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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular restaurants in Koh Samui?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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Food is considered to be one of the primary needs for a human being’s basic survival. But food can sometimes also mean art, the blending of different ingredients in perfect proportion to bring out flavours and fragrances that are both unique and absolutely delectable. On this trip to Koh Samui, experience the art of food and take a gastronomic tour through the popular restaurants here. Pick one of these and you can be sure of taking home memories of a lifetime:

  • Dining On The Rocks

    One of the finest restaurants in Koh Samui, you’ll feel like you’re afloat on a large wooden boat when you sit for a meal here. Fine teak and bamboo floors extend over 9 verandahs onto the Gulf of Thailand, almost making you feel like you’re on the water. You can opt for the private Table 99, on a secluded terrace for those extra special occasions, though you’ll need to book quite in advance for this much sought after delight. The restaurant serves a six-course prix-fixe menu which is constantly changed, with exciting gourmet experiments that the genius chefs here regularly undertake. You can choose between Thai, Continental and an entire menu of Grills here. Select fine wines from their carefully chosen menu and top off your meal with that just perfect dessert, overlooking the starlit skies. Located on the secluded Six Senses Samui hotel property, this one is an experience that you don’t want to miss.

    You can expect to pay THB 5000 for a meal for two here, depending on the menu you opt for. It is ideal to have a reservation for a table in advance here.

    Address: 9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem
    Bophut, Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-77-245678
    Fax: +66 -77-245671

  • The Five Islands

    One of Koh Samui’s finest restaurants, it serves authentic seafood and Thai cuisine in a peaceful, graceful ambience. Walk in here for a meal in the afternoon or better still, just before sunset, where the twinkling candles will light up your evening just as the sun goes down. The menu changes every 3 to 4 months, bringing in new, innovative dishes on the table. Enjoy a meal here with the special Five Islands cocktail, or choose from their old and new wine collection. A fine-dining experience, this one should be on your must-visit lists here in Koh Samui. What’s more, you can even take a boat tour to the mystical Five Islands and understand the traditional and cultural history of the place, including the exotic, Chinese art of harvesting bird’s-nest for making the bird’s-nest soup delicacy.

    Tourists can expect to pay around THB 4000 for a meal for two. Boat tours (optional) leave at 10am and 3pm.

    Address: Talling Ngan
    Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-77-415359
    Official Website:

  • Sabeinglae

    Widely popular for its Samui cuisine, you’ll find a wide variety of delectable seafood dishes here. Their speciality here includes yam tá-lair sà·mŭi (a zingy and fresh local-style salad) and wai kôo·a (octopus cooked in coconut milk curry), among a plethora of unique dishes that will take your taste-buds on an unforgettable adventure. Also remember that the Samui dishes here are written in the local script on the menu, so ask the person serving you for daily specials and recommendations. A simple shack that packs in such delicious food is sure to be on your priority list for this trip!

    The restaurant is open between 6pm and midnight.

    Address: 438/82, Ring Road
    South of Hin Ta Hin Yai
    Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-81-5387045

  • Twins Restaurant

    Located on the popular beach of Mae Nam, this restaurant is quite a hit among tourists. It is ideal for that quick bite between all that sightseeing and shopping, or for a more relaxed meal before heading back to your hotel. The staff here is quite friendly, and will be eager to guide you with the menu and recommend dishes. Fresh Thai meals are served in an ambience that will steal your heart, both with its simple grace and effervescent atmosphere. An important thing to keep in mind about this restaurant is that it is closed every 1st and 16th of the month.

    A mean for two would cost you around THB 1000, minus alcohol. It operates between 10am and 3pm and reopens for dinner between 6 and 10 pm.

    Address: Ring Road, Mae Nam
    Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-77-247037

  • Krua Bang Po

    For those of you who thought that Thai cuisine was about the red and green curries served with rice, this little beachside restaurant offers a refreshing change. Try some truly local Thai cuisine here like Ъoo ním (deep-fried soft-shell crab mixed with cashews, pepper and garlic), nám prík pŏw (a type of chili paste) served on a coconut shell and hèt lúp pàt pèt (a stir-fried dish containing sea anemone). The restaurant is built with bamboo roofs and wooden seating, a rustic ambience to match the splendid, turquoise waves of the sea. The staff here is quite friendly and if you probe a little, will give you some valuable local insights about the island.

    Address: Ring Road
    Bang Po
    Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-77-247514

As is the case with almost all restaurants in Koh Samui, these restaurants may have a separate menu and rates for locals and tourists. It is always advisable to check for this before placing your order so that there is no confusion or conflict at the time your bill arrives. Though bargaining is usually not customary, but asking for a discount never hurts.

Let the foodie in you hop-skip-jump at the idea of a culinary feast that awaits in Koh Samui. A holiday can mean a lot of things and if food is what makes your heart sing, then you’ll sure be singing a lot on this holiday. Yum!

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