Phong Phrang Seafood Restaurant & Aphrodite Cabaret Show – Phuket Trip Day 2

We're heading out for dinner while these people were heading back to Coconut Island. Cya later, alligator!

We’re heading out for dinner while these people were heading back to Coconut Island.
Cya later, alligator!

Reaching the Laem Hin pier. We were meeting a driver we hired yesterday and after some discussion, he said we would not make it to the Aphrodite show in time if we want to go to the restaurant we planned and introduced us another one nearer to the theatre. Big mistake! We were hustled although I do not wish to use the term.

Reaching the Laem Hin pier.
We were meeting a driver we hired yesterday and after some discussion, he said we would not make it to the Aphrodite show in time if we want to go to the restaurant we planned and introduced us another one nearer to the theatre.
Big mistake!
We were hustled although I do not wish to use the term.

Help mommy! I'm scared!!!

Help mommy!
I’m scared!!!

Big Prawns that would be cooked in tamarind sauce.

Big Prawns that would be cooked in tamarind sauce.

Vanessa kept saying, OMG, OMG... She's scared, too!

Vanessa kept saying, OMG, OMG…
She’s scared, too!

I love bottled drinks and especially the shape of Coke, it seemed feminine and sexy. But I seldom indulge in soft drinks.

I love bottled drinks and especially the shape of Coke, it seemed feminine and sexy.
But I seldom indulge in soft drinks.

Morning Glory with Oyster Sauce.

Morning Glory with Oyster Sauce.

Tamarind Prawns.

Tamarind Prawns.

Lobster baked with Butter.

Lobster baked with Butter.

Soft Shell Crabs.

Soft Shell Crabs.

The fire seemed uncontrollable and it was hard for us to scoop the soup.

The fire seemed uncontrollable and it was hard for us to scoop the soup.

Tomyum Seafood Soup. Look the colour of the soup is different from what we had in Bangmud and Raya Thai Cuisine.

Tomyum Seafood Soup.
Look the colour of the soup is different from what we had in Bangmud and Raya Thai Cuisine.

Grilled Squid with roe intact.

Grilled Squid with roe intact.

Steamed Fish with Lemon. Best dish in this meal.

Steamed Fish with Lemon.
Best dish in this meal.

We met the driver at Laem Hin Pier and Valerie told him where we wanted to eat. He gave excuses that it being a Friday night, there would be traffic jam and we would be late for our cabaret show. He recommended a place where we could have nice seafood dinner with enough time to enjoy. Having no idea the length of journey or how bad Phuket traffic could get, we reluctantly agreed.

It was the worse dining experience throughout our stay. We had such a good time until now where we felt ripped off! I mean we don’t mind paying tourist dollars but not to the extent that it made us feel like bloody fools!

We were dropped off at the carpark of the restaurant and saw a few tour coaches but funnily enough there wasn’t many diners when we went in. A staff from Phong Phang Seafood came over to lead us to a side entrance where seafood like prawns, crabs, lobsters and fish were in the holding tanks. He asked my girls to pick out what we wanted from there. The boys were led to a table facing the road where we became food for the mozzies! Apparently there’s a sea view area which I found out later through other reviews and maybe that’s where the missing tourists from the coaches were.

Service was pretentious! During order taking, they understood English perfectly but after that, it seem they do not understand this language and all requests, besides repeat orders of drinks and rice, were ignored (we asked for mosquito repellent coil and plain curry sauce). Throughout, there were no smiles and in fact, requests were frown upon.

We would have googled the place before agreeing to go but we did not have wifi or roaming data outside Coconut Island. Damning reviews screaming “Avoid at all cost!”

Food was generally below average and on the salty side. I have no complaint about the lobster’s freshness except for its price. I can get cheaper lobster in Singapore and it is not a must-have item on our itinerary here. The Tomyum employed assam instead of lime so it already lost some points with me. The unkempt fire prevented us from eating the soup immediately and secondary ingredients became slightly overcooked. The Kangkong had no glory – limp and salty. The Soft Shelled Crab, salty! The grilled Squid, overly tender which means undercooked; hence its roe was not well-done, thus rendering it gooey which did not appeal to me. The most impressive dish was the Steamed Fish which all of us agree to be fresh, tender and the broth appetisingly good. The fish was not from the holding tank so it was not a live seafood item.

Would we go back again?

You know the saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”.

Enter at your own peril. You have been warned!

Phong Phang Seafood Restaurant – Highly NOT recommended!!!

