We don't use 'best' lightly here. We happened upon this restaurant in an effort to dodge tailors. It's a little out of the way (in small shopping centre on the beach road going toward south Kata from Karon). Go down main alley next to a purple bank/ATM and it's next to massage place. It was our first restaurant in Karon and were so amazed by the cheap prices (at least compared to Australia!), we way over-ordered too much food.
Every single dish was fabulous. We eat a lot of Thai food all over the world, and this was hands down the best. We are nearing our end of our Phuket stay, and Talay is still our very favorite. Staff is very friendly and speak reasonable English. This is the authentic Thai food we heard so much about.... nothing fancy about restaurant but food is amazing.
We particularly like the red curry chicken, massaman chicken, pad thai, morning glory greens, tom kah kai soup, and iced tea with milk. And do not miss the mango sticky rice! Each dish is about 120 baht ($4 AUD). Even with two extra bottled waters and an appetizer, the total bill was $27 AUD! Fantastic food for an unbeatable price. Will try to squeeze in another visit before we leave.
Talay Restaurant at Luangphochuain Road/ Beach Road intersection, Karon. (FYI: They have free Wifi but I never could get it to connect.)
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