Phuket Real Local Restaurants
- Phuket Real Local Restaurants
- 1. Mor Mu Dong
- 2. Laem Hin Seafood
- 3. Piang Prai
- 4. One Chun Restaurant
- 5. Ko Ang Seafood
- 6. Kan Eang 2
- 7. Rim Pan Restaurant
- 8. Pak Nam Seafood
- 9. Nam Yoi Restaurant
- 10. Kalim Rim Lay
- 11. Pa Mai Kanom Jeen
- 12. Khun Jeed’s Radna
- 13. Chaiyo Seafood
- 14. Ko Yoon Hokkien Noodles
- 15. Ko Benz
- 16. Som Chit Hokkien Noodles
- 17. Brake Taek
- 18. Mee Ton Poe
- 19. Lock Tien Food Court
- 20. Krua La Poon
- 21. Mee Jirayuwat
- 22. Boonrat Dim Sum
- 23. Siang Khaen
- Map of Phuket Local Thai Restaurants
Beware! This is not the trendy section of Phuket Restaurants! This is all about the food, only the food and nothing but the food! Here are some of the most popular (very) local Thai restaurants in Phuket. They are not fancy and all are cheap: they don’t care about the decor and they don’t have time to smile, it’s all about efficiency and taste! Some of them might appear dirty if you are not prepared, so if you don’t like crowd, plastic plates, toilet paper as napkins and ice cubes in your beer (and sometimes MSG), you probably will not print this page to take it with you. But if you want to find out what makes people queue in Phuket… get ready for some experience!
This list is of course very subjective, we are sure there are other places that would make it to the list but here are the best known local shops since two decades. I also spent some time building a map at the end of the page to help you locating these fancy places.
1. Mor Mu Dong
Mor Mu Dong is very hidden somewhere on the south east coast of Phuket, on the way to the well known Chalong circle. The setting in the middle on the mangrove is very unique, so unique that Andrew Zimmern from ‘Bizarre Food’ introduced it in one of his shows. You can eat lunch or dinner in one of those small wooden house over the water (or over the mud if its’ low tide!) Mor Mu Dong has a great selection of Thai food and seafood. Read more
Phuket East Coast
Laem Hin Seafood is one of the best known local seafood restaurants in Phuket. Located on the east coast of the island, Laem Hin is huge but still manages to get full for dinner and even more on weekends. The setting above the water is very pleasant but it’s not what we would call a romantic restaurant, it’s a little too busy for that. However if you can arrive around 6 pm you will find the place pleasantly quiet and breezy. Read more
3. Piang Prai
Bang Pae Waterfall
Piang Prai (Krua Piang Prai) is a great hidden local restaurant found in a green nest just next to Bang Pae waterfall. Mostly unknown from tourists because of its remote location, Piang Prai is one of the 2 great places to have a lunch if you happen to be in the are (the other restaurant being Bang Pae Seafood.) Actually we found Piang Prai so good, it’s almost worth traveling just to enjoy their excellent Thai food… and I always have hard time memorizing the name so you should write it down. Read more
Phuket food – Phuket Town
Yes you could say One Chun is not really a ‘local restaurant’ is the pure sense of it, but it is! This is real Phuket food and local eat there all the time. One Chun Restaurant Phuket (One Chun means ‘Monday’) is one of the best Thai restaurant in Phuket town. Serving a southern Thai cuisine without compromise, One Chun first succeeded with locals who are not easy to impress when it comes to their own food. The young owner Khun Prang found the right formula: great food, good price, fun atmosphere, great service, good location. Now you too can enjoy real Thai food the way we love it here. Read more
Seafood in Phuket Town
It looks small and narrow, but once inside it’s much bigger than you think. Very popular among locals and always full (hard to get a parking). Serves great seafood in general, nice fish and lots of shells, some really hardcore stuff. read more
☺ Try their Tom Yam: very tasty, full of flavors ‘Hoi Chak Tin’, a great local shell, ‘Razor clams’, and ‘Ant’s eggs’ if you are in adventurous mood.
✩ On Phuket Road, on the way to Saphan Hin (not far from Bang Niaw Chinese Temple, opposite side)
⌚ 5 pm – midnight
6. Kan Eang 2
Seafood in Chalong
Kan Eang 2 is not the easiest place to find, but it’s one of the best local seafood restaurants in Phuket. Everyone in Phuket is well aware that there are two Kan Eang Seafood restaurants on the island. Kan [email protected] is the youngest and most talked about, while Kan Eang 2 is the venerable and more modest older sister. Read more
Sarasin Bridge, very north of Phuket
Rimpan Seafood is a small but great local restaurant hidden in plain sight in the north of Phuket Island, near the Sarasin bridge that connects the island to the mainland. Just like the Sri Sunthorn reclining Buddha, thousand people drive past Rimpan without noticing such a great place sits right here. Read more
Pak Nam Seafood in Phuket Town is a great Thai restaurant located off the tourist areas. It’s very well know from locals and residents who like to bring friends for a casual lunch, or just a dinner if you are in a mood for good seafood. You can sit in the main open air room, at the terrace or in one of the air-con rooms. The menu is surprisingly long, decently illustrated and in English. Staff can also speak enough English to take your order. Read more
Nam Yoi is a very discreet and hard to find restaurant serving an excellent local Thai cuisine in a remote street of Phuket town. The setting is basic, the price is very cheap and the food is really good, so good that you will often spot there the local crowd who love and write about Thai food on social media.
