Trat, a province in eastern Thailand, isn’t known as a vibrant culinary scene. However, from its traditional Thai dishes to fusion cuisine, Trat has something to offer for every palate. You just gotta know where to look.

The province is home to numerous top-rated restaurants, street food vendors, and markets that offer a unique dining experience. Allow me to spill the beans and share them with you.

Trat’s culinary scene has a rich history, influenced by its proximity to the Cambodian border and the Gulf of Thailand. The province’s cuisine is known for its bold flavours and use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients especially the seafood.

Visitors to Trat can explore the local food culture by trying iconic Trat dishes such as Khua Kling, a spicy dry curry, or Pla Ra, a fermented fish dish.

Whether visitors are looking for a fine dining experience or a casual meal, Trat has plenty of options to choose from. From beachside seafood restaurants to cute cat cafes, visitors can enjoy a diverse range of culinary experiences.

In this article, we will explore some of the top-rated Trat restaurants across the province, as well as street food and markets, ambience and dining experience, and local ingredients and produce. We got a lot to cover, so let’s get a groove on!

History of Trat’s Culinary Scene

Kiku Sushi Restaurant Trat

Trat’s culinary scene is a reflection of its rich history and cultural diversity. The province has been a hub for trade and commerce for centuries, with Thai, Mon, Chinese, and Muslim merchants exchanging goods and ideas. This exchange of cultures has contributed to the unique blend of flavours that can be found in Trat’s cuisine today.

Seafood has always been an integral part of Trat’s cuisine, with the province’s location on the coast providing an abundance of fresh seafood. Over the years, Trat’s culinary scene has expanded to include a variety of other dishes, such as curries, stir-fries, and noodle soups, all of which are influenced by the province’s neighbouring regions.

Trat’s culinary scene has gained recognition in recent years, with foodies from across Thailand and beyond flocking to the province to sample its unique flavours. The province boasts a variety of dining options, from street food stalls to international food restaurants. Popular spots include Al Dente (Italian), Captain B (Japanese), Thinglish Kitchen (Thai-European), KiKu Sushi Cafe (Japanese), and Trat Marche (European fusion).

Trat’s growing culinary scene is a testament to the province’s rich history and cultural diversity. The blend of flavours and influences from different cultures has created a unique culinary experience that is not to be missed.

Al Dente exterior

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Iconic Trat Dishes

Here are five of the most iconic dishes that visitors to Trat province must try:

  1. Pla Rad Prik

Pla Rad Prik is a crispy fried fish dish that is served with a spicy dipping sauce. The fish is usually deep-fried until it is crispy and then topped with a mixture of garlic, chilli, and fish sauce. The dish is perfect for those who love spicy food.

  1. Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong is a spicy and sour soup that is made with shrimp, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and chilli. The soup is usually served with rice and is a popular dish in Trat.

  1. Pad Cha Pla

Pad Cha Pla is a stir-fried fish dish that is cooked with a variety of herbs and spices. The dish is usually cooked with chilli, garlic, basil, and kaffir lime leaves. It is a spicy dish that is perfect for those who love bold flavours.

  1. Hoy Tod

Hoy Tod is a crispy oyster omelette that is made with eggs, oysters, and vegetables. The dish is usually served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce and is a popular street food in Trat.

  1. Khao Mok Gai

Khao Mok Gai is a Thai-style chicken biryani that is made with fragrant rice, chicken, and a variety of herbs and spices. The dish is usually served with a spicy dipping sauce and is a popular dish in Trat.

Have I convinced you yet? Trat can be a food lover’s paradise (or certainly an oasis), and these iconic dishes are just a few examples of the delicious cuisine that the province has to offer. Visitors to Trat should make sure to try these dishes and experience the unique flavours of the region.

Top Rated Restaurants in Trat

Trat is a beautiful province in Thailand known for its fruit farms, seafood delicacies and traditional Thai eateries. The region is also home to several international cuisines that cater to the diverse tastes of tourists. Most of these dining venue are located on the island of Koh Chang but not exclusively as you’ll see. Click on the links to learn more and make a reservation etc.

