In addition to the fabulous Thai and international food prepared by personal chefs in the many private villas on Phuket and Koh Samui; a whole host of international restaurants also offer visitors a vast choice of cuisines to enjoy on a special night out with friends or family.
With the abundance of exquisite restaurants scattered across the holiday hotspots of Phuket and Koh Samui, it is safe to say that you will never go hungry whilst you are on holiday in the Land of Smiles.
While the variety and tangy spice that characterizes Thai cuisine has amassed fans all over the world; if you fancy a change, then you are equally spoilt for choice.
From Indian to Italian, and Mexican to Malaysian, the sumptuous choice of eateries offers something for everyone when you are in the mood for a special night out.
Below are a handful of recommendations…
If you are travelling as part of a large group, or simply can’t decide what cuisine you are in the mood for, a fusion restaurant is a good option. DeDos Restaurant offers some of the best fusion food in Phuket. It is run by a swiss-Bolivian chef who picked up his skills in France. The restaurant offers a superb gastronomic experience, with a menu of explosive flavours. Dishes are infused with influences from Mediterranean, Japanese and Thai traditional cuisine.
Indulge in Italian
If you are in the mood for the soft, garlic-infused flavours and creamy consistency of Italian food, than look no further than La Gaetana. This family-run restaurant offers a gourmet experience for diners who enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, created by the soft jazz music playing in the background. Located in Phuket Town, guests at La Gaetana dine in the traditional Italian way – taking their time over a meal and savouring all of the flavours.
A Chinese Treat
Thanks to the rich historical heritage Phuket inherited from its Chinese settlers, the island is home to some fantastic auhentic Chinese eateries. Laem Tong, the oldest Chinese restaurant on the island, is one of the best places to indulge yourself on a Chinese feast. The restaurant has built up a formidable reputation for its Beijing chicken and steamed fish balls, but if your taste buds are hankering after a lighter bite, Laem Tong’s por phee –fresh spring rolls packed with vegetables, meat and fish are a tasty choice.
Perched on the fringe of an undeveloped stretch of sunset-facing beach in Bophut, Orgasmic is one of Koh Samui’s most celebrated choices for fine island dining . The menu offers an eclectic selection where traditional Asian dishes meet Western flavours. Known for its fresh seafood, the Maine Lobster main course is a rare treat and Orgasmic’s oven-baked salmon is infused with the flavours of a macadamia herb crust, goat’s cheese and dill. If you have a sweet tooth then the mouth-watering chocolate fondant is not to be missed.
A Japanese Feast
If you are on Koh Samui and have a craving for the fresh taste of salmon sashimi then head to Kobori – one of the island's premier Japanese restaurants. Named after its head chef, Koji O Kobori, the restaurant is located on Maenam Walking Street, halfway between the ring road and the ocean. Kobori’s choice of sushi is extensive, not to mention delicious. After feasting on sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki, wash your meal down with a bottle of sake before heading back to your private villa.