We had some wonderful food whilst we were in Hua Hin and whilst it was certainly more expensive than Siem Reap, I don’t think we had one meal that came to more than $20 a head (including drinks – mostly beer as many of the restaurants we ate in didn’t seem to serve wine sadly)
First up was Chaolay (address: Thanon Naretdamri, Hua Hin) which had been recommended to us by the reception team at the Centara. Located up on top of a fish market, jutting out over the sea on stilts Chaolay was a great place for our first meal in Hua Hin. We ordered several dishes to share, from grilled queenie scallops served in their shell, squid in salted egg sauce, crab fried rice and a lovely green prawn “soup” curry. Chaolay seemed to be one of the most popular restaurants we saw, busy at lunch and dinner with a mixture of tourists and locals dining there and I can certainly see why.
We went to Yu Yuen (address: 29 Naep Khehat Road /Hua Hin Soi 51) on our second night and watched the waves crash against the shore from our lovely beachside table. The dishes here were quite different to those at Chaolay, we had a local version of Kueh Pie tee as well as a great Penang style red pork curry, Pad Thai and an excellent dish of stir fried young coconut with prawns which was so good we went back there again on our last night to try again . On our second visit we had a very spicy red pork soup style curry and some baked pineapple rice which I really enjoyed but the curry was a bit too spicy for my parents (all the more for me then!) Yu Yen is certainly in a lovely location and you should definitely consider a meal there if you are in Hua Hin.
Our final evening meal was at Baan Issara (address: 7 Naebkhehard Road) not far from Yu Yen. We didn’t choose so well here, both the crab cakes & the prawn tempura we chose to start with were perfectly fine but not up to the standard of some of the other dishes we had enjoyed on holiday. I really liked the little mackerel style fish we ordered and we also had a glass noodle stirfry dish which was interesting. The service here was great, really attentive and friendly, and the food we had was good – just not up to the standard of the other meals we had on our trip.
With the exception of one lovely lunch at the hotel, we ate all our lunches at Ketsarin (www.ketsarin-restaurant.8k.com) which was very close to Chaolay, again on stilts jutting out over the sea. Delicious meaty shrimp cakes, red pork curry, pad Thai and crunchy vegetables with shrimps, every dish we had here was a success. Whilst we seemed to have the restaurant to ourselves at lunch, I have no doubt it would be busier at night but regardless this was a huge hit and one you should definitely visit.
On the last day before I had to head to Bangkok for work, I had lunch in this little restaurant on the beach where we had stopped for a drink earlier in our stay. The crab fried rice and prawn curry were delicious and it is always lovely to eat to eat on the beach. I think it came to around $7 in total with a beer!