For places to dine in Trat City, check out our review of our top 9 restaurants here: Eating Out in Trat: From Thinglish Kitchen to Goldlip Cafe and Everything in Between

Here are some of the top-rated restaurants in Trat that offer a unique dining experience.

Seafood Specialities

Num Chok

Trat is famous for its seafood, and the Salakphet Seafood Restaurantis one of the top-rated seafood restaurants in the area. The restaurant is located on the quiet side of Koh Chang island and offers a beautiful view of the ocean. The crab and shrimp dishes are highly recommended by visitors.

Meanwhile, back on the mainland Nam Chok leads the way for the most popular destination for seafood in town. The menu includes a variety of seafood dishes such as grilled squid, fish curry, and prawn salad.

Traditional Thai Eateries

For those who want to experience the authentic taste of Thai cuisine, Trat has several traditional Thai eateries that serve delicious dishes. Most notably is Khao Kwan Restaurant ( ร้านอาหาร ข้าว ขวัญ ) in Kai Bae, Koh Chang that offers a fine dining experience like no other. Each plate is a work of art adorned with edible flowers. It’s a truly unique Thai dining experience.

Also on ‘the rock’ is Kapow, (presumably named after the spicy Thai basil), a relatively new restaurant in White Sand Beach that offers top-quality, authentic Thai food at great value. The restaurant is known for its friendly staff and excellent service and has many very favourable reviews on Google Business.

International Cuisine

Trat also has several international restaurants that cater to the diverse tastes of tourists. The Hapa Bar and Restaurant is a popular restaurant that serves Belgian beer and a variety of international dishes such as burgers, pizza, and pasta. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere and is perfect for a night out with friends.

Another couple of popular international restaurant in Trat is Trat Marche and it’s sister resort DeVeraNIO. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes such as sandwiches, salads, and pasta. The restaurants are known for their excellent flower teas and decadent desserts.

Trat has a lot to offer when it comes to dining out. Whether you are looking for seafood, traditional Thai dishes, or international cuisine, Trat has something for everyone.

Street Food and Markets

Trat is known for its vibrant street food scene and bustling night markets. Here are some of the best places to experience the local cuisine.

Day/Night Markets

Trat Indoor Market

Trat is a market town and its center is a must-visit for foodies. This market boasts a wide variety of Thai dishes, including seafood, curry, Tom Yum, Pad Thai and more. Visitors can also enjoy the market banter and people watching while they eat.

Another popular market in Trat is the morning market, which starts at 4 a.m. This market is known for its energetic atmosphere and authentic local foods. Visitors can sample a range of breakfast options, including congee, rice porridge and noodle soup.

Farmers Market

Ever week, if you are up early in the morning, you can visit the farmers market to buy fresh organic produce directly from the local farmers. Often by mid-morning everything is sold out.

Street Food Vendors

Trat is home to many street food vendors, offering a range of delicious and affordable dishes. One of the most popular vendors is the Pad Thai cart, located near the city centre. This cart serves up delicious Pad Thai, made with fresh ingredients and served with a variety of toppings.

Another popular street food vendor is the Kanom Jeen cart, which serves up traditional Thai noodles with a range of sauces and toppings. Visitors can choose from a variety of flavours, including spicy, sweet and sour.

For those looking for something sweet, the Roti cart is a must-visit. This vendor serves up freshly made Roti, a type of Thai pancake, with a range of toppings, including chocolate, banana and condensed milk.

Overall, Trat’s street food scene is a must-visit for anyone who loves Thai cuisine. With a range of day, night markets and street food vendors to choose from, visitors are sure to find something they love with every step they take,

Ambience and Dining Experience

When it comes to dining out in Trat, the ambience of a restaurant can significantly influence the overall dining experience. From beachfront views to rooftop restaurants, there are plenty of options to choose from that offer a unique and memorable dining experience.

Beachfront Dining

Trat is home to a number of beachfront restaurants that offer stunning views of the ocean. These restaurants often have a relaxed and casual atmosphere, making them the perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends or family.

Some of the most popular beachfront restaurants in Trat include 15 Palms, Tastory Pearl Beach, Amber Sands, and Ido Ido Restaurant and Chill Out Bar.

