42 Viset Road, near Chalong pier.
Western and Thai food.
Good value. All day english breakfast (220 baht) huervo rancheros (180 baht) two eggs any way (95 baht) buffalo chicken wings (130 baht) bacon sandwich (130 baht) pancake (90 baht) khao tom (80 baht) pad thai (120 baht) stir fried chicken/pork (120 baht) khao pad (100 baht) chicken salad (190 baht) homemade beef or chicken burger (190 baht) traditional fish and chips (190 baht) chips (50 baht) icecream and sorbet (80 baht) fruit plate (60 baht) banana smoothie (90 baht) ice cream shake (120 baht) tomato juice (90 baht) wine by the glass (180 baht) iced tea (65 baht) coffee americano (60/80 baht) heineken/singha beer (90 baht).
Seafood. Specials every day.
Chalong is at the heart of Phuket's diving industry so a wander down Sunrise Road leads you past dive shops, bars and coffee shops to Pier 42, a balcony restaurant with an airy outlook. It's attached to the boutique Pier 42 Resort and Spa but prices seem to be set to appeal to people who might walk in off the street. There's a casual ambience and a cheerful staff. Smoothies are apparently now the same price as a beer, which surprised us a little. An even bigger surprise is to come. An order of traditional fish and chips produced a plate of not-so-traditional fish and green peas. Now, it may well be that the chef didn't have chips to hand. But the correct procedure would have been for the waitress to be sent back to the table to ask: ''I'm sorry, we don't have chips right now. Would you settle for fish and green peas, or prefer to order something else?'' Instead, the chef made the decision for the diner, something that's a no-no anywhere. A long time ago at another restaurant, we once ordered a steak and were served a mixed grill instead. The chef later admitted he had just been discharged from the army, and with no steak available, he'd just assumed a mixed grill would do. That said, the Pier 42 fish was tasty, even without the chips. It was an unfortunate point-loser during an otherwise pleasant eating experience. Thai or Western, Pier 42 is worth trying if you're in Chalong. But we do hope some pea-group pressure is applied in the kitchen. Restaurant Rule 42: The diner always decides what they eat.
How to find it:
From the landmark Chalong Roundabout, take the road for the pier. Pier 42 is about halfway down, on the right-hand side.
The car park at the pier is stressed but we've yet to find it completely full.
Phuketwan reviewers pay for their own meals. If we don't, we tell you. Pier 42 is a candidate for Phuketwan's Phuket Restaurant of the Year 2013.