10. Kalim Rim Lay
Thai Food – Kalim Beach near Patong
Kalim Rim Lay Restaurant is a little known local restaurant serving good honest Thai food and seafood at good price. Best of all for some of you, it is located not far from Patong Beach (Past Kalim Beach). Rim Lay is a very relaxing spot to enjoy a lunch or a dinner with spectacular sunsets. Real local Thai restaurants around Patong are no easy to find but food at Rim Lay is genuinely Thai and some dishes are really spicy. Rim Lay has an amazing setting with seaside, sunsets and bamboo huts. Those tiny bamboo huts have part of Phuket local as long as I remember Phuket. Comfort is a little basic but who cares! You travelled all the way to Thailand and this is what Thailand is really like. Read more
Kanom Jeen – Phuket Town
Small and crowded, it’s an all time breakfast favourite, it is always full, no exceptions, you’ll have to wait for someone to finish breakfast to jump on their ‘not yet cleaned’ table or you’ll be missing it. Good news is that there is a less known but bigger one higher in the street! (Read more…)
☺ How it works: Pick a plate of plain rice noodle and select from large pots of curry sauces, yellow or red, with beef, chicken or fish. Then add on top all kinds of fresh veggies and herbs without which you would be missing half the taste and texture pleasure.
✩ The original shop (Mae Ting) is at the intersection of Maeluang and Satun Road, and a newer one on the same Satun Road, near the Blue Elephant Mansion.
⌚ 5.30 am – 11 am
Radna dish in Phuket Town
Khun Jeed’s Radna Yod Pak is a very popular restaurant in Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town, open for more than 20 years now. It is best known for a famous dish called radna. Radna is a Thai-Chinese noodle dish served with pork, beef, chicken or seafood, but mostly known for the large amount of gravy on served on top. A lot… Read more
Open: 9am – 8:30pm, closed on Wednesday
Phone: 084 1875 737
13. Chaiyo Seafood
Seafood in Phuket Town
Chaiyo Seafood is a simple little restaurant close to Phuket town if you feel like a nice seafood lunch by the mangrove, without getting far from the city. Nicely built in a more comfortable setting than the famous Mor Mu Dong just across the canal, Chaiyo Seafood keeps its live stock directly in the mangrove stream. Seafood can’t get much fresher than this. Read more
Hokkien Noodles – Phuket Town
Ko Yoon Restaurant is a very small and discreet place serving amazing Hokkien Noodles. If you happen to visit Phuket Town, chances are you walked passed it without noticing it, it looks like any other anonymous local hole-in-the-wall restaurant. But Ko Yoon has prepared those delicious big yellow noodles for decades and locals know how good they are. Yes they is much hype about Mee Ton Poh, but while Mee Ton Poh is also very good, Ko Yoon has this little extra that makes his noodle dish a little better. Read more
Tel: 084 189 5432
Open: 9 am to 4 pm
15. Ko Benz
Noodle Soup – Phuket Town
Serving great noodle soups using… Instant Noodles! as well as some amazing porridge. Half the restaurant is full before they even can take the first order, so get ready to wait, but it’s worth it! Another strange thing: The shop opens according to the moon calendar! So it is for us hard to predict what are the chances to eat there… and yet we drive all the way to see ‘if it’s open’.
☺ Try: ‘Mama Moo Sap’ the famous noodle with mama instant noodle (photo), ‘Woonsen Moo Sap’ (with glass noodles) ‘Khao Tom Haeg’ (Porridge with pork chop plus crispy pork)
Location: At the intersection of Phatiphat Road and Ranong Road (not far from Blue Elephant – see map at the bottom). Note that there is a huge parking in the back: enter the tiny street just opposite of the chinese shrine.
Open: 7 pm – 1 am
Noodle Soup – Phuket Town
Som Chit Restaurant is famous for its delicious Hokkien Noodle Soup. People from Bangkok who know about would stop for a lunch at Som Chit if they are in the vicinity of Phuket Town. Som Chit (which is pronounced ‘Som Kit’) is easy to find, near the clock circle in Phuket Town and just next to the famous Mee Tong Poh who is also famous for their Hokkien noodles! However dishes served in those 2 restaurants are quite different: Mee Ton Poh serves their Hokkien noodles in gravy, while Som Chit mostly serves them as soup. Huge difference… Read more.
