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Recommendations for good chow in Phuket?

Losothai Nov 2, 2006 03:06 PM

So my Thailand vacation is coming up and I'm searching the web from restaurant tip on Phuket island.

Has anyone recently been and good things to report?

We will be staying at the Mai Khao Beach all the way up north close to the airport. But we'll have a rental car and as always are willing to travel for good food... :-)

Thanks for any help.

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    aventinus Sep 6, 2007 08:16 AM

    The one good Thai place I went in Patong Beach was called "The Beach." It was actually on the beach, toward the northern end of Patong. The food was much better than I expected given the totally cool, tourist-magnet setting. I don't remember any other food of any kind being better than OK, with the exception of the Arabic places, which are generally good throughout Thailand.

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      justintime Aug 18, 2007 10:19 AM

      there's a great restaurant in phuket town called mama rose. old house, beautiful courtyard, traditional thai with lots of seafood. set in from the beach, not lots of western tourists but lots of vacationing thais there. very good food and very charming. the opposite of what you usually find in phuket.

      i've tried googling it to figure out the address but nothing is coming up but maybe your concierge will know it (if anyone knows the real name, please pass it along!).

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        anothernotch Jul 31, 2007 10:19 AM


        My wife and I are planning a trip to Phuket this December and I was wondering what you thought of the recommendations? Any not to be missed places? Also do you have any tips for Bangkok? Thanks in advance.

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          Greg P. Dec 26, 2006 09:07 PM

          Phuket has some really great restaurants as well as some bad ones. If you are a foodie, then Baan Rim Pa is one that should not be missed. Nice atmosphere and service too. The only drawback is that it is fairly expensive (for Thailand).

          If you dont mind spending a little I would also recommend Mom Tri's Kitchen in Kata Noi.

          I will have to say that my favorite restaurant in Phuket is Kan Eang II (9/3 Chaofa Road, Chalong Bay). Great seafood and service in the Thai way. This is a place that many of the locals go as well.

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            Boswell Dec 18, 2006 08:43 PM

            If you go to Patong Beach, be sure to eat at Sea Hag
            Best food I had during the month I spent in Thailand.

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              michaelyu Nov 3, 2006 12:07 AM

              I just got back from Phuket two weeks ago. I stayed at the JW Marriott, which I suspect is where you are staying. Surprisingly, the Italian restaurant at the hotel I thought was decent. Among the various alternatives offered for breakfast, the Deli at the hotel was the best, but breakfast there will not be deemed included in your rate -- you should check carefully with the hotel. The best meal I had at the hotel was the meal that I made at the cooking schoool. I can't recall any good meals outside of the hotel either.

              1. joypirate Nov 2, 2006 09:01 PM

                oh yeah, "Dang Restaurant" is really good. On a street that runs parallel to Patong Beach, roughly 2-3 blocks back from the Haagen-Dazs.

                So starting at the Haagen Dazs which is on the main street along the beach, head away from the beach 2-3 blocks and it'll be the next big street you see. It might be left a block.

                Get the crispy garlic chicken.

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                  linuslam Nov 2, 2006 06:56 PM

                  we usually stay on Patong beach...Yes it's touristy and it's crazy but it has its charms. The food in most of the tourist restaurant there are pretty standard.( amazing compared to US Thai restaurant, unremarkable compared to a decent restaurant in that country) 2 best food experience were
                  1) a little hole in the wall eatery on the back street directly behind holiday inn. (Pee Road, I think)
                  2) an old lady walking around town, carrying 2 baskets with mysterious ingredients, and makes a kick-ass green papaya salad (som tum).

                  1. joypirate Nov 2, 2006 04:00 PM

                    Absolutely go to Baan Rim Pa. It remains one of the best meals of my life.


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