Ging Restaurant, located on Karon Road, is notable for its tasty Thai food, exceptional service, and value pricing. Especially popular with families, the owner, Ging herself, manager Som, and their wait staff are attentive and provide numerous distractions to keep young diners happy and occupied. Notable dishes include the duck with garlic and pepper, curries, and prawn spring rolls. Prices are moderate to inexpensive; most main dishes are under 200 Baht (about US$6).
Two Chefs Bar and Grill, a Swedish-run restaurant with another location in Kata, features a mostly Western and European menu with such specialties as filet mignon, pepper steak, pasta, and grilled chicken. A separate children’s menu has kid-friendly options, and the restaurant also serves breakfast and dinner. Patrons looking for Thai dishes will find a few here, but these dishes have little spice. Live music plays here most nights, and the Sunday brunch at Two Chefs is legendary for the amount and quality of food provided. Prices for dinner entrees range from 255 Baht (about US$8) to 895 Baht (about US$30).
The Red Onion, housed in a tin-roofed garage, surprises diners with the quality of food in an off-beat setting. The extensive menu offers both Thai and Western dishes like pasta and schnitzel; the Massaman curry, sesame duck, and pork and noodles in gravy are all notable here. Guests should be prepared to wait for a table, as the Red Onion is small but quite well-known. Prices are generally lower than comparable restaurants; many entrees are 100 Baht (about US$3) or less.
The Dining Room at the Pacific Club offers an extensive breakfast buffet as well as lunch and dinner menus. Daily “all you can eat” dinner specials are popular with guests who have hearty appetites. The Dining Room’s cuisine encompasses both a traditional Thai menu and Western dishes such as steak, ribs, and roast beef Bordelais; diners looking for variety will also be pleased to see Indian and Mexican menu items, as well. The full bar offers specialty tropical cocktails that include Mai Tais and Singapore Slings. Menu items fall mostly in the 150 Baht (about US$5) to 595 Baht (about US$20) price range, although many appetizers and small dishes are less expensive.
The Euro Deli, located on Karon Road, provides excellent sandwiches and coffee for patrons looking for a casual bite. Additional menu items include pineapple rice, seafood, pizza, pasta, Thai cuisine, and Russian dishes. Live music is provided, and the extensive wine list in addition to the coffees and other non-alcoholic drinks make the Euro Deli one of the top spots to enjoy a beverage. The bread is baked on-site daily, and the Euro Deli is open 24 hours. Prices are reasonable, with most entrees priced at 250 Baht (about US$8) or less.