The 35 Best Restaurants in Pattani, Affordable and Delicious.

35 Best Restaurants in Pattani, Affordable and Delicious.

Pattani is a province that has an extensive range of 30-50 years old restaurants on every corner. There are numerous Muslim, Chinese, and Thai cuisine to choose from, ranging from inexpensive to high-end restaurants.

If you don’t know what to eat, read on as this post has over 30 best restaurants in Pattani for you to consider.

The Best Restaurants in Pattani

Kor-Lae Chicken Ka-Mor Ram-Komut

When mentioning the best food in Pattani, it must always include a local dish known as “kor-lae chicken” (Southern-style marinated grilled chicken).

This small roadside shack is always filled with smoke and looks similar to any other stall selling typical grilled chicken.

However, don’t be deceived by its exterior as this is a specialist in Kor-Lae chicken and has been in business for more than 30 years.

The chicken is repeatedly dipped in a thick sauce and grilled several times until the chicken becomes unbelievingly tender. The sauce tastes like satay dipping sauce and is intense and fragrant from the coconut milk and curry paste.

The stall offers grilled chicken, grilled chicken skin, grilled chicken wings, and grilled clams. We tasted everything and can attest to its tastiness. So, if you like grilled chicken, this is an item that can’t be missed.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 08.00-17.00 hrs.
• Closed on Fridays
Pricing
• $

Nasi Dagang

“Nasi dagang” is a signature breakfast dish of Thai Muslims in the three southern border provinces (Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat).

It is also the name of a restaurant that specializes in the best Nasi Dagang in the province which is offered at a very affordable price. So, it’s not surprising that it has been selling very well for more than 30 years.

The dish consists of rice steamed in coconut milk and is mildly sweet and is mostly accompanied by sour, salty, and sweet curry, and is also fragrant of the tamarind ingredient. Also goes very well with big chunks of mackerel and aromatic duck eggs.

You have to try it to fully understand it, and believe me, it’s really worth trying! (the dish is similar to Songkhla’s chicken rice and curry, but not as spicy).

It is recommended that you bring your own dining equipment as Nasi Dagang does not offer any in-house seating.

Also located next to this restaurant is a very delicious Khao Yum (Southern Thai rice salad) restaurant, another shop that should not be overlooked. So, don’t forget your equipment to ensure your convenience.

Location
Google Maps
• There are many interesting restaurants around this area, such as Khao Yum, Khanom Krok (coconut rice pancake), curry and rice, and fried chicken restaurants.
Opening Hours
• 06.00-09.00 hrs. but sometimes they run out since 07.00 hrs.
• Closed on Fridays and religious holidays
Pricing
• $

Khao Yum, next to Nasi Dagang

This khao yum (Southern Thai rice salad) shop sells its cheap specialty on a small table and packs a lot of ingredients, such as bean sprouts, galangal, mango, carrots, dahlia flowers, white turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, baby pepper, grounded fish, roasted coconut, butterfly pea steamed rice, and mellow Budu sauce (Southern Thai style fish sauce). The dish can also be enhanced with pickled chili sauce.

It’s a dish that is the perfect combination of saltiness, sweetness, and slight spiciness and is nicely complemented by aromas, flavors, and textures from the accompanying vegetables and herbs.

Therefore, this is unanimously our favorite khao yum dish of the entire trip. So, don’t miss it.

Location
Google Maps
• Located right next to Nasi Dagang
Opening Hours
• Daily at around 07.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $

Jeh-Yo Soup

An old beef soup shop that has been selling for more than 20 years. The shop is airy, with a high roof, and the staff are always active.

The shop’s specialty is its fragrant beef soup with generous offerings of soft and tender entrails.

The soup itself is a nice combination of sour, spicy, and sweet, followed by a distinct aroma of spices and pepper. This restaurant also adds bean sprouts to its dish to give it a more crispy texture.

Whoever wants a more intense flavor can add fried shallots and dipping sauce similar to fried chicken dipping sauce to enhance its flavor.

