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“Lovely Typical Thai”
Review of Kai Restaurant

Kai Restaurant
Ranked #582 of 1,461 Restaurants in Ko Samui
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

Great food and cocktails at amazing prices. Lovely friendly staff in this typical no frills Thai restaurant. This is the sort of place everyone should visit to find out how a real Thai restaurant works and how friendly and accommodating they are.
Do not be put off by the style of the place, give it a go and enjoy the experience. Fresh home cooked Thai food is hard to beat.

Thank Arfur S
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

While writing this review I can't help but smile... as we went there based on reviews and quite certainly would have skipped this little jewel based on the appearance but eventually committed.
I can only say we did so well not letting the appearance drive us away.
We were there a couple of times last week of December 2016. Not a busy week in Choeng Mon from what we saw.
The first time we were there, we were the only guests as it was quite early in the evening (more guests came later). However we had to wait a bit after we ordered and saw one of the two ladies riding her scooter to apparently get the ingredients to cook our meals. At least some of the ingredients. The result was amazing. Definitely the best green and red curries we had during our week stay in Choeng Mon.
Now don't expect anything fancy regarding the decoration and even the tables, plates, etc.. as there is definitely no PowerPoint effect. If there is some visual it is only what is in the plate. Large flavorful portions. So tasty. Consistent (we ate there twice).
It was also fun to talk to the two ladies running the Kai Restaurant. Very welcoming and happy to talk and explain and advise. Broken English with lots of Thai words. Very enjoyable experience. We even got the "dessert" for free (fruits) as our presence attracted other tourists (so one of the ladies had to ride the scooter quite a few times to get the ingredients ;-).
So this was definitely a very unique experience where it was all about excellent food and not much about a comfortable place with nice deco. Very nice and quite direct ladies. Fun watching the ladies helping guests to decide what to eat based on a couple of printed menus. All guests are accommodated but that may require some short rides to get the necessary ingredients which in turn should have a positive impact on the freshness and the flavors of the plates.
But yep the outside is not really inviting so you have to trust and commit ... and yes dining there was the least expensive experience we made in Choeng Mon (and the most tasty in terms of food).

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Thank SmallWorldsTraveler
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Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Two female owners run this simple restaurant by the main street of Choeng Mon. The food is prepared by themselves. You can expect flawless hospitality and delicious Thai food. The place doesn't look very inviting at first sight, but you will fall in love with it, once you spend some time there. It's unique.

Thank alekspal
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We came here for our last breakfast in Thailand and loved it so much that we came back for our last dinner, too. Cheap, really delicious authentic Thai food, and the staff are super nice. Like most of the restaurants with the best Thai food, this place doesn't look like much but is definitely worth a try (or two). Wish we had found it sooner!

Thank LeighG8
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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We have eaten here many times, the price is well Thai, cheap but the food is fresh and very tasty, always a good serve, the drinks are cheap, alcohol beer only and all soft drinks plus. There is a large variety to choose from, there are no fancy trimmings but for the price and taste, that's why we keep coming back. If you are looking for a great Thai meal at Thai prices you won't find better.

Thank John B
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