Koh Kood restaurants have steadily increased in number over the last few years and with that expansion, your choices for a meal out are now much more wide reaching. Indeed, everything from seafood to Italian, cheap Thai dishes to French cuisine, coffee shops to bakeries are now available.
That said, down the south west coast and up in the far north west of the island, where the beaches sit a long way from the main road itself, you’ll find little outside the resorts themselves. If staying in these areas, it’s a real boon if you have your own transport in order to seek out some alternative spots.
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Thai Food – Koh Kood Restaurants
Scattered around Koh Kood, there are plenty of cheap Thai diners, where you can eat all the classics including one dish over rice, somtam and sticky rice (Issan) or Ka Ta (BBQ at your table).
Klong Chao Beach and Central Area
Located in Klong Chao, just around the corner from the central concrete bridge, the cheap and unassuming Rimtang Kitchen, cooks up everything from standard noodle soup to a full menu – all good and keenly priced. Hin Suay, a hundred metres further on, draws in a decent crowd each evening, its emphasis on Issan food of grilled chicken, somtam and sticy rice.
In the center of Klong Chao, Yai Jong Cafe and Sea Dog sit alongside BB Divers. Yai Jong Cafe serves western breakfast to order as well as a full array of standard Thai dishes. Sea Dog, more Bangkok in its style, specialises in cocktails to compliment its short menu of Thai and western dishes.
Central Area at Hin Dam (Ao Tapao Beach)
Heading north from Klong Chao, shortly after the turning to Ao Noi Resort, The Fisherman Hut is one of Koh Kood’s most popular spots, offering a full menu with nightly bbq and a busy bar for cocktails.
Continue along here, Waree Restaurant, complete with its fruit stall out front, is a very good cheap diner, plenty of one dish choices, usually busy with hotel workers and tourists alike. Pa Yoi BBQ too offers a full menu, but it specialises in pork, beef, seafood Ka Ta sets – cook at your table in the pot. Again, it gets both tourists and locals, always a good sign.
There are also basic but tasty Thai noodle or one dish shacks scattered here and there near the hospital. Pangya Kitchen, a small food court which is always buzzing with activity, sits across the road from the town hall and its huge Koh Kood sign.
Klong Yai Kee
One last restaurant that you happen upon if in Klong Yai Kee in the north west is Restaurant Benz. It’s hidden away deep in the mangroves near to Captain Hook Resort’s wooden jetty, which is itself located before the concrete bridge. In the main, this chic wooden diner over the water is used by those staying at Soneva Kiri and the guests arrive by boat to enjoy a 3 course dinner at 3,250bt per head.
If not staying at the resort, you can get a table but your resort will need to book it for you. Alternatively, turn up during the day and speak to the staff directly as they set up for evening service.
South from Klong Chao
Heading south from Klong Chao, there are a couple of very good Issan restaurants on the hill immediately after the beach – look out for the small BBQs out front. The larger one also has a longer menu with great seafood options.
Chillout Cafe, once of Klong Chao, is now roadside a kilometre or so before you drop down the hill to Ngamkho Beach – Thai dishes mainly, cheap and cheerful. At this northern end of Ngamkho, a local curry over rice shop, Khao Kaeng and the bbq at your table Tan Yong Moo Kata occupy the non-descript shop houses opposite Big Dreams Guesthouse.
Around the next corner, the tiny Chaiyo, as basic a Thai diner as they come but with very tasty fare, sits at the front of the village by the creek. Just before Bang Bao Beach, Monkey Garden Restaurant has both fresh seafood and BBQ dishes, with Chiang Mai, famed among the expat locals for its large though not particularly subtle portions, just a little further on up the hill. Bang Bao Home, a tiny open air restaurant opposite the turning to Siam Beach Resort, makes for yet another alternative.
Ao Takian and Ao Phrao
In Ao Takian, home to the backpacker bungalows of Eve House, Canteen provides all the classic dishes at cheap prices in its roadside diner. Further along, Im-Yung has been around for a couple of years but newer to the area and gaining a following, Kuba Lounge makes for a decent chilled out restaurant, Thai and western.
Much further down the island, Relax garners lots of positive reviews in Tripadvisor, with good well cooked dishes, nothing too fancy but the curries especially are well spiced. You do need to book in advance.
