Dining In Phuket
Dining in Phuket
By William R Bradley
If you happen to be a gastronome, look no further: dining in Phuket offers every palette intense flavors that are sure to please. Whether you want traditional Thai food or french cuisine there is something for everyone here.
Restaurants in Phuket tend to come in three price categories: Thai price (about 30 to 60 baht per meal), elevated Thai price (bumped up for tourists, between 80 and 400 baht), and expensive fine dining, such as Mom Tri’s. Price however does not determine how tasty your food is here. In fact, from our experiences the typical Thai food stalls and restaurants in the lower price range have the best food. Unless you are craving foreign food, enjoy how cheap and delicious the local cuisine is.
One of our favorite hang outs is the food court in Central Fesitval in Chalong. Whether we eat Indian, dim sum, or Thai food, we feed our family of three for less then 300 baht. It is very vegetarian friendly as well, and perfect if you plan on having a date night with your spouse, since the movie theater is right next to it.
Looking for great pub food? The gastropub Full Moon Brewery in Patong has superb beer and finger foods, especially the onion rings! We just recently sent a friend of ours there, and they too loved both the food and drinks. Although the ambiance is not nearly as comforting as the Green Man pub, it has better quality food.
One of our regular hang outs is Ellize 80 Bistro in Phuket town which serves reasonably priced Thai and farang food. They also serve high quality Thai ice cream in flavors like Samui Coconut, durian, and passion fruit. There coffee is also some of the best and cheapest in Phuket.
Sala Mexicali in Chalong has some incredible Mexican food, although a little pricey compared to Thai food. Coyote mexican in Patong has a large menu of both Margaritas and Mexican delights such as sopa de tortilla and enchiladas. They are around the same price as Sala Mexicali, maybe slightly less expensive.
The one thing Phuket does not have: good sushi. My wife and I are big sushi lovers and have yet to find a high quality sushi restaurant. All the ones in Central Festival are terrible. But if you are not a sushi fan, you aren’t missing anything. Dining in Phuket is a pleasure for both residents and visitors alike.
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