At a first glance, Koh Samui’s Bang Rak may seem almost too quiet and serene. If you look closer, however, the area is actually generously dotted with dining venues serving a wide selection of local and international dishes. Among the best restaurants in Bang Rak, there are a couple of Western restaurants and several Thai eateries, catering to all budgets, and appeasing all palates. Check out our picks for the seven Bang Rak restaurants you definitely shouldn’t miss.
1. Antica Locanda
Antica Locanda is located on the main ring road, attracting visitors to savour authentic Italian and Mediterranean fare in a casual setting. Try their wood-fired oven pizza with thin crust and quality toppings, or choose a homemade tagliatelle with veggie sauce. Leave some space for their original tiramisu – it’s divine!
2. Dining on the Rocks
Dining on the Rocks is a five-star dining venue located at the Six Senses Resort complex. Perched on a clifftop, Dining on the Rocks features a large wooden platform with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, both offering unparalleled ocean vistas. The menu is a sophisticated mix of local and international cuisine. You can choose one of the set menus with enticing names like “Sensibility” and “Vegan Society” or create your own multi-course meal by ordering a la carte. With its romantic oceanfront setting, its not surprising that Dining on the Rocks is a popular spot for wedding proposals.
3. La Cote de Boeuf
Le Cote de Boeuf sits tucked away in a lush tropical garden. The restaurant features a modern design and stylish interior, inviting visitors to a break from the ubiquitous Thai cuisine by offering eclectic French dishes and scrumptious steaks cooked to perfection.
4. Picnic Basket
Picnic Basket stands out among other run-of-the-mill dining venues by offering a vast selection of British and European favourites at a fantastic value. Order a sandwich for lunch or opt for some mouth-watering roast beef for dinner – yum!
5. Ocean 11
Celebrate scrumptiousMediterranean cuisine at Ocean 11, an absolutely beachfront dining venue offering fine-dining with a side of epic ocean views. The succulent seafood, delectable steaks and gorgeous desserts served at the venue will appease all palates.
6. Quo Vadis
Quo Vadis is an exquisite high-end restaurant located at Saboey Resort and Villas, featuring a luxurious interior along with unparalleled views of the Gulf of Thailand. Enjoy a night of unadulterated luxury and savour elaborate Thai and Western cuisine paired with a glass of fine wine. Definitely one of the most sophisticated restaurants in Bang Rak.
7. The Mangrove Restaurant
Hidden off the beaten path, The Mangrove Restaurant is well worth spending the extra hour that it might take finding the place. Serving outstanding French fusion with the occasional Asian twist, the restaurant features a short menu which is updated frequently. Don’t miss out on the grilled seafood, and of course, remember to save some room for the fabulous desserts.
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