Leonardo Da Vinci’s new location in Kata is certainly something to marvel at. Situated on the hill toward Kata Noi, the new venue fits right into its new surroundings, looking more like a group of villas, than a restaurant. But, that’s what gives it its charm, with private dining areas, separate bar and even a little Delicatessen where high quality imported goods, such as pasta, olive oil and sauces are available for purchase.
There are plenty of seating options, both indoor and outdoor, each with its own advantages. Inside you can enjoy dim lighting, air conditioning and an up close and personal view of the bar. Outdoor you are able to listen to the soothing sounds emanating from the large water feature, which is the focal point of the dining area, and a cool breeze provided by one of the many fans. And although the location is new, there are still the old time favorite dishes on the menu, which consists of delicious Italian fare.
Though Da Vinci’s is known for its pizza (any long term resident on the island always throws their name around when talking about the best pizza in Phuket), we tried something else on the menu and were quite pleased we did!
If it is seafood you are after, a great way to start your evening would be to try the poached seafood plate full of fresh mussels, squid and tuna, served with lemon. The portion is so big it is worth sharing with a few friends. However, if it is a warm starter you are after, a great substitute is the Fritto Misto – deep fried prawn, squid and fish served with lemon and a delicious homemade tartare sauce full of freshly made pickles and dill.
If seafood is not your thing, another great dish to start with is the Burrata served Caprese style. This fun take on a classic features a handful of sun dried tomatoes, giving the dish a slightly sweeter taste than expected and is a wonderful way to get your appetite going. As far as mains are concerned, you have your choice of anything from beef tenderloin to homemade Tagliolini to a grilled Yellowfin tuna sandwich. We opted for the homemade ravioli served with lamb and beef ragu and the chargrilled beef burger. Both delicious and generously portioned, the ragu is rich and decadent with big chunks of lamb and a warm, hearty tomato base, while the burger is juicy with the perfect amount of cheese and smoked bacon. The fries served with the burger are also accompanied by the amazing homemade tartare sauce, which we recommend you also put on the burger.
For dessert, there really is no wrong way to go. The Tiramisu is rich and light simultaneously, topped with an amazing amount of cocoa powder. However, the must-try dessert is the Chef’s specialty – The Almond Semifreddo. Rich, creamy, cool and chock full of pistachios and a wonderful almond flavor, this was the perfect way to end our meal, save for the incredibly refreshing Blue Paradise and Bamboo cocktails.
Overall it was a pleasant and delicious experience. So, if you are looking for a new spin on an old favorite, make sure to check out Leonardo Da Vinci’s new location in Kata!