Your Krabi
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The Krabi restaurant guide - February 2006

Note: this is an archived page from our old magazine. Click on this link for a current guide to romantic restaurants in Krabi


 
 

In the mood for love - romantic restaurants

 

This month's hot date is Valentine's Day. We pick the best romantic restaurants in Krabi so you can get all starry-eyed with your loved one.

 
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ROMANCE and fine dining have always gone hand in hand. The sensual pleasures of sharing a meal with someone close are self-evident and, when properly done, without rival.

Our chosen romantic hot spots, below, are sure to set your heart aflutter. They are particularly recommended for their tête-à-tête qualities: intimacy, privacy and excellent service, all of which mean more time and opportunity to concentrate on each other. And the food? It’ll be love at first bite.

'THE ROOF'
The intimate flower-filled dining room of ‘The Roof’ will set the right romantic mood for your Valentine’s dinner, while the low lighting will let you see your loved one in a flattering warm glow. Choose between an excellent European menu (the organic steak with bearnaise sauce and Swiss-German specialities are particularly recommended), or the wide selection of Thai dishes. Service is professional, discreet and respects the Western style of eating. A high class restaurant for a special night out.
In Krabi Seaview Resort, Ao Nang. Open daily until 11pm, for reservations call 075 637242.

CARNIVORE
For red-meat lovers, this restaurant will get your juices flowing. Tender, imported beef, as well as other exotic meats, are on offer, all treated with the utmost respect and flattered by top-notch sauces that complement rather than drown out the taste. A good wine list is another point in Carnivore’s favour. The setting, with its predominantly red decor and lavish curtains feels luxurious and slightly decadent; there is also a cooler courtyard for those who prefer outdoor dining.
Klong Haeng Rd, Ao Nang, opposite Thai Village Resort.

SALA BUA - LO SPUNTINO
The elegant dining room and private garden of ‘Sala-Spuntino’ provide a great setting for a special Valentine’s dinner. The ambience is sophisticated and discreet with soft music and low lighting - outdoor tables in small pavilions give more privacy. Choose between two menus: Thai (a la carte, or try the banquet set menu); or the superb Italian cuisine of Chef Umberto, whose handmade filled pasta is beyond words.
Klong Haeng Soi 2, less than 5 mins by moto-taxi from Ao Nang. Call 075 637110 for free pick up from Ao Nang.

RUEN PRUKSA
Set in without a doubt the most beautiful garden in Ao Nang, this restaurant is pure romance, offering a unique ‘under the stars’ dining experience. Enjoy your southern Thai specialities or seafood menu in the main dining room or in your own private corner, where you feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Ao Nang. No alcohol is served here, but you are welcome to bring your own (no corkage fee).
In Somkiet Buri Resort, Tel: 075 637 321

RUEN MAI
Rightly considered (with rival Ruen Tip - behind Krabi Royal Hotel) to serve the best Thai food in Krabi, Ruen Mai has the edge on Valentine’s night with its beautiful, sprawling outdoor garden setting, with plenty of prettily lit, romantic pavilions - not forgetting the consistently excellent food.
Maharat Rd, next to the eagle traffic lights.

THE BEACH HOUSE
For some spectacular sunset romance, try this beach front restaurant, where you can enjoy unimpeded views across to the Hong Islands and good quality Thai food. Service is excellent and the lack of the package tourist crowd in this part of Krabi means intimacy is guaranteed.
Klong Muang main road, over the bridge.

RAILAY BEACH
Railay on a clear night, with its towering cliffs and stretches of pristine sand, offers an unparalleled romantic backdrop. Our favourite places are on the west-facing Sunset Beach, with its row of beachside restaurants, including Sand Sea and Railay Bay. Sundown time is the obvious choice, but don’t rule out dining under the stars later on either. Both restaurants offer fairly authentic Thai cuisine, with the empahsis on whole fish and seafood.
Railay Beach West, accessible by longtail boat from Ao Nang, 80B per person after dark.

RED SNAPPER
Pla Kapong Daeng [its Thai name] is an excellent, locally-renowned restaurant, serving ‘creative European’ cuisine at very reasonable prices. It’s set in a shabby-stylish garden, with small pavilions and a red, red bar area. The menu is deliberately small and frequently changing, according to seasonal produce and the whims of the brilliant chefs, Ed and Joyce, who also choose the good value wines on offer. Highly recommended.
Ko Lanta, on the main road through Long Beach village.

TIDES
Expensive and upmarket (go dressed), Tides offers chic, French-inspired and Asian fusion cuisine in a breathtaking setting in the posh Layana Resort. Service is low-key, perfect for tête-à-tête dining, or any special night out - the wine list is also excellent.
Ko Lanta, in Layana Resort, reservations only.

SAME-SAME BUT DIFFERENT
If driftwood furniture, fairy lights and sand between your toes is your idea of romance then this charming beach restaurant cannot fail to please. With the same owner as Ruen Mai in Krabi Town, the traditional Thai cuisine on offer is certainly up to the occasion and ranks among the best in Lanta.
Far end of Kantiang Bay, past Pimalai Resort, Ko Lanta