And if you want to enjoy it like a local, you must also order a hot omelet to accompany it.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 10.00-16.30 hrs.
• Closed on Fridays
Pricing
• $-$$

Pae-Chun Noodles

An original pork ball noodles in clear soup in Pattani which has been open for so long, the owner even can’t remember but it’s definitely over 30 years old.

The highlight is the soft tender pork meatballs, as it contains no flour and the main hero is the sweet and mellow soup which does not need any additional seasoning, which taste not too intense but features an extremely firm body.

The soup reminds me of tonkotsu soup (Japanese pork bone soup), but not as heavy.

We preferred the dry noodles as it came mixed with fragrant fried garlic. Very enjoyable when followed by the soup. Absolutely delicious.

This is one of the best pork noodles I’ve ever tasted. don’t miss it.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• Around 17.30-21.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $

Soft Pork Noodles

Another old pork noodle shop that has been open for more than 30 years as well but offers a different style of noodles.

This restaurant serves more sweet soup which is fragrant with Chinese herbs and features bouncy pork meatballs, as well as soft-boiled pork and stewed pork.

Ordering noodles in soup is also delicious, but if you order it dry, it will be seasoned with black soy sauce and goes very well with the side dish soup.

Location
Google Maps
• This shop is located near many good cafes such as Chocofac’s, ONYX Café & Studio, and SNAP Coffee Space.
Opening Hours
• 10.00-15.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $

Where-Ma Roti

A classic roti shop that has been open for over 30 years. It’s a nice place to sit and chat, sip tea, and eat roti.

The roti cook’s face was so fierce that I was afraid to take a photo.

Only when he looked up and saw me, he said, “Take it. Take it. Just take it. Do you want me to start making it from the beginning?” He then just smiled a bit and continued crafting his roti.

This shop has a variety of inexpensive roti to choose from, from simple roti, that are light in texture and not too greasy, which can go well with beef curry, condensed milk, or smooth sweet peanut curry, to egg rotis for those who want a more-filling roti.

I liked the roti with fried egg the best, as it goes very well with the beef curry, which didn’t have any meat in it, but the curry was very aromatic.

Make sure to order the tea with it, which helped perfected the combination.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 06.00-12.00 hrs., 18.00-24.00 hrs.
• Closed on Sundays
Pricing
• $

Kayoh Noodles

Kayoh Noodles have been selling their specialty for more than 45 years, starting from 5 baht per bowl.

The taste is unique and features a nicely sweet and sour soup that is not too spicy, with aromatic peanuts, crunchiness from bean sprouts, and morning glory and is accompanied with duck eggs. The taste is similar to Tom Yum soup, but not quite.

It’s another restaurant that we prefer dry noodles as it is also seasoned with dark soy sauce which goes very well with the side dish soup.

For desserts, they also offer snacks such as green beans that are roasted before boiling, and kluay hin chueum (boiled saba banana in syrup) the texture of which was firm, featured a sweet and sour taste, and goes very well with the salty coconut milk.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 10.00-17.30 hrs., or until food runs out
• Closed on Sundays
Pricing
• $

Jeh Bee Sukiyaki

An authentic and the best sukiyaki restaurant in Pattani that has been selling for more than 40 years. Diners have the option to order a hotpot or by individual plates.

This restaurant uses the freshest ingredients, such as crispy squid fillet, tender shrimp, and large pieces of tender meat.

The soup is sweet and salty and perfectly flavored. Suitable for diners who don’t like intense flavors, as they wouldn’t have to enhance their meal with any dipping sauce.

The hero here is two cups of their dipping sauce, one being very flavorful and spicy with a strong fermented bean curd aroma, while the other is a sweet dipping sauce. So, if you’re not into spicy food, I recommend mixing the spicy and sweet sauces together first.

I was so impressed that I wanted the owner to open a branch in Bangkok as I think everybody should have the opportunity to try their dishes with this taste and raw materials, as well as a price like this!!

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• Around 12.00-20.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $-$$
Others
• Pork meat is not sold in this shop.

