Fish 4 Thought Restaurant

Old Building and New Concept for a Seafood Bar & Grill in Chalong

This restaurant is permanently closed

Fish 4 Thought is the brainchild of Thames Kraitat, a young local-born chef who bases his culinary creations out of his turquoise-and-white themed restaurant located along the Chalong-Rawai road. It’s a sizeable place and a seamless link between modern-day Phuket and the island of 50 years ago as the restaurant was in fact Thames’ grandmother’s house.

Even though it has a bright and cheerful theme running through it, it still retains the same functional cubic and rectangular design of many of the more seasoned houses along this road.

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Breezy and airy, half of the restaurant is located outdoors and the swish of the passing traffic blends well with the cool rhythms tumbling out of the sound system. Al-fresco diners can relax on white decking with white tables and chairs while the inside of the fan-cooled restaurant (the house’s ground floor) is fitted out with retro knick knacks and period pieces along with old framed photos and family curios. Thames explains that there’s no dress code at Fish 4 Thought so ‘come as you are’ it is, then, but it’d be a shame not to dress up a tiny bit for this place.

As for the food, the menu is as equally European is it is Thai, so along with the traditional ‘pla nueng manao’ (steamed whole sea bass in lemon sauce) you can enjoy a bowl of clams in white wine (180 baht) with a delicious glass of French rosé to wash it all down with. Word of mouth has it that the most popular dish on the menu is the crab curry with noodles (300 baht) and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Service at Fish 4 Thought is cheerful and consistent and indeed if one word encapsulates the atmosphere and feel here it’d have to be ‘relaxed’. At the table we all agree that the steamed fish is excellent with prawns in tamarind sauce coming in a close second but the vodka martini (served James Bond style) has got to be one of, if not the absolute, best I’ve enjoyed in Phuket, keeping in line with the comments I had heard that the cocktail list here is a must try.

Every seafood dish on the menu (and there are a lot of them) is local and if you’re sticking to seafood here (recommended) the only imported item you’d be eating would be the French fries. As can be expected from an open-air restaurant, Fish 4 Thought is popular with folks that want a lot of elbow space for promotional events and large parties but there are intimate niches where you can enjoy privacy here. All in all, this restaurant is a pleasant, easy-on-the-eye place that rustles up pretty decent food at reasonable prices.

Fish 4 Thought

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – midnight. Closed Monday
  • Location: 5/1 Viset Road (near Tesco Park) Rawai
  • Tel: 076-381315
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