Ao Nang’s Seafood Street is one of the most frequented dining places in Krabi’s most popular resort town, and this for some good reasons: firstly, its location overlooking the northern end of the bay means a superb sundowner spot; secondly, the choice opportunities between six restaurants, each of them offering slightly different décors and ambiance; thirdly, fresh seafood at affordable rates – a full lobster thermidor at 1,600 baht for instance; fourthly, the only venue in Seafood Street that doesn’t serve food is a massage parlour at which you can spend a relaxing digestive time while enjoying a reflexology session… pretty good, no?
Located in the northern corner of Ao Nang Beach Road, Seafood Street is indeed a haven for seafood lovers and epicureans in general who can indulge themselves in a great choice of seafood delights prepared according to their taste.
The six seafood restaurants along Ao Nang Seafood Street are, starting from the entrance are: Ao Nang Seafood, Sala Bua & Lo Spuntino, Baan Lay Thai Kitchen, Long-Tail Boat Bar & Restaurant, Rabieng Thalay, and Krua Ao Nang Cuisine (Salathai). A long corridor separates each restaurant’s dining room from their kitchen, and allows customers to easily reach the dining venue of their choice. All of them have a large open-air terrace overlooking the beach, and a covered dining area permitting guests to dine in comfort whatever the vagaries of the weather.
The restaurants’ settings and décors go from simple (Ao Nang Seafood) to well thought out (Long-Tail Boat Restaurant has a charming and colourful Bohemian style). The best time to arrive at Ao Nang Seafood is right before sunset (about 18:00) to get a table at the front row above the sea: very romantic indeed.
In accordance with its moniker, seafood rules on the menus of the six restaurants. From one restaurant to the other prices, freshness and cooking styles are mostly the same. Of course, the prime location of Ao Nang Seafood Street has some effect on the overall pricing, here are a few samples of favourite dishes: tom yam seafood (the spicy popular Thai soup) is at 350 baht (note that it is served for four persons); Tiger prawns in Massaman curry is also at 350 baht; crab meat is 80 baht/100gr, while a snapper fish costs 600 baht (both these examples are prepared according to customer’s choices). In case seafood is not to your taste, the six restaurants also have a good selection of international favourites: from club sandwich (300 baht) to Aussie tenderloin (750 baht) to penne al pomodoro (Italian pasta with tomato, basil leaves and olive oil - 300 baht).
Dessert is also an important part of a meal, and those with a sweet tooth are well catered for as Sala Bua and Long-Tail Boat restaurants have a good selection of homemade Italian ice-creams. All in all, Ao Nang Seafood Street is a perfect way to enjoy an exotic dinner under the stars – a gastronomic treat in a tropical vacation.
Ao Nang’s Seafood Street
- Remarks: All prices mentioned in this page are of February 2014