Hat Yai Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Hat Yai

December 18, 2017 Frederic Celentano

Hat Yai (Thai: หาดใหญ่, pronounced [hàːt jàj], also Haad Yai or Had Yai) is a city in southern Thailand near the Malaysian border. Located at 7°1′N 100°28′E / 7.017°N 100.467°E / 7.017; 100.467, it is 946 km (588 mi) south of Bangkok, and has a population of 158,218 (2012) in the city itself and about 800,000 in the greater Hat Yai area. Hat Yai is the largest city of Songkhla Province, the largest metropolitan area in the south, and the third largest metropolitan area of the country. It is often mistaken for being the provincial capital. In fact, Songkhla is the capital and the center of administration and culture while Hat Yai is the business center.
Things to do in Hat Yai

1. Kan Eng Restaurant

50/3 Kimpradij Road, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner +66 74 246 138
Excellent
21%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 207 reviews

Kan Eng Restaurant

Reviewed By cliffman33 - Singapore, Singapore

Among all my restaurant reviews, I do not think I have given any 1-star rating. But for Kan Eng, I felt compelled to even give a ‘zero’ if at all possible.
Not because of poor or expensive food (I didn’t go as far as eating their food), but for the atrocious service attitude that one staff demonstrated during my visit.
Like many, I came here having read the loads of good reviews. At the table while flipping through the menu, I had asked for permission to pop my own bottle of wine & if they have an ice bucket to chill the wine. A middle aged woman, whose face turned as black as thunder, yelled at me with tirade of a speech telling me to make up my mind & order the food first before asking for anything else, among other words that I couldn’t make out. Perhaps she thought their food, backed by good reviews from ‘lucky’ guests (as opposed to unlucky me), was good enough to keep paying customers happy. Well, not for me, & perhaps you, if you seek a nice overall dining experience without having to put up with BS from any disgruntle staff. No customer deserved the experience I’ve gone through.
So Kan Eng, among my long list of restaurants reviews, unfortunately hits rock bottom. Not sure if the food lives up to the reputation, I wasn’t about to find out. Good luck fellows.

2. Chokdee Dim Sum

58/25 Lamai Songkrew Rd., Hat Yai 90110, Thailand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Chinese, Asian, Soups Breakfast, Brunch +66 81 372 6181
Excellent
37%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 387 reviews

Chokdee Dim Sum

Reviewed By KGB777 - Singapore, Singapore

Decided to come here for breakfast whilst in Hat Yai based off the reviews on Tripadvisor. There's an ok selection of standard dim sum available, and quality is fairly standard too. I was amazed by how cheap it is though: just 20 THB a dish! It may well win the award for my cheapest ever dim sum.

3. Saban-Nga

Hatyai Airport-Lopburirames Road, | Khuan Lang, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner +66 74 429 748
Excellent
49%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Saban-Nga

Reviewed By sja74 - Sydney, Australia

I ordered a chicken massaman curry 10/10, small rice and a orange smoothie 6/10, total price 225 baht. 1 negative I have is the high price for beer, 1 large Heineken is 150 baht.
The restaurant is air conditioned, free wifi and outdoor Seating with garden view.
Trip advisor map is wrong, true location is here.. 6.975578, 100.428103

4. Dao Thiam

79/3 Thammmanoonvithi Road, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +66 74 243 268
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Dao Thiam

Reviewed By ThaiChineseMalaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Breakfast originally made by the madam signature of the restaurant. order 2 eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, pork chop sides with bread jam/margarine. ask tomtato ketchup, tabasco, lee & perkins Worcestershire sauce, maggi sauce, pepper and salt. order jelly or chocolate ice cream with jelly. tea or coffee. all of these under 150THB

5. Gap's Garten

516 1 Thamanunvithi Road | off Thumnoonvithi Rd, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available German, Bar, European, Central European Dinner, Late Night +66 74 231 230
Excellent
62%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 87 reviews

Gap's Garten

Dear customers and friends, we are closed for research and renovations from 13th March 2018 - 6th May 2018

Reviewed By bear6787 - London, United Kingdom

Myself and my boyfriend came on the recommendation of some friends and weren't disappointed!! Although when we walked in there wasn't anyone else there, that's because we came super early (it got more crowded as it got later)
The waitress was lovely and helpful recommending good dishes she liked, and everything we ordered was delicious, well cooked and beautifully presented (love the personally written note on the lolly stick!) when we finished the chef/owner also came out to thank us and say goodnight - we felt so welcomed, thank you! We will be back again for sure!

