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Ko Samui Restaurants & Eating

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Samui is well known for its coconuts, which are available everywhere and quite tasty. Seafood is generally a good choice although in high season demand often exceeds local supply. The larger beaches have a number of international restaurants as well (often run by Thai-farang couples) with Bophut having a particularly good reputation.

Southern Thai food in general is renowned for its spiciness. Much of the cuisine has its origins in Malay, Indonesian and Indian food. Favourite dishes from the south include Indian-style Muslim curry (massaman), rice noodles in fish curry sauce (Khanom Jeen) and chicken birayani. Popular local food are salted eggs and delicious rambutan, too.

Dual pricing is regrettably common: some restaurants have two menus, one for tourists and the other for Thai people, at about 1/4 of the foreigner prices. Main courses in a standard, low-key Thai restaurant should be under 100 baht (except some seafood dishes), so if prices seem unreasonably steep, head elsewhere. Always check prices and menu first so you don't have to argue when the bill is served.

Restaurants in Ko Samui

International The Terrace
This high end restaurant serves up the finest catches from the sea. Nestled on the beach, the majestic open air sala affords diners with a perfect view of the spectacular sunsets over the distant islands of Angthong. Cuisine style is International and Thai, w... more
400THB, in Laem Yai
Bakery Angela's Bakery
Has been opened for nearly 10 years and is renown for their delicious bakery products, from handmade Belgian chocolates to wedding cakes to real bread. There is a cafe attached to the bakery with a menu consisting of European favourites (including brown rice for... more
in Mae Nam
International Eddy's Modern Food & Drinks
The food is great value for money and the place has friendly staff. The menu is full of popular dishes and are all served in very generous proportions. This is a great place to go for a casual meal in comfortable surroundings.
in Mae Nam
Thai Mister Pu
- delightfully named restaurant on east end of Mae Nam. Barbeque meat on your own table, all you can eat for 89 baht.
in Mae Nam
Thai Oncle Noi
- Thai family owned restaurant on the main street. Very good and very cheap food, often full in the early evening.
in Mae Nam
International Snack Stop
- near the 7-11 by the main cross roads. Italian and Thai cuisine, plus a big vegetarian selection.
in Mae Nam
Italian Villa Bianca
, tel. 077 245 041. Generally regarded as the best Italian restaurant on the island. True to the name, it's decorated with a stark white color scheme that stands out from the crowd, but the beachside tables are popular (book in advance!). Fairly pricy, fi... more
in Bophut
International La Sirene
, 65/1 Moo 1, tel. 077 425 301. A French-Thai restaurant with good seafood. Same price range as Villa Bianca.
in Bophut
Seafood Happy Elephant
, in the Village, is a popular Thai seafood joint with an extensive menu. You can pick and choose your dinner and the cooking style from today's catch. Most fish B50 per 100 grams, so figure on a few hundred baht per head to stuff yourself. Live music some... more
in Bophut
International Starfish and Coffee
. Despite the odd name, this is an almost exaggeratedly romantic beachside restaurant with reclining divans, flickering oil lamps and yards of red plush. Unfortunately the rather dull food isn't quite up to the same standards, so you might just want to pop... more
in Bophut
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