Opened in late 1996 by globetrotting chef Harold Schwarz, Tatonka has had an ever increasing following by local residents and return vacationers alike.Featuring a timeless unique style of mainly Asian, Latino and Mediterranean influences,Harold calls it Globetrotter Cuisine, constantly evolving and creating new dishes.
Trained at some of Europe’s top hotels and restaurants, he wandered overseas to follow the path of the great buffalo, named TATONKA in the language of the native Americans. This led him over the American Southwest to California, then east to the Hawaiian Islands and further to Southeast Asia, where he fell completely in love with the food and the people of Thailand.
Tatonka holds a unique place on Phuket's shores with its style and ambiance and therefore also being featured as an “Insiders Tip” in several guide books such as Lonely Planet, Frommers, Insight Guide, Meridian and others.
Truly alfresco dining...with a great personal touch,an open bar and a kitchen to watch chefs creating dishes.
Seating capacity is around 50, 30 indoors and another 20 in a lush planted courtyard,which can be completely covered in case of rain.
Private dinner or cocktail parties up to 50 persons can be hosted with a personally designed menu. Wine & Dine events are also held on a regular basis.
Tatonka is located in an area containing a range of shops, restaurants and pubs just outside the Laguna Resort entrance, about a 20-minute drive south of the airport and north of Patong Beach.
Restaurant walls are covered mostly with buffalo and indian motifs as "Tatonka" means Buffalo. Opened in late 1996 by globetrotting chef Harold Schwarz, Tatonka has had an ever increasing following by local residents and return vacationers alike.Featuring a timeless unique style of mainly Asian ,Latino and Mediterranean influences, he calls it Globetrotter Cuisine, constantly evolving and creating new dishes.
Harold has taken a hands-on approach to building up a faithful clientele through precise methods of food preparation and presentation. Dishes he creates are fresh and different than found at most Laguna satellite restaurants and his creations of North American, notably Cajun, blended with Asian dishes are outstanding.
Only fresh produce from local markets personally selected by the chef is used in the open kitchen. Cooking techniques and spices from various ethnic cuisine
Globetrotter cuisine. At Laguna Phuket entrance. (Take-out East & West Cuisine.)