Yes, it’s in a mall. But this southern restaurant tastes amazing.

For a traditional southern feast with added comfort, head to Maimorn Cuisine (www.fb.com/maimorncuisine) on the ground floor of Central Floresta Phuket mall.

Here, authentic, pungent dishes are rustled up in a bright and spacious setting, dotted with dangling ferns, brown leather seating and illustrated walls.

Try the baked pineapple fried-rice (B250) with melinjo leaves in coconut milk, or the stir-fried sea crab with roe (B450) and dried shrimp dip and assorted vegetables (B195).

For dessert, the durian with sticky rice and coconut milk (B190) makes an interesting choice.