The truth is that many visitors to Koh Samui only consider Maenam to be a place which they drive through going to and from either Nathon or Chaweng. However, this can be somewhat of a mistake and if you are prepared to go and take a look around Maenam, rather than driving straight through it then you will quite easily come across some of the really good restaurants and other eateries that can be found in the local area.
The majority of restaurants that can be found in Maenam are usually located in or around many of the resorts and hotels that line the beachfront. You will also find a good selection of eating places in the village itself, close to the pier.
Some of the popular eateries that can be here included a traditional fish and chip shop, a top notch bakery, as well as a couple of fine dining options.
Fish and Chips (British)
Despite the wide range of international fine dining and luxury cuisine that can be found on Koh Samui, from time to time it can be the case that you want a good old taste of home. For the large number of Brits that visit Samui each year, their taste buds are certainly more than catered for with this traditional fish and chip shop and restaurant that can be found in the heart of Maenam village, just by the fishing pier. Arguably serving the best chips in all of Samui, Fish and Chips also serves a wide range of other traditional English food, such as pasties, pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, stews and all day breakfasts.
Open: 9am to 10pm
Tel: 086 594 6257
Price Range: Good value
Sala Thai Restaurant (Thai)
Set in a fabulous tropical garden, Sala Thai is part of the Santiburi Dusit Resort and specialises in Royal Thai cuisine and fine dining. The restaurant serves a range of traditional Thai dishes that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere on the island, such as King Fish orange curry with green papaya and white snapper in a red curry paste. Now there are literally hundreds of Thai restaurants to be found on Koh Samui but Sala Thai has to be one of the finest traditional restaurants on the island and one that is well worth sampling during you stay.
Open: 7pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 077 245 777
Price Range: Expensive (but this is Thai food at its very, very best!)
The Boudoir (French)
The Boudoir is somewhat of an intriguing place. Serving what is essentially, French style cuisine the interior of the restaurant is somewhere in between a traditional French cafe crossed with a Middle Eastern hookah lounge. As you walk into The Boudoir you will first of all notice the swirling silks and satins draping from the ceiling, as well as the selection of large cushions that adorn part of the restaurant floor. When it comes to the actual food, you’ll find a good selection of cheeses (some of the best on Samui) foie gras and wide range of French and European meats. Located on the main ring road in Maenam, not far from the Post Office, The Boudoir is also the place to go for a good selection of reasonably priced house wine.
Open: 6pm to Midnight (closed on Mondays)
Tel: 085 783 1031
Price Range: Reasonable
The Italian restaurant, Roma, is located at the Paradise Beach Resort and more than succeeds in bringing a small slice of contemporary Roman cuisine to Koh Samui. Set alongside the beachfront, Roma serves some great modern Italian dishes, most notably Pumpkin cream soup, veal roulade with basil and Parma ham and grilled sea bass fillet in a white wine sauce. As well as these modern style Italian dishes you will also find all the classics that you would normally expect to find at a good Italian restaurant. Oh, and not forgetting to mention, the wine list is pretty impressive too!
Open: 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 077 247 722
Price Range: A bit pricey (but enjoyable)
Angela’s Bakery (Patisserie)
Whilst offering something completely different to many of the fine dining or international restaurants that can be found on Koh Smmui, Angela’s Bakery is just as successful and is certainly as popular. For several years now this bakery, located just next to Maenam Police Station, has been serving up delicious (and sometimes healthy) pies, pastries and other snacks. As well as pastries, Angela’s also serves up a nice breakfast with freshly made fruit juices, homemade bread and free range eggs, all of which can make a refreshing trade from fried breakfasts and fast food.
Open: 10am to 5pm
Tel: 077 427 396
Price Range: Budget
Full Moon Restaurant (Italian)
Located on the Bophut/Maenam border, this is arguably the finest restaurant in the area and maybe even the best on Koh Samui. Quite simply, Full Moon is Italian 5 star dining at its very, very best. Dramatically stylish, this contemporary Italian restaurant is nothing short of magnificent. From the sleek interior to the stunning views to the great cuisine, this place just fails to disappoint. The service is excellent too and the staff are always on hand to take care of your every need, without making themselves feel intrusive. When it comes to the food you simply must try the Angus Beef Carpaccio. For pasta lovers, we highly recommend the shellfish hot pot, which includes tiger prawns, muscles, scallops and squid all of which have been delicately sautéed in chilli and tomato confit.
Open: 6:30pm to midnight (last food orders are 10:30pm)
Tel: 077 428 300
The Napasai Beach Restaurant (International)
If you are looking for a light, casual bite to eat then head for the Beach Restaurant, which is part of the Napasai resort in Maenam. Great tasting pool side fare, in a wonderful location, there is too much wrong with this place if you just want to relax by the pool or take in some views of the sea. The relaxed atmosphere at Beach Restaurant makes it a suitable place for families and both parents and children certainly won’t grumble about the superb children’s menu that can be found here.