Samui’s restaurants: Top picks

Samui top pick dinning

Samui isn’t just one of the must-visit favourite holiday destinations…picturesque, exotic sandy beaches and endless coconut groves, but by being one of the southern-most towns, Samui develops a kind of unique tradition and culture of its own, especially when it comes to food! When you go down there, don’t forget to take a big bite or spoonful of its delicious offerings.

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Samui top pick dinning

Bang Poh Seafood by Tah Koh

Price: ฿฿
Cuisine: Thai/Seafood
Family matters, especially down in the deep south. Bang Poh Seafood by Tah Koh (Grandpa Koh in Thai) has spent his last 20 years diving the southern waters to serve us fresh-from-the-ocean seafood along with an exotic menu you can’t find elsewhere. This unpretentious family-owned venue keeps it low key with its castaway beachfront ambiance.
Where to find: Bang Poh Beach, Samui
Open: Mon–Sun 11am–10pm Tel: +66 (0) 77 247 514

Barracuda

Barracuda

Price: ฿฿฿
Cuisine: Mediterranean/Seafood
Yes, Barracuda is the name of a toothy sea fish and also happens to be an atmospheric eatery that serves fresh-from-the-ocean fish, as well as fresh-from-the-garden fruit and market-crisp vegetables interestingly prepared by skillful chefs in exotic Mediterranean styles.
Where to find: The Wharf Samui
Open: Mon–Sat 6pm–11pm Tel: +66 (0) 77 430 003
Samui top pick Chan Horm

Chan Horm

Price: ฿฿
Cuisine: Thai/Seafood
True southern tastes run in the family. At Chan Horm, the family traditions are originated from their kitchen, as you can almost smell the exotic spices seeping through their kitchen’s door. People from everywhere flock here to have a taste of those hard-to-find southern favourites such as “pad ped hed lup” (stir-fried spicy wild mushroom) and fried squid with salted egg.
Where to find: Bang Poh Beach, Samui
Open: Mon–Sun 10am–10pm Tel: +66 (0) 77 236 458

Samui top pick

Food Court

Price: ฿
Cuisine: Thai
Food Court @CentralFestival Samui has it all under one roof. Those who find it rather difficult to make suitable dining decisions will enjoy its extensive range of Thai casual dining venues.
Where to find: CentralFestival Samui
Open: Mon–Sun 11am–11pm Tel: +66 (0) 77 962 777

 

Horm Lamai

Horm Lamai

Price: ฿
Cuisine: Thai/Chinese
Horm Lamai isn’t your generic local corner coffee house. It’s an institution where people from all walks of life come to enjoy themselves and exchange daily gossip, amid its humble backdrop. Aromatic coffees brewed the old-school-style, steamy homemade dim sum and “khanom jeen” maybe the key to the cafe’s continued success.
Where to find: Lamai Beach, Samui
Open: Mon–Sun 6am–5pm Tel: +66 (0) 81 979 5323

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Khanom Jeen Pah Maitree

Price: ฿
Cuisine: Thai
Khanom Jeen Pah Maitree (Aunty Maitree in Thai) has been around Samui’s culinary block for more than 30 years. Take it from the lady who knows how to concoct traditional “khanom jeen” (rice vermicelli), dishing out signature dishes such as rich coconut-based topping (naam ya katee), chicken green curry and spicy “gaeng tai pla” (fish paste curry).
Where to find: Talad Mae-nam Road, Samui
Open: Mon–Sun 8.30am–3pm Tel: +66 (0) 77 247 075

Sweet sister cafe

Sweet Sisters Café

Price: ฿
Cuisine: Thai/ Vegetarian
Don’t be fooled by this aptly named eatery. Sweet Sisters Café is actually a health-conscious restaurant with an organic spin on Thai cuisine. Enjoy its open-air, mid-century style décor and various Thai favourites made from homegrown-fresh ingredients.
Where to find: Na Mueang road, Samui
Open: Mon–Sun 10am–9pm Tel: +66 (0) 86 470 8631

The Coffee club

The Coffee Club

Price: ฿฿
Cuisine: International
A place where all walks talk, to connect over their favourite food and coffee. The Coffee Club wants to provide: Good Food, Great Service and Excellent Coffee; a welcoming relaxed meeting place enriching contemporary lifestyles; and, the answer to “Where will I meet you?”
Where to find: CentralFestival Samui
Open: Mon–Sun 11am–11pm Tel: +66 (0) 77 962 777

Wine Connection

Wine Connection

Price: ฿฿
Cuisine: International
Modern ambiance, great spot, fusion food and an extensive selection of sumptuous wines are the die-hard formula at Wine Connection. It’s the perfect rendezvous after a hard day of shopping to catch up on daily gossip while enjoying the sunset over the beach.
Where to find: CentralFestival Samui
Open: Mon–Sun 11am–11pm Tel: +66 (0) 77 962 777

Zen

ZEN Restaurant

Price: ฿฿
Cuisine: Japanese
ZEN Restaurant focuses on excellence in all aspects. At the moment customers walk in, to food ingredients and to excellence in every dish that are good for the health. ZEN is meticulous in creating a variety of dishes, in an authentic Japanese restaurant that combines with a warm atmosphere.
Where to find: CentralFestival Samui
Open: Mon–Sun 11am–11pm Tel: +66 (0) 77 962 777

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