Koh Samui's undeveloped west coast is a great place to go to enjoy local dishes in a secluded atmosphere. On this side of the island the cuisine is mainly traditional Thai fare at great prices - and generally spicy enough to take your head off! Get back to nature and explore the original flavours of Koh Samui. Its a good idea to take a map though, you don't want to become part of the menu!
Big John Seafood Restaurant
This restaurant is located at Lipa Noi in the southwest of the island - turn down the road for the Donsak Ferry and look out for the sign. Diners staying within 10km, can take advantage of a free pick up service. Big John's is is right on the beach and is one of the best spots on the island for sunset dining. If you happen to make it for lunch, then Lipa Noi is probably the best kids' beach on the island - it's shallow, clear and completely coral and boulder free. There's also a playground on the premises to keep them entertained.
The restaurant prides itself on selling some of the finest seafood dishes on Samui. Much of it is locally caught and bought, market fresh, on a daily basis. The menu offers almost every fish dish imaginable; a couple of outstanding ones are Lobster Massaman (succulent chunks of lobster cooked in a creamy Southern Thai curry sauce with peanuts) and Steamed Pomfret with Plum Sauce (the meaty fish easily slips of the bones to mingle with the sweet sauce). There's also the likes of king prawn, sea bass, red snapper, snow fish, oysters and blue crabs on the menu.
Most evenings, proprietor Khun Meaw will entertain diners with a few show tunes. If she's not around, there's always someone up on stage performing.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 23:00
- Location: Lipa Noi
- Tel: 01 656 2062
Jahn Restaurant at Conrad Koh Samui
Jahn Restaurant is an exclusive dining venue belonging to the stylish Conrad Koh Samui, located in Taling Ngam district at the southwestern tip of Samui Island. Perched on a hill above Phang Ka Bay, Jahn features a wooden terrace offering stunning views of five islands lying off the coast of Samui, giving diners a fanciful Read More...
- Opening Hours: daily from 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: At Conrad Koh Samui on Hillcrest Road in Taling Ngam
- Remarks: reservation recommended
- Tel: +66 (0)77 915 888
Kobori Japanese Restaurant
Kobori Japanese Restaurant is considered by many to be the best Japanese restaurant in Koh Samui. Kobori is named after its Chef Koji O Kobori, and set in a two-storey modern building located in Nathon. Featuring a sober Japanese contemporary style décor, the restaurant serves an excellent choice of delicious sushi (California roll six pieces at 180 baht), sashimi (salmon sashimi six pieces at 280 baht), teppanyaki (Japanese Mackerel "SABA" Teriyaki steak at 240 baht), and more. Kobori Japanese Restaurant is also famous for the excellent choice of Sake it has.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11.30am to 10pm
- Location: 310/19 Moo 3, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)83 174 6530
The Virgin Coast Restaurant
Set in idyllic tropical settings on Taling Ngam beachfront, The Virgin Coast Restaurant is a very pleasant dining venue. Surrounded by coconut trees and facing the west, it is a great sundowner spot built and furnished in wood, bamboo and thatch, which could figure on a postcard. Its local and simple aspect is nevertheless somehow stylish as it is pretty well realised. The atmosphere of The Virgin Coast Restaurant is extremely agreeable and soothing. Regarding food, the restaurant’s chef juggle with Thai and western influences to serve top-notch fusion cuisine as well as more traditional local and international dishes including seafood.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 22:30
- Location: Taling Ngam
- Tel: +66 (0)89 499 6334 , +66 (0)77 270 689