Updated: May 16
During our time in Koh Samui, we ate at some incredible places and wanted to share our favourites here. There are undoubtedly more incredible places. This is simply an overview of the best food we had while on the island, and what we would recommend to anyone visiting.
This was hands down the winner in our eyes, and unquestionably the best Thai food we've had in Thailand! A bold statement we know. It was somewhere mentioned to us by another travelling couple who had been staying in Koh Samui for a few months. After pulling up we questioned whether we were in the right place, but it seemed like we were. This place is the epitome of not judging a book by its cover. The second we entered we were greeted by the friendly owners
Once we'd ordered they began chopping fresh ingredients and making everything from scratch, which was a great sign. I had a tofu version of Thai Chicken with basil, and Danielle had a sweet and sour tofu dish. The first bite confirmed it, this place was amazing! Not only was the food great, but we met some of the regulars here who were all so warm and hospitable. This bill came and it was 120THB for everything, which is amazing value. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Koh Samui, and rest assured we will be back!
We found Aroy Dee early on our trip when we took a scooter ride out to Fisherman's Village. I hoped to find somewhere we could watch the Man United game that also served food. The Fisherman's Village has been, without a doubt, the busiest place we've seen outside of Bangkok in Thailand. We walked along and spotted a few places and then I noticed Aroy Dee. A man stood near the sign with all their meals on and explained the curry was their best dish, which his wife makes herself every day. It sounded like the exact type of place we love so went right in. I had the Penang Curry and Danielle had the massaman both with tofu and rice. It was great food from a local family, and the service was excellent.
TO BE SWEET
We found this after getting cravings for some avocado on toast. The food was very good, and there were some very appetising cakes on display too. Considering it's not a local dish, the avocado toast with eggs was a steal at around 150THB each.
Cafe Uno was our saviour! When first arriving in Koh Samui we stayed in the Chaweng district, which was predominantly a tourist area. With the island just getting back on its feet this part was still very much in recovery. Thankfully this was around to feed us in the mornings? The breakfast bundle is very good value and comes with a meal, coffee and juice.
BO PUT NIGHT MARKET
We noted this market while on our way to Fisherman's Village one evening, as it was very busy. We walked around to see what food was on offer and stopped at a sushi stand. I was sceptical about eating cheap roadside sushi, but we could see it all being made fresh in the background so we decided to give it a try. It was amazing! We couldn't believe how good it tasted and we got 15 pieces for 100THB. There's nowhere else you can find value quite like it.
We stumbled across this cafe when looking for somewhere to have breakfast before spending the day hiking through the jungle to viewpoints and waterfalls. Coffee is their speciality, and it's the best you'll find on the island by far. It's the best coffee you'll have in Thailand! The lovely host greets you as soon as you walk in, and if you're lucky you'll see her immaculately groomed dog pottering around.
We visited The Fish because we found some good reviews online and thought we'd check it out. The most surprising thing about the entire experience here was finding out they specialise in Mexican food...we didn't expect that! We got Pad Thai and a basil tofu dish, which tasted great and was reasonably priced.
With more and more places opening in Thailand, and Koh Samui, there are definitely some other amazing places we didn't get to try. It's an island we love and we can't wait to come back and try all the other incredible places too!