by Kristie Rodgers
The original James Bond Beach!
Phang Nga Bay Cha-Leang
Phetkasem Rd 82140 Tel 0-7641-3831
This Phang Nga Bay restaurant is somewhat a favorite with locals and passing businessmen who come to the restaurant during breaktimes, Cha-Leang is a simple place without the frills, but the seafood dishes are well prepared, although usually spicy. Try the hor mok thalay (spiced chunks of seafood mixed in a savory custard and steamed). Nice balcony seating.
Phang Nga Bay Duang
122 Phetkasem Rd 82140 Tel 0-7641-2216
Both Chinese and southern Thai cuisine feature on this restaurant’s menu. The seafood is particularly good. Try the delicious, spicy dishes such as tom yam talay (spicy seafood soup), kung phao (grilled shrimp), the excellent dried shrimp and papaya salad, or a mouthwatering glass-noodle salad.
Phang Nga Coast Stempfer Café
Phetkasem Rd, Baan La On, Khao Lak 82190
This long standing favorite serves an excellent German breakfast. It is also well known as a great place to buy mouthwatering cakes and other pastries. Good for sandwich lunches and beer. However, the Thai food is not as good as in some of the other restaurants.
Phang Nga Coast Viking Steak House
Phetkasem Rd, Baan La On, Khao Lak 82190 Tel 0-7642-0815
A no-frills restaurant which offers great European and Thai food including pizzas at reasonable prices. Everything is clean and proper, with quick service, but without any pretensions. A good salad bar and dailyspecials. It gets busy, even rowdy, late in the evening.
Phuket Pan Yaah Thai Restaurant
249 Prabaramee Rd, Patong 83150 Tel 0-7634-4473
Situated 1 mile (2 km) north of Patong, Pan Yaah Thai Restaurantcombines excellent food with breathtaking sea views. The food is simple, nourishing fare of classic Thai seafood and noodle dishes, carefully prepared with fresh and fragrant local ingredients.
Phuket Somjit Noodles
214/6 Phuket Rd, Phuket town 83000 Tel 0-7625-6701
A small, clean, and unassuming daytime noodle shop, Somjit Noodles has been around for almost 50 years. It offers an excellent range of Thai and Hokkien noodle dishes. This is a great place to try the island’s best-known dish khanom chin nam ya Phuket (Chinese noodles in a curried fish sauce).
Phuket Angus O’Tool’s
516/20 Patak Rd, Soi Islandia, Karon 83100 Tel 0-7639-8262
A lively atmosphere, reasonable prices, and a choice of specials makes Angus O’Tool’s a favorite stopover for visitors to Phuket. It is best to call ahead and book for dinner during high season. Great Sunday roast. Known for the most generous breakfast spreads in Phuket.
Phuket China Inn Café
20 Thalang Rd, Phuket town 83000 Tel 0-7635-8239
Set up in a restored Sino-Portuguese building, China Inn Café resembles a tasteful, eclectic antique shop. The outdoor seating offers diners a relaxed ambience in which to peruse the exhaustive Thai and Western menus.
The spring rolls and duck curry are particularly good. Good breakfast on offer.
Phuket Ka Jok See
26 Takua Pa Rd, Phuket town 83000 Tel 0-7621-7903
Hidden down a small soi in the center of Phuket town, Ka Jok See is a lively Thai restaurant, popular throughout Thailand. Besides a selection of Thai dishes prepared with a special flair, there is live music and dancing – an ideal place for a fun evening. Dinner reservations advised.
Phuket Kampong Kata Hill Restaurant
West Patak Rd, Kata 83100 Tel 0-7633-0103
Built in a traditional Thai-style house, on top of a hill above Hat Kata, this restaurant offers great value. Consistently fine standard Thai dishes. The attached art gallery offers works by local artists and somereproductions of antique pieces are worth a look.