Leap-Frogging the Competition – Forging forward with new conviction at Dr Frogs Italian Bar & Grill.

Dr Frogs

Oysters with Bloody Mary shots, Filet Steak with Jumbo Prawns, Barracuda Balls with Spicy Tomato sauce, the Thailander cocktail, Chablis by the glass, Monday night saxophone vibes with Nok and 9:00 am yoga classes with a perfect sea view.

Dr Frogs is definitely not resting on the laurels of their long-term success. With an energetic restaurant manager who has a passion for exceptional hospitality and customer service, the restaurant continues to forge ahead. Along with the highly talented eight-year resident Italian chef, Massimo Mariani, changes are being made. Situated on the cliffs of Chaweng Noi, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, the ever-popular Dr Frogs commands breath-taking views of the panoramic coastline and the turquoise blue ocean below. The restaurant consists of two covered, open-sided balconies with wooden decking and fans throughout. The gorgeous view and welcome ocean breeze throughout the entire dining area make it an idyllic spot to sample some of their renowned authentic Italian or Thai cuisine.

The restaurant opens its doors every day at 7:00 am for gourmet breakfasts, with healthy and nourishing choices. Try Dr Frogs signature breakfast; poached eggs with asparagus, olives, feta cheese, rocket, polenta and toast. Or design your own combination. The welcome variety of choice includes; feta or cream cheese, smoked salmon, steamed spinach, sausages and bacon, as well as cereals, fruit salads, pancakes, Thai breakfast favourites, teas and real Italian Vittoria coffee. Seek out the healthy drinks menu, offering delights such as Green Pina Colada Smoothie, Energy Booster or Recovery Angel!

Dr FrogsCome and join the 9:00 am yoga class at Boujis Boutique Resort situated right next door. It’s then just a hop, skip and a jump up to the restaurant for breakfast! Follow with a shimmy over to the sun loungers around the resort pool for some well-earned holiday relaxation and the possibility of a later snack from the poolside menu.

Dr Frogs also has an ‘all day menu’, chock full of classic Italian favourites. Starters, salads, meat and seafood mains, pizza, pasta, risotto and desserts. Maybe start with the Cosce Di Rana Alla Provenzale – Pan Fried Frog Legs in Garlic and Parsley Butter, (sorry I couldn’t resist a namesake dish!). Then try the Ravioli Verdi; Ricotta and Spinach in Green Ravioli with Sage Butter and Parmigiano or the Australian Fillet Steak and Jumbo Tiger Prawn served with your choice of potatoes. Homemade Gnocchi is very popular and there is a choice of three sauces. From the Thai menu, try Gai Hor Bai Toey; Shallow Fried Chicken Wrapped in Pandan Leaf with Plum Sauce or Tod Mun Goon; Deep Fried Prawn Cakes with Sweet Chill Sauce, both designed to be shared!

Dr FrogsLobsters, French oysters and Australian mussels, along with prime Australian beef and New Zealand lamb are all imported to maintain freshness and quality. At Dr Frogs, all the stock, sauces and soups are made on site, and only the freshest vegetables are used. And the desserts are all awesome and homemade. Try the Mango Crème Brûlée with wild berry compote or the ever-popular Tiramisu.

The updated wine list now includes even higher quality wines at lower prices. There is a great selection of Chianti and Pinot Grigio from Italy, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, amongst many others imported from Italy, France, Argentina, America, Chile, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria and Australia. And you can buy more wines by the glass, including a rather special Chablis, imported directly from the Burgundy region in France. The bar is extremely well stocked and has a great selection of specialist whiskies and a new selection of Grappa and some surprise special cocktails.

Yes, there is still the Bellini (prosecco and peach juice) and the Negroni (gin, Campari and vermouth), but now Dr Frogs have introduced the Negroni Sbagliato, which has a story behind its creation. Sbagliato in Italian means ‘bungled’, ‘wrong’ or ‘broken’. Apparently, a very busy bartender picked up a bottle of prosecco instead of gin, and so a new and delicious cocktail was born.

Dr Frogs comes highly recommended and can get busy, particularly in the evenings. On Monday and Wednesday there is live music. Ensure you book ahead to experience their meticulous cuisine, awesome service and idyllic cliff top view. Find them on the ring road between Chaweng Noi and Lamai, situated between Boujis Boutique Resort and the viewpoint. Open every day from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm, Dr Frogs is ready and eager to leap-frog you forward into new experiences.

Karan Ladd

For reservations or further information, telephone 0 7744 8505
www.drfrogs.com