Ab-Zab Restaurant, Kalim
Telephone: 076 618079
Address: 249/2 Phrabaramee Road, Kalim, Phuket 83150
Style: Terraced sea view restaurant
Price range: Inexpensive tourist prices. Deep fried wanton (100 baht) egg sandwiches (120 baht) vegetable tempura (100 baht) chicken satay (130 baht) french fries (120 baht) noodles with pork, chicken beef (150 baht) spicy wing bean salad (150 baht) grilled clams (120/150 baht) stir fried chicken korat style (150 baht) red curry with pork, chicken or beef (130/150 baht) masaman (150 baht) red curry grilled duck (250 baht) phad gra phrow (130/150 baht) stir fried chicken with mushroom (120 baht) fried prawns with tamarind sauce (300 baht) spicy papaya salad with blue crab (150 baht) grilled or steamed blue crab (price varies on weight)
Specialties: Thai food, especially Korat style
What Phuketwan says:
Driving along the coast road north of Patong on Phuket always leaves us complaining about the number of buildings going up on the left-hand side, the side where the view out over the Andaman Sea should have been left uninterrupted for all to enjoy. We usually flash past, mumbling to ourselves. A friend suggested we stop at Ab-Zab, through Kalim, and we're glad we did. The place descends down the cliff face from the beach road, with an enchanting choice of chairs at tables indoors, on a balcony on two levels, or on Thai picnic tables under salas. The menu is good and affordably priced and the views out over the Andaman Sea are superb. We watched some Chinese tourists scramble down the cliffside to take up a perilous position on some jutting rocks. The decorations are a mixture of collectibles and items of fun. It's done so well without us knowing that the place is in the middle of an expansion.
How to find it: Swing through Kalim from Patong and go around a couple of bends. Ab-Zab will loom up fast on the left.
Parking: Outside the restaurant there are some spaces.
Phuketwan reviewers pay for their own meals. If we don't, we tell you. Ab-Zab Restaurant is a candidate for Phuketwan's Good Value Phuket Restaurant of the Year 2014.