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 Eang@Pier is the youngest and most talked about, while Kan Eang 2 is the venerable and more modest older sister. Without Google map (see bottom of the page) it would almost be hard to find since there are very few signs on the road to show you the way. 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 in front of a nicely renovated restaurant. It now ranks pretty high in our ‘10 Great Seafood Restaurants in Phuket‘.
A good way to describe Kan Eang 2 is to compare it with its successful sister ‘Kan Eang@Pier‘. 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 from the same place. Food and service is less sophisticated, menu appears shorter, crabs are a little smaller 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 Eang@Pier to treat you guests or friends, go to Kan Eang 2 to treat yourself!