So much great food: fresh seafood grilled, coconut-based curries, spicy dishes, unusual things, regional cusine from the Northeast, Chiang Mai dips, oysters and crabs. it goes on and on in Thailand, but Phuket is the home of seafood. Don't come to Thailand hoping or expecting to lose weight Eating on Phuket Island can be one of the memorable pleasures of a holiday here. Thailand is already famed for its creative cuisine and its cheap seafood. With the tourism and hotel boom have come scores of new restaurants, many bringing cuisine from every corner of the country and of the globe. And the standards are high, the prices low. Just to survive more than a year in the highly competitive restaurant business in a food-loving country like Thailand is proof enough of quality.
Seafood is at the top of the list for most foreign visitors, and Phuket is heaven for lovers of the fruits of the ocean. Being a major fishing centre, Phuket gets first pick of fresh seafood coming ashore in both local ‘longtail’ boats and trawlers of the high seas. The village-based ‘longtails’ fish for hours each day or night, before returning, so their catch is readily available and prized for freshness.
Seafood caught locally includes a wide variety of fish, prawns, crabs, squid, shark, lobsters and several varieties of shellfish. The Thais are masters in the preparation of all of these, and so Thai-seafood restaurants in Phuket do a booming business. Virtually all of the restaurants relying on tourists also serve seafood, be it Italian-style, German or Vietnamese.
In Patong, Phuket’s throbbing centre of food shopping and entertainment, the beachfront road is lined by a series of outdoor restaurants specialising in fresh seafood. All have Thai menus, giving the opportunity to choose your fish or crabs or prawns from a boat of ice at the front then ordering it cooked in a variety of Thai styles. Prices in tourist centres like this are naturally higher than in restaurants on other parts of the island where the clientele is largely Thai. If you want to try things truly 100% Thai-style – and that included a lot of chilli – you will need your own transportation and our restaurant list on Chalong and Rawai.
On every beach a feast
But every beach on Phuket has a great choice in restaurants. The hygiene standards are quite high. Those with good ambience – mostly overlooking the ocean – will be the most crowded.
Visitors to Phuket will be overwhelmed by the variety of food and
dining experiences that awaits them here. Even the most discerning
and hard to please foodies will appreciate what really is one of
the major attractions of the island and indeed Thailand overall,
as Thai food is renowned world wide for its virtually addictive
flavours and variety, and for the freshness of ingredients.
Phuket is especially acclaimed for its seafood, southern Specialities
such as curries with coconut milk and the wonderful range of fresh
fruits also available here.
Phuket has a number of special local dishes which are different
from those of other parts of Thailand and visitors should not miss
trying. Here are some of them.
Khanom Chin is Thai rice noodles normally eaten with curry
soup made from minced fish or shrimps. Though it is available in
any part of Thailand, khanom chin of Phuket has a richer flavour
and is served with a greater variety and amount of fresh and preserved
vegetables. It is also delicious when taken with beef curry or chicken
curry. It is a typical breakfast for the local people.
There are two styles of fried noodles which Phuket is proud to offer.
One is mi hokkian or mi hun ( Amoy noodles) which
is fried with fresh shrimps, pork, shellfish and green cabbage.
The other, originating in Sapam Village, is mi sapam with
seafood and gravy on top.
Ho Mok is steamed curried fish (or crab or other seafood) with vegetables held in a banana leaf or foil container. It should be eaten with steamed rice.
When talking about Thai curry, foreigners will probably think of
chicken or beef curry only. If you are in Phuket, why not try Phuket's kaeng luang (sour curry with fish and vegetables), a popular
southern curry with a peculiar taste.
Namphrik Kung Siap
It is Phuket style hot shrimp paste sauce with sweetened crisp shrimps,
eaten with fresh vegetables.
This is a small kind of moon cakes and a speciality of Phuket which
tourists popularly buy and take home.
Pineapples of Phuket are sweet, juicy, not so soft and are inexpensive.
The cashew nut is a famous local product of Phuket. It is used to
make various kinds of delicious snacks, for example, roasted cashew
nuts with salt, cashew nuts fried with garlic, cashew nuts coated
with chocolate and honeyed cashew nut brittle.
One of the wonderful characteristics of this country and its people
is the reverence held for food and eating. Wonderful food is readily
available at almost all times of the day, and you do not have to
pay an arm and a leg to enjoy the most sumptuous of dishes. Whether
dining in an upmarket hotel restaurant or sitting on a stool by
a street side vendor, you'll enjoy every morsel.
