There is only one thing that I love more than having a delicious meal, and that is having a delicious meal while belting out awesome songs in a karaoke room! I finally found this at Phuket Fish Market Restaurant right near where I live in Phuket!
A month or so ago, I was out with a good friend and after some wine (okay maybe a bottle) I had mentioned that I felt like singing at a karaoke. I quickly backed out (karaoke nights can become crazy long nights for me), but it stayed in my friends mind apparently, because she decided for her birthday recently that dinner and karaoke was a must. It seemed more like my birthday!
Phuket Fish Market is fairly new and at first sight seems to be a tour bus mecca. Tour busses are something that the expats and locals alike strive to avoid here in Phuket at all costs. These huge mechanical monstrosities that cart a large group of
what seems like 1000 tourists from canned destination to canned restaurant to next destination usually mean chaos and extreme noisiness. It is not very pleasant.
Walking into the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by kind and helpful staff, most of whom seemed to speak English fairly well (and a heck of a lot better than I speak Thai). There was a massive room/entry way with an aquarium with baby black fin sharks, a wine room, all of the tanks of fresh fish and seafood, and a sushi bar.
Strangely there was not one tour bus participant to be seen. It was odd because there must have been 10 busses in front, so my friend asked where all the people from the numerous busses were. Apparently there is a whole other wing of the restaurant where the tour bus tourists are served. It was a smart move on their part, they are able to please all types of customers: tour busses, lone tourists, locals, and expats.
After you walk through another bar with pool tables you come to the outdoor area. This is where the karaoke rooms are, little bungalows with tables beautiful set and a large screen tv just waiting for badly written pop songs to appear on the screen. There are so many songs in English, Thai, Korean, and Chinese, we had a difficult time looking through them all.
Just past the karaoke huts, there are tables lining the beautiful pathway along the bay. Every three tables or so, there is a stand with a server that attends to your care so well, that all your needs are met practically before you can think them. We have always brought a bottle of whiskey and then pay for mixers (a very common practice here in Thailand) because there is no corkage fee for whisky, wine and other alcohols it costs about 200 baht (about $6 U.S.). Be careful though because your drink never seems to be empty.
Now onto the best part! The food! The dishes are primarily Thai seafood (there are a few european options). Everything has always been fresh and delicious. I actually remembered to take pictures of what we ordered the last time we had an evening at the Phuket Fish Market. I am getting better!
(Be warned! You may want to eat before looking at these pictures!)
The first time that we went to this fantastic restaurant, Z was at home with a babysitter, so we ate an enormous meal and then rented a karaoke room for a couple hours (only 250 baht an hour or about $7 U.S). It was a great time!
Since then we have been back a couple of times and just had dinner while enjoying the sunset off the bay. It is not difficult to spend an entire evening at the Phuket Fish Market Restaurant at all. If you are in the area or coming to visit, make sure to try it out!
**Disclaimer-Phuket Fish Market Restaurant did not ask me to review them, and I did not receive any free food, though if they would like to give me a free meal I would definitely accept it! If you have any questions about the legal aspects of our reviews, please check out our Disclosures page.**
Information You May Need:
Prices: Moderate to High (If you want lobster it’s always high no matter where you are in the world, right?)
Stroller/Wheelchair accessibility: Yes
Good for Kids: Great for all ages!
Now it’s your turn! Do you love to sing karaoke? What’s your favorite song to sing (mine is ‘What’s Up’ By 4 No Blondes)? Do you have any questions for me about this restaurant? Leave a comment and join in the fun!