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.
The success of Laem Hin comes from their excellent and very fresh seafood plus a very wide range of Thai dishes you can order. And once you start knowing what good Thai food tastes like, it will be hard for you to go back to those tourist restaurants in Patong.
The food is delivered directly from local fishermen and kept in live tanks you can see in the kitchen. There is a large parking so you can park your car quite easily. To go there from Patong by Tuk Tuk will be a bit of a challenge since it is quite far (21 km – 35 mn) and the ride might cost you more than the meal.
The menu is extensive and will please both new visitors to Phuket and those who are well aware of what real seafood cuisine is about.
We usually order a couple of blue crabs, which has a delicious sweet meat and is easy to open, not like the hard to eat (but also excellent) mud crab. Of course the crab is blue before cooking and turn bright orange once steamed or boiled or grilled. Like most seafood, crabs, prawns and fish the price is per 100 grams so they usually ask how big you want them but price is not very precise. The 2 blue crabs you see below were in total 600 grams and cost 420 baht.
Oysters in Thailand are also fun to try. They look like overgrown oysters…. maybe 4 to 6 time bigger than the classic oysters we know. Here, oysters are not serves with wine vinegar, but with gralic, chilies, lime, fried shallots and some leaves I don’ remember the name. Oysters are so big, you will need to cut them in 4 pieces to eat them!
The fish grilled in salt crust is particularly delicious, moist and tender and served with a nice seafood sauce. A must try (360 baht).
Location: 90/11 Soi Baan Leam Hin, Thepkrasattri Road
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 239 357
If you want to try something even more memorable, get a long tail boat ride from the Laem Hin jetty to one of the floating restaurants you see in the far. It’s only a 5 min ride but the atmosphere is fantastic.