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  • 5 Recommended Restaurants in Phuket Town

    Thai & International Restaurants in Phuket City

    In international dining out terms Phuket Town has traditionally lived in the shadow of west coast Patong and many visitors are content enough with their west coast beaches and more expensive restaurants. But Phuket Town has genuine Thai eateries, several world-class international restaurants and overall lower prices than Patong and that makes it all the more worthy of a visit.

    Combine a shopping trip with a stroll around Phuket’s Old Town then try dining at one of the area’s classier restaurants and you certainly won’t regret it. Here are some of the best Phuket Town restaurants listed in alphabetical order.

  • This spacious restaurant is well respected for its adherence to original, high-end and traditional recipes yet doesn’t shy away from good old frites and beer. With probably the largest selection of imported Belgium beer in the south of Thailand (the owner is an importer) just sitting at the well-stocked bar at Brasserie is quite an experience but dining here is also exemplary and with a 12-page menu it’s obvious that Brasserie takes its cuisine seriously.

    You’ll be served by impeccably turned out university students in an air-conditioned atmosphere of fine Belgium and French dining and dishes consist of spare-no-expense imported items such as North Sea sole, French oysters, and the Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 24:00
    • Location: Downtown Phuket on Rassada Road
    • Tel: 076-210511
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    Noted as one of Phuket Town’s more ‘original’ restaurants (meaning that things can get a little crazy there) Ka Jok See has felt absolutely no need to advertise over its many years of operation. A simple vine-covered entrance leads into an atmospheric discreetly lit yet straightforward interior with tablecloths replaced by newspapers, Thai-European décor featuring textured walls, period photos, and a certain ‘economy of space’.

    Portions served up here are extremely generous and you should expect to eat Thai-style by sharing and sampling the respective dishes. Even though the food is noteworthy it’s what comes after desserts that makes this restaurant stand out from the crowd. At a certain time Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 18:30 – late
    • Location: 26 Takuapa Road (off Rassada Road)
    • Tel: 076-217903
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    One of the best Italian restaurants in Thailand, La Gaetana (‘The Gypsy’) is compact, colourful and creative. This 32-cover restaurant has long been a favourite with locals in the know and as a result of its popularity it is absolutely necessary to book days in advance. The product of a Thai-Italian partnership (and marriage) La Gaetana’s maître d’ Gianni Ferrara trains his staff to perfection and decants wine (mostly Italian labells) table to table with flourish and obvious enjoyment.

    The food is fabulous and consistent in its quality year after year, serving classic Italian dishes and sides with an attention to detail that makes the restaurant stand out in any Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 18:00-23:00. Open for lunch Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Closed Wednesday
    • Location: 352 Phuket Road. Phuket Town
    • Remarks: Evening reservations necessary
    • Tel: 076-250523 - Mobile: 081 397 1227
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    One of Phuket Town’s most-loved Thai restaurants and known nationwide, Raya has set the culinary standard for many others but has never been surpassed. Located in a quaint two-storey, 90-year old Thai house on the fringes of the Old Town, fan-cooled Raya has a mature charm to it, mosaic tiled floors, walls adorned with period posters advertising cigarettes and cruises, a wide central staircase, not exactly intimate lighting, and space for small banquets upstairs.

    Raya was the ex-prime minister’s first choice of restaurant on a recent visit and it’s not unusual to spot well-known Thai luminaries dining here – the owner-chef even receives takeaway orders from Bangkok! Expect a small Read More...

    • Location: 48 New Dibuk Road, Phuket Old Town
    • Tel: 076-218155, 076-232236
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    Siam Indigo is a restaurant forged from the conjunction of several shop-houses in Phuket’s Old Town. In a triple role, that of restaurant, boutique and art gallery it certainly is an appealing place to dine out. With a trend-setting bar, an almost regal dining space, and even a hacienda-style patio out back, Siam Indigo is a natural for larger group dining and indeed holds regular events attended by Phuket’s cool crowd.

    No one else quite comes close to this place when it comes to Thai-western fusion food and the best thing about it is that it’s wonderfully affordable. Here you’ll find an ever-changing menu that is not afraid to try Read More...

    • Location: 8 Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town
    • Tel: 076-256697
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