UPDATE: The restaurant was rebuilt in late 2019 and made larger. It’s still very basic with corrugated metal walls and plastic tables and chairs. But easier to spot now. Look for the rows of small flags strung over head above the pavement.
Heatree Restaurant, a small, roadside seafood shack, quickly became a favourite of our guests (and ourselves) after it opened in 2018. This is one of those small restaurants that you will pass and won’t even notice, let alone think about stopping at. There’s not even a sign with the restaurant’s name on it. And the view is either of the main road or some wasteland at the rear.
The restaurant only opens from mid to late afternoon onward. It sells fresh seafood as well as regular Thai food, but seafood is the main draw here. The front of the shop is where seafood is displayed. However this isn’t just for show, many of the locals will stop off here to buy seafood to take home and cook themselves. The prices are normal market prices. And if you are eating here, you can take a plastic basket and pick out your own fish, shellfish, prawns, squid etc. Then it’ll be weighed and priced and you pay an extra 50 Baht per dish for it to be cooked the way you like it. Instead of paying a regular restaurant price of 500 – 600 Baht for a kilo of prawns (for example) , you’re paying nearer 300 Baht.
So it’s a great place to stuff your face with inexpensive, fresh seafood. There’s also a large menu of seafood and Thai dishes. And the food is excellent. As good as you will find anywhere. And in many cases as nicely presented as many upscale restaurants.
As far as drinks go – it’s a choice of beer, coke or water. No cocktails. No wine list.
The decor is basic. Wooden tables and red plastic chairs. And the walls are covered in graffiti. Everything ranging from children’s scrawls to comments in a multitude of languages from diners who sing the restaurant’s praises in pen on the wall, rather online on Tripadvisor.
Recommended for a cheap and cheerful seafood dinner.
Price: $ – $$$
Location: Roadside in Klong Prao, 20 metres north of the turning for KP Huts and Santhiya Tree Resort.
These restaurant reviews are just my thoughts on a place at the time I visited. I’ll mention if I know the owner well or get any freebies. But for the most of the time I am happy to play tourist and don’t mention this site at all. Obviously it isn’t possible to sample every dish on the menu and the type of food you have for lunch will differ to evening. In addition, owners and more importantly chefs, can change and your experience may differ from mine. If it does, post a comment below.