Sri Muang Satay

An old satay shop in the province that has been open for more than 50 years.

The shop offers aromatic spicy satay meat that is not too tough or dry, but still a joy to chew on. It is served with rice balls topped with satay sauce that tastes similar to ‘panang’ curry, but the smell of the curry is weaker and the aroma of peanuts is very distinct.

I’m also an avid fan of “raw-yor” Muslim-style salad, which is also offered by this shop. The dish has many toppings such as shrimp, tofu, cucumber, lettuce, noodles, egg, and satay sauce. It has a variety of textures and very enjoyable.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 09.00-17.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $

Ma Pochana

An a la carte restaurant that looked so ordinary that we almost walked past it, but was attracted to it by the long queue in front of the shop.

It turns out this is probably one of the oldest restaurants in Pattani as they have been in business for almost 100 years.

Their signature dishes is the red beef and red tongue, which can be ordered to be topped on your rice. The meat is very good and tender and had a very beefy aroma. The tongue is also tender and not too tough and is stir-fried with onions thus enhancing its aroma and light sweetness.

Another dish that we tasted is the beef tom yum spicy soup. The meat needs to be chewed on a bit, but the soup is very good and fragrant from the tom yum condiments, with a nice sourness from the tomato. Mildly spicy and refreshing, and highly enjoyable.

The shop also offers complimentary fresh vegetables, sour budu sauce with chopped chili, and a nice sweet beef and peanut sauce which was fragrant with the smell of curry paste similar to satay dipping sauce, to accompany your rice.

Ma Pochana restaurant offers delicious food at an inexpensive price which I highly recommend. Be aware that you might have to wait a bit during the lunch time.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 11.00-16.00 hrs., or until food runs out.
Pricing
• $

Jeh Ju

The name of the restaurant is Jeh Ju (elder sister Ju), but the owners of the shop are two grandfathers.

Confusing? In fact, this shop has been open for more than 40 years since the mother’s generation, of “Jeh Ju”. It is now taken over by her sons.

Grandpa sells congee with eggs, that feature smooth rice, minced pork, liver, and soft odorless intestines, saltiness and sourness from the preserved radish, and enhanced with a ginger aroma.

The mee sua noodles are fat and come with big slices of pork sheets, bouncy pork meatballs, smooth fish tofu, and a mellow-bodied soup made from sweet-smelling bone broth.

Both the congee and mee sua noodles are very mild but delicious and need no additional seasoning.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 16.00-19.00 hrs.
• Closed on Sundays
Pricing
• $

Tee Moo Daeng

A khao moo daeng (ฺฺBBQ pork rice) and moo krob (deep-fried pork belly) restaurant, that also offers braised pork knuckles rice that has been selling for more than 50 years, since their grandfather and passed down to the present father’s generation.

Their specialty is its crispy pork belly, tender grilled red pork, and high-quality outstanding Chinese sausage.

The most outstanding is their sweet and salty topping sauce that is fragrant with peanuts and the smoky and grill aroma, giving it a unique and ancient feeling.

The braised pork knuckle features large chunks of soft and tender pork, but no topping sauce. The saltiness is derived from the pickled cabbage that is boiled until very tender. Absolutely very delicious.

Located next to Tee Moo Daeng is a chicken rice shop. I didn’t have the chance to try it out, but judging from the constant stream of customers, they must also be pretty good.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 06.00 hrs. until food runs out.
Pricing
• $

Ko-Jiw Chicken Rice

Pattani’s famous chicken rice restaurant has been open for 40 years. They offer both chicken rice (of course), roasted pork rice, and a few stewed menus.

Their Hainanese chicken rice feature fragrant greasy fine-grained rice that is not too sweet, with a light garlic smell and no smell of ginger.

The chicken meat is firm and considerably tender. It also comes with a bitter-sweet sauce topping and goes very well with the spicy ginger fragrant dipping sauce.

As for the roasted pork rice, the taste is similar to the chicken rice but replaced with soft pork with a mild aroma of Chinese herbs.

