Though Nathon is the administrative and trade capital of Koh Samui, is not a very popular tourist destination resulting in fewer dining options catering to holiday-makers. There are several attractive venues lining the beach, and a couple of great restaurants tucked away in town. Check out our list and discover some of the best restaurants in Nathon where you can savour authentic local cuisine and experience Thai traditions.
1. Lucky Restaurant
Located just opposite the beach, Lucky Restaurant is one of the most popular dining venues in the area. Catering to Western tastes, the restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine and succulent seafood. The restaurant also provides a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.
2. Krua Savoiey
Krua Savoiey sits next to the pier and features an unpretentious setting and casual decor. This is the ideal spot for sampling some authentic Thai food. Offering an ample choice of local dishes as well as Chinese and Western favourites, the restaurant will amaze you with its flavourful pad thai, green curry and the local speciality – sticky rice with mango. Fresh, delicious and inexpensive, Krua Savoiey provides an authentic Thai dining experience.
3. Jit Restaurant
If you only have time to visit one dining venue in Nathon, make it Jit Restaurant. Serving a wide selection of fresh and delicious Thai food at a superb value, the restaurant features a simple decor, friendly service and offers hearty dishes in huge portions.
4. Hippocampe French Bakery
For a refreshing break from the ubiquitous Thai cuisine, head to Hippocampe French Bakery, which offers in-house dining and also provides takeaway. Serving mouth-watering freshly baked French croissants with various fillings, delicious pastries and quality bread, this tiny restaurant also offers sandwiches to satisfy your hunger and amazing fresh salads.
5. Will Wait Restaurant
Will Wait Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch only. Catering to both locals and tourists, the restaurant serves delightful local food at a superb value. Specialising in soups and salads, you can also find a wide selection of fried noodles and rice served with chicken or seafood. For a relaxed and quiet dining experience, it’s better to visit the place before 12.30 pm or after 2 pm, when the the lunch rush is over and the restaurant becomes quiet again.