We all love a secret, especially a secret restaurant, and to be rewarded with a slap-up meal after uncovering one is one of life’s better pleasures. Being hilly and fairly large, Phuket Island has its fair share of out of the way restaurants and it’s a lot of fun to discover them.
Here are some of the best on the island; restaurants ranging from simple but tasty family-run setups to international standard fine-dining locations. So why not get to know Phuket better and visit the lesser-known but just as beautiful corners of the island in search of a culinary treat? This is one notable exception to the aphorism, ‘to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.’
Ao Sane is a small scenic boulder-strewn beach just northwest of Nai Harn Beach in the south of Phuket. Believe it or not, to get to Ao Sane you’ll have to drive under The Nai Harn Hotel, then carry on over the brow of the hill while admiring the truly gorgeous views over Nai Harn Bay. It’s best to park at the top and walk down to the beach and restaurant. The Thai and international food here at this family-run restaurant is surprisingly good and the ambience very laid back, with many regular customers and expat old timers as well as guests staying at the nearby bungalows. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Lunch & dinner
- Location: Ao Sane
Living up to its moniker, Breeze is caressed by light winds and straddles a beachside incline with views out over Cape Yamu and distant Phuket Town. Directly to the east lies Koh Yao Yai, Koh Maphrao, Koh Rang Yai and Koh Rang Noi. It's a scenic spot to be in. If tasteful décor automatically denotes fine dining then Breeze has already got it all sewn up. To put it mildly, Breeze is a joy to be seated in. Dishes here are international and of supreme quality – the work of five-star chefs. To get to Breeze turn east at the Two Heroine’s Monument towards Kokaeo then right at the signage for Cape Yamu and follow for several kilometres until the end of the road. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every Day from 12:00 - 22:00 Except Sunday - 12:00 - 16:00 for our Long Lazy Sunday brunch, by reservation only.
- Location: Cape Yamu, 228 Moo 7, Paklok, Thalang.
- Tel: +66 (0)81 271 2320
‘Kin Dee’ means ‘eat well’ in Thai and this is a fitting name for this out-of-the-way breezy restaurant up by Phuket’s Sarasin Bridge. Serving genuine Thai food in a beautiful bucolic setting, Kin Dee is a family-run restaurant with an ex five-star chef and her sisters at the helm in the kitchen. Head to Phuket’s most northern point – the Sarasin Bridge – then take a U-turn just before the Police Checkpoint. Then turn left down the next lane after the green supermarket. Kin Dee is 150 metres on the right-hand side of the road. If you spend 500 baht or more, Kin Dee will take you back to your hotel for free if it is situated locally. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
- Tel: 082 8148482/ 080 3923073
- How to get there: Head to Phuket’s most northern point – the Sarasin Bridge – then take a U-turn just before the Police Checkpoint. Then turn left down the next lane past after the green supermarket. Kin Dee is 150 metres on the right-hand side of the road. If you spend 500 baht or more Kin Dee will take you back to your hotel for free if it is local.
Laem Ka Noi Seafood
This restaurant is a challenge to find but well worth the effort if you really want to feel exclusive. Head down towards Rawai and mere metres before the easily-spotted Seashell Museum on the right-hand side of the road, there’s a sign on the left that says ‘Ka Noi’. Turn down here and follow the road to the end. It’s quite a spectacular ride and one that should be taken slowly. The restaurant has a small car park right at the bottom but it’s really best to park a little above it because the gradient is very steep. Best at high tide as the adjacent beach is muddy and rocky; Laem Ka Noi serves all manner of fresh seafood, mostly prepared the Thai way.
- Opening Hours: Lunch & dinner
- Location: Coming from Chalong, turn left at the ‘Kanoi Cape’ sign before the Seashell Museum
- Cuisine: Thai and seafood
Le Celtique is an out-of-the-way French restaurant in Rawai that moved from Kata several years ago. Its no-nonsense approach to traditional French, Italian and Thai dishes and efficient and friendly service make it worth a visit. Run by a French-Thai couple, Bertrand and Lek Plumer, Le Celtique could at first be mistaken for a mini museum as its décor, consisting of Buddha images, wall friezes, wooden statues and Celtic whorls, is so distinctive that there quite simply is nothing else like it in Phuket. Le Celtique is well signposted. If coming from Chalong, turn down Soi Saiyuan off Vichit Road at the 7-Eleven and right at Le Celtique signage. Follow the road for a kilometre and turn right up the hill at the second restaurant sign. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 15:00 – 23:00 closed Tuesdays
- Location: 89/90 Soi Samakae 4, Rawai
- Tel: +66 (0)76 613 098 Mobile: +66 (0)89 588 9517
‘Sabai’ means ‘happy’ in Thai and never was a place so aptly named as this bar/restaurant in a ‘secret’ location in the jungle between Nai Harn and Kata. Facing north, you’ll see Kata Noi, Kata Yai, and Karon beaches along with Pu Island and the back of the iconic Big Buddha. Look out to sea and the horizon is the limit. The ‘wow’ factor at Sabai Corner is turned to the absolute max, and that’s before you’ve even taken a seat. Food wise, Sabai Corner is no fine-dining location but it does knock out fairly decent wood-fired pizzas from its brick oven, plus it serves a whole gamut of Thai dishes. To get there simply turn down the road next to the ‘Three Beaches’ viewpoint in the hills above Kata Noi Beach. It’s about a kilometre down on the left. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: On the road leading down from the Kata/Karon viewpoint Look for the signage
- Tel: 089-8755525