Loukthor Vegetarian Restaurant, located near Jui Tui Shrine in Phuket Town, is particularly popular during the famous Phuket Vegetarian Festival. There are a few vegan and vegetarian restaurants on that same Ranong Road, but this one is excellent. They offer cook-to-order dishes such as fried rice and stir-fried noodles, and you can choose from the pictures and menu on the wall near the restaurant entrance.
You can also select from the pre-cooked buffet that offers a wide variety of curries and stir-fry dishes, such as dry curry stir-fried eggplant with tofu and stir-fried morning glory. Some of their dishes are quite spicy, so you better ask the staff for the spice level according to your preference; they will try to accommodate. Going less spicy at first is always advisable!
Like other buffet restaurants in Phuket, you can choose to be served on a single plate or have the side dishes separately in bowls. We prefer to be served separately in bowls since this gives me the best option to taste every dish individually and won’t mix flavours if you are exploring new dishes. All buffet dishes are served with whole-grain purple rice, adding to the nutritional value of your meal.
What stands out about Loukthor Vegetarian Restaurant is that the dishes are served warm, unlike other buffet-style restaurants that we have experienced, which their pre-cooked food is usually on the cold side. Most of them serve hot rice, compensating for the colder side dishes. That might also depend on when you visit these buffet restaurants; the earlier you arrive in the morning, the higher the chances of receiving warmer dishes.
Loukthor Vegetarian Restaurant offers flavorful food and a wide variety of tofu dishes cooked in different ways for sure won’t leave you wanting, from deep-fried to soy-curls to tofu skin.
Next to the buffet, you will see some large pots containing hearty soups with fresh vegetables, tofu, and special curry sauces for a well-known southern Thai dish called Khanom Jeen (80 baht). A very popular dish of thin rice noodles topped with a curry sauce originally made with fish, but here you’ll find the vegan equivalent, which is a very rare find indeed.
The common curry sauces to add to your Khanom Jeen are Yellow Curry and Nam Prik. The Yellow Curry is Turmeric based, and you can taste the fresh Turmeric and Galangal in every bite; this one is a slightly spicy curry. On the other hand, the Nam Prik, or peanut sauce, is dark red and is more on the sweet side, with peanuts, tamarind, and garlic as the primary flavours.
Packed full of flavour and amazing colours, the curry sauces make all the difference in Khanom Jeen. This is typically served with a plate of fresh side vegetables; you can find this in the fridge near the entrance; help yourself when you order Khanom Jeen. We highly recommend that you order this dish when you visit Loukthor Vegetarian Restaurant.
Loukthor Vegetarian Restaurant Info
Location: Phuket Town
Address: Ranong, Tambon Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Hours: 6am – 5pm
Phone: 89 391 9619
Loukthor Vegetarian Restaurant Map