Everyone is well aware that there are two Kan Eang Seafood restaurants in Phuket?! If not, you do now! Kan [email protected] is the newest and most talked about, while Kan Eang 2 was, as far as I remembered it, just the aging sister restaurant. How wrong I was! I have to admit I just wanted to have a good look and a good lunch. I knew food was going to be good, but my expectation about the ‘atmosphere’ were rather low. So imagine my surprise when we parked the car in front of a nicely renovated restaurant, and I’m about to rank it pretty high in my upcoming ’10 Great Seafood Restaurants in Phuket’.
A good way to describe Kan Eang 2 is to compare it with its successful sister ‘Kan [email protected]‘. Kan Eang 2 has everything a good seafood restaurant should have and more. Fresh seafood is of course a given, both restaurants probably get it at the same place. Food and service is less sophisticated and menu appears shorter, but they serve everything you can expect from such seafood venue, and price is significantly lower!
The setting by the beach is striking. Sober simplicity and peacefulness, it has this ‘Je ne sais quoi’ that will slow your mind down to the island mood. It might be the shade of the many trees added to a cool sea breeze, right on the Chalong beachfront with a view on mooring sailing boats and islands in the far. (I had forgotten there was actually a beach in this area). The restaurant can accommodate a lot of guests outdoor, or indoor if rains invites itself, and beachfront probably gets busier in the evenings, but we picked a Saturday lunch and it was perfect.We often order the most local fares to see how ‘really local’ the place is, plus some blue crabs as these will always reveal the real freshness of the seafood. And we were not disappointed…
So what’s the verdict? Go to Kan [email protected] to treat you guests or friends, go to Kan Eang 2 to treat yourself!