PRU is the very first and only Restaurant in Phuket to receive the prestigious accolade
Montara Hospitality’s Farm-To-Table Restaurant, “PRU” at Trisara Phuket, was awarded One Michelin Star at the ‘Michelin Guide Thailand Star Revelation 2019’ Gala Awards Presentation at Park Hyatt Bangkok. PRU is the very first and only Restaurant in Phuket to receive the prestigious accolade. “Seafood at Trisara” restaurant also received the exciting Michelin Plate designation.
The restaurant’s critically acclaimed Chef de Cuisine Jim Ophorst is touted as an “inspiring voice of change” for elevating the farm-to-table movement in Thailand. Chef Jim, 29, is originally from the Netherlands and renowned for his imaginative cooking style and innovative techniques. In 2016, Chef Jim joined Montara’s Trisara where his raw talent and conviction inspired the conception of PRU. He is a two-time semi-finalist for S. Pellegrino’s annual Young Chefs Award in 2016 and 2017.
PRU’s culinary concept “Plant, Raise, Understand” stems from Chef Jim and his team’s close relationship with local suppliers and farmers as well as the opportunities to forage and discover new ingredients from the restaurant’s own farm “Pru Jampa”. The farm neighbors’ beautiful lakes whose banks are home to various local plants, herbs, organic vegetable gardens, free-range chickens and ducks.
“I’m excited to discover new ingredients all the time because it pushes my creative boundaries,” said Chef Jim. “My ultimate goal is to create a 100% locally sourced menu. To cook something great, you need great products from great farmers. Great farmers are from strong communities. So, at PRU, we don’t want to be just a kitchen. We want to strengthen the local farmer community. This will yield better ingredients for better dishes at PRU. At the end, it is all about the happiness in every angle – from the farmers, to the restaurant team, to the guests at our tables”, added Chef Jim.
Located at the ultra-luxe Trisara resort, PRU is now officially part of the exclusive collective of dining establishments that can refer to themselves as Michelin-starred. For Montara Hospitality, the recognition signals greater aspirations for growth within in the culinary scene. “The Michelin Star Award for PRU puts Phuket on the foodies’ world map and establishes Montara as a leader of innovative culinary destinations.” said Quentin Fougeroux, Montara’s Group Director of Food and Beverage.
In addition to PRU, Seafood at Trisara, which serves authentic southern Thai dishes based on treasured family heirloom recipes, was awarded the Michelin Plate. The hotel’s Executive Chef Kla Prakobkit presents a menu featuring local favorites made from scratch and showcasing produces sustainably sourced. Chef Kla, a former apprentice to Michelin wizards, has been with the resort since its opening in 2004. “At Trisara, we see many guests return year after year, hence we want to ensure that with every visit they have the opportunity to enjoy new dining experiences.” said Kla. He and his team have always been intrigued by the traditional Thai recipes of older generations, and with Seafood at Trisara they are taking this inspiration to a new level. On a regular basis, the team explores new regions and draws inspiration from “secret local recipes”, many of which have been passed down over many generations.
“We are extremely excited to have been presented with such prestigious awards and look forward to continue making our mark in the culinary scene in Phuket and beyond,” said Mr. Kittisak Pattamasaevi, Chief Commercial Officer of Montara Hospitality Group, owner and operator of Trisara Phuket.
PRU is open for dinner from 6.30 pm on Monday to Saturday. For more information, please visit www.prurestaurant.com.
Seafood is open Daily from 6.00 pm. For more information on Seafood at Trisara, please visit
Launched in November 2016, PRU is Montara’s latest restaurant at the ultra-luxe Trisara resort in Phuket. Our goal is to create a unique culinary experience celebrating products from the Andaman terroir, and the best ingredients to be found around Thailand. As part of the process, the team currently sources ingredients from PRU’s own farm and local purveyor communities of fishermen and farmers. Our goal is to source 75% of the ingredients from our own farm by the end of 2019 and ultimately 100% in the future.
The award-winning Seafood at Trisara was launched in 2016 with an exciting new culinary vision. Staying true to its reputation of sourcing only the best quality seafood and creating outstandingly exquisite dishes, Seafood at Trisara is inspired by authentic Thai family heirloom recipes passed through the generations, offered in a relaxed, ocean front setting
Seafood is open Daily from 6.00 pm. For more information on Seafood at Trisara
About Montara Hospitality
As a Thai family, we take pride in sharing our natural and cultural heritage. We want our guests to experience our most sincere and innovative services that will bring them joy.
We invest in best-in-class hospitality platforms that connect investors, lifestyle travelers, and innovative hoteliers.
Our properties include Phuket’s most exclusive pool villa beach resort TRISARA, Bangkok’s only river mansion boutique hotel PRAYA PALAZZO, and the innovative movie house-turn-hotel PRINCE THEATRE HERITAGE STAY in Bangrak.
We developed, own and manage Phuket Island’s most special resort experience TRISARA, in Sanskrit “The Garden in The Third Heaven”. Wrapped in a tropical forest and exotic gardens, the 60 spacious ocean facing pool villas and 2-6 bedroom private residences all embrace our own quiet bay on Phuket’s sophisticated and natural north-western coastline, just 15 minutes from Phuket Airport. Accolades include being part of the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for the 4th consecutive year by 2018.
In late 2017, we acquired PRAYA PALAZZO, a 17-bedroom century-old Italian style mansion directly on Chao Phraya river in Bangkok. With legendary heritage and architectural beauty, PRAYA PALAZZO was honored with accolades including Prime Minister’s “2014-2015 Thailand Boutique Awards” under “Luxury Thematic River/Lake Hotel” category, and “2011 Architectural Conservation Award” selected by The Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King.
We launched PRINCE THEATRE HERITAGE STAY in early 2018. PRINCE THEATRE is Bangkok’s only movie house turn boutique hotel. The 26-room, 130-bed property is located at the heart of Bangrak, Bangkok’s renowned street food paradise and creative district. PRINCE THEATRE is the showcase property of Heritage Stay Company, which seeks to re-imagine how travelers connect with Thailand’s rich local heritage. For more information on Montara, please visit www.montarahospitality.com