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 ( 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

Sala Mexicali

I love Thai cuisine so much that I don't eat anything but Thai food even when I am out at 'farang' restaurants, but occasionally I find a place where I make an exception, and Sala Mexicali is one of those.

I had driven past it hundreds of times never even considering stopping there, then one day a friend suggested dinner there. I said 'okay' but my heart was saying 'oh I am not going to enjoy this' but as always I figured there would be something Thai on the menu (yes I really am that hooked on Thai food!).

That day I arrived to find the small restaurant looking rather 'my style' by that I mean open air, no air conditioning, thatched roof and lots of plants which made me relax about things. Since then I have been back several times and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it or to take friends or family there. It's a relaxed atmosphere and one other benefit - it has a reasonable sized parking area just in front.

The menu was not overly expensive and seemed even better value when the large portions food turned up. Expecting Tacos and not a lot else I was surprised at the variety of their menu and on that first visit I chose Jamaican Jerk Chicken and since then I have ordered this several times as it was so good. Last visit for a change I took the Potato Skins and Croc Cakes both of which were really good. In fact I haven't ordered anything there that has been a disappointment!

You can see their full menu and nutritional information on their website as well as a location map. Sala Mexicali is located on the road from Rawai to Chalong on the left just after the Soi Sai Yuan intersection if heading north. If your going there during high season it may be worth booking a table as they fill up pretty quickly! 

Like their website suggests 

"If you are traveling from Rawai or Nai Harn back to the Chalong Circle, there is typically a big traffic jam near the circle from 5pm to 7pm. Pro-tip: Stop into Sala Mexicali for dinner and don't get all stressed out in traffic."

Sounds like a good idea to me!

Kao Yam Tang Leuak - ขัาวยำทางเลือก

The Second Hand Book Restaurant, Phang Nga Road 
(What's it really called?)

I remember this place when it was just a book shop, then it got tables and chairs and started selling noodles, but now it has my favourite too, 'Kao Yam' and has been added to my list of favourite places for lunch! Kao Yam is a traditional Southern Thai dish, probably originating from Malaysia or Indonesia, made from a selection of finally sliced vegetables and herbs, dried shredded shrimp, sour mango or similar and 'budu' sauce (บูดู). Kao Yam is renowned for its complete nutritional value.

 A big plate full for only 45 Baht! 

 I first discovered 'Kao Yam Tang Leuak' (Alternative Kao Yam) at an OTOP Fair. Registered as an OTOP product and guaranteed by a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification, it caught my eye because the ingredients, all natural, looked fresh and healthy and the packaging great if you wanted to take some home to eat or as a gift for friends or family.

You might not notice the shop but it is right next door to the Bangkok Bank in Phang Nga Road, and if you're a noodle fan then why not order both. 

Sorry about the dismal photo but I only get a day off when it rains!

They are open until 4pm every day except 1st and 16th of the month (lottery days), and you can always call them and order in advance or to check they are open.

You will also find them among the many food stalls at some of the local fairs and festivals. Just look for their sign.