I think I’ve found it, and it’s name is ‘Coast’, a beach club and pool-side eatery within the Centara Grand Beach Resort complex.
Centara Grand is situated on the northern road from the Karon roundabout. Once you drop off the road into the complex you enter a secluded world. The resort sits below the natural amphitheatre of the forested hillside of North Karon on one side, and it’s beach front on other. An instantly calming microcosm to while away any given Sunday.
And they’ve clearly worked hard to create an inviting environment. The seating options and wide open space gives the feel of a private pool party, and an ideal scenario for a long afternoon with family or friends. Also included with Sunday brunch is a day pass to access the water park and pools with use of sun beds and towels.
Coast has a chilled house DJ dishing out the tunes by the pool, whilst Chief Julien Robic dishes out the culinary delights via a brave à la carte menu that totally works in situ with the setting and style.
The menu is served from 12pm, and consists of an all-you-can-eat menu, where you chose dishes one at a time ’til the final tune drops at 3pm.
The menu presented as tapas-style small plates, but in reality they are anything but.
It is dominated with a Mediterranean theme, with flavours of rocket, parmesan and chorizo. What’s incredible is the carefully crafted dish selection and balance that can suit all tastes that is to Chef Robic’s accolade. It’s wide ranging and provides pleasing combinations for kids to adults with relaxing ease.
With such a set-up, the service level across the Coast eating terrace needs to be highly attentive, and it was. I was thoroughly looked after throughout.
So, to the menu.
If you fancy kicking things off with a breakfast dish, the very hearty Spanish Chorizo and Duck Egg, Bacon and Potato plate will be just your thing. Simply put, it’s everything you crave for in a cooked breakfast crafted within the small plate. Total win.
I followed this up with the Seafood Risotto with White Truffle Oil.
This comprised of a scallop, squid and prawns with mushroom medley served in a light sauce with dill. To top this off it’s a citrus number, with lemon peel giving this a refreshing bite.
After a suitable rest I went for the New Zealand Lamb Cutlet, Roasted Vegetables and Pesto.
Ordering the cutlet rare, it was carefully cooked and presented. There’s a strong black pepper flavour here, but this is to my personal taste. The vegetables supported with a pleasing mix of courgette, asparagus, carrot and onion served in a light pesto sauce.
Despite the good portions, you’ll find room when you look over the dessert options.
The Creme Brûlée Orange was fresh and had a light crisp top, breaking through to the creamy custard base hidden beneath. I was unsure of the Orange combination, but this is smartly delivered as a gentle addition to the brûlée that works.
Finally I just had to taste the Chocolate Mousse. This thickly textured, rich mousse is served within it’s own chocolate edible cup. The accompanying peanut biscotti is a very pleasant touch.
All-in-all, Sunday brunch at Coast is a win on every account. The venue, the atmosphere, the service and the menu selection is super smart and understanding of what a Sunday crowd are after. Most of all, just relax and let their great staff do the rest. Put away your Sunday best. Flip flops and swimwear are gospel.
The Sunday Brunch menu at Coast is 990THB per person, 1,190THB with soft drinks and 1,490THB with free flow of a selection of beverages.
Coast Beach Club and Bistro is location at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, 683 Karon Beach, Patak Road, Karon. Website.
Telephone number - 076 201 234.