Raya Restaurant

I have been meaning to try this restaurant for years, finally got there!

The location is what makes this place, 
right in the heart of Phuket Old Town just behind the Dragon Monument, 
what better than to have lunch in an old mansion!

Friendly staff, good food and off-street parking at the back of the restaurant.

What did I have fun lunch? 
Well just for a light lunch, Pad Thai seemed the thing to choose!

Raya Royal Thai Restaurant 
48 Dibuk Road Phuket City, 
Phuket 83100 
Telephone: 076 218155 

Open from 11am to 11pm every day. 

ที่ตั้งร้าน: สี่แยกถนนดีบุกตัดใหม่ อำเภอเมือง จังหวัดภูเก็ต 
โทรศัพท์ 076-218155

เวลา เปิดบริการ: 1100 - 2300 น. ทุกวัน 

Thanoon Seafood Restaurant - ร้านอาหารท่านุ่นซีฟู๊ด

If you have an early check out but a late flight and need to kill time there are many things to do on the way to the airport, you can visit one of several temples in Thalang or take a look at the Thalang Museum, but a nice relaxing few hours can be spent at Thanoon Seafood near Sarasin Bridge. I chose to drive over the new bridge to the Phang Nga side and stop for lunch at Thanoon Seafood first and explore later.

The restaurant is next to the old bridge and right by the sea, it's an interesting area with fishing boats and the waterside fishing village. There is plenty of parking space so it's great to park there and take a stroll across the old bridge back to Phuket, it's not far, the bridge is just over 600m long and if you travelled there by taxi you could always get the driver to meet you on the Phuket side.

They have a good choice of food and helpful staff and it was a very pleasant place to sit and relax with a nice sea breeze. I chose Sea Cicadas, a dish that is getting very hard to find these days and prawns fried with salted eggs (I know, you're saying 'Yuk!', but there are many other great dishes to choose from.) Prices are what I would rate as medium, the two dishes in the photo cost 120baht and 180baht. 

View of Sarasin Bridge from my table.

As always, I only get to do things like this when the weather isn't good, and within minutes of sitting down a huge typhoon style storm hit in, it's was very dramatic and had everyone leaping up to take photos and the staff leaping up to fix their plastic rain curtain!

Look at those horizontal leaves!

You can see more photos of Sarasin Bridge in my Flickr album.

Krua Aleemeen Halal Restaurant - ครัวอาลีมีน

Another new favourite restaurant in Phuket Town! 'Krua Aleemeen'

Why a favourite? Well.... 

1.) Good food at local prices, including my favourite 'Kao Yam', 
the dishes you see below cost 50 baht each. 
All food is Halal and apart from local food they also serve Japanese food in the evening.

2.) Friendly staff.  Good atmosphere. Both outside and air conditioned seating.

3.) Parking (lots of it). 

Parking roadside is possible but not advisable and there are plenty of spaces in the Sangdamrong car park, free of charge. Sangdamrong (www.sangdamrong.com) is located just opposite the entrance to Suan Luang Park and in the same road as the Weekend Market and Naka Temple 'Wirat Hong Yok Road' so you can combine shopping for kitchenware too as well as a jog around the park to work up an apetite. 

So now you know why this is a favourite and why I have been back several times already!

Krua Aleemeen is open everyday from 07.30am to 21.00pm