What so special about this restaurant? Hmmm...nice dim sum to choose, there are hundreds of dim sum in bamboo steamer, stacking on boiling pot. You will have hard time to choose, if Im not on a diet, I will take each different dim sum to eat... There are so much customers eating, you need to wait for your turn to sit.
Bak Kut Teh, another food you can find in Malaysia. Its herbal teh soup with pork, pork ribs, innard, ***ake mushrooms and many other ingredients. Served with white rice.
Its very cheap eating here, 640Baht for 6 persons.
The restaurant is open daliy: 6am-12pm and 5pm to 10pm
Favorite Dish: Dim Sum and Bak Kut Teh
Chicken rice is called 'Kao Mun Kai' in Thai language. It is similar to Hainanese chicken rice found in Malaysia and Singapore. In Thailand, it doesn't have bbq chicken like in Malaysia. It only comes with poached chicken (white chicken). The special part of Kao Mun Kai is the sauces. One is made from fermented bean and soy sauce, another sauce is made from ginger. Yummy!
Favorite Dish: Kao Mun Kai
Everyone who visit Thailand should try Swensen's Ice-cream! They have many branches throughout Thailand. Their service is good and ice-cream tastes awesome! So many flavours to choose from!!
Favorite Dish: I love their special, "Chocolate 59"!! I had also tried their special "Mango Sticky Rice" and love it too! Too bad that was only a temporarily flavour.
Ee-san food is one of my favourite food in Thailand. It is originated from north-eastern. There are many salads to choose from. Usually you eat the dishes with sticky rice served in a woven bamboo containter. Ambiance of this restaurant is good. There are bamboo tables and benches with dried leaves roof. There are plants around. Nice environment.
Ok, this may sound a bit crazy to recommend a Japanese restaurant in Thailand. But it is worth trying if you want a break from Thai food for once. Gret taste with low price. A bento set is less than 200 Baht. Great value for your money. It is definitely cheaper than any other Japanaese restaurant that I have been to.
Favorite Dish: Try one of their selections of bento set. You won't be disapointed!
I think this is the cheapest and tastiest Kuay Tiow Ler you can find in Hat Yai. Kuay Tiow Ler literally means "Boat Kuay Tiow". This system was adopted in Thailand since very long time ago when hawkers sell their food from boats like sampans, along rivers.
So now those places that don't have river, bring the boat up and use it as a "showpiece" to promote their food. The Kuay Tioe Ler is different from the normal Kuay Tiow in the gravy. The gravy here is thicker and not clear soup.
This place sells a bowl for only 20 Baht. If you ask for special, then its only 30 Baht. Also Kuay Tiow Ler also have beef, unfortunately this place sells only the pork version.
The owner "Meow" is a tough looking guy who looks like a "Hell's Angel" rider. Anyway, he's hobby is riding and I believe he can assist groups who wants to go Motor Cross riding too.
Favorite Dish: Kuay Tiow Ler (tell him a little spicy) together with a packet of deep fried prok skin mixed in.
The food here is pretty good, but I'm not sure if that's because I was just so impressed with the surroundings or if in fact the food really was good.
One of my favorite things to do is wander about Hat Yai and look for different restaurants to try and this one I quite literally stumbled upon.
When you walk inside this, "outside," patio-type restaurant, you enter a garden fantasy world. Small, private Nipa-hut style bungalows are scattered among the beautiful folliage and water gardens, offering a comfortable little patio to eat at, while listening to the gurgling waterfalls and watching the fish swim by at your feet.
I chose one of the Nipa huts out back, approaching by walking over closely placed stepping stones in the lilly pond pool. Very relaxing and the service is surprisingly good for the waiters having to balance orders precariously as they approach your hut, through the maze of water stepping stones.
The only thing I'd have bad to say about this place, is that it doesn't open untiil 5:00 p.m. It's run by Nat (a Thai) and Dan (a Farang) and I tip my hat to their efforts.
You really have to see this place to believe it.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish? Well, the menu is a very, very diverse one, with many selections. I can't really say at this point because I've only ordered the fried prawns, but I'll be back and hopefully be able to recommend something a bit more extensive.
The menu includes both Thai and Western, to delight the palate of all comers, but, as I've gone on and on about above, the real treat is the ambiance.
Try this place out! It's especially nice to take your honey, if you want a romantic setting.
I really didn't come to this place for the food, as much as I came to try the fishing.
"Fishing?" you ask?