Sunday Roasts

Sunday Roast at 15 Palms

For all you fellow Brits out there, I’m sure you are wondering ‘Can I get a traditional Sunday roast in Trat?‘ Well, keep calm my fellow countrymen, the answer is a resounding yes!

There’s only a couple of restaurants in the whole of Trat that serves a traditional Sunday roast with choices of chicken, beef, pork or lamb, gravy and all the trimmings to my knowledge, and my go to is 15 Palms.

Where else can you go and have a full roast dinner, a pint of cold Guinness and an apple crumble, ocean-side on one of the most beautiful island in the world?

Rooftop Restaurants

For those looking for a more upscale dining experience, Trat has very few rooftop restaurants that offer stunning views of the city skyline (we’re taking Trat here, not New York City), simply because there isn’t one.

The only restaurants i have dined at with elevation was Gusto Restaurant. It has a more formal atmosphere, making it the perfect place for a romantic dinner or special occasion.

Family-Friendly Venues

Trat also has a number of family-friendly restaurants that offer a fun and relaxed atmosphere. These restaurants often have a play area or activities for children, making them the perfect place for a family meal.

Some of the most popular family-friendly restaurants in Trat include The Pizza Company, Swensen’s, and MK Restaurants. All these family friendly restaurants can be found at the large Lotus’s store (formerly known as Tesco Lotus). It also has a large entertainment and play area for the young folk.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner with a view, a casual meal with friends or enjoy family time, Trat has a wide range of restaurants to choose from that offer a unique and memorable dining experience.

Local Ingredients and Produce

Trat is blessed with an abundance of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, which are used in many of the dishes served in local restaurants. The region’s fertile soil and tropical climate provide an ideal environment for growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including pineapples, papayas, bananas, mangos, and coconuts. These ingredients are often used in refreshing fruit salads, smoothies, and desserts.

Seafood is also a popular ingredient in Trat cuisine, thanks to the region’s proximity to the Gulf of Thailand. Local fishermen catch a variety of fish, including snapper, grouper, and barracuda, as well as shellfish such as prawns, crabs, and squid. These fresh ingredients are often grilled, steamed, or stir-fried with aromatic herbs and spices to create delicious seafood dishes.

In addition to seafood, Trat is also home to a variety of livestock, including chickens, ducks, fish and pigs (we also keep sheep and geese). These animals are raised on small farms and fed a natural diet, resulting in high-quality meat that is full of flavour. Local restaurants often serve grilled or roasted chicken and pork dishes, which are seasoned with local herbs and spices and served with rice and vegetables.

Trat is also famous for its rice, which is grown in the fertile paddies that cover much of the region’s countryside. The rice is harvested by hand and then milled to remove the husk, resulting in high-quality grains that are used to make a variety of dishes, including steamed rice, fried rice, rice noodles and my favourite dessert, mango sticky rice and coconut cream.

Overall, Trat’s local ingredients and produce are an essential part of the region’s cuisine, providing a unique and authentic taste of Thailand’s tropical flavours.

Seasonal Food Events in Trat

Trat locals, like the rest of the Thai population, love their food. and the city hosts several seasonal food events throughout the year that showcase the best of the local food scene. These events are a great opportunity for visitors to experience the unique flavours and dishes of Trat.

Chili Cook-Off

Koh Chang hosts an annual cook-off for the island’s rescue charity. Many of the local restaurants enter their favourite dish and the public secretly vote for their favourite. Taste of India have won multiple times.

Trat Food Festival

The Trat Food Festival is held annually in March and is one of the most popular food events in the city. The festival features a wide variety of local dishes, including seafood, curries, and desserts. Visitors can also enjoy live music and cultural performances while sampling the delicious food.

Durian Festival

Durian is a popular fruit in Trat, and the Durian Festival is a celebration of this unique and delicious fruit. The festival is held in May and features a variety of durian dishes, including durian ice cream, durian cake, and durian smoothies. Visitors can also participate in durian eating contests and enjoy live music and entertainment.

Seafood Festival

As Trat is located on the coast, seafood is a staple of the local cuisine. The Seafood Festival is held in August and features a wide variety of seafood dishes, including grilled fish, prawns, and squid. Visitors can also enjoy live music and cultural performances while sampling the delicious seafood.

