Chaweng restaurants

Koh Samui is not only paradise on the beach, but also a place that offers hard to miss culinary excellence.

Poppies: One of most romantic dining atmospheres can be found at the restaurant inside the hotel of the same name. Poppies has been established for well over 10 years and during this time it has earned an enviable reputation for creative, tasty food. Chaweng Road, Chaweng, restaurant@poppiessamui.com, tel: (077) 422 419. $$$.

Samui Seafood: (Thai) a magnet for fresh seafood in central Chaweng, chosen off a buffet and cooked for you. It’s your typical Thai eatery – large and lively with plenty of local music. North Chaweng (behind Baskin Robbins), Open 11- midnight (last order 23:00), Chaweng, tel: (077) 413 221. $$.

Vecchia Napoli: (Italian) offering both reasonably priced pizzas and pastas and a good selection of wines. This is one of Samui’s longest running Italian eateries. Chaweng Beach Road, Soi Starbucks, Chaweng, Open 14:30- 23:00; tel: (077) 231 229. $$

Chez Andy: (Swiss) a well-established restaurant that offers a whole range of delicious steaks, as well other tasty options. Chaweng Beach Road (opposite Swensen's), Chaweng, Open 14:30- midnight or 01:00, tel: (077) 422 593. $$

Tropical Murphy’s: (Irish) featuring reasonable menus with both international staples and Thai fare. If you can’t stand another day without Irish stew, pasta, fish ‘n' chips or a Sunday roast, you won’t have to suffer too long. Open 9:00- 02:00. Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng, tel: (077) 413 614. $$

Zico’s: (Brazilian) has a fantastic all-you-can-eat meat barbecue and nightly performances of carnival-style dancing that guarantees plenty of entertainment as well as full bellies. Chaweng Road (south), Chaweng, Open 18:30- 23.00, Bar open late,  zicos@chr.co.th, tel: (077) 231 560-3. $$$

Yamoto: (Japanese) excellent sushi and sashimi along with other genuine Japanese favourites. Has a relaxed, stylish and comfortable feel. North Chaweng, Open 15:00- 22:00, tel: (077) 601 222. $

Rice: (Italian) a smart, contemporary Mediterranean-style eatery with chic décor and sumptuous cuisine. Near the Green Mango, Chaweng, info@ricesamui.com; Open daily 13:00 – 23:45, tel: (077) 231 934. $$$

Dr Frogs: With its cliffside views, Frogs has an upscale ambience with live music and food that prompted Thailand Tatler to select it among its best restaurants for 2008. Southern end of Chaweng, tel: (077) 413 797. $$$

Budget Guide:

$ dishes 70 - 150 baht; quart of beer 100 baht; whiskey shot 120 baht; cocktails 150 baht
$$ dishes 150 - 250 baht; quart of beer 120 baht; whiskey shot 150 baht; cocktails 200 baht
$$$ dishes 250 - 500 baht; quart of beer 150 baht; whiskey shot 200 baht; cocktails 250 baht

Gringos Cantina:
(Mexican) serves possibly the best Mexican food on Samui in a garden setting, where there is a nine-hole crazy golf course at the back of the restaurant. Central Chaweng (down a small soi, behind The Islander), gringoscantina@gmail.com, Open Daily 14:00- kitchen closes 23:00, Crazy Golf opens 11:00-24:00, tel: (077) 413 267. $
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