Dec 2015- Update. Still just as good as ever.
White Sand beach is a wasteland when it comes to finding a place for a good, cheap Thai lunch. There are hotel restaurants and touristy restaurants but very few value for money places where you can guarantee on getting a good meal cooked the way it should be – i.e with a bit of spice and flavour.
One of the two or three saving graces is ‘Kai Mun’ also known as Boogie Chicken – which is a very liberal interpretation of the Thai name which would be more like ‘Chicken Go Around’ , it’s named after what the BBQ chickens do on the spits. Daft name aside, this restaurant has long been a great place for an inexpensive lunch, with Thai food made the way it should be and presented very nicely on the plate. If I’m ever unlucky enough to find myself on White Sand beach at lunchtime then I’ll head here to eat as it’s one of the few places where you regularly see Thais eating. The restaurant is clean and spacious and staff better than average once you manage to distract them away from their phones.
Way cheaper and tastier than any hotel food and at a much lower price. Due to higher rents on White Sand Beach you’d expect the place to be more expensive than it is, but it’s only 10 Baht or so more for a simple dish than any nondescript local restaurants on the island. The BBQ chickens are a big selling point and whilst the best way to have them is with somtam and sticky rice. The picture menu has a range of set meals with half a chicken plus a wide range of veggies, salads, choice of potatoes etc. Thankfully the side dishes are the limit to the westernised food. Excellent fruit shakes and also good place for doing a spot of people watching. What more could you want?
They also offer some seafood options in the evening – but I’ve not tried that.
Price: $ – $$
Location: Roadside, near the southern end of White Sand beach, opposite the entrance to Ban Pu Resort.
These restaurant reviews are just my thoughts on a place at the time I visited. I’ll mention if I know the owner well or get any freebies. But for the most of the time I am happy to play tourist and don’t mention this site at all. Obviously it isn’t possible to sample every dish on the menu and the type of food you have for lunch will differ to evening. In addition, owners and more importantly chefs, can change and your experience may differ from mine. If it does, post a comment below.