One Chun Café & Restaurant serves an authentic Thai cuisine with a preference for southern dishes at affordable prices in the relaxed atmosphere of a vintage décor. Located on Thepkasattri Road’s last section in Phuket Old Town, One Chun is set in a historical building dating back early 20th century.
Featuring five main areas – three rooms at the front, the Sino-colonial style garden and one room at the second floor, One Chun is usually overflowing at lunch and dinner time; the garden area is also a cool and refreshing place to enjoy a smoothie and a piece of cake while checking your emails (complimentary Wi-Fi connection is available) at the end of the afternoon. One Chun really mixes old and new worlds in style.
One Chun Café & Restaurant and Raya Restaurant (another praised local venue) belong to the same family and share the same L-shaped two-storey house that covers a total area of approximately 1,000sqm! One Chun’s entrance is on Thepkasattri Road while Raya’s entrance is on New Dibuk Road. The Sino-colonial buildings’ architecture is very interesting and full of surprises: when you reach what seems to be the end of the house, there’s always a small door or a passage that leads to another part of the house unnoticeable from outside.
One Chun’s décor features ivory coloured walls letting appear red bricks, wooden furnishing, green wooden beams, doors and windows framing, and polished-concrete flooring. The quirky side of the restaurant is the accumulation of moth-eaten and archaic objects all around the dining rooms that emphasize the vintage touch of the venue: televisions from the ‘50s, old clocks and radio sets hanged on the walls, old-fashioned cinema projector, have been (and still are) steadily and patiently collected by the manager of the restaurant – khun Prang – who is in direct contact with the best second-hand shops in Phuket.
When it comes to food, there's no doubt that One Chun is amongst the best Thai restaurants in Phuket as its daily high-level of occupancy – mainly of whom are locals - really speaks for itself. Featuring a 13-page menu, the restaurant serves only genuine Sino-Thai and southern Thai dishes. Similar to its sister-restaurant Raya, the most popular dish here is crabmeat curry in coconut milk (280 baht) – blending the sweet soft taste of coconut with the slow-burning effects of curry in addition to the freshness and typical taste of crabmeat is indeed a winner (the best side-dish for crabmeat curry is khanom jeen – fresh rice noodles).
Other favourites on the menu are the orange curry with shrimp or fish (180 baht), spicy roasted pork salad with red grape (150 baht), and stir-fried sa-taw with shrimp or pork (180/150 baht). Please note that sa-taw is a very healthy vegetable with a very special taste that grows up in the rainforest; in the same vein as durian, people love it or hate it, there’s no middle-way.
One Chun Café & Restaurant is the right place to go if you want to sample authentic Thai cuisine in a traditional Sino-colonial décor and casual atmosphere in Phuket Old Town. Please not that if you're coming by, the best place to park is along Dibuk Road as Thepkasattri Road is busy most of the time.
One Chun Café & Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: 48/1 Thepkasattri Road (near the intersection with Dibuk Road in Phuket Old Town)
- Tel: +66 (0)7 635 5909, +66 (0)8 514 5443