Overall, Trat’s seasonal food events are a great way to experience the unique flavours and dishes of the city. Whether you are a foodie or simply looking to try something new, these events are not to be missed.

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Dining

Trat is a province in Thailand that is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and now its delicious cuisine. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the need for sustainable and eco-friendly dining options in the region. Fortunately, there are several restaurants in Trat that are leading the way in this regard.

One such restaurant is I-Talay Beach Resort which is located on the island of Koh Mak. I-Talay is committed to using local and organic ingredients wherever possible, and they source their seafood from sustainable local  fishermen. They also use solar power to generate electricity and have implemented a number of other eco-friendly practices to minimise their impact on the environment.

Another restaurant that is worth mentioning is Goldlip Cafe which is located on the Laem Sok road just outside the town. This restaurant specialises in traditional keto cuisine and is committed to using only the freshest and most sustainable ingredients. They also have a beautiful private garden and farm where they grow many of the organic fruits and vegetables that they use in their dishes.

Thai food

Working with permaculture principals to produce an abundance of fresh organic food, Thinglish Kitchen could also fall into this category. Leaning more towards regenerative agriculture, Anarchy Farm supplies Thinglish Kitchen with free range eggs, seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs and spices, and even chocolate. Other produce, where ever possible is sourced from local suppliers.

Overall, there are several sustainable and eco-friendly dining options in Trat that are worth exploring. Whether you are looking for traditional Thai cuisine or something a little more contemporary, you are sure to find something that meets your needs and supports sustainable and eco-friendly practices.

Dietary Accommodations

Trat restaurants are known for their warm hospitality and diverse cuisine. However, many diners have dietary restrictions that need to be accommodated. Fortunately, many restaurants in Trat offer vegetarian and vegan options as well as keto, gluten-free and halal friendly places.

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

GoldLip Cafe for desserts

For those looking for vegetarian or vegan options, Trat has few choices. For one, the award winning Taste of India on Koh Chang offers both vegan and vegetarian menus. However, don’t dismay, many restaurants offer vegetable-based dishes, such as stir-fried vegetables, vegetable curries, and vegetable soups.

Some restaurants even offer meat substitutes made from tofu or tempeh. Inform your server of your dietary requirements.

One such restaurant that offers vegetarian food in Trat town is Joy’s Pizza, which offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, including vegan pizzas, and vegan salads.

Gluten-Free Friendly Places

For those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease, finding gluten-free options can be a challenge. However, Trat has a number of gluten-free friendly places that cater to these dietary restrictions. Many Thai dishes are naturally gluten-free, such as curries and stir-fried dishes made with rice noodles.

Overall, Trat offers a variety of options for those with dietary restrictions. From vegetarian and vegan options to gluten-free friendly places, and halal, diners with dietary restrictions can enjoy the delicious cuisine that Trat has to offer.

Culinary Tours and Cooking Classes

Trat is known for its delicious seafood and traditional Thai cuisine. If you want to learn how to cook these dishes yourself, there are several culinary tours and cooking classes available in the area.

One of the most popular options is the Napalai Thai Cuisine School. This cooking school on Koh Chang island offers hands-on classes where you can learn how to cook authentic Thai dishes using fresh ingredients. The classes are taught by experienced chefs who will guide you through the process step-by-step. You can choose from a variety of classes, including vegetarian options.

Another great option is the Smile Koh Mak Thai Cooking School. Here, you can learn about Thai food from the ingredients to the techniques used to prepare it. The classes are taught in a relaxed and friendly environment, making it a great option for both beginners and experienced cooks. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the cultural history behind the dishes.

If you’re interested in a more immersive culinary experience, consider a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen. They offer culinary tours and cooking workshops all over the world, including Thailand. These vacations generally last between 2 and 7 nights and include accommodations, hands-on cooking classes in English, and excursions that explore the local culture and cuisine.

Overall, culinary tours and cooking classes are a great way to learn about Thai cuisine and improve your cooking skills. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, there’s a class or tour that’s right for you.

