I was in Phuket last week for a meeting. Hotel food in the Patong area were so so. At the end of the 3-day meeting, I had requested Sandy, the local guide, to bring us to a good restaurant serving authentic Thai seafood. She recommended Danang Restaurant at Chao Fah Road, which is along the Charong Beach. Now Danang is a restaurant that is patronised mostly by the locals unlike the restaurants in the Patong area, which serves the tourists mainly. So the price was reasonable and the food really authentic unlike the watered-down versions we had earlier in the week.
We had the most incredible S$110 meal that fed the five of us ladies silly.
Best ever Seafood Tom Yum, chockful of prawns, mussels, flower crabs, fish, squids and abalone mushrooms. The soup has a lovely tang and was spicy enough to make your scalp sweat.
Giant Spicy Tiger Prawns the length of your palms, with a sauce so good that makes you go for a second and third helping of rice.
Fresh and sweet Steamed Fish in Lemon Sauce.
Fresh Oysters twice the size of your sauce plate and harvested off the Andaman Sea. As it was so big, I had to take three bites as I cannot slurp it down as with a normal oyster. It was super-delicious and had a 'crunch' to it. The Thais served them with seven kinds of condiments ~ fried shallots, chilli sauce, fine salt, sweet & spicy chilli/bean paste, garlic slivers, prik nam-phla and lime wedge. You add a little bit of each condiment to eat with the oyster.
Mud Crab with Tang Hoon. Springy mungbean vermcelli that has soaked in all the goodness and flavors of the crabs.
The ubiquitous Pineapple Rice.
We also had two different types of stir-fried vegetables, fresh coconuts all round and another round of fresh lime juice to douse the fire at the end of the meal.
Ummh...Danang will now be in my highly recommended list of restaurants.