The best local Thai restaurants in Kamala Beach are dotted all over the very small, quiet little town along Phuket’s west coast. Most of the major resort destinations on the island saturate their seafront with places which are not really that local and whose huge menus usually include cuisines from around the world, with only a page or two of overpriced Thai dishes. While such places do exist in Kamala, there are plenty of alternatives.
If you want to experience the true taste of Thailand – and, quite frankly, who wouldn’t? – you have to look out for places that specialise in providing proper local cuisine, using the freshest local ingredients and which cater for Thai customers, keeping their prices low and fair. These are the best casual Thai restaurants in Kamala for you to enjoy.
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Despite being the hotel restaurant from Kamala Dreams, Charoen Seafood is run by a Thai family intent on providing a real taste of wonderful local cuisine. Khun Charoen puts a lot of emphasis on the use of fresh ingredients, buying the morning catches from the nearby fish markets. The top dishes include the mussels in curry starter and the seafood salad, featuring perfectly tender red snapper. While a lot of the clientele are European, the food could not be more Thai and the prices are very reasonable. Read More...
- Location: Kamala Dreams Boutique Hotel, 74/1 Moo 3, Kamala
- Tel: +66 (0)81 893 2652
White Orchid combines a cooking school and a beachfront restaurant at the southern end of Kamala Beach. It has a rustic look thanks to its simple wooden furnishings in a building surrounded by gardens and trees. The food is also quite simply presented – a common hallmark of local Thai restaurants – but is extremely tasty. The owner and head chef (and teacher) Angela prepares a very fine peppered crab, among other top Thai seafood choices.
- Location: 17/52 Moo 6, Kamala
- Tel: +66 (0)81 892 9757
Situated right by the sand at the southern end of Kamala Beach, The Bua serves some really first-rate Thai food to go with the great view. The curry dishes are particularly noteworthy, particularly the massaman. The restaurant is set in a charming open teakwood dining room, with cool sea breeze and musicians playing every evening. Prices are pretty reasonable, too, with most dishes coming it at well under 200 baht each for quite generous portions.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 11:30 – 22:30, Fri 11:30 – 23:00, Sat – Sun 12:00 – 11:00
- Location: 33/54 Moo 6, Kamala
- Tel: +66 (0)89 648 6868
Situated in the same building as a small guesthouse along the inland side of the main road running through Kamala, Roasted Duck Nutrition is not really a hotel restaurant. Its bizarre yet charming name accurately describes the majority of the menu, which is heavy on roasted duck, including fried rice with duck, duck noodles and whole roasted duck (chicken and pork dishes are also available). The restaurant itself has a bit of a shop-house look to it, with red plastic seats commonly filled by locals.
- Location: Main Road, Kamala
- Tel: +66 (0)89 173 5395
Phumin Seafood Restaurant is located in a little palm-frond hut by the side of the Kamala’s main road, just to the south of Phuket FantaSea. It’s charmingly rustic exterior conceals quite a smart restaurant with a heavy focus on excellent Thai seafood. Their Phuket lobster – served with black pepper, tamarind or sweet and sour sauces – are particularly noteworthy, as are the barbecued prawns, crab, fish and squid. Prices are pretty reasonable, with most dishes costing less than 100 baht while larger items (such as the crab or lobster) are charged by weight.
- Location: Close to Phuket FantaSea, Main Road, Kamala
- Tel: +66 (0)80 719 6310
Rather rough-and-ready in appearance – to the extent that the “open” sign is just scribbled on a whiteboard – Issan-Rimkorng is known for serving some of the cheapest Thai food in town, but with surprisingly good quality for the price. The restaurant under what amounts to a lean-to, squeezed into a narrow gap by the edge of a canal, but there is certainly no arguing with a maximum price of 100 baht per dish. The green curry (80 baht) is a particularly popular choice.
- Location: Near Clear House Resort, Main Road, Kamala
- Tel: +66 (0)83 310 6524
There are actually two Duck Spicy restaurants along Phuket’s west coast – one near Kalim Beach (just north of Patong) and one in the middle of Kamala. This is the smaller of the two, but is still reputed for its great Thai food. The som tam with crispy duck is especially popular, costing 80 baht with most dishes costing between 50 and 250 baht. The restaurant’s frontage includes a couple of palm frond thatch huts which make for quite a cool place to eat, though that does put you right next to the main road.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Main Road, Kamala
Nana Rooftop Family Restaurant is a very friendly place with a menu of Thai and European dishes. Run by a Thai family, it is obviously the Thai dishes which are the biggest attraction, with tom yum, som tam and green curry all being popular dishes. The restaurants location is also a major draw, being one of surprisingly few rooftop venues in Phuket. Its curved metal roof does make it look a little like the inside of a bus, but the view from the windows is certainly novel addition to a fun and affordable dining experience.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 24:00
- Location: Next to 100 Beers, Main Road, Kamala
- Tel: +66 (0)96 636 5298
It’s not difficult to guess what the house specialty of BBQ Buffet is. The signature dining experience features fresh meats and seafood and takes place every Saturday night, costing 170 baht per person (though you might get charged for any excess food left on your plate when you are finished). The rest of the time, the spacious and simple restaurant serves up good and fairly-priced Thai dishes, including green curry, tom yam and coconut soup. Free Wi-Fi is available and, unusually, so is motorbike rental.
- Opening Hours: 15:00 – 01:00
- Location: Hua Khuan Tai Road, Kamala
A simple little shop-house restaurant, it is such a local place that the name on the sign is written only in Thai, though there is a picture of a duck to give you an idea of what most of the menu consists of. The quiet and friendly owner serves up a surprising number of duck-oriented preparations, including duck in massaman curry, in oyster sauce, in sweet and sour sauce, with noodles and with rice, all for 50 to 120 baht. You will also find a few chicken, beef and seafood dishes on the modest menu but, being a halal establishment, no pork.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00. Closed Fri
- Location: Hua Khuan Nuea Road
- Tel: +66 (0)87 266 9850