Dec 2015 Update. To be honest we haven’t been there for about a year. But, it’s still going and gets great reviews on the Thai language restaurant sites. Worth stopping at if you happen to be driving to the Hat Lek border.
Another place off Koh Chang. Not somewhere that most people will visit but if you happen to be heading down the Trat coast towards the Cambodian border then this unassuming seafood restaurant by the beach is well worth a stop. It’s a 100% Thai place – so no English menu and the staff know just the basics, but with a bit of pointing and gesticulating you should be able to order up some seafood. The restaurant is well known amongst weekending Thais and can seat 50 or 60 people, I’ve been there three times and there were never more than 3 or 4 tables occupied – but there again this was lunchtime mid-week and the location doesnt lend itself to workers just popping out for a quick lunch. You need a car or some form of transport to get there from the nearest village.
The menu is mainly seafood with some pork & chicken dishes thrown in as an afterthought. The seafood comes direct from the owner and the local fishermen who live nearby, so it’s as fresh and as locally sourced as you are going to find anywhere. Expect the usual mix of strong flavours, fairly disinterested staff and melamine tableware that you get in all the best ‘local’ places. You can’t go wrong with the Tom Yam Gung here and the reworking of the Northern Thai favourite ‘Mieng Kham’ – results in a very flavourful, spicy, sweet and sour fish dish that is eaten wrapped in betel leaves.
Worth a stop if you’re on a visa run to the border or simply spending the day taking in some mainland sights.
Price: $ – $$$
Location: Head towards the Cambodia border on Highway 3. Follow signs for ‘Centara Chaan Talay Resort’ the restaurant is down a turn off about 1Km or so before you reach the resort. It is signposted in Thai but there is an English sign for Ploy Daeng Beach.
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.