Every once in a while you have an epic night as a backpacker that stands out slightly more than the others.
This can be a variety of reasons….drinking games, lovely ladies, live music…and occasionally some food!
This was the case on one of my favourite nights on Koh Tao.
Best by recommendation
Before heading to Thailand fellow blogger Toni – aka @toniwonitravels – sent me a rather long and amusing list of things to get up to on the island. Including the carabaret venue which resulted in me getting snogged by a ladyboy!
….cheers for that!
But she also tipped me off about an epic place to eat – and I was keen to try it.
Naturally i dragged along some fellow backpackers for a rather luxurious splurge by Asian food prices – but they were game and we all needed a bit of downtime following some rather chaotic nights on the Chang.
Now at the end of Sairee beach is a cliff face built into the rocks is a really posh, open plan bamboo restaurant surrounded with water features, beautifully lit and with views over the entire bay.
At first glance the menu doesn’t seem all that different, nor that expensive, but turn to the final page and there’s an epic section called “cook your own” – now this section is just shy of 450 per platter (around a tenner) which is massively expensive by Thai standards – where most street food dishes are about 45baht, but trust me on this and treat yourself!
I went for the fish platter, and the rest of the group was split between that and the meat one, ice cold Chang and cocktails ensued before the food was brought to the table – and it was well worth the wait.
Your presented with a huge and lushly presented array of seafood or meats, marinades and veg.
But the best bit is everyone is presented with their own mini personal charcoal BBQ!
It’s a brilliant way to dine in the heat of the evening.
The guys seemed to switch straight into man mode, stood up with a cold beer making sure everything had a layer of burnt to it and it made for an amazing social experience too – especially as it was a massive change from paad thai!
My seafood platter consisted of prawns, squid, fish fillets and an array of veg. The meat ones of chicken, beef and pork – the portions were huge!
After shopping marinades, food and heaps of banter we simply relaxed and indulged in some down time away from the hustle and bustle of the backpacker bubble – the entire restaurant to ourselves and bean bags cushioning the floor height table arrangement.
If your ever on Tao I highly recommend checking it out – the shoe group joked that it would be the perfect venue for a date of even proposal…so if life’s taking you in that direction keep rut in mind!
….just don’t tell too many people, I don’t want it to be even more expensive or crowded next time I visit!