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“Best vegetarian food I ever had!!”

King Liew Vegetarian Restaurant
Ranked #175 of 845 Restaurants in Phuket Town
Cuisines: Thai
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

My friend whom I spent time with on Phuket island was a vegetarian and bumped into this restaurant with my GPS. Went there myself first (since my friends had not arrived). Ordered tempura prawns, fried mushrooms, fried rice, and they were amazing!!! I spoke to the owner and she was very pleased I was happy about it. Parking is easy because the restaurant is just next to the main road. And it's a pretty quiet place considering the location. When my friends arrived, we first went to the Dok Bua Vegetarian Restaurant (also called Lotus Vegetarian), and we thought no one would be as good as Dok Bua, until we came to King Liew. We ordered about 6 dishes in total which comes with Tom Yum soup, veg, tempura, fried mushrooms and a big plate of fried rice. Total costs you guess what? Only USD15!!!

If you have time, try out both the Dok Bua Vegetarian, and King Liew - both are really good and value for money.

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Thank nickeldoor
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

We have been to King Liew about 10 times and it is one of our favourite restaurants in the world. They have an amazing range of foods that they prepare from a tiny kitchen and have incredibly warm and welcoming staff, it is a family run business.

The menu has a lot of mock meat dishes but they have to appeal to the majority of their customers, because of their location and the niche food they sell. They are trying to have more raw and healthy options on their menu but these are not popular with most of their customers so it is hard for them to sustain this. They are happy to make anything that is not on their menu but the language ability is limited but this is where google translate comes in handy.

The food is just amazing, the best thai food I have ever eaten and I paid 1500 baht for a cooking lesson one afternoon where I chose some dishes from their menu and some other thai favourites and they showed me how to cook it, the preparation and all of the ingredients involved. It was a wonderful experience and I found out I was making a lot of mistakes in how I was cooking thai food.

If you think about how cheap the prices are - items for 30, 40, 50, 100 baht this place offers amazing value and I think it is well worth a rave. I wish they would open something more foreigner/farang friendly on the other side of the island where they could use their expertise to produce something more upmarket that might appease fussy reviewers like the previous one. One criticism that is fair is that it is hard to find, but the huge grocery store opposite is a much better land mark to direct google maps or a taxi driver to find.

We are going there for dinner again tonight and as many times as possible during our stay in Phuket and I promise if you go there with an open heart and mind and think about how difficult it is to run a veg restaurant in Phuket I am sure you will be impressed.

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Thank CJ_Taniwha
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

It's a modest, low-budget small restaurant with basic seating and décor in an unfashionable part of Phuket, opposite Phuket grocery (a less attractive sister of Super Cheap!). But compared with couple of other vegetarian restaurants in Ranong Road (near Thai Airways office), it's bit more cheerful.

The food is not pre-cooked, kept in utensils at the counter, but each order is freshly prepared - corn fritters/tampura/ pakora at 40 baht (nice and crispy), rice with green curry powder , vegetables, basil and some other herbs (delicious) at 45 baht.

The kitchen is very basic: doesn't seem to have any storage or refrigeration which is probably good as they probably buy whatever they need every morning!

A bit difficult to find- go to uptown Café and turn sharp right at the fountain roundabout - plenty of parking space in side streets.

It's sad that vegetarian restaurants here tend to be pretty down market places which means that their clientele is in 50-100 baht range. So it's not a place to take visitors from abroad, but good for a nice and tasty quick lunch if you happen to be in the area.

I think I'd go back there alone again although I might risk it with the family at least once! I think like me they will find it strange that almost every item on the menu is describes as a meat dish - beef, pork or chicken - rather than mentioning the vegetables that go into each dish. We would prefer to forget about meat when we are in this restaurant rather than be reminded about it with fake preparations that look like meat.

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Thank hari b
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

Incredibly tasty and masterful dishes, fresh ingredients, no msg hangover.
The corn fritters and mushroom fritters were a dream!
Stylish interior.
Bring your own drinks, there's only water here.

A must visit for vegetarians.

Set on local shopping street a short walk from the tourist area.

Thank hellooholly
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Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

Is there a way to agree more with Peter, the previous reviewer.
It is impossible to get vegetarian food in Phuket.
But this place is authentic Thai food. Neat and clean and personal and passionate. Eating here is an emotional experience reciprocation of the passion of cooking and pride of Being vegetarian.
The owner we did not meet. But the lady (owner's wife) our host was very noble and committed.
Their kids are also Vegan and together they run a great place.
It's not a jewel, it's crown piece of The Buddhist country that Thailand is.

Frankly the place is Very low key and not great for an evening. But you must go and check it out if u want authentic thai Veg food.

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Thank Madhuridhanuka
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