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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular seafood restaurants in Koh Samui?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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The vast blue sea beckons your soul for a completely rejuvenating experience here in Koh Samui. What it also beckons is your tummy and taste-buds on a gastronomic tour of the delicious seafood options that the island is so popular for. Try different and exotic varieties of seafood, including clams, mussels, fish, crabs, oysters, prawns and lobsters, prepared to perfection in different cuisine styles. Though you’ll find that seafood is on the menu of almost every restaurant, try some of the best seafood that the island has on offer at these popular restaurants:

  • 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, when 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:

  • Bang Po Seafood

    One of the only restaurants on the island that serves traditional Koh Samui cuisine, with exotic and unique ingredients that can be quite an acquired taste. If a gourmet adventure is on your mind, try any delicacy from their menu and be prepared to read ingredients such as baby octopus, sea-urchin roe, sea water and local turmeric as a part of your dish. Now you know that they really mean it when they say seafood!

    A meal for two would cost you around THB 500 here.

    Address: 92/3 Moo 6
    Tambon Maret, Ao Bang Po
    Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-77-420010

  • 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

  • Poppies

    Located on the popular Chaweng Beach, this one serves the delicious local Samui cuisine with a heavy emphasis on seafood. Try their Traditional Kantoke or the Thai, coconut twist to the traditional Creme Brulee and you’ll be left wanting for more. You could request the staff for a beachfront table here and complete the picture with the gentle waves of the sea in the distance. It is an ideal place for you to kick back and unwind, with a light snack or a hearty meal, depending on what you’re in the mood for.

    The restaurant is open between 11.30am to 5.30pm and 6 to 10.30 pm everyday.

    Address: South Chaweng Beach Road
    Koh Samui
    Telephone: +66-77-422419

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.

See the secrets and mysteries of the sea unravel on a beautiful platter, most of it in true local Samui style and you’ll keep coming back for more. Explore the art of gastronomy here and give your taste-buds wings with such delicious food. A happy holiday alright!

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