Yep! Just ask the waiter or waitress for a fishing pole and some bait and you're fishing in no time. The "pond" which is an enclosure of the Klong Toey, is heavily stocked with fish, most of which seem to be catfish. You relax, sip your beer, munch on something from the diverse menu and fish away! I caught one, rather decent size catfish and opted to give it to one of my neighbors at an adjoining table.
Some people come just to fish and at some point they give up their catch to the chef to cook up their fresh fish meal.
The food that I tried was just okay. First I played it safe with Shrimp and Onion Tempura, which was okay and then I got brave and tried their seafood curry, which I thought was awful. You decide...don't let me scare you away, as I'm not that crazy about Thai food anyway.
Favorite Dish: As explained above, I only tried two items on the menu so I can't really comment on their seafood. There are a variety of non-seafood items on the menu, but I always seem to feel guilty eating non-seafood items at a seafood restaurant.
The fun is in the fishing. I hadn't laid my hands on a fishing rod for over two years, so I really had a blast. The rod they loan you is already rigged with weight and hook, so all you do is take a hunk of the bread they bring you, for bait, and wing it out into the water. It doesn't take long before you get the hang of snagging one of their hungry catfish, but BIG TIP!!...Don't try to take one off the hook after you catch it, wait and let the waiter take it off for you. I learned the hard way and got "lanced" by one of the sharp fins!
The restaurant is one big thatched roof Nipa hut where you sit at spacious bamboo tables (be aware...ants everywhere!).
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tara is a regular restaurant and has a typical coffeeshop ambience.
However the food here is one of the best in the whole of Hat Yai town.
Besides good and fresh seafood, Tara has some wonderful local specialities.
My number one recommendation is the Stewed Pork Ribs with Herbs and Chilli. Its a killer dish when eaten with rice.
Prices are very reasonable. One could have a decent meal under USD 5...excluding the beers.
Favorite Dish: Stewed Pork Ribs with herbs and Chilli.
You get a huge serving for 80 Baht (USD 2). Chunks of pork ribs are cooked with herbs and bay leaves, sprinkled with hot peppers.
Its a wet dish but not a curry. You get a thick sauce which goes well with rice.
A plate of rice and a large Singha beer with it costs about 180 Baht.
This restaurant is located two to three streets away from the city centre, there are not many Western restaurant in Hat Yai city centre so you have to look around. This restaurant is opened since 1982, the restaurant is at the left, the bar and bistro at the right although they share the same entrance. The environment and cleanliness is strill perfect after 30 years in business.
Favorite Dish: The Chicken Corden Blue Style
The vegetarian fried rice
Walking in the city centre, you can easily attracted by the by yellow sign with two big red Chinese charactors with the meaning seafood pronounce as " haixian ". These are the restaurant selling fresh seafood chilled and displayed at their front entrance. The dinners choose the type of seafood they want, mentioning your favourite cooking style or up to the chef to decide the best way of cooking. I haven't try any seafood dinner in Hat Yai as I came from a town near to fishing village. The dispaly seafood are all fresh though I prefume in a business environment like this, the cooked food must be expensive too.
Just like the seafood restaurant and the street food, in Hat Yai, there are plenty of the restaurant selling only birds' nest healthy drink as there are so many tourist come for this. It is an attraction, try it, may be a small bowl.
There are so many delicious food, I walk along the street in the city centre wishing to explore more and more. This restaurant pull my attraction, it has so many ready cooked dishes. This restaurant is located some where in the city centre. I guess from what I look the dishes is of Chinese and Thai style, part of them are preserved food such as salted eggs, salted pork, salted vegetable in many type. You can choose a few type of the dishes and eat together with either rice or porridge.
Palm Court Restaurant attracted me because of the promotional price 179 baht per pax. It was the only buggeted price restaurant when we arrived Hat Yai during our 2 nights stay. The environment was good as we arrive quite early according Thai time but according our biological time from Malaysia, we were hungry.
We had 2 buffet lunch that we need to pay and 2 buffet breakfast which are inclusive in this restaurant. We experience tasting Thai food, Thai noodle, japanese food and western food, The chefs and the kitchen staff changed their menu daily for their guests. It was a great eating experience.
Strolling around one day I came across two young Danish girls looking a bit lost. After successive meals consisting of local noodles and rice they were desperate for some western food, a feeling I can relate to well. I took them to Lee Garden Plaza, one of the few places in Hat Yai where restaurants serving western food can be found.