bookmark_borderIn Krabi – Kruathara (After Tsunami) Restaurant

Note : Aptly named as After Tsunami in English, it reminded us of the devastation a deadly tsunami caused in the year 2004. Thousands lives were lost and many others are still suffering from the effects of it. Nothing much has changed since then as we could still see the after effects caused by the tsunami.

Kruathara (After Tsunami) Restaurant

Whenever I’m traveling abroad, I’d always make a point to ask the locals what stall they would recommend for good local food. Or what the locals usually eat and what the local delicacies are. And I’ll make an effort to try at least one (or more) of their recommendations. By doing this, I guess, it is a good initiative to truly get to know more about the locals lifestyle (especially the food) of the place you are visiting. And maybe you’ll score some hidden gems along the way at some unpretentious place.

Kruathara (After Tsunami) Restaurant

This restaurant; Kruathara, was introduced to me by the ever friendly staff at the hotel during my holidays in Krabi. It is located off a beach and it is pretty quiet at night. It is well known for its affordable yet good seafood. Unfortunately, I do not have the address but with given GPS coordinates below, it is easy to locate this restaurant; somewhere the end of Nopparat Thara beach. The locals like them as much as the tourists and I can concur that as I personally witnessed both (groups) during my visit. It wasn’t packed to the brim but there were handful of empty tables left. Majority of the customers were tourist (like yours truly) while the rest were the locals.


The menu book was straightforward one. There were no photos for reference. Only English and Thai words. Half of it consisted of seafood while the rest took the remaining spots such as Thai delicacies, western food and drinks. Surprisingly, the hard liquors were pretty cheap.

Orange Shake and Papaya Shake

Orange Shake (65 Baht) and Papaya Shake (55 Baht)

We opted for Orange Shake (65 Baht) and Papaya Shake (55 Baht) for drinks. Oddly, you can find all types of fruit shakes in Krabi; let it be in restaurants or small hawker stalls. The ones by Kruathara were pretty good. Thick, smooth and rich as they were blended with real fruits. They are great as thirst quenching drinks.

Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad (60 Baht)

For appetiser, we opted for Papaya Salad. It’s a classic Thai dish consists of raw papaya, cashew nuts, chilli (for spicy), lime juice and many others. Sourish, simple and light, it was perfect dish to whet our appetite. Extra bird eye chillis were added to spice up the dish.

Tiger Prawns Baked with Butter

Tiger Prawns Baked with Butter (600 Baht)

Butterflied in the middle to remove the veins and then cooked (baked) with butter, they were succulent and tasty with faint buttery aftertaste. Albeit a little pricey (600 Baht for 4 pieces), they were worth paying for as the tiger prawns were bigger than average and fresh; succulent and sweet.

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong (120 Baht)

Tom Yum Goong. Yet another enticing dish. Upon arriving our table, the piercing yet fragrant scent of the soup was enough to make us drool.

Tom Yum Goong

Slightly murky, the soup was sourish spicy with decent amount of fresh prawns and abalone mushrooms in it. The usage of lemongrass was well handled as it added depth to the characteristic of the soup. We liked it so much that we finished it till the last drop.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai (80 Baht)

Instead of flat noodles, they used some kind of semi-transparent rice vermicelli in their version of Pad Thai. We were given the option to pick either pork, beef or seafood. We opted for pork meat as the protein of the dish. It was sweet and slightly salty. Sadly, I didn’t really like this dish. Somehow, it was lacked of something or maybe it was a little too sweet to my liking as a main dish.

Fried Vegetables

Fried Vegetables with Salted Fish (80 Baht)

A simple dish that can’t go wrong. Stir fried with garlics and pieces of salted fish, the vegetables (kai lan) were cooked nicely; retaining its crunch texture.

Black Crab with Yellow Curry

Black Crab with Yellow Curry (110 Baht)

Although the crab was kinda small, it was still meaty. This dish was done perfectly as the yellow curry was mild; a subtle hint of curry powder that didn’t overpower / spoil the natural sweetness of the crab meat. The meat was fresh, firm and easy to peel off from its shell. The gravy that came along somehow looked a little like egg-based type.

Fried Long Clams with Dried Chili Paste

Fried Long Clams with Dried Chili Paste (120 Baht)

Thick and juicy with slight chewy texture, these long clams were as though they were on steroids (in a good way). The dried chilli paste used was spicy enough to give a kick. Best of all, this dish only cost 120 Baht.

Kruathara (After Tsunami) Restaurant

Overall, we enjoyed the meal thoroughly. The bill came to 1340 Baht including one plate of steamed rice. And in all honesty, it’s worth every penny as the dishes were done nicely and not overly complex with spices. Besides, the ingredients they used especially the prawns and crabs were really fresh. The staff were attentive and friendly. I know I’d go back again if I’m in Krabi again.

