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Lotus, where beach dining has grown with the island

Lotus, Lay-Pang Beach

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Best Restaurant of 2008 contender

Telephone: 076 362625-6

Open: 11am-11.30pm

Address: Lay-Pang beach, (northern end of Bang Tao beach)

Style: High-end Seaside Thai

Price range: No longer a bargain, but still below resort prices. Green mango salad 95 baht, spicy,crispy seafood salad, 130 baht. Thai specialties include stir-fried prawns with tamarind sauce, 170 baht, chicken or beef with penang curry 120/140 baht, fish with sour red curry 170 baht. Beer Singha 60/120 baht, cocktails in the 160-180 baht range.

Specialty: Seafood brought in daily from around the island and Phang Nga.

What the manager/ says: Lotus is a family concern, named after the wife of the owner, with the same commitment to seafood and good service it has had for many years now. Although the restaurant is not easy to find, once people discover it, they tend to keep coming back. There is plenty of seating.

What Phuketwan says: Lotus has grown over the years from what was once a food stall under an umbrella on this spot more than 20 years ago. Now there would be room for 100 food stalls. This restaurant has a great reputation for seafood. As you enter, you pass the tanks that hold the local delicacies: lobsters, prawns, crabs, grouper, sea bass. Choose your dining companion. Or leave it to the staff. Growing more stylish along with the island, Lotus reflects much of what appeals about Phuket. There's the beach, the sound of breaking waves, the food, and the hospitality.

How to find it: Drive through Laguna Phuket on the north of the island at Bang Tao, take the right hand turn signposted for the Sheraton or Banyan Tree, then keep on going until you hit the beachfront. Lotus is signposted on the left.

Parking: A little tight. Some space off-road right on the beachfront nearby. Otherise, it's a short walk along the sand.

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