Seafood at Sarasin Bridge
Thanoon Seafood Restaurant is perfect for spending a half day in a unique location, a breezy place right on the beach of a stunning bay. Thanoon Seafood has found itself a little golden spot no one had thought about before: next to the Sarasin bridge connecting Phuket to the mainland. This small bay benefits of a gentle breeze with amazing views on both the open sea on one side, and the new bridge on the other side.
The place remains surprisingly peaceful despite the traffic on the nearby Sarasin bridge. Set by the beach, two large Salas decorated with simplicity are a great place to try some local dishes hard to find in usual Thai restaurants.
What to Eat at Thanoon Seafood
I tried my first ‘Chakachan Talay‘, or Sea Cicadas, a small rounded sand crustacean I never found in a restaurant before. Served deep fried with a chilli sauce, it tastes a bit like tiny soft shell crab, and before we knew it, the whole plate was empty. Great while watching the sunset with a beer.
Other fun things we tried at Thanoon restaurant was the ‘Pla Sai‘ a small deep-fried sandfish: don’t waste time picking the bones, eat the whole thing including the head. It’s crunchy, a bit salty and good. An all-time Thai favourite is the ‘Nam Prik‘, a (very) spicy shrimp paste served with a mix of boiled and fresh veggies such as eggplants, green beans and cucumbers. Very ethnic and also very spicy is another Thai speciality: the smelly yellow ‘Gaeng Som‘.
Here you can try the eggs of the curious ‘Mang Da Talay‘, a prehistoric-looking horseshoe crab, or the ‘Mantis Shrimps‘, a large weird looking and expensive prawn. Don’t forget to try the ‘Thai Oysters‘, but get ready to be surprised when you’ll see their size and how they are served, with garlic and chillies.
The menu at Thanoon restaurant is extensive, and the food is excellent. Of course, all the classic Thai dishes are served, and you can pick your own crabs, prawns and lobsters in a live tank. But this is more or less a standard feature in any seafood restaurant in Phuket.
If you happen to reach there at the end of the day, you might be surprised to see several speedboats parked on one side of the restaurant, offloading a bunch of tourists. The restaurant serves as a departure and arrival facility for tourists. It doesn’t disturb the place as they board their nearby buses.
Thanoon seafood restaurant is a great place to stop on your way to or back from Phang Nga, to enjoy looking at to the northernmost point of Phuket from the mainland 🙂
See also “10 Great Seafood Restaurant in Phuket“
Thanoon Seafood Photos
Thanoon Seafood Hours
Location: Sarasin bridge
Address: 13, Khok Kloi, Takua Thung District, Phang-nga 82140
Open: 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 452 052
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