Galanga Restaurant & Art Gallery

 

(to give it its full title) as a Thai-style 'house' complete with an open terra-cotta floored 'garden' patio with a tree and plants in front of the main building, with its ornate wooden Thai roof,

which is set back some 10 metres from the busy road. The whole frontage is really beautiful and it's well worth taking a minute or two looking at it (as many people do) before entering...

 And passing through the walled garden with its fresh fish display to the left, next to an open kitchen where chefs are busily showing their skills in ‘pulling’ noodles, and the 11 tables for customers wishing to dine under the stars to the right, you come into the air-conditioned open restaurant itself. And it’s absolutely lovely!

Huge circular pillars, a tree in the middle which extends up into an atrium to the second floor, a tempting floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet display (including Champagne, which is also available by the glass), subtle lighting, both sofa-style and upright seating for 48, an attractive bar area at the back and some beautiful contemporary Thai art adorning the walls all help in creating a chic, cosy and comfortable environment. And the same theme continues upstairs, where there’s seating for a further 52 with many tables overlooking the garden patio and passers-by on Chaweng Beach Road below.