Western Food – Koh Kood Restaurants
Koh Kood boasts a couple of excellent Italian restaurants, with authentic chefs cooking up their home country dishes to the highest of standards. For many years now, Pizza and Pasta has been providing those two very dishes, homemade to their own recipes, in a friendly setting at its roadside location between Klong Chao and the main administration area of Hin Dam.
Outside Dusita Resort in Ngamkho, the urban looking Kood Vibes combines bistro dishes – burgers, pasta, steak, fries – with coffee and cake.
The Italian chefs at Heaven Sense, situated at the bottom of the little hill just after Bang Bao Beach, offer a wide array of pizzas, mains and desserts, again with freshly prepared doughs and sauces.
Bistro Koh Kood provides the island with its French option, cold cuts, freshly baked bread, cheese and wine. It’s near to Eve House in the backpacker area by the road in Ao Takian Beach, the next area down the coast from Bang Bao.
In the same area, Kuba Lounge too has a decent reputation among the Koh Kood restaurants for its wide array of western dishes including Sunday lunches. They also do plenty of classic Thai dishes.
Seafood – Koh Kood Restaurants
For the island’s best seafood restaurants, you need to head to the fishing village of Ao Yai in the south east of the island. A few years back, there was a sudden rush of Koh Kood restaurants which opened up in the traditional stilt houses built out over the water at the southern end but nowadays only Noochy Seafood (always the best of them anyway) remains. See the Sun has moved over to Far East Resort in Ao Ngamkho.
At the other end of the village, Chonthicha, the original seafood restaurant in Ao Yai, serves up fresh fish from nets underfoot to its customers seated at hefty wooden tables in their charming sala.
In the north east of the island at Ao Salad, Captain Nhong Seafood makes a great choice for lunch, with some very well judged dishes, nicely presented and wonderful views over the bay from its vantage point above the village. There are also a couple of other small local spots down on the pier, with Jack Seafood more than passable. The highly rated Benz Seafood, run by a former chef at Benz (see below) has moved here too from her former spot in the back of Ao Tapao.
Klong Mad too now has a small seafood restaurant next door to Rabieng Talay Homestay on the other side of the sea inlet.
Cafes – Koh Kood Restaurants
Found on the narrow road that runs towards Away Resort on Klong Chao Beach, Viewpoint Cafe is a converted fisherman’s houses on stilts over the water, great for sunsets. At the far southern end of the beach, Good View, coffee and full menu can be accessed from steep steps up the rocks or from off the road on the hill. Its vantage point high above the sand is one of the best on Koh Kood.
Back on the main road, Chic Chom Phu, offers a bakery, smoothies and coffee whilst continue down into Ngamkho Beach and the rustically styled Black Bananas similarly has a wide range of cakes, croissants and sandwiches alongside its coffees, teas and smoothies.
Inland on the way to Khao Ruerab (Battleship Mountain), Pink Kangaroo (former owners from Viewpoint) remain as reliable as ever for their unique Vietnamese coffee, lassis and food, all excellent. There is also a quaint wooden cafe, Nomkhon Station tucked away near the beach opposite Paradise Divers main shop.
Continuing south, Bann Suan Homestay at the turning to Siam Beach Resort grinds the beans for Bang Bao Beach. Nearby, Fisherman Hut Music Station, sister venue to its restaurant, opens during the day for coffee and cakes. Shortly after the Ao Takian Beach turning (Cham’s House), Coffeat provides yet another option, handy for those at Eve House across the road.
If open, Koh Kood Cafe at Neverland Resort sits by the sea, another wonderful location to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the island’s beaches.
Ao Tapao and Klong Mad
Going north up the island, Mermaid, by the main garage near the hospital in Hin Dam, combines an all day breafast style cafe with its boutique clothing range, whilst down by the temple at Ao Tapao, you can get proper homemade ice cream to compliment the coffee and its full menu at Mateoasis.
Meanwhile, the excellent Suanya Coffee has an air conditioned cafe down by the sea at Klong Mad, a great stop when out and about exploring.
Our Recommended Koh Kood Restaurants
Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;
Listed in location order, central Hin Dam, moving south down to Klong Chao, then all the way down the island, east coast last. They are not in a ratings order!