Learn to Cook Thai Food with a Local

Couples and small groups can immerse themselves into Thai culture by learning to cook with a local. In Trat, the sisters behind Thinglish Kitchen offer Thai Cooking Experience in their restaurant and in the farm house kitchen depending on the weather and season.

How to Choose a Restaurant in Trat

Which Trat restaurant is best? With so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide where to eat. Here are some tips to help you choose a restaurant in Trat for your taste and budget:

Consider the Cuisine

Kapow Restaurant - White Sand Beach - Koh Chang

Trat offers a wide range of cuisines, from traditional Thai food to international cuisine. Consider what kind of food you are in the mood for and choose a restaurant that serves that cuisine.

If you are feeling adventurous, try a local specialty like the Trat-style fried rice or seafood dishes made with fresh ingredients from the Gulf of Thailand.

Check the Reviews

One of the best ways to choose a restaurant in Trat is to check the reviews. Google Business Listings, Facebook pages and TripAdvisor is a great resource for finding the best restaurants in Trat. We’ve included many links in this article for you to investigate the restaurant you like the sound of further.

Look for restaurants with high ratings, recent and positive reviews. And also make sure they are still open.

Read the reviews carefully to get an idea of the restaurant’s atmosphere, service, and food quality.

Consider the Location

Trat is a large province, so consider the location of the restaurant before making a reservation.

If you are staying in the city centre, look for restaurants in the area.

If you are near the coast, consider seafood restaurants that offer a beautiful view of the sea.

If you are heading to the islands, don’t forget the ferry! 55

Look for Special Offers

Many restaurants in Trat offer special deals and promotions. Look for restaurants that offer lunch specials or happy hour discounts. This can help you save money while enjoying delicious food.

In summary, choosing a restaurant in Trat can be a daunting task, but by considering the cuisine, checking the reviews, considering the location, and looking for special offers, you can find a restaurant that suits your taste and budget.

Eggs Benedict at Thinglish Kitchen

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top-rated dining establishments in Trat?

Trat has a surprisingly wide variety of dining options, ranging from street food to high-end restaurants. According to Tripadvisor, some of the top-rated dining establishments in Trat include Trat Marche, Koh Chang Wine Gallery, El Barrio and KiKu. These restaurants offer a range of cuisines, including Thai, seafood, and international dishes.

Where can I find authentic local cuisine in Trat?

For those looking to experience authentic local cuisine, Trat has plenty of options. The night market in Trat town is a great place to start for cheap eats, with a wide variety of street food stalls offering local delicacies such as Som Tam (papaya salad) and Khao Man Gai (chicken with rice).

For the ultimate Thai fine dining experience, book a table at Khao Kwan Restaurant ( ร้านอาหาร ข้าว ขวัญ ).

Can you recommend family-friendly eateries in Trat?

Trat has a number of family-friendly eateries that offer a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Some of the best options include the Family Restaurant, which offers a range of Thai and international dishes, and the Trat Seafood Market, which has a variety of seafood options that are sure to please the whole family.

Are there any notable seafood restaurants in Trat?

Trat is known for its fresh seafood, and there are plenty of seafood restaurants to choose from. Some of the most notable include Salak Phet Seafood & Resort, Num Chok and RimHad Restaurant. These restaurants offer a range of seafood options, including crab, prawns, and fish.

What options are available for vegetarians dining out in Trat?

While Thai cuisine is known for its seafood and meat dishes, there are still plenty of vegetarian options available in Trat. Taste of India (Koh Chang) have vegan and vegetarian options. However, most restaurants in Trat are vegetarian-friendly offering a range of vegetarian dishes, including curries, stir-fries, and salads.

Which restaurants in Trat offer an exceptional buffet experience?

For those looking for an exceptional buffet experience, Trat has a number of options. On Koh Chang, check out The Beach Club, Sea Breeze and The White Elephant. Other notable options include The Sand at AWA, also Koh Chang and Horizon Resort on Koh Kut, both of which offer a range of dishes in a buffet-style setting.

It’s a Wrap

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Let’s wrap this culinary adventure through Trat’s restaurants and eateries. What did I miss? Do you have a restaurant is Trat worthy of inclusion? Let me know and share it with everyone in the comment below.

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