Life in Phuket begins at sunrise. While some partygoers are stumbling into their hotel rooms, fishermen are docking onto land, with them the freshest catches of the day. At the markets, fish are laid out on ice, and vegetables are sprayed with drops of water. Chefs and families both take their picks, and the day commences. Food in Phuket, let alone Thailand, is a culinary experience. But, the best food isn’t always found in 5-star resorts, just as it isn’t always tucked in a kart along the sidewalks of Laguna. Here are our favourite scours:
#1 Bang Pae Seafood
Our pick for: An off the beaten path lunch.
Pack a snack, because it’s a long drive to get there. The restaurant is located in Bang Pae Village, a 50-minute long car ride from Patong. Worth it? Definitely. Food is authentic, and there’s a small beach as well as a backdrop of mangroves.
Address: Pa Khlok, Thalang, Phuket
Tel no: +66 87 887 5785
Open hours: 10 am – 8 pm
Our pick for: The best of both worlds.
So here’s the scenario: half the group wants Thai food, and the other half travels all the way to Phuket for pasta. At The Chalk & Cheese, you get both, along with daily specials. The restaurant is run by a husband-wife duo. Its location is a big plus (if not the selection of beers and wine); just 15 minutes away from Patong by car. Jazz plays softly in the background and that’s always welcomed.
Address: Soi Bangthong 110/25, Kathu
Tel no: +66 76 319 323
Open from: 4 pm – 10 pm
Our pick for: The best Thai food on the island.
Not just for the best authentic dishes, but also as a great place for families with kids. It’s one of the only restaurants open early in the day near Laguna Area, and with its kid’s menu and appetisers, you’ll see why you might revisit The Corner Restaurant over and over again — within the same trip.
Address: 118/1 Bandon-Cherngtalay Road, Choeng Thale
Tel: +66 76 324 023
Open from: 9 am – 10.30 pm
Our pick for: The best burgers (possibly in the world).
You can’t, or shouldn’t, kick a craving for burgers. Craving or not, you won’t regret a trip here for the biggest, juiciest, burger. They also serve Thai food, but that’s beside the point.
Address: Soi Khokmakham, Rawai
Tel no: +66 84 366 5004
Open from: 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Our pick for: Your quota of luxury.
For the love of all things luxury, we love Acqua (not a typo). It’s one of the island’s best Italian restaurants, even serving famous guests like Kelly Rowland and Dolph Lundgren (Rocky fans — guilty!). Acqua is owned by chef Alessandro Frau, who was previously the executive chef at Sheraton Laguna Phuket.