Raya

Raya
Raya in Phuket

In this atmospheric two-storey Sino-Portuguese house, set on New Dibuk Road, with its tinted-glass windows, mosaic floors, vintage gramophone and walls hung with ‘30s Shanghai posters and sepia-toned photos, two sisters serve up the best Southern Thai food on the island. A favourite with Thai Royalty, celebrities from Bangkok, and local residents, its always buzzing, so make sure you call in advance. The menu is substantial with plenty to recommend though the standouts are the beautifully caramelised, braised pork belly, the deep-fried sea bass sprinkled with shallots and red chillies in a tamarind and lemongrass sauce, and the signature deep-fried chicken with turmeric. But don’t leave with out trying the moreish crabmeat curry with coconut milk and mee hoon noodles, which is also sent as a takeaway all the way to Bangkok. Or, the delightful nam phrik goong siap, ground shrimp and chilli, accompanied by cucumber, snake bean, cashew leaves, snake gourd, garnished with raw white turmeric. Cool any fire that builds up in your mouth with a glass of cold local beer. If there is only one restaurant on Phuket you need to visit, this might be it; but remember that Thai cuisine is best enjoyed in groups, so go with the family or friends./p>

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