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When I say I was excited about visiting Thailand, it was mostly because I absolutely love Thai food. On that front, Thailand did not disappoint. We had so many classic dishes at Phuket restaurants such as Pad Thai and Pad See Ew (David’s favorite and mine, respectively). Of course, we also got to explore more unique Thai dishes that we fell in love with, and I have to wonder; are these dishes available back home and I just never knew enough to order them?
Dining at Phuket restaurants is shockingly cheap. Meals were around $10 USD each; less if it’s side-of-the-road casual, and more if it’s a Western menu. And the food is amazing – so amazing, its a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
Read our One-Week Itinerary for Phuket, Thailand.
Worth the Drive
Our friend Michelle introduced us to this restaurant, which is out of town near the Elephant Sanctuary. She had invited us to join her and three of her lady friends – one of whom has lived in Thailand for over 20 years – out to dinner. We trusted in our locals, who ordered a variety of dishes for us all to share. This is where I tried my new favorite Thai dish – lemongrass salad.
We ended up eating there again with Julie and loved it; it’s well worth the drive. I suggest coming for lunch, as the restaurant is set in the jungle and overlooks a pond and the surrounding nature. We even had a visitor during one of our meals!
Bang Pae Seafood
Very close to Piang Prai is Bang Pae Seafood. We didn’t go, but we hear it’s amazing and the view over the water is wonderful.
Phuket Italian Restaurant | Trattoria del Buongustaio
Located in Nai Harn, this is a fairly upscale restaurant with stunning sunset views and pizza that is to die for. We ate there a lot, tasting all of the pizzas. Yeah, the handmade pasta on the menu was tempting too, but the pizzas were really, really good. SO good, they were gone before I could get a photo!
La Terrazza Phuket Sunset Lounge Bar
Next door to the Italian Restuarant is this Thai restaurant. The staff all wear shirts that say Nai Harn on the Rock, the nearby hotel, so I assume they are connected. Again, we ate here several times, and the classic Thai dishes are really good and cheap.
Old Phuket Town
The Moon Thai Food
We were at this eatery in Old Phuket Town with Thomas when we first tried a true Pineapple Fried Rice. It ended up being a winning order in many places.
Located in an old Sino-Portuguese mansion, Raya is famous for it’s setting and serving authentic food from Phuket. The most popular dish is the crab curry, which I can confirm is delicious with big chunks of fresh crab. It’s definitely worth a stop as it’s one of the best Phuket restaurants.
Lemon Grass Restaurant
Located in the Limelight mall in Old Phuket Town, we had a good Thai meal here with Julie.
Breakfast Options in Old Phuket Town
We found there to be few tourist-aimed breakfast options for Phuket restaurants. Even a restaurant like Pancake Corner, dedicated to breakfast food, doesn’t open until 9 am. We ate three breakfasts in Old Phuket Town: our hotel, Mei Zhou Phuket Hotel, which serves both a western breakfast option and a Thai option; Glass House, the restaurant at Sino House Phuket Hotel, which has a buffet with both Asian and Western choices; and Tom N Toms Coffee, a Starbucks-equivalent based in South Korea.
Port of Call
For yachties in the area – either G&T or Ao Po Marina – Port of Call is an excellent meal out. It’s not a cheap eat, but not fine dining either, and the menu has a combination of both Thai and Western.
Royal Phuket Marina may be light on some amenities, but the Speakeasy Restaurant serves good Thai food. If you are passing through it’s a nice place to sit and relax overlooking the marina.
A Sweet Treat
Keep an eye out for Pineapple Cookies, a small, oblong-shaped cookie with a sticky pineapple filling. So good! You can find them in the Phuket Airport.