Aek Rawai Seafood Restaurant

Aek Rawai Seafood Restaurant is one of the few local seafood restaurants peppering the roadside of Rawai Beach. This small restaurant doesn’t have any particular sign and it doesn’t attract a mass of hungry tourists, but this is where we love to go for a real seafood lunch or dinner. The setting might be unusual to us, but not unusual to Thai: the kitchen is on one side of the road and the dining area on the other, which makes the staff have to cross back and forth with trays of food!

Aek Rawai Seafood Restaurant has a superb seaside setting, everything travellers love about Phuket. Small plastic tables are set on the roadside or even eat on small carpets as locals do. Surprisingly people love to cram themselves into the nearby crowded Rawai Seafood Market.

Don’t get me wrong, that seafood market can be fun as you buy your own fish on one side of the road and ask the restaurant on the other side to cook it for 100 baht per kilo. But that market has become such a tourist attraction with busloads of tourists and obviously, rising prices.

Meanwhile, locals and expats peacefully sit by the ocean nearby with a cool breeze and really stunning views of the islands nearby. Here we can enjoy great seafood and the friendliness of locals. Sure it’s by the side of the road but traffic is not that busy… we can spend hours here chi chatting and relaxing on weekends.

The menu is varied, the restaurant displays a small choice of fish, prawns and shells caught on the same day. Yes, it might be less impressive than the market but we always found what we like.

Personally, I do have a favourite but it’s a little unusual. I guess I’ve been in Phuket so long I sometimes turn more Thai than Thais 😀 It’s called Yum Mang Da Talay, which is a ‘horseshoe crab egg with a spicy mango salad’. Just describing it makes me want to go back. It’s unusual and surprising because we, farangs (foreigners), are not used to it but it is really unique and delicious. Try it one day!

The seafood price depends on the weight as usual. Expect to pay between 400 – 480 baht for delicious steamed sea bass in sour plum sauce or a stir-fried sweet and sour fish. Stir-fried crab 30 baht and King prawns depending on size 1,200 baht which is the same as at the market nearby. Aek Rawai Seafood Restaurant also serve all kinds of other Thai favourites: grilled chicken (80 baht), grilled pork (120 baht), grilled beef (150 baht)

While service s very friendly and casual, it can be quite slow but we never really worried as this is a place for us to unwind and relax after a week of hard work. As you can see there is a covered area on the other side of the road and it’s not fancy: this is what a local restaurant looks like.

So here you have it: chose between the crowded Rawai Seafood Market with no view and loud tourists, or lazy lunch by the sea with some striking views.

Aek Rawai Seafood Info

Location: Rawai Beach
Address: 22/9 Wiset Road, Tambon Rawai
Phone: 086 948 1551
Price: Affordable

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run and manage large international online travel guides.