1. La Trattoria

This award-winning Italian restaurant at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket serves authentic homemade pastas as well as other culinary creations.prac_info390 Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay • 07636 2999 • Open 6:30–10pm daily • • over B1000

2. Baan Rim Pa

Perched on a cliff above Kalim and Patong bays, Baan Rim Pa serves royal Thai cuisine, once found only in the kingdom’s palaces.prac_info223 Prabaramee Road, Patong • 07634 0789 • Open 1-11pm daily • over B1000

3. Joe’s Downstairs

With picturesque views of Kalim Bay, this popular spot for sunset cocktails serves Maine lobster, Japanese beef, and Australian short ribs.prac_info223/3 Prabaramee Road, Patong • 07661 8245 • Open noon 12:30-11pm daily • over B1000

4. Sala Bua

Located at Impiana Cabana Resort, this beachfront restaurant features Thai and Pacific-Rim fusion cuisine. The Australian fire-roasted Chateaubriand is recommended.prac_infoPatong Beach • 07634 0138 • Open 6am–midnight daily • over B1000

5. White Box Restaurant

Once a private residence, this Mediterranean- and Thai-inspired eatery has a rooftop lounge with stunning views of Patong Bay, making it popular for cocktails and tapas. In-house jazz musicians and global DJs entertain diners.prac_info245/7 Prabaramee Road, Patong • 07634 6271 • Open 5pm–1am daily • over B1000

6. On the Rock

Meals are served on the scenic deck at this renowned seafood restaurant. Getting a beachfront table often requires a reservation.prac_info47 Karon Road, Karon Beach • 07633 0625 • Open noon–10pm daily • over B1000

7. Kra Jok See

Tucked into a small 18th-century Sino-Portuguese shop house in Phuket Town, this charming restaurant with exposed wooden beams and candlelit tables serves delicious traditional Thai cuisine. But the night really begins after dessert, when the music is cranked up for one of Kra Jok See’s legendary dance parties. Reservations are recommended.

8. Boathouse Wine and Grill

This stylish seaside restaurant features a huge wine cellar with more than 800 labels. The excellent French and Thai degustation menus compete with classic wine and grill favorites, such as prime meat and chops.

9. Silk

A stylish Thai restaurant with contemporary interiors, Silk serves local seafood dishes such as white snapper with ginger, celery, and pickled plums, as well as khao soi (Thai chicken curry with noodles).prac_infoAndara Resort & Villas, Kamala Beach • 07633 8777 • Open 7am–10pm daily • • over B1000

10. Kopitiam by Wilai

Serving hokkien mee (Hokkien fried noodles), a Phuket specialty, this colorful eatery is the younger sibling of the perinnially popular Wilai restaurant. The space has been designed like a Chinese shop house. Other specialties include phat thai and southern Thai curries.

Top 10 Thai Dishes

1. Tom Yum Gung

Simmered in a clear broth, this hot and sour prawn soup introduces a world of exhilarating new flavors.

2. Phat Thai

An iconic Thai street food, this features stir-fried rice noodles, eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, and more.

3. Phat Kraprao

This spicy, flavorful stir-fry is made with chili and basil leaves and is often served with rice and a fried egg.

4. Gaeng Kiaw Wan

A Thai green curry, this is usually cooked with chicken or beef and can be spicy and a little sweet.

5. Gai Phat Met Mamuang

Chicken stir-fried with cashew nuts is a popular Thai dish, especially in tourist areas.

6. Somtam

A spicy salad made from shredded unripened papaya, Somtam is often eaten with sticky rice.

7. Tom Kha Gai

Made with coconut milk, galangal, lemongrass, and chicken, this is a delicious hot soup.

8. Khao Phat

A simple dish made of Thai fried rice, Khao Phat is often served with cucumber and sweet chili sauce.

9. Por Pia

These Thai spring rolls, usually fried, are often stuffed with vegetables, noodles, and pork or shrimp.

10. Khao Niaw Mamuang

Made with succulent fresh mango and sticky rice, this dish is drizzled with a sweet coconut cream sauce.

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