17. Brake Taek
Noodle Soup – Phuket Town
Serves a delicious and renown ‘Tom Yam Noodle Soup’. Here too, hard to get a table for lunch and you might have to wait quite a bit. So while waiting, order their excellent meatballs skewers to keep you busy, you won’t regret it.
✩ Located on Phang Nga Road in a Soi across the Royal Phuket City Hotel, near the Bus Terminal.
☺How to order a noodle soup:
Choose your noodle from: Sen Yai (flat white noodle), Sen Lek (thin white noodle), Mee Hoon (white vermicelli), Woonsen (glass vermicelli), Ba-mee (egg noodle).
Next is the soup – Tom Yam (ordinary), or hang (no soup).
Then the meat: Moo (pork), Gai (Chicken) or Talay (Seafood). When you order pork, say ‘Mai Nai’ to make sure they won’t add entrails in the soup.
“>Then combine all those vocabulary:
✓ ‘Woonsen Tom Yam Moo Mai Nai‘ for glass vermicelli in Tom Yam soup with pork – no entrails.
✓ ‘Ba Mee Hang Gai‘ for egg noodle with chicken (no soup)
✓ ‘Sen Yai Nam Moo‘ for flat white noodle with pork (you might get entrails for this)
⌚ 7 am – 4 pm
18. Mee Ton Poe
Hokkien Noodle – Phuket Town
This is an old and famous Hokkien shop at Phuket clock circle. It’s hot, smokey and crowded, but their yellow Hokkien noodles dishes are worth a stop, don’t hesitate to order some Satay while waiting.
☺ ‘Mee Hokkien Pad’ is their famous stir-fried noodle with seafood. Say ‘Pi-Set’ for a larger bowl, and ‘Sai Khai’ to top the noodle with an egg. ‘Laad Naa’ is the fried noodle in slimy sauce. ‘Moo Satay’ (Pork Satay) are sold by stick but people usually order by 10 (‘Sib Mai’ is ten sticks)
✩ Exactly at the Phuket clock circle, next to the Chinese shrine. Read more
Food Court – Phuket Town
This very local food court was renovated not long ago and doesn’t appears as ‘old and dirty’ as it used to be (I kind of miss that). But they still serve their great food. Read more
☺ ‘Mee Hoon Baa Chaang’ is a local dish – simple stir-fried noodle with soya sauce topped with spring onion, served with pork ribs soup and here too ‘Mee Hokkien Pad’. Don’t miss ‘Moo Satay’, and ‘Poh Pia’: genuine Phuket style spring rolls with grated turnip, pork, greens and sweet sauce. also ‘O-Eaw’ a famous Phuket dessert: shaved ice and banana jelly.
✩ At the corner of Yaowarat Road and Dibuk Road.
⌚ 11 am – 6.30 pm (closed Tuesday)
20. Krua La Poon
Northern Restaurant – Phuket Town
This hard to find restaurant moved several times, but their customers keep on following them. A good sign, the new location in Sam Kong is nicer and larger, come with finally enough parking and northern woven tablecloths!
☺ But all what matters is their delicious ‘Nam Prik Ong’ spicy mashed eggplant, ‘Nam Prik Nam’ pork with a tomato sauce, crispy pork ribs, northern sausage and the famous hard to find in Phuket ‘Chiang Mai Khao Soi’
✩ In Sam Kong, Prachat Uthit 1 Road
21. Mee Jirayuwat
Noodle Soup – Phuket Town
☺ Choose between ‘Hokkien Mee’ a fat round yellow noodle, or ‘Ba Mee’ a thin egg noodle. Gyo or Wantan can be added as extras. The noodle can be served dry or ‘Hang’ (soup on the side).
✩ Next to ‘Fantasia Entertainment’ in Phuket Town on Phang Nga Road
22. Boonrat Dim Sum
Dim Sum Breakfast – Phuket Town
This popular place gets crowded from early morning serving some excellent Dim Sum from 6 am to 11 am, but if you choose to come late, there won’t be much choice left.
⌚ 6 am – 10 am
23. Siang Khaen
E-Sarn Restaurant – Phuket Town
☺ Best dishes we know is Som Tam (Papaya Salad), Laab Het (Mushroom spicy hot salad) or Kai, Namtok Nua (Beef Salad) and Pladook Foo (Grilled Cat Fish). But the list is extensive… This place serves Esarn Food and therefore can be quite spicy (northern Thailand).
✩ On Mae Luan Road, almost opposite of Mitsubishi Showroom.
⌚ 11 am – 10 pm