While Mick and Keith are back with the remastered classic Exile On Main Street with yes a gritty ‘Ventilator Blues’ I need something hot, spicy and just a tad exotic to match the tunes to the taste.
Out of left field come former wild child from California, Hawaii and yes Mexico along with Bangkok’s vaunted Tamarind Café Colin Stevens with his new casual eatery The Burnt Tortilla.
What do they say in Apocalypse Now as they start to head up the river in search of Coronel Kurtz “one look at you and I know it’s gonna get hot.”
Yes, sporting an armful of colorful tattoos the former hotel trained chef who worked with chains such as ACCOR and Centara as well as tooling his trade at the taco wagons of Baja brings Mexico’s best to destination Phuket.
Charlie don’t surf but he does like his chilies and tapping into a mouth watering selection of 8 different meats from slow cooked pork carnitas to chicken chipotle is a trip through the pipeline.
Topping it all off are another 8, yes that’s right count em…8 delictable salsas ranging from verde, fresco, and my favorite Dad’s Holy S—T Habanero salsa.
Sideways sides come fast and furious with tamales, chorizo or for the sweet ones, churros. It’s making me hungry just writing this, as sweat is gathering on my desk, Mick sings wails on “Loving Cup.”
It’s all fresh, it’s all handmade, and yes there are margaritas. Sticky fingers and a scorched tongue are add on’s to this masterpiece of Mexicana. Forget surf noir, I’m all for a bit of food noir at this Cherngtalay hot spot.
The Burnt Tortilla, Srisoontorn Road (across street from Lotus Express, Chergtalay, Phuket (open daily 9 to 9)