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Ten Good Places To Eat In Hat Yai


Elsewhere on this site I have listed nine pages of restaurant options. The list below simply distills this information to 10 places that I believe are worthy of being recommended.

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The Basil

The Basil, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Comments: The owners of The Basil used to live in Phuket and because of all the foreigners in Phuket they understand Western food. They have attempted to offer a more upmarket dining experience in Hat Yai.

The appetisers, main courses and desserts are all very good and they also offer pizzas and an extensive wine list.

The reastaurant has a pleasant atmosphere and the staff are always welcoming and friendly. Over the years, my favourite restaurant for Western food in Hat Yai has changed but as I write (April 2018) it is once again The Basil.

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Billin Cafe Bistro

Billin Cafe Bistro - Click for larger image

Comments: Bill, the owner/chef at Billin, used to be a chef at the world famous Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, one of the finest hotels in the world.

When he opened his own cafe/restaurant in Hat Yai he brought the same high standards from his former workplace. If you want to eat at one of Hat Yai's more upmarket restaurants, this is a really nice place.

It's a little way from the central tourist district around Lee Gardens Plaza, but worth taking the effort to find.

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De Van Cuisine

De Van Cuisine, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Comments: My father belongs to the generation of English people that treats foreign food with much suspicion and the most 'exotic' dish he will consider eating is spaghetti bolognese.

When he visits Thailand it is a real problem finding food that he will eat because he will only eat the kind of food he is familiar with at home.

The fact that he enjoys eating at De Van Cuisine thus says a lot about the food. The owner, I believe, lived in New Zealand for a while and understands how to prepare Western food. The restaurants serves foreign steaks and they also serve a selection of pizzas. In addition, there is quite a reasonable wine list.

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The Donya

The Donya, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Comments: The Donya is located quite near to Hat Yai airport, therefore a little way from the centre of town. It is very popular with large groups of Thais who want to go out to celebrate something.

Since I first ate there it has expanded in size considerably and as I write (October 2018) the restaurant is being extended even further. There is quite a large communal dining area and several private rooms. There is also a reasonably sized car park.

The Thai food is very good and they specialise in catering to large numbers. Some Western food is also served, including steaks and pizzas. They have a fairly good selection of wine, but buying imported wine in Thailand is never cheap.

The staff all work full-time and are very service oriented. As the restaurant has grown over the years, so the prices have risen, but it's still fairly reasonable.

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Homeless Bar And Grill

Homeless Bar And Grill, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Comments: Great Western food including steaks, hotdogs, pizzas, burgers and even some Mexican food, which is very rare in Hat Yai.

An extensive cocktail menu, craft beers and live music in the evenings. The only problem is that the restaurant is quite small and because it is so popular it can be difficult getting a table in the evening.

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Kenta Hatyai

Kenta Hatyai Japanese restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Comments: Japanese food is immensely popular in Hat Yai among the locals and consequently many Japanese restaurants have opened in recent years.

The Fuji chain is excellent, but it is quite expensive and beyond the means of many Thais. To cater for the lower end of the market several small restaurants have opened selling cheap Japanese food, but the quality isn't always very good.

Kenta is the execption to the rule. It is very clean and I find the food to be on a level with Fuji, but prices are very reasonable.

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Krua Reurn Thai

Krua Reurn Thai, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Comments: This is the best Thai food dining experience in Hat Yai. The culture in southern Thailand is quite different to that in the central and northern regions, yet Krua Reurn Thai is the kind of restaurant that you might expect to find in the central or northern regions.

The inside of the restaurant, which doesn't seat many people, is just like being inside a traditional Thai teak house. The service is good and the food is excellent.

If I have guests visiting me in Hat Yai this is one place I definitely like to take them.

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Meats And Beans

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Comments: As Hat Yai continues to get more developed, the Western food restaurants are really improving. My biggest gripe about food in Hat Yai has always been the lack of decent Western food, but this is another place that serves real Western steaks and burgers.

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Sabannga restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Comments: This place used to be located on the road behind the university, but it relocated to a brand new building on the airport road.

The building is large, bright, airy and attractive, and the food is very tasty. It's a marked step up in quality over most restaurants in Hat Yai and it's not that expensive.

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The Wolf Steak House

The Wolf restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Comments: Good Western food is very hard to get in Hat Yai and one of my favourite Western restaurants, Gäp's Garten, closed some time ago. The many small Thai-style steak restaurants are quite disappointing, but this one is rather good.

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