An Must-visit Gay-owned Restaurant in Phuket, Thailand

7 09 2017
Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in Phuket, ThailandGay Phuket update: Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in Phuket, Thailand is a class act from start to finish. The sumptuous dining space, superb service by host Corry and the culinary distinction of Chef Marc are usually hallmarks of the finest European Michelin Star restaurants. Their exquisite home by day and restaurant by night, with only six tables, lavishly set with fine French napery, antique silver cutlery and elaborate glassware, could only be described as distinguished opulence.

On arrival we enjoyed the sultry sounds of famous French divas while sipping pre-dinner champagne cocktails in the tropical pool garden before being served an amuse bouche of mushroom cappuccino.

The menu varies throughout the year. An appetiser of large plump scallops fried in ginger and served in a rich pumpkin soup was delectable. The house speciality, Champignons á la Madeleine, features mushrooms stuffed with a secret recipe belonging to Marc’s aunt and they are seriously delicious.

Grandmother’s Pot-au-Feu (rabbit stew) in a white wine sauce with two mustards and tarragon was a wild French treat and the sauce was so good you could have bathed in it. Canadian Lobster and fried turbot filet in lobster bouillon sauce, with coconut milk from Marc’s own garden, was also sensational.

Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in gay Phuket, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineSipping French Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley we studied the á la carte dessert menu. What a dilemma, everything sounded so enticing. Marc suggested the surprise dessert medley to share. How could we go wrong with a master chef in the kitchen? Luscious petit fours served on top of an ornate glass bowl containing Siamese Fighting Fish was a touch of finesse to complete a perfect dinner.

Story and photos by John Walker & Gavin Patterson, ManAboutWorld correspondents who blog here and on They visited this restaurant in Phuket and found it wonderful and quite unique. It is owned by two lovely Belgian men who packed up their European restaurant and transported it to their new home in Thailand.
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NomadicBoys Try Their First Vegan Restaurant

10 11 2015
NomadicBoys in their first vegan restaurant in Ubud, Indonesia and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

NomadicBoys appear skeptical about their 1st vegan meal

Our wandering and adventurous travel bloggers Sébestien and Stephan (aka the NomadicBoys) journeyed around Asia, including a stop in Ubud where they lost their vegan virginity:

During our travels on Bali island in Indonesia in September 2015, we visited Fresh, a vegan restaurant in Ubud. Our favourite was the avocado tartare starter (peppers, coriander leaves and cashew cream cheese) and the Living Lasagne (zucchini, sundried tomato, marinara, almond pesto, mixed with citrus salad). Fresh is a newly opened vegan restaurant, where everything is made from raw vegetables. As vegan virgins, we were concerned we’d leave hungry and unsatisfied. We were extremely surprised, leaving with full bellies and really excited to discover a new way of eating. Everything we tried was bursting with flavour.


NomadicBoys in their first vegan restaurant in Ubud, Indonesia and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

I guess they liked it!

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8 07 2011

Ptown — that amazing gay resort at the very tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts — is definitely in season. July 4th through Labor Day is the most fun and most crowded time to visit.

Other times of the year are amazing but if you want the big crowds, this is when to go. Be sure to reserve at some of the new or newly improved restaurants we recently visited.

(Photo: Courtesy of Bistro at Crowne Pointe)

Red Inn

  • Amazing views; lovely, romantic ambiance; fantastic menu; Red Inn continues to score the highest marks from the most discriminating diners. It’s not cheap but in Ptown as everywhere, you get what you pay for. This is great for a special night. Pop the question or just pop some champagne.


  • Terrific food; great specials (we love the daily raw bar special from 3pm-5pm; and best of all surprisingly moderately priced, Victor’s makes a great choice for lunch, dinner or their fun brunches (on Sunday it’s a drag brunch — not you, the server; well, you can if you want since this is Ptown!)

El Mundo

  • Inexpensive new Mexican place smack in the center of town; great maragaritas and really tasty cuisine.

10 Table

  • A very nice new place on Bradford. Worth the (short, short) walk. Elegant ambiance inside and out. And very refined cuisine. Also terrific for brunch especially if you can’t get reservations for dinner.

The Bistro Restaurant at Crowne Pointe

  • We love this resort with its gorgeous rooms, impeccable spa and high levels of service, but if you are not staying here, check out the bistro. Delicious, inventive and warm are all words that come to mind.
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Five Bites: San Francisco’s Tasty Treats

20 12 2010


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During a culinary tour of San Francisco, I got to sample savory and sweet sensations at five new or newly improved restaurants. This is a foodie town and my visit was in no way meant to be an exhaustive search. I just found these eminently worthy of mention. Here are my latest five favorite dining spots in Baghdad by the Bay (in order of increasing likelihood of food-related orgasm).

Level III

  • The food and service were fantastic in this dining room, located on the third floor of the J.W. Marriott at Post St. and Mason St. in downtown San Francisco. The decor may be a bit too corporate to make it a romantic or “big night” destination dining spot, but it’s a terrific option for dinner after work or for some energy for before or after a shopping binge.

E&O Trading Company

  • Also on Sutter St. (near Grant St.) E&O Trading Company, a Southeast Asian Grill, has been around for a while but re-invented itself with the arrival of its latest chef, who introduced the new “lunch break” option, incredibly tasty and inexpensively priced options that have proven to be wildly successful with the business and shopping crowds at lunch.


  • This market-driven neighborhood bistro is located at 330 Townsend, deep in the once-scary, now super-cool SoMA (south of Market) district. Characterized by an eclectic offering of snacks, appetizers, sides, and mains and affordable and interesting wines, Marlowe recently featured a divine Jerusalem artichoke soup (with whipped creme fraiche), a garlic-y dish of roasted pistachios, and a warm open-faced deviled egg sandwich.


  • Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner just off Market in the still super gay-popular Castro district Starbelly has been wowing fans for over a year with inexpensive, farm-to-table cuisine. Dine in the patio year round. Enjoy snacks (like three Starbelly salumi for $14), small plates (including the mouth-watering pan seared day boat scallops also $14) or if you’re feeling peckish (or want to share) a pizza (the fall squash and sage pie is delish and cheap at only $13).

Baker & Banker

  • Save up one evening to enjoy a to-die-for meal at this eponymous restaurant. (The chef is actually Mr. Jeff Banker and his wife, the pasty chef is Lori Baker.) The restaurant serves upscale dishes and a great wine list at affordable prices in a relaxed yet chic setting, with terrific service. It’s one of those places that’s less known than the big name-dining spots but beloved by in-the-know locals.

For lots more great dining, as well as clubs, bars, hotels and much more in San Francisco, download our Out guide.

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