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Shorefront dining at Rawai, where seafood is a favourite

Salaloy Restaurant, Rawai shorefront

Monday, April 14, 2008
Best Restaurant of 2008 contender

Telephone: 076 613740

Open: 10am-10pm Daily

Address: Rawai shorefront

Style: Thai

Price range: Good value. Steamed and grilled cockles (50 baht) fresh raw oysters (40baht each) deep fried crab meat and plum sauce (100 baht) steamed mussels with herbs (70 baht) grilled, steamed or friend crab (45 baht/100 baht) pineapple shake (40 baht) Singha beer (55/85 baht).

Specialty: Seafood, although other dishes, including chicken, are available. Omlette topped with baby oysters, ginger and chili (150 baht) comes under the heading of Recommended Local Dishes. The bright picture-book style menu offers a great guide to what you are about to eat. For instance, there are photos of 10 kinds of fish, including perch, grouper, trevally, halibut, banded whip-tail stingray and barebreast jack.

What Phuketwan says: Local seafood is delightfully presented here. Salaloy is perhaps the best-known of the restaurants that line the Rawai promenade. On a day when the tide is low, Thai families will eat at picnic tables on the sand. It's possible to do this, high tide or low, at new dining salas at the southern end of the beach. A friend once came here for a reunion with a girlfriend. They both ordered a meal, then she excused herself to go to the toilet on the other side of the road. She never returned. If there is one place in the world where it is a happy event to be left to enjoy two meals, this is probably it. The friend took in the beautiful view, consumed both meals, and left with a broader understanding about life and love.

How to find it: Along the seafront at Rawai.

Parking: Plenty in low season, and a big new local council car park should be ready for 2008-2009 high season.

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