The lunch plan was to actually eat at the oldest Italian restaurant of Patong Beach but alas, they were no longer open during noon! Needing a quick solution to satisfy the rumbling stomach, the girlfriend and I took our chances at Savoey!
Located just a little off the happening Soi Bangla, Savoey was one of the many seafood restaurants along Taweewong Road but what attracted us outright was the bright and new-looking decor, and the strong air-conditioning that was seeping through the glass doors. Menu was dominantly Thai as we went straight for our favourite items.
Served piping hot, the batter was light and crunchy while the fillings were made with solely minced prawns that were fresh and juicy. Top notch I will say!
Even the greens here are tastier than back home, really. Full of "wok hei" and a generous pile at the price.
Tom Yum Soup (฿100 ~ S$4.00), Baked Shrimp with Vermicelli (฿200 ~ S$7.90)
The national soup hit the right spot for us with its balanced sourness and spiciness, a much better attempt than Holiday Inn's CharmThai. The springy vermicelli absorbed the base sauce and prawns flavour nicely, tasty till the very last strand.
Phad Thai (฿100 ~ $4.00)
The national noodles pleased us well too. Wok-charred, savoury and refreshing with the crunches of beansprouts in between. If only I can get these as easily in Singapore.
Bill for two was ฿840 after taxes, or S$33 with a bottle of water. My gut feel is that many of these seafood restaurants taste about the same, just that everyone has their own favourite one to go to. Still, to walk into a place without research and come out feeling immensely satisfied isn't that common after all!
Savoey Seafood Restaurant
136 Taweewong Road
Patong Beach Phuket, Thailand 83150
Tel: (076) 341170-4
Directions: Walk along Patong Beach from Holiday Inn side and just a little more after Soi Bangla, you can't miss the giant signboard!