Samui Wining & Dining
The Real Deal

Krua Bophut offers a touch of authentic Thai cuisine in the heart of cosmopolitan Fisherman's Village.

 

14-15The title says it all.

“Trip to Samui incomplete without Krua.”

“Authentic Thai in great beachside ambience.”

“Excellent food, wonderful location!”

“Another great meal.” “One of our favourites.”

“Superb seafood by the sea.” “Best Thai restaurant in Samui!”

 

    These are but a few of the review titles on the popular travel site, TripAdvisor, for Krua Bophut. You'll find this authentic Thai restaurant towards the western end of Fisherman's Village – an area known for its eclectic mix of restaurants and shops, with a sort of 'Med meets Asia' feel to it. Most of the restaurants are of the Western variety, offering perhaps a page or so of Thai dishes. Now as fantastic as it is that Samui offers this cosmopolitan vibe, it's great to find a place serving authentic Thai cuisine. Only Thai cuisine. We're in Thailand after all.

Many people would worry about the term 'authentic' when it comes to Thai food, and would interpret this as meaning 'hot as, well... hell!'. Not to worry. Krua Bophut understand that our sensitive Western palates are not accustomed to the same level of chilli as Thais can handle. So, although they use all the 'real' Thai herbs and spices, the chilli has been toned done to Western tastes, and for those that can handle the heat, just ask for more.

 

      Whilst chatting to Khun Jirawan, F&B Manager of Krua Bophut, she revealed that the menu boasts over 100 dishes to choose from. All authentically Thai of course. Dishes are marked with either one, two, or three chillies, depending on the level of heat. Go for a number one if you're a novice at Thai dining, you can always add more. Number two, you're getting there. Number three – well now you're eating like a Thai.

       With such a vast menu, you're sure to find something to your taste. There's chicken, beef, pork, duck, salads, soups, appetisers, and a fair number of vegetarian choices too. In fact, any of the curries and soups, as well as many of the other dishes, can be made into a veggie option by Chef Nong, who has been at the helm of the kitchen since the restaurant opened three years ago.

      On asking the waitresses which dishes they recommend, all agreed that the prawns in tamarind sauce, soft-shell crab in garlic and pepper, beef massaman curry and the steamed white snapper in chilli and lemon top the list. Khun Jirawan is also proud of Krua Bophut's wine list, which she says is up to top hotel standards, stocking wines from Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.

      Krua Bophut is ideal for functions – from small intimate affairs to large gatherings. It's a great party location, as it seats more than 150 guests with ease between the covered dining room, the deck under the trees and the tables set in the soft white sand. On Friday evenings, choose a roadside table, making the most of the vibe during the walking street market – a great spot to people-watch. If you prefer to be away from the crowds, and want a little romance, book a table on the beach. Be sure to get there before sunset, as the views across the bay to the neighbouring islands, as well as to Big Buddha, are spectacular. The mood changes as the moon rises, and tables are decked with candles, and trees with lanterns and fairy lights.

      The building itself is beautiful, and adds to the ambience. It's a Thai-style wooden construction, made to resemble traditional buildings from a century ago. With a vaulted ceiling, tiled roof, intricate wooden carved insets and slatted windows that allow the breeze through, it creates a lovely setting on evenings when the weather plays up, or perhaps over lunch when it's too hot outside

      The building itself is beautiful, and adds to the ambience. It's a Thai-style wooden construction, made to resemble traditional buildings from a century ago. With a vaulted ceiling, tiled roof, intricate wooden carved insets and slatted windows that allow the breeze through, it creates a lovely setting on evenings when the weather plays up, or perhaps over lunch when it's too hot outside

      Now as important as the food is, so too is service and presentation – if you're aiming to be Samui's best restaurant. Well Krua Bophut has well-trained staff, that go that extra mile, as this excerpt from a TripAdvisor review points out, “My Mum was celebrating her birthday and they put up with us wearing some crazy hats and even brought her a special ice-cream with candles. They sang Happy Birthday and made her feel very special, which was really kind. The setting was lovely, on the beach - you can eat inside or on a terrace if you wish - and although the restaurant is in a busy part of Bophut, you feel far from the madding crowds in this place. This was our last night and it was a fantastic place to go before we leave this beautiful island.”

      Authentic tasty Thai food, beautifully presented. Check. Attentive, friendly staff. Check. A stunning beachfront setting. Check. What more could you ask for? Reasonable prices. Check. So it seems Krua Bophut ticks all the boxes when looking for that perfect dinner or lunch venue.



Rosanne Turner


 


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