I can only assume that the chef wasn't there!
Having read rave reviews of this place, we booked a taxi to take us from Long Beach down to the restaurant. The taxi driver hadn't heard of it & after many phone calls & requests & a 20 minute taxi journey, we ended up walking down Khlong Khong beach to find it. We were delighted when we came across it but our delight was short lived.
There was no fresh fish on show & the waiter informed us they only had barracuda. As this was such a well reviewed place I opted to try the raw prawn dish my friend had suggested to me, gong chiu nam pla. It was very tasty, especially the sauce. From there everything went down hill. Mike's starter, Prawn Bisque, took a further 15 minutes to arrive and was a barely flavoured, cornstarch thickened gloop, that certainly did not deserve the name bisque! Another wait & Mike's Sweet & Sour chicken arrived. Not sweet or sour or in any way tasty. We both agreed we could do a better job ourselves in less time. Mike found the waiter and said that his dish was awful, to which the waiter replied "We can't make yours spicy. We'll make the Pad Thai spicy for you". I waited & waited for my Pad Thai & after 15 minutes noticed the waitress running back towards the kitchen with a shopping bag. A further 10 minutes & my main finally arrived. It was ok, but far from tasty. A liberal sprinkling of chilli & garlic powders helped. Again, I could do better myself.
The 2 staff were not in evidence throughout the meal & I strongly suspect that the waiter, who reappeared in his vest, was cooking.
We were thoroughly disappointed that we had made the effort to travel to @Lanta, when we could have eaten at 15 better places near our accommodation. My tip: If the chef isn't there, don't serve food :-/
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