The shop’s Chinese herb stewed pork ribs also have a nice mellow taste.

Location
Google Maps
• Located next to ALL GOOD Coffee & Bakery
Opening Hours
• Around 07.00-13.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $

Num Charoen

Another delicious restaurant in Pattani that has been open for more than 50 years.

Their grilled red pork is soft and tender while the deep-fried pork belly is crispy with not much fat, and goes very well with the thick peanut aromatic topping sauce.

The braised pork knuckle rice offers large pieces of soft juicy pork and is nicely supplemented by tenderly boiled side vegetables.

Compared to Tee Moo Daeng restaurant, Num Charoen offers a more modern and brighter taste, while Tee Moo Daeng offers a more antiquated and distinct smoky aroma in their food.

Personally, I feel that they are very evenly matched. So, feel free to visit any one of them according to your preference.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 07.00-14.00 hrs., or until food runs out.
• Normally, the braised pork knuckles run out by 10.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $

Khun Dee Pochana

Another ‘kao lao’ and noodle shop that has been selling since before 1971, in total, that’s more than 50 years.

The shop’s kao lao soup is clear as glass but features a mildly-sweet body, aromatic fried garlic, tender minced pork, fragrant sesame oil, and nicely-cooked entrails. Goes very well with soy sauce with added finely-chopped chili.

The noodle in soup is also clear and perfectly supplemented with soft grilled red pork, chewy pork meatballs and fish balls, and minced pork with sesame oil

Khun Dee Pochana is located next to Num Charoen restaurant. So, why not drop by these two restaurants for a visit and try out their offerings? ^^

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• Around 06.10-14.30 hrs.
Pricing
• $

Kuay Jub Yala

Kuay Jub Yala (boiled Chinese square pasta) is located in Pattani and has been opened for more than 30 years.

Kuay jub is distinctively salty and sweet and fragrant with mild Chinese herbs. It comes with soft entrails and large pieces of deep-fried pork belly.

For spiciness, they have pounded fresh chilies that are very spicy and have a good smell of chili to add to your dish. Beware, you should add in the chili gradually as it is really hot and spicy.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 07.00-12.00 hrs. Be aware that stocks run out very quickly.
Pricing
• $
• At the time of this review, the shop doesn’t accept money transfers.

Bung Nood Roti

A breakfast restaurant that offers a food court ambiance set in a garden. It offers almost every type of menu items, such as roti, biryani, fried chicken, fish congee, and southern-style milk tea. Due to the large number of customers, seatings are very hard to find.

The restaurant’s Mataba is slightly spicy and gets its sweet taste from the onions. It is also fragrant of eggs and spices, as well as a light beefy aroma.

Curry and roti feature a standard roti and is eaten with dark beef curry, which is sweet, salty, slightly spicy, and a light bitterness from the spices. It’s not the beef curry that I am accustomed to, but it’s delicious in another way.

The restaurant’s signature dish is its congee which comes with slightly spicy fried fish and is fragrant from the turmeric powder. It doesn’t sound like it would go well with the congee, but it is uniquely delicious. A must-order dish when you visit this restaurant.

Location
Google Maps
• I parked my car at the Prince of Songkla University Pattani campus, and walked to the restaurant.
Opening Hours
• 06.00-12.00 hrs.
• Closed on Fridays
Pricing
• $

Peng Tae Tiem

Another one of the most popular dim sum, breakfast, coffee, and tea restaurants in the province.

Getting your food is very simple. Just pick out the items you want from the cabinet and the shop will steam it for you. After just a short while, you will get your dim sum with servings of side vegetables, chicken, and seafood sauces.

To be frank, the food wasn’t so enticing at first glance, but I decided to give it a try. If it doesn’t work, I wouldn’t mention about it. But to my surprise, it’s not as what it seems!!

The pork shumai filling, which is the base of several of their dishes, had a firm texture while not being too greasy. It featured a mild salty taste and made an excellent dim sum which consisted of minced pork and salted egg. It also goes well together with the high-quality delicious fish tofu.

