Baan Rim Pa, perched on a cliff overlooking Patong Beach, offers spectacular ocean views and some of the best Thai food in Phuket. Served on monogrammed china, traditional and contemporary Thai favorites are not as spicy as some may like, so ask for spicier if that’s how your taste buds are tuned. In particular, Baan Rim Pa is known for an excellent lobster with black pepper, red duck curry, and tiger prawns in tamarind sauce. Although the restaurant is on the pricier side for Patong, Baan Rim Pa is an excellent choice for a special meal. In addition to the restaurant, a piano bar is open from Tuesday through Sunday.
Floyd’s Brasserie, located at the boutique-style Burasari Resort, offers excellent dining for a special meal. Between the elegant atmosphere and the high quality of the food, it’s no wonder that Floyd’s is one of Patong’s top restaurants. Specialty dishes include both European and Thai influences, such as the Phuket lobster thermidor, the Thai fish cakes and the Tournedos Rossini. Many guests enjoy the well-known Sunday brunch here, which is an extensive feast and costs 1,500 Baht (about US$50 per person).
Kenya’s Seahag Restaurant, where reservations are highly recommended, offers a range of delicious Thai seafood to well-prepared Western dishes. The fresh seafood is served in large portions by a friendly and courteous wait staff, and the complimentary side dishes are always a welcome surprise. Especially recommended dishes include the Prawn Penang curry, the Prawns with lemongrass, and the Thai Green curry. Although the Seahag is tucked away on Soi Wattana and somewhat difficult to find, it’s well worth the search; for guests who have trouble finding it, locals can provide directions. Prices are not expensive but a bit higher than average, but for the quality of food, large portions, and complimentary dishes, the Seahag is a bargain.
GoodSports Bar & Grill, located in JJ Plaza, offers great burgers in a casual setting. Hot dogs, omelets, and rolls are also on the menu, and breakfast is available all day long. High definition televisions provide constant coverage of football, baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, and more; patrons who wish to be a bit more active can play pool for free on one of Goodsports’ two pool tables. A full bar is also available. Goodsports is one of the less expensive Patong eateries; burgers are priced from 120 (about US$4) Baht to 190 Baht (about US$6).
La Dolce Vita, a popular Patong restaurant, severs up excellent Italian cuisine from its location at the Hotel Nirvana. The restaurant’s extensive menu includes traditional homemade pasta dishes, pizza from wood-fired ovens, and Thai influenced seafood specialties. Signature menu items include the radicchio ravioli and the linguine with crab, and the homemade bread is always a favorite side item. For dessert options, the Tiramisu is legendary. Prices range from about 240 Bath (US$ 8) to 1,300 Baht (US$42).