Who’d expect that one of Phuket’s best restaurants – Boathouse Wine & Grill – would have a lad from the Eastern Cape as its chef? Lisa van Aswegen catches the last rays of sun on Kata Beach to find out how Bryan Burger likes working in paradise.
After working in kitchens, doing various culinary courses and training in Ireland, I came to Asia. I was working in Taiwan, specialising in raw food, and always came to Thailand on holiday. I’ve been at Boathouse for almost three years now.
Simply put: the variety. In Asia, people want to experience new things, so I have freedom to play. At Boathouse Wine & Grill we have a Thai and a classical French menu, while at Re Ká Ta Beach Club next door the emphasis is on raw, organic and healthy dishes. I have access to suppliers all around the world – it’s incredible!
I travel a lot regionally, to places such as Malaysia and Singapore. I always come back with new ideas.
We have over 800 wines from all over the world, including South Africa, and we suggest pairings with each dish. It’s also about storing wine correctly in this humid climate – it’s a challenge.
Not at all – I have my own biltong maker here! I use it for the raw bar at the Beach Club.
Discover more about Boathouse Wine & Grill and Re Ká Ta Beach Club on boathousephuket.com.