The Best Restaurants to Visit on Koh Samui Right Now
There are so many incredible places to eat on Koh Samui. However, when faced with so many awesome foodie spots, it can be a little overwhelming to choose the best one. But don’t worry, as always we have you covered and pulled together our favorites to help you choose a spot for lunch or dinner. Here are the best restaurants to visit on Koh Samui right now, all from the perspective of a local.
If you are looking for authentic French cuisine on Koh Samui, then the only place that can mesmerize you is The Boudoir. It is a rare cozy joint that is tucked away on a side in Maenam and is worth spending the time to discover. The owners Patrice and Magali welcome the guests with open arms and set the pitch for spending a memorable time in dining the French way. The décor of the place has a bohemian touch to it but the cool ambiance gives you the satisfaction of finding an oasis of tranquil enjoyment in a romantic setting.
Du Du Bao
Du Du Bao is the passion project of American furniture designer James de Wulf. The furniture is made from recycled long tail boats. The food is inspired by Southern Californian cuisine. Beautiful spot, great cocktails next to Grandfather Rock.
If you want to try the best authentic Thai food from the center of Thailand, all made with fresh, healthy local ingredients and presented and delivered with western panache. If you would like to be able to discuss each dish and possibly adapt the spiciness or content. If you want a spacious cozy romantic setting overlooking a mangrove forest. If you would love to drink a good quality wine with your meal, at a very reasonable price. Then look no further than Supattra Thai Dining in Bangrak.
The restaurant is the brainchild of chef Francois Porte Garcia whose gracious presence is felt in every recipe that is served. The restaurant is truly exclusive in serving French food as it deviates from the traditional menu-based serving. Customers are informed about the ingredients available on that day so that they can suggest a recipe to have a dish prepared according to their choice and fancy. They are even asked about foods that they would like to avoid so that it is not included in the recipe inadvertently. Such is the care and comfort that you can expect from the staff who are always ready to delight customers. Chef Francois makes it a point to discuss with customers about their choices.
Pecore Nere means “black sheep” in Italian. Their name is a signal that they do things differently – in addition to the wide choice of toppings, they use three days slow-rising dough made with a mix of three flours. Located at the end of the strip in Choeng Mon, opposite the yellow bank, this little restaurant knocks out some seriously good pizzas. Chef Andrea used to work at Akaryn (now Outrigger) and now is in his own place. You can really taste the quality ingredients used in the pizzas here, which is what Italian food is all about. The truffle paste on the Ferrari pizza is not messing about, and there’s a superb salami selection available, too. The tomato sauce is tasty, the dough is thin and cooked to be perfectly soft where it should be whilst also crispy in the right places. That aforementioned Ferrari pizza is their best-seller, and after trying it we’re not at all surprised! If your eyes don’t roll back in appreciation and you don’t utter a satisfied ‘mmmmmm’ after a bite of this, then there’s no hope for your taste buds.
Art of Life
Art of Life is the quintessential French seafood restaurant on Koh Samui. Even though it’s packed out with eateries and restaurants, the dining scene in Fisherman’s Village in Bophut has reached new heights with the opening of the curiously named Art of Life, a dedicated seafood restaurant serving an appreciative clientele. Chef Scali has brought with him some of the great dishes that you’d expect to find in the south of France and you can savor them all here.
Vikasa Life Cafe
A healthy cafe & restaurant where you can get your fix of fresh juices, raw food, and vegetarian Thai dishes. The menu is inspired by a collaboration between 2 amazing chefs. An award-winning chef from Berlin – the talented and passionate Boris Lauser. A published author and a world-class chef, also Europe’s best raw food chef award winner. Teamed up with our own Cyril Schivo from Paris, who lived and worked as a chef in 8 different countries, his gigs included the famous restaurant at the Ritz in Paris and even being a full-time private chef for a president in Africa. Located on the main road, between the 2 main beaches of Chaweng and Lamai, it’s very easy to find.
The Cliff Bar & Grill
Looking out on the world-class Crystal Bay and set on an actual cliff, it is easy to get comfortable in this trendy venue while feeling a true wave of island vibes. Set aside some extra time to enjoy a drink in the hip bar prior to dining. Impressions run deep and strong at The Cliff, as it is virtually impossible to leave without feeling pure satisfaction and already planning the next visit. The Mediterranean tones are evident across this tapas-themed menu. Jumbo seafood platter is one of the flagships and can be a shareable option across the table. Diners are offered deep sea selections from around the world including lobster, scallops, mussels, calamari, and prawns. Australian rib-eye comes in a generous portion, flawlessly cooked by the culinary team visible to all diners in the open-concept kitchen. New Zealand mussels in a creamy white wine sauce is a fine choice and tender to the core. Finally, terrific dessert options including a firm favorite, chocolate souffle, will seal a memorable visit in delicious fashion.
Tapas Bar x Drink Gallery
The Library’s ever-popular Drink Gallery has introduced a new Thai tapas bar. Boasting surprisingly cheap prices, the menu is packed with famous Thai dishes such as Thod Man (spicy fish cake) and Moo Klunk Foon (spicy salad of deep fried pork), Sue Rong Hai (grilled beef) to go with your killer cocktail from next door. There are 38 dishes to choose from, including house favorites such as Plah Pla and Sua Rong Hai . The Tapas Bar is also hosting daily Happy Hours from 4 PM – 8 PM, plus an all-night special on local beer and house wine.
(sources: Samui Holiday Magazine, Thailand Tatler, Samui Life Magazine)