Jetting out from Phuket’s mainland, Cape Panwa is a tiny peninsula housing the famous Phuket Aquarium and a myriad of upscale and midrange dining venues. Seafood and Indian, Thai and Mediterranean, Japanese and European eateries cater to all tastes and budgets. Check out out list of the best restaurants in Cape Panwa.
1. The Grill
The Grill is an elegant high-end restaurant serving mouth-watering seafood, and Thai fusion. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the splendid Andaman Sea, providing a chic and classy setting, the Grill takes your fine-dining experience to a new level -literally!
2. Live India
Live India is a casual and unpretentious restaurant located close to the popular Phuket Aquarium and serving authentic Indian cuisine in a relaxed setting. Try their delicious curries that come with fresh homemade naan bread.
3. Cafe Kantary
Those with a sweet tooth will feel right at home at Cafe Kantary located in the bay bearing the same name. This tiny eatery is an awesome pit-stop on your way to the beach – grab a cup of great coffee flanked by a piece of homemade cake. The venue also serves gorgeous smoothies, sandwiches and pizzas, great for beachside snacking.
4. Baba Soul Food
Step into the world of luxury at Baba Soul Food. The fine-dining venue specialises in eclectic Thai food and quality sushi made from the freshest fish and seafood. The restaurant has a romantic decor drawing inspiration from the Arabian Nights, with countless fairy lights adding a touch of mystery.
Sawasdee is a midrange seafront Thai restaurant and one of the most frequented venues in Cape Panwa. Featuring amazing sea views, cool atmosphere and elaborate menu, Sawasdee is a great place to sample some genuine Thai cuisine like chicken satay or spicy massaman chicken. The restaurant also offers Western cuisine – the stakes in particular are exquisite.
6. Sea Breeze
Sea Breeze is a tiny hidden gem, tucked away at the foot of the hill leading up to Cape Panwa Hotel. The simple two-storey building housing the venue can be easily missed, but it is really worth a visit. Serving delicious Thai food and Asian dishes – try the seafood served with garlic and peppers! – the restaurant attracts crowds night after night, so it is recommended to arrive earlier to get a better table and faster service.
7. Curry Night India
The unpretentious Curry Night India offers bargain-priced Indian and Asian fares to sample and share. Vegetarians can opt for the delightful veggie curry or a fresh salad, while carnivores are blessed with succulent lamb barbecues to treat your taste buds.
8. Baan Ra Tree Restaurant
If you cannot get enough of fresh, delicious and high-quality seafood, head to the Baan Ra Tree Restaurant. Featuring tables set right on the water’s edge, the venue serves an incredible range of fresh fish and seafood along with delightful Thai cuisine. Get an unforgettable dining experience with your feet in the sand at Baan Ra Tree Restaurant.
9. Sabai Sabai
Hosted in the beautiful traditional Thai building, Sabai Sabai is a midrange local restaurant serving a vast selection of Thai and Western food. The must-try are tom yam and the papaya salad. If you feel like having Western food, opt for the chicken wings – either way, you won’t leave the place hungry.
10. Panwa House
Housed in the imposing Colonial-style building, Panwa House is a reputable Thai restaurant featuring impeccable service and an amazing setting. The two-storey building houses fascinating antiques and sits right on the shoreline. Gorgeous local appetisers, mains and desserts are all delicious and inexpensive, so you could try a whole range of dishes during one visit.
From spicy Indian cuisine to scrumptious seafood, the restaurants in Cape Panwa make this tiny Phuket peninsula a hidden foodie heaven. Now, is it just us, or has all this talk about food left you feeling a bit peckish?