We didn’t have any plans for our breakfast the first morning of vacation, so headed towards Maenam on the trail of hot coffee, fluffy pancakes and fresh juice. I had seen Angela’s bakery on several occasions and thought it looked popular and clean so we stopped there. The kids were in raptures about the excellent crispy bacon and the best pancakes we had ever eaten, the scrambled eggs were excellent and I had spicy prawns (when in Thailand …) which were just perfect. The coffee is strong and good, the setting is cute and the service was fantastic. Highly recommended!
If you are a fan of Thai food, you could do a lot worse than Krua Bophut. This restaurant is located in a traditional Thai house at the western end of Fishermen’s Village, just on the beach. You can sit outside on a terrace or on the beach, or (if the weather looks threatening), in the teak building. We took the children aged 3 and 7 for an early dinner and our party of 6 was made to feel very welcome. The atmosphere is friendly and calm and the food is 100% Thai. A very mild fried rice with chicken was recommended for the children and it was delicious and the dishes are all cooked to order so can be as fiery as you wish. Steamed rice arrives in little covered tureens followed closely by a huge range of curries, stir fries, salads and soup all beautifully presented with carved vegetable garnishes. Our favourites include Thai red curry, Tom Kha Gai (fragrant coconut and chicken soup), duck with mushrooms and pineapple and sweet and sour prawns, washed down with fresh coconut or mango juice.
Service is friendly and efficient but not rushed and the bill for 6 of us came to about GBP 60.
Dr Frogs, on the road south from Chaweng, claims that it makes Samui’s number one pizza. It can’t be far off, because the pizza is excellent (as is the Thai food) but what really sells it is the view. We arrived for lunch and the place was desertedbut we could see for miles. We watched the fishermen on the rock below and gazed out to sea as our food (andexcellent smoothies) was delivered at Samui speed. A very relaxing and enjoyable lunch with friendly service and and amazing view!