Chef Nikola

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About Us: Crafting Culinary Adventures at Issara Restaurant &
Bar.

At Issara Restaurant & Bar, we are more than just a dining destination; we are a culinary journey that spans continents and cultures. Our story begins with the visionary Chef Nikola Lesar, whose culinary expertise and adventurous spirit have shaped our unique dining experience.

Chef Nikola Lesar: A Culinary Odyssey

Chef Nikola Lesar rose to prominence in 2012 when he clinched victory on the Croatian edition of the renowned television culinary competition, Masterchef. At just 22 years old, he embarked on a transformative journey that led him to Thailand, the heart of his culinary endeavors.

After his Masterchef triumph, Chef Nikola honed his skills under the tutelage of acclaimed Croatian chef Dino Glavagno at the prestigious 5/4 restaurant in Zagreb. However, it was his insatiable appetite for exploration that drew him to Asia.

A 200-day sojourn through countries like China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand, and India awakened his senses to the diverse and vibrant flavors of the continent.

 

This transformative journey brought Chef Nikola to Thailand, where he enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu Bangkok Academy to delve into the realm of high French gastronomy while exploring the flavors of hidden Thailand. Under the guidance of culinary luminaries, he honed his craft and deepened his love for Asian cuisine. The culmination of this whole epic journey is – Issara.

Our Culinary Philosophy: Blending Cultures and Flavors

Issara Restaurant & Bar embodies Chef Nikola’s culinary philosophy – a fusion of cultures and flavors that celebrates both his European roots and his deep appreciation for Asian cuisine. Our menu is a testament to his global culinary journey, featuring dishes inspired by his travels.

Whether you savor the bold spices of Thai cuisine, the elegance of European techniques, or the fusion of both worlds, every dish is a testament to Chef Nikola’s commitment to culinary excellence.

Our Audience: A Diverse Tapestry of Tastes

At Issara, our audience is as diverse as the flavors on our menu. From locals and expatriates to international tourists, our restaurant is a melting pot of culinary enthusiasts. We’ve attracted industry professionals, executives, and food lovers who appreciate the artistry of our cuisine.

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Chef Nikola Lesar:
The Culinary Visionary

Meet Chef Nikola Lesar, the visionary force behind Issara Restaurant & Bar. Hailing from Čakovec, Croatia, Chef Nikola’s culinary journey began with a resounding victory on the Croatian edition of Masterchef in 2012. His talent and passion have since taken him on a whirlwind adventure across continents.

Driven by a relentless thirst for culinary exploration, Chef Nikola embarked on a 200-day odyssey through Asia, where he immersed himself in diverse cuisines and cultures. This transformative journey shaped his eclectic style, blending European techniques with the vibrant flavors of Asia.

Today, Chef Nikola Lesar stands at the helm of Issara, crafting innovative dishes that reflect his love for culinary experimentation and his dedication to delivering exceptional flavors.

Meet Filip Lesar: An Ambitious Mixologist with Global Expertise

Filip Lesar, the brother of Nikola, is an ambitious bartender and mixologist with extensive international experience. Having entered the hospitality industry at the age of 16, Filip honed his skills and graduated as a bartender from the renowned “ebs” European Bartender School. Now, six years later, following stints in France, Amsterdam, Phuket, and Croatia, he has joined Issara as a team leader, becoming Nikola’s indispensable right hand.

With a background enriched by training in prestigious boutique and 5-star hotels such as Marriott and SOHO House, Filip has accumulated profound expertise in bar management, mixology, and hospitality. This wealth of experience is now poised to make a mark on the grounds of Phuket. Drawing inspiration from exotic ingredients and employing an innovative “out of the box” mindset, Filip is set to tantalize your taste buds with his unique signature cocktails.

The Issara Team: Passionate Craftsmen of Hospitality

At Issara Restaurant & Bar, our team is a collective of passionate craftsmen dedicated to the art of hospitality. Comprising some of Phuket’s finest hospitality talents, our team is committed to ensuring every guest’s experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

From our skilled bartenders who craft unique cocktails to our attentive service staff who create a welcoming atmosphere, our team shares Chef Nikola’s vision of delivering exceptional dining experiences.

Together, we bring to life the essence of Issara – where creativity is celebrated, rules are left behind, and every guest becomes part of our culinary journey. We invite you to join us and discover the warmth and artistry that define the Issara team’s commitment to hospitality excellence.

Reviews

What clients say

Meshal Betrah
Meshal Betrah
2023-12-16
ممتااااز جدا
Aleks Zeleznyi
Aleks Zeleznyi
2023-12-16
Очень атмосферное место с шикарными стейками, мясом из Европы. Здесь вы можете попробовать Французское вагю, Пармскую ветчину и мраморную говядину из Японии.
Si Chen
Si Chen
2023-12-16
Excellent restaurant, maybe the best western & fusion restaurant in the area. We ordered local dish crab cakes, very authentic; and a fusion japanese shitake and chestnut gyoza, original and creative. As main dishes, we had a mushroom burger and the lamb shank which came from New Zealand, so tender and fresh. Also highly recommend the cocktail here! Wine list is great too. Only thing that may be improved is the coconut creme brulee, the texture is too dense and more like an omelet than crème brulee ; no coconut taste at all. Overall a bit pricey, but I guess that worth the price as for for quality of the food. Highly recommended!
石川誠
石川誠
2023-12-14
Great space, serve, drink, food. Sure price is high compare with local food, but if you need special dining 1 day in Phuket, you must try.
J
J
2023-12-13
Bester Burger ever! Habe gleich noch einen zweiten bestellt.👌
DIMAX
DIMAX
2023-12-12
Great place! The salad with blue crab I really recommend who likes something strange, spicy and sweet pomelo tastes together great. Good service, clear kitchen, so I recommend to visit this place. Price is usual.
викещрия бражникова
викещрия бражникова
2023-12-11
Супер место ! Очень вкусно , атмосферно !!! Были с мужем кушали салат с море продуктами 10+ , суп том ям 10+ и тунец татаки 10+ Очень вкуснооооооо!!! Рекомендую к посещению !
Ruslananda Ram
Ruslananda Ram
2023-12-11
Супер вкусно
Annalisa Olivieri
Annalisa Olivieri
2023-12-11
Ottima qualità di cibo, buonissima la Wagyu, ottimo il personale e bellissima la location. Straconsigliato!
Mikhail Smirnov
Mikhail Smirnov
2023-12-10
Very cozy and aesthetically impeccable environment.

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