunks”, where potato pieces are cooked in a small amount of butter and garlic.

“Kombat Cafe is a healthy place, we don’t own a deep fryer, and our food is aimed at people who are training in Muay Thai,” says Shane.

Kombat Cafe, 50/35, Soi Saiyuan, Moo 7, Rawai, 082-047-5394; Open daily 9am-7pm, closed Sat.

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