This restaurant has, in my opinion, one of the best locations on the planet. You cannot ask for a seat better than one a few feet off of a sandy tropical beach, surrounded by palm trees and the Gulf of Thailand. It is simply astonishing. This restaurant has its own little corner of beach, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main drag of Ko Samui. The pretty little tables give a great view.
Favorite Dish: Olivio's menu specializes in Italian-seafood fare. Appetizers run the course of spinach-ricotta ravioli, duck risotto, and unlimited bread sticks with garlic/pesto sauces. Main course: pepper-green tea encrusted salmon, sea bass with red pepper sauce. Rich yet light. Delicious through and through. There are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, but hands-down the best is a fresh coconut, cut open right there and served up fresh.
Actually, this isn't really a restaurant tip, but rather a bar tip.
Instead of going to one of the bars in the main tourist street of Chaweng, try one of the bars directly at the beach for once. If you walk along the beach, you'll pass several of those bars. Many of them have comfortable deck chairs to sit or lie on.
Favorite Dish: Most bars have a large choice of delicious cocktails.
The Sri Nuan restaurants (1 & 2) in Lamai used to be the Sri Nuan Family Restaurant in the Lamai Food center of a few years ago, where everyone went for great food at reasonable prices. This is still very much a family restaurant. The food is the best, don't know of any dish that I have ordered there that was not delicious (if you don't want too spicy, check with the waiter before ordering). I have been going there for years and have never been disappointed.
Favorite Dish: Green curry with coconut milk with fish (or anything else)---the best.
Fried rice with Shrimp
Sweet and Sour fish
Fried Mixed Vegetables
I could go on, but those are my favorite.
We came across this simple local road-side eatery on our way to the snake farm near the south west tip of the island. The food is absolutely delicious - mom's home cooking quality as the name says it- and the owner offers great smiles to go with it.
Real Ko Samui.
Favorite Dish: See attached!!!!
First of all the best thing about this place is it is open 24hrs. Fantastic location in the middle of Chaweng and is very convenient for those late night snacks. Five of us ate here one night and the total bill was 700THB and that was including drinks (non alcoholic) which is around AU$5 per person.
There is also a branch in Lamai, which I did not try on this occasion.
Favorite Dish: I recommend the ninja crepe, which is a thin crepe with half a mango and Thai coconut rice.
Fabulous restaurant located on Chaweng Beach. Right up there with the best indian food I have ever tried in my lifetime. Staff were attentive and the owner was wonderful, ask her to recommend dishes for you and she will provide a fantastic spread.
Favorite Dish: Everything. Chicken korma and prawn curry was top notch.
For those of you travelling to Ko Samui over the christmas holidays, there are many restaurants that offer a traditional xmas dinner. So if you feel like a proper xmas dinner do a little research around Chaweng. You will have to pay and book in advance but it can be well worth it.
Zico's is a nicely designed modern restaurant and bar with unlimited BBQ and a huge salad bar to choose from, a live band and samba dance shows which were quite entertaining! Each waiter cirlces the restaurant and serves different meats straight from the bbq - so one will come round with the lamb, someone else with the king prawns etc etc. Also serve tasty cocktails. A warning though leave plenty of room in your belly before coming here, otherwise you won't be able to move for a week! ;)
The Three Monkeys serve a mix of food from traditional Thai to Italian and the standard meals you expect in a touristy restaurant which tries to cater for everyone. Notice the numerour references to monkeys in the menu. The food is good and the service is friendly, although have to say at times a little over friendly with the ladies.... The sweetest thing was the little candle in a hollowed out tomato, nice attention to detail
Open 7 days from 10:30 to 1:00
You can eat from barrows at the side of the road for almost nothing or find someone cooking down a little alley or you can find an expensive resturant but even the dearest resturant i ate in for 2 plus a few bottles of Singha cost no more then 1200 TB
Favorite Dish: Sea food, meat dishes, Chilli hot you name it its all here and its fantastic. The sweet is good too...........and for those who must most of the big resorts have the major fast food outlets
There are some nice restaurants on Chaweng Beach - the Ark Bar and adjacent restaurant (can't remember it's name). They play some very loud dance and party music, so if that's not your thing probably best to avoid. But despite this I thought it had great chilled out atmosphere and the food is varied and they serve some good cocktails. The tables are on the beach and the chairs are more like comfy beds. There are beach parties often held around here too - keep an eye out for the adverts on cars driving through town.
The Little Boat Seafood Restaurant is a small,recently renovated(comfortably seating 40) family run business which offers a variety of meals ( Thai,Western,Seafood) The food & service are very good & very reasonably priced, also from an Aussie`s point of view, the beer is cold with the staff always ready to offer you another one. Highly recommended
Favorite Dish: I really can`t narrow it down to one particular meal, everything I have had there has been very enjoyable.
COCO BLUES COMPANY is located in chaweng beach.This place has it all,great food ,live music from 19:30 until 12:00 balcony bar on the second floor .It is opened from 10:00 in the morning (good place for breakfast )
After leaving Chawang one night (around 2 AM) we headed back to Lamai beach to turn in and on the way we found the night food market packed and ready to serve revelers a good meal before heading to bed. We sat out at communal tables and plastic chairs enjoying the smells of all the different foods cooking and grilling with our new friends exchanging travel tales. But the very best "treat" was from a portable stall that served us fresh banana and chocolate "crepes" folded and served in a napkin for easy transport.
Try some of the great street food available everywhere on the island. We were having a beer at one of the many small bars lining Chaweng and bought charcoal grilled dried calamari from a mobile street vendor. I have learned to eat this snack while working with migrant Pilipino workers in Angola. The Thai variation tastes just as good. It is a bit chewy and would remind you of calamari flavoured bubblegum - if you could buy such a thing anywhere. It is very addictive and once you start you will soon be looking fot the next vendor before you order your next Tiger Beer.
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