The recommended menu item at this restaurant is the pork bone which featured sweet and tender meat similar to the grilled red pork. Recommended to be taken with steamed glutinous rice topped with salted egg yolk.

Anyone who has eaten roti and milk tea to their heart’s content should try some dim sum for a change.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 06.00-12.00 hrs.
• Closed on Mondays
Pricing
• $-$$

Tao Kua Ya Tat

A small ‘tao kua’ (deep-fried tofu salad) shop that has been in business since 1970.

The dish consists of toppings such as fried tofu, crispy fried shrimp, fluffy boiled eggs, chewy braised pig ears, cucumber, crispy morning glory, sweet and sour sauce, and eaten with pickled chili sauce that smells absolutely fantastic to enhance its taste.

This restaurant has no seating, so we ordered a takeaway and enjoyed it in our hotel room. When visiting Pattani, don’t forget to bring along some throwaway spoons and paper plates.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• Around 06.30-12.30 hrs.
• Closed on Sundays
Pricing
• $

Pa Na

An original shop selling fresh milk and custard bread for more than 40 years.

We tasted the iced milk, which was made by boiling milk until it produces a tallow that looks similar to tofu skin and gets its sweetness from the condensed milk.

The cold bread had an odd appearance resulting from pouring red syrup and condensed milk over the bread and topped with ice cubes instead of shaved ice that we’re typically used to.

The highlight is the soft chewy bread dipped in a sweet and fragrant pandan custard.

Some fresh milk and cold bread shops in Pattani got their recipe from Pa Na. So if you’re looking to taste the original recipe, should drop by this shop.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 18.00-22.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $
• Very cheap

Toh Muhammad Fresh “Tang-May”

A sweets shop that has been selling for over 50 years and has been located in front of the Pakistani mosque since 1997.

Their ‘tang-may’ (sticky nougat toffee) is soft and chewy with just the right amount of sweetness. Very enjoyable due to the generous amount of peanuts. It is so delicious that sometimes people from other provinces visit the shop and buy them to resell.

We were made aware of this shop by Mark Wiens and became interested because the seller is a 129-years old grandpa who still looks very strong. On the day of our visit, it was probably his son who was selling the sweets. Grandpa is still there but rarely comes out now. 

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 10.00 hrs. until stocks run out.
• Closed on Fridays
• We arrived at around noon and they were already half sold out.
Pricing
• $

Akoh Chin-Ta

Akoh, is a dessert popular in the three southern border provinces and is made from duck eggs, sugar, and coconut milk, put in a mold, and then heated in a charcoal oven.

The resulting dessert is soft and smooth with a sweet taste that resembles ‘khanom mor kaeng’ (coconut custard squares). Highly recommended for anyone who likes rich desserts will surely love it.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 06.00 hrs. until stocks run out.
• We arrived at the shop around noon and they only had a few boxes left.
Pricing
• $

Par-Pae Boran

A small food cart located near Nasi Dagang shop selling strange snacks which we never heard of.

The dough is smooth and soft with a mild sweet taste and is usually eaten with salty and fragrant grated coconut. Doesn’t look attractive, but very delicious.

The seller is also very cute too. When we arrived, she was already had turned off her stove and there was only one bag left, so she let me taste it for free.

Location
Google Maps
• Located not far from Nasi Dagang
Opening Hours
• 05.30-08.30 hrs.
Pricing
• $

Bu-nga Raya at the CS Pattani Hotel

A restaurant located inside CS Pattani hotel has a luxurious atmosphere similar to a mansion.

During early mornings, the restaurant features a buffet breakfast for 150 baht per person, but after 10.00 hrs., other dishes are also available, especially the “cha chak” and roti service too.

The cha chak (southern-style milk tea), is perfectly sweetened and also comes with a distinct bitterness. The tea’s aroma is very obvious.

The three layers of tea give off a latte mood but is actually tea. It is sweet and slight oily which is typical of Thai tea.

The Thai custard bread is soft and dry. Though the custard spread was not thick, its taste is intense and fragrant with eggs.

