Sea Hag Restaurant – Recommending a good Thai restaurant in the heart of Patong Beach is a very tricky mission. you plan to have a nice dinner to get you into the right mood before heading to Patong fun party zone… a nice place to take your friends for a real meal, not a fried rice in a plastic plate eaten on the way to Bangla… but you also want to remain at walking distance, then go to Sea Hag Restaurant. Strangely tourists talk a lot on forums about some small places I would not mention (yet) but these are tourist gathering places. You probably won’t see a single Thai customer in there. This is a downside of social network, people often believe blindly what they read :D. I did tried, several times, and if this their vision of Thai food, then I don’t know what I like anymore.
In Soi Wattana, perpendicular to the beach road, Sea Hag has become an icon restaurant… it’s small, it’s colorful, it’s always full and it’s also gay but everyone feels at ease (the large rainbow flag on the shop front might give you a hint). Other restaurants in the street look pale compared to Sea Hag and Kenya, the owner, is largely responsible for the success of this venue. Kenya is a popular and colorful character in Phuket, who seems to know everybody and has a kind word or a small joke for everyone. Sea Hag Restaurant, painted in warm tones and decorated with Thai carvings and paintings, is divided in two air con floors and a outdoor terrace. Thai food and dishes are nicely presented and the vast menu is well illustrated and Kenya will be happy to recommend few of the house specialties. Among them are the fried shrimps wrapped in vermicelli, the always popular Hor Mok Talay, a fish mousse, but here central Thailand version, which is quite different from the usual hardcore very spicy southern version. The whole fish in tamarind sauce was excellent and very copious. The king prawns with vermicelli in clay pot were probably the highlight on the meal. The whole dinner was copious and the idea of desserts didn’t even cross our mind. Price wise it might be more expensive than other restaurants in the streets of Patong, but it is fully justified.
And we where off to explore Soi Bangla, and we definitely needed that walk!
Coming from Bangla Road, turn left and walk on the beach road for five 400 m and past Haagen Dasz Shop (note the tip) you’ll reach a small lane called Soi Wattana, before Baan Lamai Hotel.
Useful tips: Parking in this area is almost impossible, better park at Jungceylon and take a tuk tuk or pick any available spot on your way, even far, and walk.
View Sea Hag Restaurant on Phuket Map by Phuket 101