We went back to our ride and the driver seemed exceptionally quiet. He knew our throats had been cut as with his previous victims. I suspect he receives a commission for bringing lambs to the slaughter and especially so after I read reviews of taxis and tuk tuk suggesting this restaurant to tourists who later vented their anger and frustration online.

Lesson to be learnt: Do not just find out where good food is, find out the black sheep of the place you’re visiting too! So the next time a “helpful” driver suggests a “good” restaurant, you’ll know it’s only good for him and to the detriment of your interest! If the food was good but expensive, I might have been more lenient. By the way, we did not get to the show on time. It had already started when we arrived. Disappointed… Shakes head 😦

Most foolish expenditure of our trip!

Most foolish expenditure of our trip!

Phong Phang Seafood Restaurant.<br />Enter at your own peril!<br />Avoid at all cost unless you want to get rid of excess money.

Phong Phang Seafood Restaurant.
Enter at your own peril!
Avoid at all cost unless you want to get rid of excess money.
We were seated behind this boat.

P.S. There was absolutely no value in our money spent in this restaurant! Without any intention to be mean or boastful, I have dined at places where sometimes the food was not great but the service and ambience do make up for it, regardless the bill. Perhaps there was consolation in a genuine smile, from the fussing of the wait staff or hawker/owner, the fine china utilised, a grand display of sunset or an amazing sea view that made me willing to part my hard earned income even if it commanded a higher price… That when I leave the place, I’d feel like I had been wowed and not dismissed.

Phong Phang Seafood Restaraunt
Address: 22/2 Moo 3, Soi Parlai,
Chaofa Road, Chalong,
Phuket Town, Phuket 83000.
Thailand.

Click here to see what others are saying about this restaurant.

If I knew we were going to be treated as invisible guests...<br />On hindsight, we should have eaten at this restaurant on Laem Hin Pier (right) instead of traveling out to be slaughtered. That would have saved us journey time - the ridiculous excuse given by the driver especially when we have mapped out our itinerary with him the night before.

If I knew we were going to be treated as invisible guests…
On hindsight, we should have eaten at this restaurant on Laem Hin Pier (right) instead of traveling out to be slaughtered.
That would have saved us journey time – the ridiculous excuse given by the driver especially when we have mapped out our itinerary with him the night before.

The Aphrodite Cabaret Show
Address: 99/100 Moo 1,
Chalermprakiat, Ror 9 Road,
Kathu, Phuket 83120.
Thailand.

Tel: (+66) [0] 7661 2888.
Mobile: (+66) [0] 89973 63527.

E-mail: rsvn@phuket-aphroditecabaret.com (for reservations)

3 Shows Nightly at: 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm

Terms of Payment: CASH only

Fee is inclusive of one free water to be collected at the bar before entering the theatre.
Please enquire show charges from the hotel you’re staying at or from a package tour agency as they may be able to arrange show fee and transport at a better price.

I have seen better show at Pattaya. Although I wouldn’t say I did not enjoy myself here, I wouldn’t be back for another either. Lip syncing was good for some episode while others were terrible. Some of the background dancers looked bored and tired. There was nothing too naughty that you can’t have the kids along. After the show, the girls will grab you for a photo session so be careful. The prices are touted so no fixed price. Two “ladies” targeted and plucked Sam out of our group for a photo. The shot turned out blur as they fidgeted trying to grab as many customers as they could. There’s a sign saying price was 40 BHT but they would claimed that you touched their chest and demand more. When Valerie opened her wallet to pay, one of them dipped “her” fat fingers in and fished out 200 BHT for each of them.

Lesson: Be firm and walk away if you do not intend to take any picture with them. If you want a photo taken, make sure you both come to a fair price agreement and get your money ready. Also, make sure they pose properly for a nice picture before you pay them. They are not as demure as you see in the video below 😉

There’s another cabaret called The Simon Show. I think the routine is the same but Aphrodite is in a newer premise with beer boutique.

Aphrodite Cabaret Show

Aphrodite Cabaret Show

She? He!

She?
He!

Happy exploring 🙂

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4 Responses to “Phong Phrang Seafood Restaurant & Aphrodite Cabaret Show – Phuket Trip Day 2”
  1. Kevin says:

    What a disappointment!!

    • Sam Han says:

      Yeah, it did spoil our mood a little and the next night felt awkward with the driver. All turned out when when we parted. A nice holiday overall. 😀

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    Sounds like a giant ripoff and tourist trap – both.

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