Fine Feasting: 3 Cultural Restaurants in Samui

Tantalise your tastebuds with the exotic tastes of authentic Thai fare – your palate will get a workout as it experience sweet, sour, savoury and spicy flavours all in one mouthful. A cultural experience is not limited to food and cuisines, so why not watch a traditional performance or two, and learn about the culture and history of the Thais while you wine and dine? 

Poppies Restaurant Samui

Poppies Restaurant, Chaweng

Poppies‘ romantic garden setting and prime seaside location makes it a popular choice that warrants repeated visits. Dine in the breezy interiors set under traditional thatched roofs, take a seat at the outdoor tables nestled under the swaying trees, or sip drinks at the beach bar. The restaurant churns out plates of authentic Thai fare, which will definitely please holidaymakers in search of a local feast. Order servings of  tom yum goong talay and pla nueng; you cannot go wrong with the classics and well-loved favourites. For a deeper insight into Thai culture, arrive on Saturday evenings for a captivating Thai music and dance performance.

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Zazen Restaurant Samui

Zazen Restaurant, Bo Phut

Beautiful Zazen impresses at first sight. Step into the restaurant, and you are greeted with an elegant setting featuring pristine white tablecloths, velvety drapes and tasteful wooden fixtures. The outdoor compounds, featuring twinkling fairy lights and white parasols, present an equally charming sight. Soothing jazz tunes playing softly in the background complete the romantic ambience.

A combination of European and Thai dishes on the menu draws a good mix of diners to Zazen. Enjoy a cultural dining experience when you arrive for meals on Thursdays and Saturdays, as Thai dance performances are held in the evenings. If you cannot get enough of the tasty fare, here’s some good news – Thai cooking classes are available at the restaurant, so take up a course or two to whip up plates of sumptuous Thai treats back home.

Samui Spirit House

Spirit House, Chaweng

Dining at Spirit House promises to be an enchanting affair. The restaurant’s traditional Thai village design, picturesque courtyards and beautifully-lit interiors create an unforgettable setting. Fill up your tummy by taking your pick from a good selection of traditional Thai fare, as well as innovative dishes that have been given a playful fusion twist. Not accustomed to the spice and tingle of local dishes yet? It’ll be a safe bet to stick to the selection of European items on the menu.

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