Bang Tao Beach
Offers some of the best local and international
dining on the island. Within the luxury resort of the Laguna area,
is a myriad of choices for dining - little wonder many visitors
don't feel the necessity to venture out of this area at all. At the Dusit Laguna Hotel there is lots to choose
from, but especially enjoyable is La Trattoria, the sophisticated
Italian haute cuisine restaurant with a view of the sweeping lawn,
or Ruen Thai, a beautiful Thai-style restaurant on a romantic lagoon. The traditional Thai cuisine is elegantly served
in handsome dishes accompanied with carved vegetables. At La Trattoria,
the chef recommend you try his homemade pastas and polish off your
meal with cold, refreshing gelato made on the premises. Open daily
The small community of Kamala hosts some gems of eating-places within
a very small area close to the beach. Indeed, there is no better
way to enjoy the relaxed calm of Kamala village, than to while away
the time at any of the beach side restaurants, savouring the best
of local food, sea breezes and scenic views.
Karon Beach has many eateries to choose from, and whether it's Thai
food or a taste of something different, you'll find lots to please
Karon Beach Bluefin Tavern is known for it's American food served
in a neighborhood bar-style restaurant. And now they've gone big
with Tex-Mex! Try their excellent burritos and their special nachos,
or the hamburgers that have to be the most delicious and authentic
in Phuket. Superb pizza coladas, American-style pizza, sandwiches
and more. Open daily 11.30am-late.
For eating in the Nai Harn area, try Coconut Cafe (next to Phuket Yacht Club) which serves good local food and is
popular with expat residents. Don's Cafe in Sayuan
village offers one of the islands most extensive menus in a local
village style setting. Nok Yung Restaurant serves
Thai food in pleasant surroundings and nearby The Wall offers French
and Thai cuisine in an Indonesian style open restaurant on stilts. Quarterdeck Restaurant at the Le Royal Meridien
Phuket Yacht Club, is where you'll find the true ambiance of a yacht
club. White-clothed tables on an open verandah overlook the beautiful
bay of Nai Harn. Attentive service. Try the huge dinner buffet,
overflowing with gourmet dishes, or the shady outdoor terrace restaurant
that makes a lovely spot for lunch and serves lighter specialties
during the heat of the day. Both open daily from breakfast.
Thung Kha Cafe :: Khao Rang
Nan :: 16 Wichit Songkhram Road (Thai -Chinese -Japanese)
Phuket Sea Food :: 66/2 Phuket Road
New Lucky :: 74/162 Phun Phon Night Plaza, Phun Phon Road
Metropole Cafe ::Metropole Hotel Montri Road (Thai, Chinese, Western)
Mae Phon :: Phangnga Road (Thai, Chinese, Western)
Laem Thong :: 31-39 Opposite Thawon Grand Plaza (Chinese, Seafood)
Lai An Lao :: 58 Ratsada Road (Thai, Chinese, Western)
Forturna Pavilion :: Montri Road (Chinese)
Euro Food :: 15-7 Thalang Road (Western)
Ban Saeng Duan :: 27 Chana Charoen (Muslim)
Chalong Bay-Surin Beach-Rawai Beach
Sun Down Cafe :: 7 Surin Beach
Seven Sea Seafood :: 28/8 Chao Fa Road
Phromthep :: Laem Phromthep 94/6 Mu 6, Tambon Rawai (Thai)
Le Croissant :: 18/136-140 Chao Fa Nok Road (Bakery)
Kan Eng 2 :: 9/3 Chao Fa Road (Seafood)
Kan Eng 1 :: Chalong Junction, Wiset Road (Seafood)
Chom View :: Siam Phuket Resort 24/24 Rawai Plaza (Thai)
Le Jadin Patong Hill :: Soi Na Nai
La Spaghettiria :: 70/68 Rat-uthit Road, Paradise Complex (Italian)
La Mousson :: 89/3 Sawatdirak (French)
Lai Mai :: 68 Thawiwong Road (European, Thai)
The Islander :: 94/27 Soi Patong Resort Tel: 0-7634-2685 (Thai, Western)
Hungry Tiger :: 93/35 Rat uthit (Thai, Western)
Hideaway :: 47/4 Na Nai (Thai, Western)
Grillhuntte :: 83/54 Thawiwong Road(Austrarian, German)
Ban Rim Pha :: 100/7 Kalim Beach (Thai)
Baitong :: Patong Beach Hotel 124 Thawiwong Road (Seafood)
Buffalo Steak House :: 94/25-26 Soi Baitong Resort (Western)
Casanova :: 97/32 Thawiwong Road, Patong Resort Arcade (Italian )
Bang Thong Ruan Phae :: Soi Sai Thong, Tambon Bangthong, Krathu District (Thai, Western)
Paul’s Place :: Kamala Beach
Suan Sawan :: Between Kalim and Kamala Beaches
Yam Yen Seafood :: Phanwa Cape, Sakdidet Road