And the must-try menu is the crispy roti, which was not only crispy but chewy without being too greasy. The accompanying condensed milk dip was juicy and very delicious.

We came here because we were told that the cha chak here is the best in Pattani. A fact which I cannot completely attest to as I like all the cha chaks that I have tasted. But what is certain is the crispy roti here, which I believe is the best.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• The “cha chak” and roti service open from 10.00-22.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $-$$

Breakfast Buffet at the CS Pattani Hotel

After finishing our tea and roti, the hotel staff saw that we were serious in taking photos, so he came over to chat with us and gave us some good recommendations for restaurants and several attractions, before summing up that “the breakfast buffet here is delicious and is only 150 baht per person.”

That being said, we decided that we had to come back to give it a try.

It turns out that the breakfast line wasn’t so extensive as we thought it would be, and consisted of fruits, Malay tea, coffee, chicken sausages, fried eggs, khao yum, coconut milk noodles, kluay hin, and “khanom pum” that looks like toddy palm cake but is more fragrant from the palm sugar ingredient.

Unfortunately, we went on Raya day (an Islamic holy day), in which there were not many customers, so the restaurant didn’t make any curry.

For a buffet that diners can sit and eat until the restaurant closes, combined with the taste of the food, the ingredients used, and the service, we think it’s worth it.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 06.00-10.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $-$$

Rong Peep

When Grandma’s original ‘peep’ (metal bucket) factory was renovated, it was transformed into becoming one of the most attractive restaurants in Pattani.

It is a coolly decorated shop with a vintage Chinese ambiance similar to Shanghai godfather movies. The second floor is a banquet room where guests can go up and take photos.

And it’s just not only about attractive photos, the food here is also delicious.

The ‘rad-na’ (noodles in a gravy sauce) is topped with wide rice noodles stir-fried with eggs. It also features bouncy fish balls, large pieces of snapper, and fresh prawns, topped with a sweet salty gravy sauce, which is fragrant of soybean paste. My wife said that it was a bit on the salty side, but I think it was perfect.

The rice topped with chili and salted stir-fried beef, uses stir-fried beef with kaffir lime leaves, which gives it a soft texture, a nice salty taste, and the wonderful aroma of crispy fried garlic. Goes very well with the crispy fried eggs.

After being content with the main dish, I tried ordering the Rong Peep Thai tea, which is aromatic, and rich, and the granito, which is sour watermelon-flavored ice in lemonade which is a refreshing finale to the meal with refreshments.

Location
Google Maps
• The restaurant is located in an alley where parking is difficult to find.
Opening Hours
• 10.00-20.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $$

London Restaurant

The best 5-star Chinese restaurant in Pattani, which has been open for more than 50 years.

It sells Chinese cuisine in Pattani, so why is it named “London”?

The origin is derived from the owner visiting a Chinese restaurant in England and became impressed by the food there that it eventually became the restaurant’s name. It’s just that simple.

The food flavor here is mostly light but fragrant like Chinese cuisine. Most of them are served on large plates and use premium ingredients such as soft pork knuckles that have a mild flavor bouncy skin, and fragrant Chinese herbs ingredients.

The ‘or suan’ (Chinese oyster omelet) consists of soft flour and fragrant eggs while not being too greasy.

The ‘hoy chor’ (deep-fried crab meat roll) featured chunks of crab meat that were not too oily and a generous filling of crab meat, as the name suggests.

Desserts such as the oni ginkgo is second to none. It featured smooth-texture taro with a distinct sweet taste and is perfectly complimented by the sticky rice in rich coconut milk.

The item that I liked the most is the sea bass rad-na stir-fried in black bean sauce, which featured large pieces of perfectly salted and sweet sea bass and soft noodles. The dish also gave off a nice aroma of the black beans and smoky flavor.

In addition to general dining services, the London Restaurant also caters for weddings and off-site events.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 10.30-14.00 hrs., 16.30-21.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $$-$$$

Krua Madam

One of the best seafood restaurants in Pattani as recommended by CS Pattani Hotel staff.

