Born in the Philippines, award winning chef Ronnie Macuja is the executive chef at “Vset”. He has taken his own unique style of Western fusion cuisine to this “Extraordinary” restaurant. Here Chef Ronnie tells about the concept of Vset and why it differs so much from other restaurants on the island.
Vset’s main goal is to fi ll a market that no other restaurant in Phuket has tried before. We serve unique and high quality dishes which are influenced by modern western cuisine and serve them in an attractive and relaxed environment. I think that is the key element, we want our guests to be comfortable and feel they can come here whenever they wish, not having to worry about dressing up or having to plan ahead, but still be able to enjoy food that can’t be found anywhere else on the island.
WHAT MAKES CHALONG SUCH A SPECIAL PLACE FOR BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS SUCH AS VSET?
Chalong is still growing and has so much potential that nobody saw at first. The facts that it has the pier, and also that Chalong circle connects it to many other major areas in Phuket are very important.
YOU WORKED IN PATONG FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE COMING HERE, HOW DOES CHALONG DIFFER FROM PATONG?
Chalong and Patong are two completely different places. Patong is an area that is completely driven by tourism. Chalong, although growing rapidly for many years, has still retained its original culture and identity. You can still feel that Chalong has a sense of community, even though many of its businesses are tourist focused. Also the local people still have a very strong and deep presence here, this is something you will not feel in Patong.
WHAT DO YOU, AS A CHEF, SEE IN VSET’S FUTURE?
Vset has a dynamic menu that will constantly evolve and make ideal use, not only of my experience and the fantastic ingredients we have available here, but also from the feedback and reactions we receive from our guests. It is our plan to keep the most popular items on the menu, but continue to introduce new and exciting dishes. We also want to provide a satisfying dining experience time and time again, making Vset not only a restaurant but an extraordinary dining destination, and also to increase recognition both nationally and internationally.
VSET MEANS “EXTRAORDINARY” IN THAI, WHAT DOES THE RESTAURANT HAVE THAT MAKES IT DESERVE ITS NAME?
Vset’s extraordinary feature is most definitely its menu. Everything is fresh of course, especially the seafood, and we also specialise in fresh beef and lamb, which reflects on my personal background from my time working in New Zealand. We would also like to consider Vset as a restaurant that sets a standard for everyone else to follow. For instance, our blue swimmer crab ravioli is made with Asian wanton wrapper ingredients, which makes it very light and remarkably different from European ravioli, which is usually quite heavy. This is what makes Vset deserve its name.
Chalong pier, Phuket next to Kan Eang @pier
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