It is always a challenge for Muslim travellers to find restaurants which serve halal food in countries where the principle religion is not Islam. Fortunately, the southern part of Thailand has a large Muslim community and the island of Phuket has at least 50 mosques, many of which are surrounded by halal restaurants. Suffice it to say, there are plenty of choices for our list of the 10 Best Halal Restaurants in Phuket!
By far the largest Muslim community on the island can be found in Patong Beach, which has a big and bustling Arabic quarter south of Bangla Road. Naturally, the majority of our list of popular Islamic eateries comes from the famous resort town on Phuket’s west coast. There are other great choices around, all clearly marked with a green symbol to show their halal credentials, ensuring that you will not have to keep coming back to one place just for a safe snack.
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Part of a group of floating restaurants, Bang Mud Seafood is a pretty small, but very popular place. It has a rustic, rough-and-ready look and the dishes are also simple yet very tasty. The cuisine is halal Thai, with the favourite dishes including Tom Yum, fried soft shell crab, and garlic chicken. You can be absolutely assured of the freshness of the seafood as you can actually watch it being caught around you while enjoying the fresh sea breeze. The restaurant is on a moored collection of floating pontoons about 700 metres from Laem Hin and 150 metres from Coconut Island and can be reached by taking a five-minute longtail boat ride from Laem Hin Beach.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Between Laem Hin and Coconut Island
- Tel: +66 (0)81 273 2367
Anwa Lookchin Pla has a bright and colourful style, both in its décor and its dishes. The modern-style halal restaurant specialises in freshly-made fish balls in noodle soup, with the hot & sour or hot and spicy soups being particularly popular. With generous portions, a lot of the dishes are better shared than attempted individually. Other dishes on offer include chicken, fish and beef steaks and Singapore-style chicken rice, all of which are available at very good prices.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 05:00
- Location: 128 Prabaramee Road, Patong
- Tel: +66 (0)7 668 9459
Kusuma serves up a mix of Thai and Malaysian seafood dishes - all, naturally, halal. The relatively humble little eatery off one of Patong’s main roads is well-known and highly regarded for its Thai curries, Tom Yam, prawns, mussels, seabass and lobster, with strong flavours showing off the freshness of the ingredients. The portions are always generous, the prices are low and the staff and owners are very friendly.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
- Location: Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong
- Tel: +66 (0)83 596 0885, +66 (0)81 078 8160
A superb Indian and Arabian cuisine restaurant in the Royal Wing of the Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa, the indoor dining area shares the décor of its influences, featuring warm colours and intricate mosaics. Located by the side of the hotel’s pool, its outdoor seating is just as appealing, giving the place a comfortable and casual atmosphere, despite the regal appearance. Unusually, for a certified halal eatery, there is a wine list, but the bottles have to be collected from the lobby bar. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
- Location: 135/23 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong
- Tel: +66 (0)7 634 0666
Arabia is one of the coolest and classiest Halal restaurants in Phuket. The interior has been fashioned into something resembling a desert camp, with tent-like individual booths along both sides. The food is similarly remarkable, with the menu featuring authentic Indian and Arabian dishes in substantial portions. Prices for main dishes are around the 250-320 baht mark. The staff are also noted for being very friendly and welcoming, making this one of the best restaurants of any kind on Patong’s Soi Post Office.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – 23:00
- Location: Soi Post Office, Patong
- Tel: +66 (0)86 280 9019
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/arabia.phuket
The name of this restaurant says it all – it’s a Turkish restaurant in Kata – though the name also comes from the initials of the father of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, which is why the restaurant’s name is sometimes written as “KAtaturk”. The owner is very friendly and welcoming, creating a great environment within the stylish establishment. The food is excellent, but very Turkish. Those who aren’t familiar with the cuisine might have a little difficulty deciphering the menu, but the staff will be able to help you out.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:30
- Address: 72 Khoktanod Road, Kata
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/EfePhuket
As with Bang Mud, Little Marina is small in size and big in quality. The chic little boutique restaurant in the Boat Plaza complex boasts a great lake view, indoor and outdoor seating and a variety of great halal Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients. The dishes have all the authentic tastes of Thailand, but with a slightly reduced level of chilli, making them great for visitors from countries with a less spicy national cuisine. The prices are very reasonable, especially considering the quality on offer.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: Boat Plaza, Phuket Town
- Tel: +66 (0)87 280 9343
Conveniently close to the airport and to Mak Prok Mosque, this chic western restaurant with its marble-walled interior boasts a full menu of European dishes, all halal in their preparation and ingredients. Recommended dishes include the signature Spaghetti Makan as well as the carbonara, pizzas and steaks. It has an open-air setting, with a gentle breeze keeping you cool on even the hottest days (though a big bowl of ice cream certainly helps). The menu is somewhat limited and presented in a tickbox format, but the quality is excellent.
- Opening Hours: Sat – Thu 11:00 – 21:00
- Location: Next to Mak Prok Mosque, Thepskassatri Road, Mai Khao
- Tel: +66 (0)85 034 1492
There are actually two Cairo Restaurants in Patong – the larger of the two being on Rat-U-Thit Road while the smaller one is by the beach. Both are well-known for their lively Egyptian atmospheres and good mix of Thai, Indian and Arabic dishes, all of which are halal. These includes Tandoori curries, shami kebabs, steaks, spaghetti and seafood. The chain is also popular as a place for smoking shisha. Prices are slightly on the high side when compared to other choices in our 10 Best Halal Restaurants in Phuket, but the convivial atmosphere, great location and excellent food justify it.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: 204/15 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong
- Tel: +66 (0)7 639 0654
Soi La Diva, just past the entrance to Bangla Road off Rat-U-Thit Road, has probably the densest concentration of Arabic restaurants in Phuket, yet Padiran Persian Cuisine stands out as the best among them. The fairly simple, cosy little restaurant specialises in Iranian dishes at pretty reasonable prices, with the lamb shank standing out as a star dish. The fact that the owner takes an active role in welcoming and serving his guests creates a very friendly, welcoming environment.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:30
- Address: 204/41 Soi La Diva, off Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong
- Tel: +66 (0)7 634 0510
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/Padiranrestaurant