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Best of Phuket 2012: Restaurant of the Year

Best of Phuket 2012: Restaurant of the Year

Saturday, December 29, 2012
The Original Best of Phuket Awards

PHUKET: True to last year's promise, Phuketwan judges have been noshing at excellent value for money restaurants in 2012, both on and off Phuket.

The judges admit, though, to slipping into a habit that improves their demeanor but doesn't deliver too many new reviews.

Yes, they've been going back to old favorites time and again, rather than delving into the delights that new Phuket restaurants continue to produce.

There have been some failures, though. Phuketwan tried a well-known west coast brand in the hope that good food at a decent price could finally be found there.

The steak rated an A, although it came at tourist-level prices. But the burger? It was pricey even though the beef patty tasted as if it had come straight out of a packet. Disappointing, really.

Incidentally, the best burger on Phuket can be found at Cudos at the Plaza Surin, a restaurant we keep trying to raise the money to go back to for a return visit.

The memory of their fabulous burger lives on, months after the first bite.

The best-value seafood in the region comes off Phuket, though, at Baan Bang Pat, Phang Nga. It's a 90-minute drive from Phuket but worth every millisecond.

You can even stay at very reasonable cost in the village and enjoy seafood three times a day.

This year's Phuketwan Best of Phuket 2012 restaurant? It was among last year's finalists.

The aptly named Suay can be found on Takuapa Rd in Phuket City, still home to the island's best-value restaurants for quality and price.

Look for the trimmed hedges, follow the garden path and make yourself comfortable at one of the white tables on Suay's large veranda.

Suay's cuisine is an innovative take on traditional Thai dishes. We know it's a sign of good things to come when just studying the menu is a highly enjoyable experience.

On our latest visit our selection includes massaman curry, grilled beef sirloin salad, and spicy salmon carpaccio, Suay style.

Each dish bursts with a different flavor, but the best one of all is the roti with chicken curry.

And just when we thought things couldn't get any better, it was time for dessert. It's worth saving some space for the mango sticky rice spring roll, accompanied by black sesame ice cream.

The presentation throughout the meal is exceptional, the service is slick and friendly, and the bill ends up a fraction of what you'd pay for the same experience in other parts of Phuket.

We are planning to start early in the New Year on selecting the Phuketwan Best of Phuket restaurant for 2013, so if you have a suggestion, please let us know.

Sophie Brown, a journalism masters student at the University of Hong Kong, is currently an intern at Phuketwan. She is a former communications officer at the anti-corruption organisation, Transparency International.


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Well done on your award.Congratulations Suay.

Posted by Robin on December 30, 2012 08:51


Would greatly appreciate it, if you could give directions to Baan Bang Pat. Tried to find before but without sucess.

Posted by Stuart on December 30, 2012 10:48

Editor Comment:

Turn right out of Phang Nga Town towards Krabi, then five or perhaps six or seven k down the road, take the u-turn opposite the Bang Toei Hospital. Head back towards Phang Nga Town and the road for Baan Bang Pat should appear a couple of hundred metres along.


dong forget HEN CHEF in Rawai !
presentation and value for money is 2nd to none in southern Phuket..
it is Thai owned and has a great couple of Swiss/Italian trained chefs..

Posted by hulkster on December 30, 2012 12:36


First recommendation - Live Present Moment in Kamala. Run by K. Ae and her mother. A small very personal and intimate restaurant! Slightly off the beaten track but well worth a visit. A true haven.

Posted by GnTx on December 30, 2012 16:04


How can a intern new to Phuket be given these 2012 articles?
Youre not in touch when it comes to the best restaurant or innovation in Phuket.

Posted by glen on December 30, 2012 17:17

Editor Comment:

The writer is reporting on the judges' decisions, glen. The person who hands out the Oscars doesn't actually decide who gets them . . . we've asked, as we always do, for readers to offer their suggestions. If you have some ideas, perhaps you should react earlier next year.


The burger at the Quarterdeck in Ao Po is worth the journey value too and a spectacular view of Phang Nga bay to boot.

Posted by ElCapitan on December 30, 2012 19:32


The "Joe's famous" burger at Joe's Downstairs is really good..

Posted by christian on December 30, 2012 20:39

Editor Comment:

What's the price tag, christian, with and without an egg?


Dear PhuketWan team, on behalf of Suay team i would like to say thank you very very much for the award, we will do our best to keep our products to the best for our guests krub

ps: can i get the soft file to frame it?

Chef Noi

Posted by Tammasak on January 1, 2013 22:26


Any decent restaurant review provides minimal details such as address and phone numbers. Most will also give you hours of operation. You've been giving these awards a few years. People read them, so why not provide the journalism fundamentals of where and when?

Posted by CapnNard on January 4, 2013 16:24

Editor Comment:

Why not do a search, CapnNard, using that little rectangle at the top marked Search? Then you will find the review, which is not to be confused with the award.


@ CapnNard

I guess sometimes you just can't win.

Provide too much information and you get blamed for publishing infomercials.

Do the opposite and you get flak for not putting up the contact info.

Fortunately I have a friend called Google and found the restaurant info just like that. Go figure.

Posted by Andrew on January 4, 2013 19:46


Well deserved award Suay. You will struggle to find better quality, variety and value for money on the island.

Posted by Justin on January 8, 2013 06:48


Well done Thamasak, keep the high standart

Posted by Robert on January 8, 2013 11:09

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