Kai Bae Beach Restaurants – Our Guide

UPDATED for 2018-19 Season

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Kai Bae Beach restaurants offer the full range of global cuisines, with everything from Thai to Italian, Mexican to Indian served up in a whole host of different diners spread out along its narrow bustling main street.

Thai Food – Kai Bae Beach Restaurants

Choices for Thai food range from simple one plate over rice dishes to DIY bbqs, seafood to Issan style somtam and sticky rice and of course, good old noodle soup.

For seafood, Kai Bae follows the island style of the small boat out front, fish, prawns, squid, cockles and mussels piled up on the ice, all cooked any which way you like. Each is proficient at what they do, nothing fancy and certainly not high cuisine but more than acceptable for a meal out. Our favourites are Friend Seafood, Ploy Seafood and Hippo Cafe at the northern end or Baan Kai Bae Seafood and Ta Tam near the bridge towards the southern end. You can order off the menu too in case seafood is not your thing, with Ta Tam in particular specialising in Australian steaks.

For the authentic Issan somtam experience, try the no name restaurant opposite Marin Coffee at the start of Walking Street, northern end of the village or Took Ka Ta Kaimoon by the bridge, with its chickens grilling slowly on the spit out front.

On the opposite side, running down behind Morgan, there is a good Thai food court, with cheap diners side by side specialising in different Thai dishes. You can choose from just one or mix and match from each. At this end, there’s also a good cheap Thai restaurant on the back road bypass. Head inland at Meechai Elephant Camp and turn left at the top, you’ll fnd it on the opposite side. Meanwhile, on the street down to Kai Bae Huts, home to the inter-island speedboat, the no frills noodle shop with the high roof is deservedly rated among the island’s best.

At Krung Ka Ta in the central area, the DIY bbq is 239bt per head, pile your plate up with everything from seafood to noodles and a couple of raw eggs and cook around the conical pot at your table – great fun and usually busy with tourists and locals alike.

Western Food – Kai Bae Beach Restaurants

Ziva is one of the best Italian restaurants on the island, packing them in nightly with homemade pasta dishes and pizzas but Mordi and Fuggi is also worth a visit, with its two branches, one near the 1st 7/11 and the other in the small western food court just after Awa Resort.

Also in that little food court, the Ukranian owned Sharky’s, which serves modern European cuisine, quietly hits the mark in both presentation and taste and you can pop next door too for dessert at Nuts about Coco. Papa’s, a Greek diner, completes the set, with its diner on the front.

Fully warranting its recommendations over at Tripadvisor, Barrio Bonitos is a Koh Chang favourite, a friendly relaxed spot turning out authentic Mexican dishes to a great soundtrack. Across the road, the tiny Emperor of India is regularly held as one of the island’s best Indian offerings, with its dahls, in particular, delicious.

At opposite ends of the village, Papa’s Deli and Chez David next door to the northern 7-11, cover the bakery options, though Chez David opens too from 5.00pm as a genuine Belguim bistro with moules, frites, Belgian beers and wine. Salt is another very relaxed bistro down by the sea within Coral Resort.

For hybrid restaurants, Melting Pot at the far southern end just before you leave Kai Bae has an extensive western menu as well as Thai choices, whilst Mak Mak in the centre is always bustling. There’s an excellent Gelateria alongside too. Finally, O2, a perennial favourite among all Kai Bae restaurants, uniquely guarantees no MSG in its any of its cooking.

Those seeking out a romantic, more upmarket spot should try the in-house restaurants at The Chill (excellent, comfortable, Bangkok style), Awa Resort and Gaja Chaan at Gajapuri Resort. Prices with drinks will probably come out at 1,000bt a head once tax and service have been added.

Coffee Shops – Kai Bae Beach Restaurants

Marin Coffee, yet another branch of the island chain, offers all the usual varieties alongside ice cream and cakes at the start of the village. At the same end near to the 7/11, Funky Monkey Cafe has an extensive list of fresh teas alongside its own coffees, cheesecake and yes, cocktails.

On the little back road leading past Awa’s hillside rooms, Fig Cafe at Koh Chang Residence is a very sweet spot and last but not least, Lanna Cafe, on the left as you leave town for Lonely Beach, continues to offer organic blends from across Thailand, Chiang Mai in particular.

Our Favourite Picks – Kai Bae Beach Restaurants

Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:
B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;
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Friend Seafood

Per Person: BB

By the road, long established seafood restaurant with the daily choice displayed out front. King prawns, scallops, cockles and snapper, cooked to order or on the bbq, served with full flavoured Thai dressings and spicy dips.

Ploy Seafood

Per Person: BB

Just across the road, another large restaurant serving similar fare, seafood in the boat, baked potatoes and corn on the cob all ready for the bbq, western dishes and normal Thai menu. Relaxed live music, an easy going touristy spot.

O2

Per Person: BB

Run by the sociable Air, this is a long established Kai Bae Beach favourite, offering a good mix of Thai and western food, all well cooked and presented, with no msg added to any dish. Look out for the curries and the vegetarian options, both excellent.

Ziva

Per Person: BB-BBB

Charming and stylish bistro with authentic home cooking by the Italian owner, Fernanda, long list of pizzas and pasta dishes, imported meats and cheeses and hand made desserts. Seating inside and out. wines, beers and cocktails.

Mak Mak

Per Person: BB

One of the best restaurants in the area with Thai and western food, prepared in separate open kitchens. Subtle and well balanced flavours, good curries, nicely presented, good service. A gelaterie and espresso to finish things off next door.

Kung Kra Ta

Per Person: BB

With seating under the high roof or in the open at large concrete tables, busy diy bbq spot. Help yourself to meat, seafood, noodles, eggs, salads and cook it over the hot cone with the vegetables bubbling in the broth below. Fixed price of 199bt, lots of fun and it’s not just Russians.

Sharky’s Restaurant

Per Person: BB-BBB

Tiny Ukranian owned diner in its own tiny plaza just before the bridge, with a small terrace out back by the river. Western dishes, including duck confit, pork steaks, Thai food, full drinks bar. Open for breakfast too.

Took Ka Ta Kaimoon

Per Person: B-BB

By the bridge, simple Thai cafe with chickens on the spit, curries, soups and Thai salads. Fresh, quick, cheap and cheerful. Great for a no nonsense lunch or has a good hustle and bustle atmosphere in the evenings. Thais like it too, a good sign.

Morgan

Per Person: B-BB

By the bridge at the top of the food court, English run two storey diner with full western and Thai menu, breakfasts, all the classics. Bar, cocktails, pool table upstairs, all the sports on the screens including Premier League.

Baan Kaibae Seafood

Per Person: B-BB

Thai restaurant with the seafood choices laid out on display in the front in the boat. Full menu available as well, lots of western choices. A safe choice for this touristy style, with Mama making sure everything runs smoothly.

Barrio Bonito

Per Person: BB-BBB

This Mexican restaurant continues to pack them in, serving all the normal favourites from Burritos to enchilladas to taquitos, with lots of tasty and spicy sauces, such as salsa ranchera and mola. Cocktails, friendly couple, good vibe, popular.

Kai Bae Huts Noodles

Per Person: B

Down the little soi towards the resort, classic local noodle house serving large, thin or tiny noodles in tasty soup broth with chicken, pork or seafood and yellow crackers. Eat in or take away in a plastic bags and mix at home. Rated as one of the best on the island.

Papa’s Deli and Bakery

Per Person: B-BB

Bakery and deli serving baguettes and other loaves, imported meats, cheeses and home made pastries. Chocolate fudge collections are particularly indulgent, birthday cakes to order. Lots of coffee choices.


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