Krua Bophut Thai Restaurant is among the most popular of the many excellent restaurants lining the seafront in Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village. It is one of surprisingly few places which specialises in traditional local cuisine, served in a lovely traditional Thai-style setting.
You actually get a choice of dining settings when you enter through Krua Bophut’s greenery-lined gate. Unsurprisingly, the most popular option is down on the beach, separated from the slope down to the surf by a row of trees and potted plants. The space on the sand is limited, however, so larger groups are usually seated on the outdoor decking. Few people plump for dining in the teakwood dining hall, choosing instead to enjoy the warm evening air and cooling sea breeze.
Being situated right on the beachfront, amid heavy tourist traffic, it’s not that surprising that the menu at Krua Bophut Thai Restaurant aims for a western market. It is written first in English, then German and finally in Thai and features a lot of old favourites like massaman curry (290 baht), stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts (270 baht) and various preparations of fresh local seafood, which is displayed in a bed of ice by the entrance. Portions are large enough for one dish to satisfy one person to accommodate the western style of eating, instead of the Thai method of filling the table with lots of small plates.
We started off with the signature selection of appetizers (180 baht), which included deep-fried spring rolls, shrimp tempura, deep-fried soft crab with garlic and pepper and grilled chicken fillet with spicy Thai sauce, all served in one big pot. Most of these starters are available in larger portions individually and priced between 160 and 220 baht, so this is an economical way to sample them all, with just enough of each for two people to enjoy. They are certainly enjoyable, too, providing a mix of flavours and textures, with the crab being particularly moreish.
The main courses at Krua Bophut Thai Restaurant are divided by the meat being used, with a choice of pork, beef, duck, chicken and seafood. Under each heading are pretty much the same sauces and preparations for similar prices. You can get each meat served with panaeng curry, stir-fried with garlic and pepper, with basil leaves or with three spices, among others. We tried the duck with cashew nuts, which was very tender and tasty. While the menu is limited, it is at least well-prepared, which is more important in the end.
The drinks selection is also quite limited but well done, featuring a selection of classic cocktails (served, for some reason, in something that looks like a tiki head) priced at 220 baht, beers starting at 120 baht, spirits starting at 100 baht and a choice of wines from around the world, starting at 1,300 baht for a bottle of Thai wine. Naturally, there are also soft drinks and juices, with prices starting at 70 baht.
Krua Bophut Thai Restaurant is regarded as one of the better restaurants along Bophut Beach, which is quite an achievement given the degree of competition it faces. While the prices and preparations are perhaps a little westernised, it is an excellent high-end Thai cuisine restaurant and, with its feet-in-the-sand setting and dim lighting, is also one of the most romantic establishments in Fisherman’s Village.
Krua Bophut Thai Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 13:00 – 24:00
- Location: 16/16 Moo 1, Bophut Beach Road, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut
- Tel: +66 (0)7 743 0030, +66 (0)7 724 5035