Phuket Restaurant and Food Guide

PHK15The food is a highlight wherever you go in Thailand, though Phuket has some of the best restaurants outside Bangkok. The seafood here is excellent and you can have authentic Thai & international food in class restaurants down to fast food and street vendor fare.

There are some especially good restaurants with sea views to take your significant other to, as well as myriad pubs and bars with comfort food right near the main bar girl areas. Enjoy regional, southern Thai to Royal Thai cuisine in Phuket Town.

Patong naturally has the most eateries on Phuket, although many of these are hit & miss. All west coast beaches have pretty good options, with many of the top hotels also having excellent eating. If you’ve had your fill of Thai, there’s also Italian, French, German, British, American, Chinese, Japanese, and more.



Recommended Phuket restaurants
Patong

Molly Malone’s: (Irish) Perennial favourite right in the action at Patong, does great Irish & British food. Beers on tap and live music. 94/1 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, tel: (076) 292 771.

Savoey: (Thai & seafood) Popular indoor and outdoor Thai food and seafood eating. 136 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, tel: (076) 341 171, email.

Joe’s Downstairs: Great wine list, delicious appitizers, tapas, and live seafood with a wonderful ocean view over a private beach. 223/3 Prabaramee Road, Patong, tel: (076) 618 245,(076) 618 246.

White Box: (Thai fusion) Smart eatery at Kalim Beach, complete with open-air bar upstairs. Popular with couples and younger folk. 247/7 Prabaramee Rd, Patong, tel: (076) 346 271, email.

Meeting horny Thai girls for free:
Many ‘bachelors’ visiting Thailand take the easy way out by visiting girlie bars and go go bars, but there are also regular girls not on the game that are keen on meeting foreigners for a fling. Horny and lonely girls go looking for sex online with visiting or resident Westerners. They aren’t expecting money or a long-term boyfriend and haven’t been with many other men. One of the best places to meet these chicks is Adult Friend Finder, where there are more than 10,000 registered Thai female members.

Karon & Kata

Mom Tri’s Kitchen: (Thai) Fancy Thai eating at this beautiful boutique resort overlooking Kata Noi. Brainchild of founder Mom Tri Devakul. Pricey, though excellent all round. Book ahead. 12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi Beach, tel: (076) 333 569, email.

Ratri Jazztaurant: (Italian) Fantastic views over Kata and Karon from this smart, hilltop restaurant. Jazz music with good atmosphere. Kata Hill, tel: (076) 333 538, email.



Phuket Town

Blue Elephant: (Thai) One of the top eateries on the island is housed in a grand, restored mansion. Boasts Royal Thai cuisine and so is relatively expensive, but worthwhile for the tremendous experience. 96 Krabi Road, Phuket Town, tel: (076) 354 355-7, email.

Chalong

Green Man: (British) Traditional British food at this popular pub between Chalong and Kata. Sunday roast, imported beers, cigar room. 82/15 Moo 4, Patak Road, Chalong, tel: (076) 390 360.

Can you bring girls to your hotel?
Some Bangkok hotels don’t mind tourists bringing bar girls back to their room as long as they are discreet, while others charge extra or forbid it altogether. To save the embarrassment we’ve enquired with most of them and listed those that are suited to bachelors; see the list, rates and booking here.
Other areas

The Mangosteen: (Rawai, Thai & Western) Excellent Thai and international cuisines at this hilltop setting not far from Rawai Beach. Comes with an underground wine cellar. 99/4 Moo 7, Soi Mangosteen, tel: (076) 289 399.

Rivet & Rebar: (modern Asian cuisine) Fancy dining at this plush resort in the north of the island. The Slate, Nai Yang Beach, 116 Moo 1, Sakhu, Thalang, tel: (076) 327 006.

See more Phuket restaurant listings at 1stopphuket.com.