This is one of the many, tiny restaurants tucked into the nooks and crannies of Hatyai, which you would probably miss if driving around, but easily found on foot.
The ambience is pleasant and it's a clean place to stop for a leisurely bite to eat or just to get off the street and out of the heat for a while.
The food is not extraordinary, but palatable and good. Service is prompt and courteous too.
About two years ago, this restaurant changed hands.
While the menu pretty much has stayed the same, the quality of food and service has taken a hit. The food is decidedly less tasty, in my humble opinion, and the service is not as good as I experienced with the initial owners.
Also, when I last stopped in, the place was so hot that I finally had to request a fan be brought to my table. While they visibly had air conditioning units in the restaurant, they obviously were not turned on or were dysfunctional.
Might want to pass up on this venue, or try it for yourselves....perhaps it has improved?
Favorite Dish: I have eaten the CA NUONG ( Deep fried fish served with special sauce and paper rice plate) for 80 baht. I thought it was really pretty good and I've had this meal twice.
The two most expensive dishes on the menu are the CUA RANG MUOI (Fried crab with salt/peper and white wine) and the FRESH SALMON in CHILI SAUCE, both at 180 baht apiece.
If you are in Samila Beach, you must try the local famous COCONUT FLAVOUR ICE-CREAM. It is so so so good especially under the hot sun. It is a white colour ice-cream with toppings like peanuts, palm seeds, cendol, chao-kuay, etc. The ice-cream has such wonderful coconut scent. Such a treat!! MUST TRY!
If I remember correctly, it is only starts from 10baht depending on your toppings.
We just came across this place. Besides fresh hot bread, like their name suggests they have cakes, strudel, sandwiches and coffee. A good place to relax at. If they have it available, you shouldn't leave without some pumpkin bread. It's quite good.
After many Thai meals, we decided to check this place out. They advertised having bbq-which they didn't seem to have on the lunch menu. Anyway, they had burgers, fries, pizzas and american fare.
We also found this place is really popular for European and American expats. Supposedly, there are oil drilling stations nearby off the Thai coast. Many expats leave their company's sticker on the wall. You can read the wall of fame or should i say shame.
The Swan is located just up Thamanoonvithee road, on your left. It's an open-air concept restaurant with an English theme. They sell and rent English pocketbooks, which is quite the draw to local Farang.
The food at the Swan is nothing to write home about, but it does offer up Western varieties. The beer is relatively cold, the surrounding pleasant and the service is much better than it used to be.
It's an open-concept atmosphere, with steps leading up to the restaurant, which opens onto the street. Nice and cool on a typical, hot Thailand day.
Favorite Dish: The Swan appears to be more of a "meeting place" for local farang who meet up there to eventually move on to some place else in Hatyai.
But, I've tasted their burgers and fries and they are marginal. Their most expensive fare, the New Zealand steak, was actually rather good and cooked exactly to order, which surprised me.
The owner is a very pleasant man who speaks good English and word has it he used to be a chef in a London restaurant.
So, the Swan remains a place where I can go to get out of the rain or the heat, peruse the used book section and maybe grab a semi-cold beer and relax for a moment.
At the north end of Samila Beach, near the Mermaid and Cat & Rat statues, there is a long row of simple little local alfresco seafood restaurants. We just picked one that had a decent selection on display. Since English is not widely spoken here, we just pointed to what we wanted and let the chef recommend how to prepare it. We then took our seats at a table overlooking the beach and sea. The seafood was prepared in typical local dishes, and everything was delicious! It was very good value for money and a don't miss experience for any visitor to Songkhla.
Favorite Dish: We had Tom Yum soup with prawns, curry crabs, and a whole fried fish of some kind.
I don;t know the name of this restaurant. (It's written in Thai). I loved the food they served in this place. Food taste even better than the ones we had in Hat Yai (neighbouring town).
Food is simply cheap here and we were the only tourists. The rest of the patrons are the locals themselves.
Favorite Dish: For the first time, I tasted this "horseshoe crab" dish. It's also commonly known as "king crab" Recommended by our driver. I didn;t know this sea crustacean is edible. Was a bit skeptical initially but wow, it really taste good.
Around Samila beach, you can find lots of seafood stalls selling fresh fish. You pick which seafood you want and they steam or fry it up. We had tom yum soup, stirfried crab and fried fish.
Like me, I enjoyed eating local Thailand on their open market. You don't have to remember how it calls, just follow the local on what they eat and what they order.
When travelling to any part of Thailand, I'm sure that you will never miss their open market. You can almost find this ever where on the street in Songkhla.