Tantalise your tastebuds with these must-try Thai dishes at the top restaurants and bars in Phuket.
Thai cuisine caters to all food lovers with food ranging from spicy to sweet. The amount of spices and flavours in each bowl create a delicious, mouth-watering dish that you’ll be craving even when you’re back home.
Whether you go north or south, world famous dishes like pad thai will be everywhere. But each region is home to unique dishes that are made best in each area. Be sure to try some street food as well as it is always the cheapest and is often some of the best.
We’re sharing the best dishes to try and where to find them on the island of Phuket.
Must-try Phuket food
Those who shy away from spicy food don’t need to fear this curry. It’s sweetened with coconut milk and a lime gives it a touch of sour.
Basil, peanuts and tomatoes are mixed in with your choice of pork, beef or fish. It’s best served over rice or noodles.
Thai pancakes (Roti)
This flatbread serves as a tasty sweet snack. The thin pancake is fried until it’s crisp then rolled in butter, white sugar and condensed milk.
You can pick fillings such as egg, banana, strawberry jam or marmalade as well as chocolate sauce.
The most famous dish of the country is the sweet noodle dish, pad thai. Rice noodles are stir fried with egg and firm tofu. Tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar are used to add the unique flavour.
The noodles are then topped with chopped peanuts, lime and optional chili flakes.
Khao man gai
This dish takes boiled chicken to a whole new level. A sauce made of ginger, garlic, chili and soya sauce adds a unique flavour.
The chicken is topped with the sauce and served over jasmine rice.
Served both on the street and in sit-down restaurants, por pia is a small Thai spring roll. Meat, prawns, vegetables and rice noodles are wrapped in rice paper and then deep fried.
Por pia is often served with a sweet chili sauce as a snack or appetiser.
At street vendors, you’ll find chicken, pork and beef satay. But what’s most popular about this snack on a stick is the peanut sauce.
The combination of fish sauce, ginger, green onions, cilantro leaves, jalapenos, pepper, peanut butter, sesame oil, lemon juice, and coconut milk make it the perfect dipping sauce.
A classic Thai dish, tom yum is the most famous Thai soup there is. It is a hot and sour soup often called spicy prawn soup. The combination of lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce create a unique kick that will clear your sinuses and warm you up.
For a creamier bowl, try it with coconut milk added.
Mom Tri’s Kitchen
Mom Tri’s Kitchen, overlooking the Andaman Sea, serves both Thai and international dishes. It comes with an extensive wine menu that is paired with simple Thai dishes.
This top restaurant has won awards from TripAdvisor and Wine Spectator.
12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi Beach
Baan Rim Pa Patong
Baan Rim Pa Patong serves royal Thai cuisine, which are dishes that were once only served in the Grand Palace of Thailand. It’s one of the most famous restaurants in Thailand and is located in a two-storey teak building that provides great views over Patong Beach.
223 Prabaramee Rd
As one of Phuket’s oldest restaurants, Kan Eang@Pier offers a wide selection of Andaman seafood.
For those that don’t enjoy seafood, international cuisine is also available.
44/1 Viset Road Moo 5 T.Rawai A.Muang
Suay Restaurant serves well-made, high-end food at reasonable prices. The dishes are best shared Thai-style as they’re quite small.
Expect some of the traditional Thai dishes to have a bit of a twist. Thai green curry and grilled sea scallops are among the favourite dishes while new specials are offered daily.
50/2 Takuapa Rd, Talat Nuea, Mueang
Baba is one of the best rooftop bars in the world. You’ll be treated to 360-degree views while sitting on a large deck surrounded by an infinity pool.
The simple atmosphere is paired with a high-end, extensive cocktail list. Reservations are essential.
Sri panwa, Phuket 88 moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Vichit, Muang
360 Degrees Restaurant
Offering a 360-degree view over Phuket, 360 Degrees Restaurant serves tapas and signature cocktails.
With a mix of Western and Asian cuisine, this top restaurant’s dishes are best accompanied with a sunset view.
31/1 Moo 6, Cherngtalay Thalang
Food tours and cooking classes
With so many dishes unique to the country, there is no better place to try a cooking class. From exotic fruits to new spices, a food tour will show you the flavours behind famous Thai dishes.