Green Forest Restaurant is a popular and genuine Thai diner located off the beaten path and mostly frequented by locals. Established a little way up Toe Sae Hill (a.k.a. Monkey Hill) in the northern part of Phuket Town, near the City Hall and other governmental administration buildings, Green Forest’s main asset is its superb views of Phuket’s eastern coast and its offshore islands.
Pretty quiet at lunchtime, the restaurant is usually busy in the evening and packed at weekends. The quality of the food served here has certainly a lot to do with the restaurant’s success and with delicious traditional Thai and seafood dishes, friendly local atmosphere and superb settings; Green Forest is an interesting place to discover.
‘Toe Sae Hill’, ‘Monkey Hill’, and the ‘Hill with the Antennae’ are the three different names for this spot of elevated green in urban Phuket City. Covered with rainforest and sheltering the last colony of macaque monkeys in the city, Toe Sae Hill has – apart from the monkeys - a Chinese Shrine and a fitness trail. Green Forest Restaurant is situated 100 metres before the shrine.
Green Forest counts three distinctive areas: a cocktail and refreshment bar is set on a protruding terrace standing to the left of the main building; the main dining room is a mix of rural and industrial styles with its reddish cement floor, red bricks and white walls, tree-shaped cement poles, corrugated-iron roof, and wooden furniture, but the views dominate the scene at the open-sided end of the room (note that transparent ‘curtains’ can be rolled down in case of rain); the third dining area is a covered terrace situated a floor below.
The food served at Green Forest Restaurant is typical southern Thai cuisine with a prominent presence of seafood, (insularity oblige): tom yam talay (spicy seafood soup), pla kung (spicy salad of prawns), pad prik kai/kung/nua (fried onions with chicken/prawns/beef), pad krapao kai/kung/nua (fried basil leaves with chicken/prawns/beef), grilled or steamed fish with garlic and chili sauce, and the usual khao pad kai/poo/kung/moo (fried rice with chicken/crab/prawns/pork), you are sure to find something to suit your taste at Green Forest Restaurant.
Drinks wise, Green Forest has a good choice of classic beverages from soft drinks to local beers which go perfectly with spicy Thai food. Summing up, Green Forest Restaurant is a great local place for a hearty good meal and for a nice photo-shooting viewpoint. On the negative side, please double-check your bill as we have had some feedback about unfortunate mistakes on foreigners’ tabs.
Green Forest Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
- Location: 500 metres up Monkey Hill
- Remarks: Wi-Fi connection available
- Tel: +66 (0)7 621 5651, +66 (0)87 417 8406
- Cuisine: Thai