Mor Mu Dong sits amongst the mangrove trees of Chalong in a watery inlet from the ocean. The authentic seafood restaurant is made up of ‘salas’, or bamboo huts, where guests have the choice to sit on mats and eat from small tables or sit at regular tables and chairs. Dotted with potted plants and hanging vines, the exterior of Mor Mu Dong is luscious and inviting, with continued greenery inside. The salas come in a variety of sizes and are fan-cooled for comfort.
This fine-dining establishment sits atop a beachside incline overlooking Phuket Town and Cape Yamu. Breeze’s modern fare is made with the freshest ingredients and the menu changes often as new produce becomes available. The décor of Breeze features tree trunks leading up to a wooden ceiling above various-sized tables. The wine list at Breeze includes 12 wines plus sparkling wines and champagne selections.
Boathouse Wine & Grill is part of the Boathouse Beach Resort and is one of the most celebrated restaurants in Thailand. This five-star restaurant on Kata Beach offers gourmet Asian and French food in a recently renovated setting. The tasteful décor of Boathouse is mostly white, for a clean, elegant look and feel. Guests can enjoy fan-cooled dining indoors or alfa-facebookresco dining outside, with stunning beach and ocean views.
Home Kitchen at Kalim Beach is the brainchild of Chef Daniel Isberg. This gastronomic restaurant sits at the northern end of Patong Bay and delivers artsy design styled by industrial artist John Underwood of Australia. The intriguing atmosphere of Home Kitchen gives patrons a chance to enjoy a timeless, classy dining experience set to soft music played by a live DJ. The upscale menu at Home Kitchen features such dishes as foie gras tacos and king scallop carpaccio. French mixologist Thomas Alexandre serves up delightful cocktails to complement the outstanding cuisine.
Joe’s Downstairs, in Phuket, is one of the area’s most prominent restaurants. Stairs lead guests to a stunning, all-white restaurant overlooking the beautiful Andaman Sea. Joe’s is in Kalim, just a few short minutes from Patong, and gives guests a top-class view, especially at sunset. With access to a variety of local sources, Joe’s is one of the best spots in Phuket for wine. Food is created by American Chef Aaron Hooper, who brings fresh tastes to the menu daily.
For a more laid-back, but still delightful, dining experience, look no further than Sam’s Steaks & Grill in Patong. This steakhouse is air-conditioned and has relaxing music piped in to keep the atmosphere calm. Guests can choose between the main dining area and a more intimate lounge area, decorated with various-sized mirrors. Sam’s well-deserved reputation makes it a great steakhouse choice in Thailand.
Kru Suwit sits amongst a neighbourhood of floating restaurants, offering guests an appealing and unique dining experience. The simple setup includes wooden rafts tied together, roofed shelters, and tables with wooden benches. The seafood at Kru Suwit is authentic and fresh, kept in nets between each of the rafts. Guests can choose their own seafood, which is then prepared for them on the spot. This floating restaurant is only accessible by longtail boat, making the entire dining experience an adventure.
Raya Thai Cuisine provides authentic Thai food for a reasonable price. The setting is elegant, yet casual, and is situated in a restored colonial mansion in Phuket Town. Chef Khun Garab prepares down-home Thai cooking with such expertise; guests have been known to fly her cuisine out for special meals when they can’t make it to Phuket. If you love the food in Phuket and can think of any other great places to eat, please let us know in the comments section below.