Of the East Coast of Thailand, is the popular island of Koh Samui, a place where you will never find a shortage of good restaurants and food. A healthy expatriate population has established some fine International restaurants on Koh Samui, with some excellent chefs and mouth watering food menus. The cost is remarkably varied as well, on Koh Samui you can eat Thai food on the cheap food stalls on the side of the road for as little as 20 baht but for the real Koh Samui dining experience your best to visit the many fresh seafood restaurants and even sample Royal Thai cuisine on the island.
For those of you that enjoy Thai food, Baan Chantra located on the first floor of the Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling is a must visit, serving the finest styles of Thai foods with it's Royal Thai cuisine. Certainly a rarity to find in Thai restaurants, Royal Thai cuisine used to be exclusively prepared only for the Thai Royalty, nobody else being allowed to prepare or eat it, but times have changed and Royal Thai cuisine has become available at certain restaurants in Thailand, Baan Chantra being one of the best examples of them.
Even today it's hard to find chefs that can make this food as it requires a certain expertise and knowledge even many of the best Thai chefs do not have. The food is an artwork as well as a meal, with each dish being creatively designed with each vegetable and foods being shaped into various shapes and patterns, and served in the world famous Bengjarong chinaware. Royal Thai cuisine is amongst the best in the world, and Baan Chantra excels at keeping this reputation alive with its delicious set menus, 2 per day, and 16 in total, and with added ingredients it will transform your local Thai food dishes that you are so used to into a culinary delight. The exquisite cuisine is matched by the exquisite decor, and with western style and traditional Thai style tables set against a background of traditional Thai music you have one of the best restaurants on Koh Samui.
Located in Blue Lagoon one of Chaweng's best resorts, Laguna Terrace is a picturesque restaurant and ideal for taking that special someone for an intimate meal. The restaurant is split into two parts, a 70 seat area with views of the swimming pool and sea, and a slightly smaller 60 seat terrace that sits right on the upper part of the beach. The restaurant serves a mix of Thai food, sea food and European food and is known for its excellent cuisine, even mentioned in Koh Samui's official culinary brochure as having one of the best Thai kitchens on the island. Holding special theme nights adds a little special something to a visit to the restaurant as well, with its Seafood BBQ Buffet nights, Steak nights and Thai Welcome nights always been popular. Also noteworthy is the attentive staff and friendly service, and with the great mix of location, decor, atmosphere, service and food, Laguna Terrace is one of the nicest restaurants for a romantic dinner date.
Chez Andy is a Swiss Restaurant and Beer & Grill Garden, opened in 1998 in Chaweng, Koh Samui, and it's second venue has now opened in Korat, North East Thailand. A very popular restaurant, Chez Andy's attention to customers is second to none with the owner Andy personally taking care of his customers every night. The meat lover’s choice on Koh Samui, Chez Andy offers Marinated Spare Ribs, Shish Kebabs, Australian Harvey Steaks, Sausages as well as local seafood and Thai dishes. A children's menu is also provided offering fun meals like the Dinosaur Schnitzel with French Fries and Ice creams, so an ideal place for a family meal on Koh Samui. Chez Andy provides great service, great food and a reputation that speaks for itself, definitely worth a visit.