Baan Saan Rak Restaurant

Latest news: Baan Saan Rak Restaurant has closed . I guess it was little bit too much out of the way. Sincere apologies about this.Baan Saan Rak Restaurant was a well needed breath of culinary fresh air on Phuket island. Not often do we see a young creative restaurant serving really good cuisine at affordable prices.

Set on Kao Kaad Road, a remote street in the back of Phuket town, Baan Saan Rak is rather hard to find unless you have a map or know the area a bit. If you haven’t been there before you might even get the feeling you are on the wrong road.
Set in a beautifully decorated garden, Baan Saan Rak has this bright young mood you can find around Hua Hin… wide open spaces with bamboos, suspended love-chairs… and little red hearts growing in the lawn. It’s cute, fresh and very colorful, just the way young Thais love it (and we did too).
As usual we asked for their recommended dish. It is always more interesting than ordering the same things just to be on the safe side. So we ordered Pak Good Tom Kati (a creamy coconut mild soup with fresh prawns and ferns), Yum Het Seafood (Mushroom salad with squids and prawns)  some Nua Dad Diew (Beef jerky with sesame seeds) perfect to go with a beer with ice: yes, once you live in Thailand long enough, you tend to understand the why of beer with ice. And the piece de resistance was a Pla Song Na, a fish prepared in a smart and unusual way: on the same place, half of the fish was prepared ‘Nam Tok style’ with lime and lemongrass, and the other half was ‘Pad Sha’ fried with spicy peppercorn. It was a nice surprise, and both sides of the fish were delicious.
Four dishes were enough for the both of us, but Baan Saan Rak would be even more fun with many friends: you can then order many dishes and try a bit of each, one of the greatest way to enjoy Thai food. The restaurant usually has a live band, but as we were early, they just played some good oldies which was perfect to us, we are not fan of loud music.
For four dishes plus beer, we paid 940 baht. Definitely a winner, we scored it a good 7.5 out of 10.

Baan Saan Rak Restaurant

Kao Kaad Road (just past Chayo Seafood)
Open everyday from 5pm to midnight
Tel 083 507 8338
Yum Het Seafood
Pla Song Na
Pak Good Tom Kati
Nua Dad Diew

Baan Saan Rak is # 64 and Chayo Seafood is # 20 on Phuket Map

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