“The crab that walks too far falls into the pot.”
- Haitian Proverb
Coming from a province near the sea and enjoying freshly caught seafood my entire life, I am what you call a seafood snob. I’d rather eat something else if the seafood isn’t fresh. I barely ate seafood when I was in Manila, because despite being in an archipelago it was hard to find fresh and inexpensive seafood.
I like my seafood (specifically crabs – my favorite) fresh, cheap. simply cooked and eaten with my bare hands. You will never catch me eating crabs at a hotel. I’d rather order something else if I can’t enjoy it the way I like it. I love it dampa-style (buying the ingredients fish, meat or seafood in the wet market and have the “resto” cook it for you) or Jimbaran-style, wherein you pick your seafood while it’s still alive, the casual ambiance doesn’t make you feel conscious about wrestling with crab claws and using your hands is de rigueur.
Considering that we were going to Wat Chalong, buying cashews and Phuket town (supposedly) we asked our car rental company where we could eat seafood by the bay. And Ms. Porn (for real that’s her name, I swear!) suggested we eat at PhongPhang Seafood Restaurant.
Below are more pics of the view, the tables and sample shots of the menu just so you have an idea of the price. Don’t expect ambiance here. It’s as casual and down-to-earth as it can get, but the seafood is fresh and cooked well, with a view of the sea and a breeze. Service was quick. The servers were very attentive and will refill your plate with rice and pour your drinks for you. (Convenient since your hands will be “dirty”) We had a lovely, yummy lunch!