The restaurant is located by the sea, is open air and has two floors. I recommend seating on the upper floor as guests have access to the fresh open air. Evenings also feature attractive sunset views, and most importantly, there are no flies to bother you.

We tasted the seafood spicy salad, which was cooked to perfection and consisted of fresh shrimp and squid.

The deep-fried sea bass with fish sauce was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The size wasn’t too big and the price was also reasonable.

The fried squid with black sauce featured fresh firm squid, stir-fried with squid ink, and was lightly sweet and salty, with a nice aroma of the sea. The dish is absolutely delicious.

For us, the highlight was the ‘ryukyu’ (giant sea catfish) fish roe soup, which came with the perfect combination of sour, sweet, salty, and the right amount of spiciness, fresh roe, firm meat, while not being too smelly, served in a generous amount.

The shop is located next to the “Egret Patio”, which is a small seaside courtyard with a nice ambiance. A nice place to take a walk after a satisfying meal.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 10.00-20.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $$

Papa Tagu

An Arabic-style biryani restaurant decorated in eye-catching yellow. The restaurant’s interior features rugs and cushions to sit around with friends, or guests can also sit and eat at the tables.

We ordered a biryani tray for two. Some of the meat may need a bit of chewing but it was not too dry.

But the most outstanding feature is the basmati rice cooked with the most fragrant spices. The taste is sweet and salted just right and goes very well with the sweet dipping sauce and also features sourness from the tomatoes.

For lone diners, they also have inexpensive single dishes on offer as well.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 10.00-21.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $$

Forget Me Not Cafe & Restaurant

Forget Me Not restaurant has separate areas like café, open-air, and Japanese ambiance zone despite its small size.

They sell western cuisine, which includes steak, salad, coffee, snacks, and a lot more. Drop by here if you want to eat anything.

The medium dark roast Americano is hardly acidic, but also not too bitter and refreshing. The cafe’s green tea served is jasmine green tea which has a slightly bitter taste.

As for the waffles, the dough was a bit too firm, but the whipped cream was not too greasy and combined well with the accompanying vanilla ice cream.

The Tuna Salad came with a generous serving of tuna served on a super big plate which could be enjoyed by 2 persons. The sweet and sour dressing was just about right.

The fish and chips featured a nicely deep-fried fish that was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and served with buttered green peas, french fries, and crispy garlic bread.

For anyone who likes pasta and cheese will love the spaghetti with mushroom sauce, which consisted of a perfectly sweet and salty rich cream cheese. The aroma of the cheese is very distinct (maybe too much for some people).

“Pattani has many delicious restaurants, such as London and Chanpen. These two restaurants are always and consistently being mentioned together.” The lady we met at Pa Na’s shop told us.

“And then along comes a new restaurant, Forget Me Not, they say it’s good too…’cause it belongs to me, ha ha ha.”

Although it is a new restaurant that was open around the end of 2022, but their cook has had extensive experience with hotels in Bangkok, therefore, the taste of the food here is something not to be too concerned about.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• Around 11.00-21.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $-$$

Roti De Forest

Another popular roti shop in Pattani that features a good ambiance as it is located in a garden.

It offers a variety of foods, from roti, iced milk, tea, coffee, and simple dishes such as stir-fried basil to seafood tom yum with instant noodles.

We tried the beef cheese mataba which came with a generous serving of beef and lots of cheese. It was nicely salted while not being too greasy and fragrant of the beef and cheese. It didn’t feature a typical mataba curry aroma but was delicious in a different way.

For dessert lovers, their signature item is the roti sweet mix, which featured a combination of lots of whipped cream, foi thong (shredded egg yolk tart), generously sprinkled with Milo powder and banana.

We finished off our meal with iced lemon tea, which came with a distinct bitter taste and sourness from the lemon, but was not overwhelmingly sweet.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 06.30-23.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $-$$

Kama Khao Yum Racha

A restaurant in Pattani that has been open for more than 28 years, and whose main focus is on local dishes. With every order of your food, you will also get complimentary side vegetables (except for the eggs).