6. Bon Khao Restaurant

1/9 Kanchanawanit Road | Hat Yai Subdistrict, Hat Yai, Thailand Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Asian, Thai Dinner, Lunch +66 74 211 929
Excellent
18%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Bon Khao Restaurant

Reviewed By Virginia D - Ao Nang, Thailand

This is a fabulous restaurant with a magnificent view over Hat Yai.
The menu is varied, with a Chinese theme running through it. It is a beautiful place, sharing the grounds with a lovely temple.
The staff are friendly and helpful, although English is limited.
We would thoroughly recommend a visit.

7. Sizzler

29 Prachathipat Road,Hat Yai Subdistrict | 2F Lee Garden Plaza, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available European, Steakhouse, International Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +66 92 250 7839
Excellent
33%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Sizzler

Reviewed By sja74 - Sydney, Australia

I ordered a main course, lunch time special (hot chili chicken), the main course was ok but the chicken has that rubbery feel 6/10 cost 189 baht, BUT the big bonus is the free all you can eat buffet which includes soup, fruit and vegies 10/10.
Located opposite the cinema in Central Festival mall.

8. The Fish Kitchen

115/24, Klong Toei-Klong Plae Road | Kho Hong, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Highchairs Available Seafood, Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +66 85 227 8862
Excellent
80%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

The Fish Kitchen

We offer authentic Thai and Isan cuisine at very reasonable prices. All dishes are prepared fresh, or as you may say " a la minute". We specialize in the preparation of snapper and sea bass. Our restaurant is a little bit away from the noisy down town of Hat Yai. You can order by phone as well, and pick up your food a little later. We are very happy, that our customers keep on coming back. They must have a reason to do so.<br><br>Here is our google maps short URL: https://goo.gl/maps/eCeYmw23p5q<br><br>Find our online menu here at: http://harleys.de/fishkitchen/menu.pdf<br><br>If you come to buy your food "to go" bring - if you can - your own tupper ware just to avoid more waste.

Reviewed By Lee C

It's a family running business. One of the staff is able to communicate in mandarin. Food are tasty & service is good. However, no private parking provided & fish is not as cheap as expectedDear Lee, fish is not cheap, you are right. And the prices are still going up. Please eat fish at some downtown places and compare the prices. We know, that you will come back to us. Promised.

9. Decha Fried Chicken

She-uthit Road | Near Srinakhon Hat Yai school, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +66 81 098 3751
Excellent
28%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Decha Fried Chicken

Reviewed By JDI-SGP - Singapore, Singapore

One needs to really into Hat Yai fried chicken in order to find this place. Tucked away in a far street from the central marketplace, it's not meant for the passers-by. Don't be fooled by its name, the restaurant carries a full range of seafood ranging from crab, squid to river prawn. Of course the most popular item is the fried chicken which is deep fried into perfection, with a choice of yellow rice or sticky rice to go along. The authentic dish would match the chicken with sticky rice alongside a sprinkle of fried onion. You won't find them oily due to the skill of the cooking. This is a halal restaurant and very popular among the Muslim customers, in which you should not expect to be served alcohol. Definitely a worthy find.

10. Somtam Chaba

236/76 Thanon Supasarnrungsan Soi 5, Hat Yai, Thailand Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations Asian, Thai Dinner, Lunch
Excellent
36%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Somtam Chaba

Reviewed By eeky888 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The menu is all in Thai with pictures so you can point to the dishes. One of the waitresses could speak some Mandarin but no English. The drinks menu were in Thai & English though. Everything we ate was delicious - the signature grilled pork neck, grilled fish with salt , fried potato leaf + omelette and sea food tom yum. Must take a tuk tuk as it is located away from the the tourist area . It is very near Kim Yong market as we found out after dinner . We were too stuffed to try the local food & delicacies at Kim Yong. Maybe next time.

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