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Great Places to eat on the Island
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Tamarind. This sunset dining hot spot in the north of the island is run by the same people as Bangkok’s longstanding Pola Pola Restaurant & Bar. The chic, modern–tropical interior comes from leading Thai product designers Thinkk Studio, who contributed all the chairs, tables and lamps. Thai fusion and Italian dishes dominate the menu with picks like truffle pizza (B480), spicy Australian beef salad (B450) and the whopping mixed seafood box (B1,200). Get there early to claim a daybed on the wooden terrace to enjoy the sunset with a mojito in hand.
14/22 Moo 5, Ban Plai Leam, Bophut, 077-423-635. Open daily 10am-10pm. goo.gl/oSuGuR
Bar Baguette. The successful cafe at Bophut fisherman’s village just launched a new branch on Chaweng Road. The smaller venue opens early in the morning for visitors to enjoy a healthy breakfast, including poached pear in red wine, granola and fresh berries (B250). The coffee station serves a heady brew made from medium-dark beans sourced from Nan in Northern Thailand.
Chaweng Rd., Bo Phut, 094-804-1221. Open daily 8am-11:30pm. goo.gl/5Au3xi
Jahn Conrad. Koh Samui’s modern Thai restaurant has rolled out a tantalizing new set menu, dubbed "Journey of Jahn." The restaurant presents each dish in a way that depicts the journey of the ingredients. “Plaa Pla Bai Bua,” for example, sees seared tuna placed on a lotus leaf drizzled with mineral water to represent fishermen heading out to sea in the early morning. The eight-course set is available for B2,999 and B5,199 with wine pairing.
49/8-9 Hillcrest Rd., Taling Ngam, 077-915-888. Open daily 6pm-11pm. goo.gl/qUHxeu
Tapas Bar. The Library’s Drink Gallery, one of the island’s most stylish drinking spots, has introduced a new Thai tapas bar right next to it. Boasting surprisingly cheap prices from B99, the menu is packed with famous Thai dishes such as thod man (spicy fish cakes), moo klunk foon (spicy deep-fried pork salad), sue rong hai (grilled beef), satay ruam (mixed grilled meat satay) and moo manao (spicy pork with lime) to go with your killer cocktail from next door.
The Library, 14/1 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bo Phut, 077-422-767. Open daily 4pm-11pm. www.thelibrary.co.th
The Page. The Library hotel, a long-time favorite among design-savvy travelers, has expanded its beachfront restaurant, The Page (also see Tapas Bar). You’ll now find not just more seats perfectly poised for beach views, but also a list of 40 new dishes drawn from old Thai recipes. Go for Samrab Thai, an eight-course set dinner (B3,900 for two persons), to get a well-rounded hit of rare flavors like gaeng run juan nua nong lai (beef stewed in shrimp paste soup), beef massaman and ray rai na gaeng krati fuktong (coconut noodle, grilled pork and pumpkin curry).
The Library, 14/1 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bo Phut, 077-422-767. Open daily 7am-midnight. www.thelibrary.co.th
Links Cuisine. This beachside eatery comes with a stunning all-wood design that’s rustic yet sleek. Take a place on the balcony and tuck into international fare like pizza and pasta plus freshly caught seafood like spicy seabass with lime (B595) and seared scallops (B495).
79/3 Moo 1, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, 084-748-507. Open daily 10am-11pm. www.linkcuisine.com
Clyde Cafe. These experienced bakers supply pastries to hotels all over the island. Now you can also taste their treats at this cafe located at a new open-air shopping arcade. Pick up some sourdough or a baguette to go, or step things up with an Australian lamb burger (B300) or delicious panang pulled-pork burger served with Greek yogurt coleslaw (B260).
162/149 Moo 2 Chaweng Road, Bo Phut, 077-601-402. Open daily 8am-6pm. www.clydecafe.com
Samansamo. After a brief relationship with Bangkok's beloved Peppina, this new pizza and pasta spot on Chaweng Beach's Malibu resort has now gone it alone. The menu still features Peppina-like pizzas such as the pomodoroni and ricotta cheese (B400) and Piennulo parma ham (B400).
15 Moo 2, Bo Phut, Chaweng Beach, 077-231-546. Open daily 11am-10pm. www.malibukohsamui.com
Cafe De Pier X Samui. The cafe that was once a branch of Bangkok’s beloved Casa Lapin is now Cafe de Pier, which puts a heavy focus on cocktails—try such creations as Fog Garden & Redsun (whiskey, white wine, lime, raspberry puree, cranberry juice, cinnamon syrup, B350) or Crocodile Mango Chili Pepper (aloe vera, passion fruit, spicy mango and gin, B340). The kitchen rolls out international staples—salad, pasta, sandwiches, you name it—and popular Thai dishes such as beef massaman and fried chicken with cashew nuts.
50 Moo1, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, 077-430-680. Open daily 8am-10pm. www.fb.com/cafedepier
Jaliza is perfect for events, honeymoon couples, groups, bridgeplayers, golfing groups and those who simply wish to sit back and relax at home whilst our Chefs bait their appetites with the finest Thai cuisine available on the island.
Fruit carving lessons and a buffet can be arranged within the comfort of the Villa as you can see in the gallery below.
EXTRA COSTS (OPTIONAL)
-Basic Daily cost for Breakfast THB2000 per day - food cost extra
-For each additional lunch/dinner add THB1000
-Chef will purchase the food of your choice and present you with an invoice