Khao yum, features a wide variety of vegetables and herbs mixed with sweet and salty Budu sauce. What I liked about the shop is that diners who like intense spiciness, have unlimited access to their Budu sauce and chili.

La sae, a dish unique to the three southern border provinces, features soft round shape noodle-like flour that is eaten with coconut milk fish curry. It has a mild flavor, but with a bit of pickled chili seasoning will definitely help enhance its deliciousness.

Grilled sea perch with turmeric features a firm meat similar to mackerel and is suitable for diners who like to pick out the fishbone by themselves.

Actually, we came here specifically for the “tupa su tong” (stuffed squid with sticky rice) but it had run out!! I’ve been looking for it for three years and still haven’t had the chance to try it out.

Fortunately, the restaurant had other food items that were equally delicious.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• 15.00-21.00 hrs.
• Closed on Saturdays
Pricing
• $-$$

Rusamilae Market

A fantastic street market that lines two lanes and is not less than 1 kilometer long. Cars can drive through, though at a slow speed.

It is lined with 10-20 baht clothes shops as well as other items. Should be satisfying for anyone who likes to walk around in markets.

In addition to inexpensive clothes, the market’s entrance*** also has many interesting snack and drink shops.

Ancient recipe ‘Jor-hu’ (ear pierce) snacks.
Has been selling at the market for the past 8 years. Their ear-piercing snacks are a little crispy on the outside while the inside is a rough, but soft, melting dough with a nice, sweet taste and a nutty and sesame flavor. Very enjoyable.

Tokyo Gaya Shop
“Khanom Tokyo” (custard pancake rolls) feature sticky flour with a very fragrant custard filling. Fukis, a Malaysian snack, consists of flour similar to a pancake but is more soft and fluffy, and fragrant like the Thai egg cake.

Kanom Rang Khai
Is an egg batter heated in a mold. Heat it up for a short time and it will come out as a soft, fragrant egg snack. Goes well with grated coconut. I like it very much.

Rusamilae Market is located near the market in front of Prince of Songkla University Pattani Campus and is very close to Bang Nood Roti. Shoppers who don’t keep to their senses might risk spending more than they plan for. So, beware!

***To establish a common understanding, the market’s entrance is according to the area pinned on the map. The end of the market is where the Prince of Songkhla University is located.

Location
Google Maps
• The market’s entrance has a fairly wide parking lot. The entrance may not be too big but is easily noticeable as cars need to drive slowly.
Opening Hours
• Around 08.00-13.00 hrs. on Sundays
Pricing
• $

Pattani Night Market

A popular evening food market where both Thai Buddhists and Muslims shops coexist together harmoniously.

There are Khanom Rang Khai, Khanom Krok, Krue Poh ((fish crackers)), other Thai desserts, and deep-fried meatballs, all of which are delicious and inexpensive.

But we came here because of the information derived from Pantip.com that indicates that there is an extremely delicious Chinese chives dumpling shop here. The shop is located at the alley’s entrance and is not difficult to find (the location has been pinned for you).

The chives are of the steamed type and the flour is soft and spongy. When mixed with the crispy chives and eaten with the accompanying sweet and sour sauce, it is absolutely wonderful.

If we weren’t too full from other restaurants, I’m sure that just one bag would not be enough.

Location
Google Maps
Opening Hours
• From around 16.00 hrs. The market will begin to wind down at around 20.00 hrs.
• The Chinese chives shop is open between 16.00-19.00 hrs.
Pricing
• $

“Pattani is always in the news for all the wrong reasons. But actually, it’s mostly blown out of proportion”, said one employee at the CS Pattani Hotel with a smile.

We have been wandering around and sampling food for 8 days and would like to confirm that it’s not as bad as it sounds. It is considerably safe here, the people here are lively, the food is delicious and cheap.

Try visiting it for once and Pattani will leave an impression on you (and also full).

Reference
http://pattaniheritagecity.psu.ac.th
https://www.isranews.org
https://www.nytimes.com