Kai Bae Beach Restaurants – Our Guide

kai-bae-beach-restaurants-koh-chang Kai Bae Beach restaurants offer the full range of global cuisines, with everything from Italian to Mexican and Indian to Thai spread out along its narrow bustling main street.

Thai food ranges from simple one plate over rice dishes, DIY bbqs (Kung Kra Ta) to chickens turning slowly on the spit, usually with some sticky rice and somtam (Tookata Kaimoon) and of course, noodles, specifically noodle soup, with the local shop on the road down to Kai Bae Huts rated as the best on the island.

Other places plump for the old staple of the small boat out front, fish and seafood piled up on the ice, pick your snapper and have it cooked any which way – all are good at what they do, nothing fancy and not high cooking but pleasant enough, with our three favourites, Friend Seafood, Ploy Seafood at the northern end and Baan Kai Bae Seafood near the bridge. All also have full menus in case seafood is not your thing and by the bridge towards the southern end, there is also an ever increasing group of fruit stalls and cheap eats in the new plaza development, which has replaced the popular haunt, Morgans Restaurant.

Ziva is one of the best Italian restaurants on the island, packing them in nightly with homemade pasta dishes and pizzas. Barrio Bonitos is very popular, a nice relaxed spot turning out authentic Mexican dishes to a great soundtrack. The tiny Emperor of India is also regularly held as Koh Chang’s best Indian offering, with the dahls in particular delicious. Beyond these three, plenty of other Kai Bae Beach restaurants offer extensive western menus, with the Ukranian owned Sharky’s worth a look.

For a bit of romance and something more upmarket, try the in-house restaurants at The Chill (excellent, comfortable, Bangkok style), Awa Resort and Gajapuri Resort or the new bistro opposite them all, Moo 4. With drinks, these will probably come out nearer to 1,000bt a head once tax and service have been added.

Finally, O2, a perennial favourite among the Kai Bae restaurants, uniquely guarantees no MSG in its any of its cooking.

Kai Bae Beach Restaurants – Our Favourite Picks

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.

Moo 4

Per Person: BBB

Bistro dining at the front of The Stage Resort and catering to the three big hotels opposite. French menu with starters of consomme, lobster bisque, mains include steaks, rissotto, coq au vin and a fish dish. Small Thai menu. Wine.

Took Ka Ta Kai Moon

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.

Sharky’s Restaurant

Per Person: BB

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

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

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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