GPS Coordinates : 8.047162, 98.800628

bookmark_borderIn Krabi – Lae Lay Grill

Prior to my trip, I was doing some research on what to eat in Krabi. Some I read (over the internet) recommended western cuisines while some just pointed straight to fast food joint (read : McDonald’s). I didn’t really fancy those and hence, I did more research.

Lae Lay Grill Restaurant

And that’s how I stumbled upon a website / blog that mentioned about this place; Lae Lay Grill, a mid-high end restaurant that serves local Thai food as well as western food. Apart from good local cuisines, it is said that they offer stunning view overlooking the mountains and sea which enhances one’s dining experience.

Lae Lay Grill Restaurant

Located on the mountain, the environment was cosy and comfortable with slow soothing contemporary songs being played over the air.

Lae Lay Grill Restaurant

Although the tables were limited, they were arranged spaciously with customers dining al-fresco style. They practice open kitchen concept and hence, you get to view the chefs working out their magic.

Lae Lay Grill Menu

Their menu are pretty extensive; categorised to sections such as appetizers, types of meat, seafood, noodles, rice and western food. They have separate menu for drinks and dessert too.

Coconut Drinks


Refreshing and sweet, the coconuts were good although they were a little small size. They are best served chilled. Bliss…

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong (220 Baht)

A visit to Thailand would not be complete if you didn’t try their tom yum. They are after all the originators of this famous dish. The version by Lae Lay Grill didn’t disappoint us. Sourish, spicy and appetising, the soup was good. The usage of kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass was at an appropriate level that they didn’t overpower the soup. Best of all, the prawns were fresh. We liked it so much that we finished it and left us sweating for more.

Squids with Salted Egg Yolk

Squids Stir-Fried with Salted Egg Yolk (220 Baht)

Squids were okay – chewy texture, but the way they fried it wasn’t. I guess it was our mistake to compare it with the ones found in Malaysia. It was close to tasteless; the essential component (salted egg yolk) was vague and it was slightly sloppy wet. They were stir-fried with vegetables such as bell peppers.

Tiger Prawns with Chopped Garlics

Prawns with Chopped Garlics (420 Baht)

There were loads of chopped garlics and green onions but they didn’t overpower the dish and the natural sweet taste of the prawns was still intact. The tiger prawns were really fresh; firm with slight hint of crunch texture.

Pork Rib in Spicy Red Curry Soup

Pork Rib in Spicy Red Curry Soup (180 Baht)

Fearing that we can’t take spicy food, we were told ahead that this dish would be really spicy for some. We didn’t heed the warning and we went ahead and ordered it. It came in a small bowl and we were totally baffled by it; the portion and the ‘spicyness’. It wasn’t spicy at all. Not a single bit. It was so mild that it didn’t tickle our tastebuds at all. The pork ribs were a lil chewy and the portion was little – 7 tiny pieces to be exact. The good thing about it though was that it was fragrant with hints of various types of spices being used in the dish.

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice (220 Baht)

The pineapple fried rice looked promising. It came with decent amount of pineapple chunks, prawns and chicken and can easily feed for 2~3 person. Sadly, the rice tasted rather bland. The crackling cashew nuts and the sweet soft pineapple cubes did provide some bite though. It was saved by bird eye chilies that came along with the dish.

Tub Tim Krob

Tub Tim Krob (70 Baht)

Unfortunately, we can’t try their mango sticky rice. Hence, we opted for Tub Tim Krob. Refreshing would the best description for this dessert but it was okay. Nothing fancy about it. Crunchy texture of water chestnut with gooey chewy texture of tapioca made it fun to munch. The coconut-based broth was chilled and lightly sweet which we slurped till the last drop.


Overall, the meal was average. The bill came to about 1750 Baht. As expected, it’s a little pricey but we were prepared for it. But the fact that there were more misses than hits didn’t help much either. The Tom Yum Goong and the tiger prawns were good but that can’t be said for rest of the dishes. However, if you look at it from another point of view, the view from the restaurant was beautiful – especially during the sun sets and the environment of the restaurant was relaxing. They do provide free pick up (and return trip) service if your hotel is near to them (*need further verification). It is best to make reservations prior to your visit and do arrive early if you want to view the sunset.

Address :
89 Moo3, Ao Nang,
81000 Krabi,

GPS Coordinates : 8.03775, 98.820798

Phone Number : +66(0) 75 661 588
Mobile Number : +66(0) 84 8490 001

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