The area around the Big Buddha beach might not have nearly as much going on as some of the other popular destinations on Koh Samui but that isn’t to say that it should be over looked as somewhere for you to enjoy a good meal. In terms of good restaurants and popular eateries, there is still more than enough for visitors to choose from with everything from traditional British pubs serving steak and ale pie to exclusive fine dining restaurants and just about everything else in between. Big Buddha beach is also home to a large number of Thai restaurants serving traditional, native cuisine.
A relative new comer to the area, Haveli serves up traditional north Indian cuisine. This fine dining restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best to be found around the Big Buddha Beach area. The atmosphere inside Haveli is really nice and with the open kitchen, you can sit and watch sizzling kebabs or fresh nan breads being prepared before your eyes, all of which is sure to make your mouth water! Recommended dishes include the lamb tikka and chicken jalfrezi. And as if this place wasn’t great already, Haveli now offers a daily buffet from 4pm to 7pm for 199 Baht! If you like great Indian cuisine, you’d be crazy to miss out on this place.
Open: 4pm to Midnight
Tel: 082 818 3416
Quo Vadis (Tapas)
South American tapas might not be something you are necessarily all that familiar with, although that may well change after a visit to Quo Vadis. Located near the Big Buddha Beach, Quo Vadis is part of the Saboey Resort and Villas. The order of the day is very much about mixing, matching and sharing your food, in a similar way to that of a traditional Thai meal. Some of the most popular dishes on the menu at Quo Vadis include white beans and chorizo, spiced lamb and chicken kebabs and the excellent, restaurant special Gazpacho soup. Quo Vadis is certainly worth giving a try and if tapas isn’t your thing, they also severe excellent Thai food too.
Open: 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 077 430 456
Price Range: Good value
Oceans 11 (Mediterranean and Thai)
What could we say about Oceans 11 that the, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and the Lonely Planet haven’t said already? Well, not that much really, other than to echo the sentiments of these big names and agree that Oceans 11 is one of the best restaurants on the whole of Koh Samui. Serving mainly Mediterranean cuisine, the food here is simply exquisite and if you ever get the opportunity, you really should visit Oceans 11 in order to taste the wonderful food for yourself. The rack of lamb and pan fired scallops are highly recommended. With that in mind, we are more than happy to agree with some of the world’s leading publications to also recommend Oceans 11 as pretty incredible restaurant.
Open: 2pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 077 245 134
Price Range: Expensive (but the food is exquisite)
Big Buddha Beach Cafe (BBC) (Thai/International/Seafood)
The Big Buddha Beach Cafe offers one of the best locations on the island to watch the sunset and is the location of this place that makes the BBC so special. Popular with couples looking for a more romantic night then what is normally on offer in Chaweng, Big Buddha Beach Cafe serves up great food in a wonderful setting. Located right next to the Big Buddha state, the restaurant serves a wide range of Thai, European and seafood dishes, all of which are cooked to a very good standard indeed. After you’ve sampled some of the great food, why not settle down for the evening with a nice cocktail and take in the Big Buddha Beach Cafe’s great atmosphere and perfect location.