Prepare to be blown away by Krua Bophut! I had three courses and actually said ‘wow’ out loud after each one! The amazing subtle flavours, textures and presentation of the food, the perfect service along with the naturally warm ambience created within the restaurant, all mean I will definitely be going back and taking some friends along to share the amazing experience.
With easy parking at Fisherman’s Wharf Shopping Plaza, just a two-minute stroll away, it’s an ‘easy to find’ venue. As you wander towards the heart of Fisherman’s Village from The Wharf, it’s the first restaurant you come to on the beach side. Outside is a display of the days locally caught fresh seafood, giving you an idea of what you could have for lunch or dinner. This ever-popular, traditional Thai restaurant, right by the sea, really does deserve its great reputation.
As soon as you enter the Krua Bophut, you begin to relax. Not only do they serve authentic, aromatic and tasty Thai food, but the building is in the traditional Thai style, with an old-world charm and plenty of atmosphere. You have the choice to sit outside by the beach under the trees and stars, watching the yachts gently bobbing on the water, in the garden courtyard or inside where you will find high ceilings, tiled floors, quirky furniture, antiques and the pleasant comfort of gentle air conditioning. Even when busy, the restaurant area feels very spacious and welcoming. Soft, low-volume background music is played, allowing your conversation to flow naturally and easily. In the evening, there is low-level lighting and candlelight on your table, adding to the atmosphere of classic elegance and sophisticated romance.
You will immediately notice that all the staff are well trained and obviously well looked after by their employer. Wearing traditional Thai silk outfits, they are happy, helpful, friendly and attentive, yet discreet in their work. Everything is done with a smile, and any questions are courteously answered. Nothing is a problem. Efficient and modern service with a homely feel, it’s the perfect place for lunch, dinner or a light snack.
Krua Bophut specialises in Thai food, all made with the highest quality, fresh local ingredients. Alongside traditional Thai dishes such as pad Thai or Penang curry, you will find the ‘Seafood Platter’ with lobster, prawns, fish, squid and mussels and the ‘Steak on a Lava Stone’. Many dishes are offered with several alternative ways of cooking them and different sauces. Have your fish fried, steamed or grilled, with tamarind sauce or garlic and pepper sauce. The chefs are skilled at amending their dishes to suit. There is always a variety of fish and seafood available, but also chicken, pork, beef and vegetable dishes.
Appetisers, soups, salads, main dishes and desserts are all itemised on the easy-to-read menu, and there is a ‘chilli-coding’ symbol enabling you to easily identify spicier or milder dishes. There are two hugely popular set menus, which are both excellent value for money. Set menu A is moderately spicy and set menu B has milder choices. Both give you the chance to try a variety of different Thai foods that you might have missed otherwise. Portion sizes here are generous, and all main dishes come with steamed rice where appropriate.
The ‘Spicy Fried Fish Salad’ is amazing. Gorgeous, succulent pieces of fish, fried in a thin and oh-so-light and crispy batter, accompanied with fresh salad, crunchy noodles, basil and a really light, spicy and amazingly flavoursome sauce. I followed with the ‘Fish in Green Curry Sauce’. More tantalizing flavours and both dishes were superbly presented. I requested smaller than normal size portions which wasn’t a problem at all. Lucky for me as I couldn’t resist trying the banana fritters with ice-cream! ‘Ooh, la la’ and just ‘wow’ again!
Be sure to search out this jewel of a restaurant and let all your senses, especially your taste buds, enjoy the entire experience. Open from 1:00 pm until midnight every day, if you want a table on the beach, be sure to book ahead, especially on Monday or Friday evenings, when the village walking street market is in operation.
For reservations or further information, telephone 0 7743 0030 or 0 7790 2888.