I love Phuket and for me it's rated number one as the most beautiful island ive ever visited. Not surprising that i would make a return to this wonderful island paradise like i did recently as it charms seem to keep calling for my return :)
For me Phuket has it all, from the wonderful sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise water, everlasting mountain range with greeneries, shopping arcades and malls and not to forget its crazy nightlife. Not to be distracted by the other attractions, part of me (large part of it actually) was craving for its fresh and cheap seafood offerings. It goes without saying that you can easily find fresh seafoods in Phuket, being an island in abundance of sea-life caught daily from the surrounding sea and relatively they are cheap compared to other places ive visited before.
The first place that ive chanced to visit to satisfy my seafood hunger was P'lek Seafood located in Patong. The landmark to this place is it is located adjacent to a Tesco store in Nanai Road. It is just a small stall in a row of stalls selling, i believe similar seafoods offerings but this one is Halal. We were informed of this restaurant by our hotel reception and conveniently it is located around 5 minutes drive from our hotel.
Tom Yum Koong-Prawn Tom Yum
Fried Morning Glory in Oyster Sauce
Sweet & Sour Seabass
The foods were all fresh and delicious albeit the price is of the higher range.
If you are looking for more atmosphere and dining experience by the sea, i suggest visiting Laem Hin Seafood, located in Laem Hin Pier in Phuket Town, almost 30 minutes drive from Patong. Laem Hin Seafood has been touted as the best and famous seafood restaurant in Phuket and i can't agree more to that after visiting this place.
The restaurant was built by the seaside and when the tide sets in, the restaurant becomes a floating restaurant creating wonderful dining experience surrounded by fresh seabreeze.
The menu here is more extensive and they have one special purpose building housing aquariums to keep their live seafood.
Stir Fried Venus Clams with Holy Basil
Sweet and Sour Garoupa
Deep Fried Squid
Prawn with Glass Noodle
Tom Yum Koong
It was definitely an overkill ordering 5 dishes for only 2 people, but we truly enjoyed the foods as they were all fresh and delicious. I particularly love the clams and the garoupa. They even served one whole bowl of the sweet and sour sauce on the side and did not pour it over the fish which i found to be thoughtful as some people wanted to retain the crispiness of the fish. The bill came out less than THB 2000 which i also believe was very affordable, having regard to the quality of the food and the generous portions. This restaurant really lived up its hype and ill definitely make it a must-go place next time.