Tu Kab Khao Thai Restaurant in Phuket Town

Tu Kab Khao is a popular Thai restaurant in Phuket town serving great southern Thai food, a chance to try their selection of dishes typical from Phuket. Tu Kab Khao is the name given to a small closet every Thai house had a long time ago to keep the food safe from ants and flies for the next meal. The feet of that closet was placed in a bowl of water to keep the ants away. (see photo at the end).

Tu Kab Khao received a ‘Michelin Plate’ rating from the new Michelin Guide for Phuket. ‘Michelin Plate’ is a sign of excellent food.

Ti Kab Khao restaurant is set inside an old heritage house just facing the beautiful ’Shrine of The Serene Light’ on Phang Nga road, the heart of the Old Phuket Town, making your lunch or dinner even more attractive. It’s a nice opportunity, and it feels rather special, but it’s not as expensive as it may look.

Tu Kab Kaow Restaurant Phuket

It’s quite easy to spot the restaurant since a gigantic lobster is hanging on one of the corners of the house, like a massive insect eating the concrete. They probably added it so people would say precisely that: “It’s that restaurant with that weird lobster hanging on the side!”, and it certainly works

The decor inside Tu Kab Khao restaurant is elegant without being overly sophisticated: velvet sofas, arched doors and draped curtains. The staff is amiable and efficient and can answer even difficult question about local cuisine and ingredients. The venue looks rather expensive but the prices are just right and it is quite affordable.

Tu Kab Khao is large, but as it’s divided into five smaller sections, they manage to create a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. A great deal of effort was made to keep the traditional decoration that goes well after your exploration of the heritage streets of the Phuket old town.

What to Order at Tu Kab Khao

The food is authentic Thai, and the extensive menu is quite well illustrated so you won’t have to struggle too much to select something nice. We visited twice in a row, so we had the chance to try a lot of their dishes. If you are ready for real local Phuket food, be aware that some dishes can be very spicy and pungent, this is a restaurant were local Thais go too!

  • Sen Mee Gaeng Poo (360 baht), an excellent crab in a curry with thin rice noodle, a classic here.
  • Gaeng Som Pla (180 baht) is some local fish in turmeric sauce that is sour and spicy, not for the beginners.
  • Pla Sai are small deep-fried fish in turmeric, always a local favourite but here too, not for the beginners since it’s small and hard to eat.
  • Big Prawns (240 baht) in a tamarind sauce are beautiful (bit sweet though).
  • Moo Hong Phuket (265 baht), a pork belly stew is also lovely to enjoy.
  • Nam Prik Koong Siap (165 baht) is another dish Thai people love, it’s very healthy, but not everyone likes uncooked veggies like green beans, eggplants and slices on ginger with a prawn paste.

Tu Kab Khao has an excellent choice of local desserts, but we were so full everyone just went for their delicious coconut ice cream.

Tu Kab Khao Photos


Tu Kab Khao Restaurant Indo

Speciality: Southern Thai Food
: Phuket Town
Address: 8 Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town (the restaurant with a giant lobster hanging on the side)
Open: Daily 11 am – 12 midnight
Phone: 076 608 888
Price: Affordable

Tu Kab Khao Map

What’s around?

Thalang Road in Old Phuket Town – A Walking Guide

Shrine of the Serene Light in Phuket Town – Sang Tham Shrine

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