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“Learned a lot, great experience!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sonja's Thai Cooking Class and Restaurant

Sonja's Thai Cooking Class and Restaurant
Moo 123/123 Maenam | Near Wat Napralarn, Mae Nam, Ko Samui, Thailand
0897255610
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Ranked #38 of 77 Restaurants in Mae Nam
Price range: $2 - $8
Cuisines: European, Thai
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: If you are somebody who loves Thai food and you enjoy learning how to cook the food you love, then you have found the place to go Koh Samui – ‘Sonja’s Thai Cooking Classes’!In this private course you will learn from an experienced chef how to cook your favorite Thai dishes – step by step we teach you15 dishes of the Royal Thai Cuisine.5 dishes will be prepared by yourself in our course kitchen, the preparation of the other dishes will be explained to you. You decide which dishes to cook.Minimum participants 2 personsOur classes are private and small – starting with individual groups of two or more people. If you want to learn cooking alone you still will pay the price for two people. Think again about it, cooking is more fun if you cook together with some one. Absolutely everything is ‘Sanook’, which is the Thai word for fun, meaning you will have fun as you learn to cook Thai food with us.
Calgary, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Learned a lot, great experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

Sonja is a chef w/ a huge personality. Go there w/ a sense of humour and have a good attitude and you'll have a great time. We learned to make classic Thai dishes, and she took extra time to explain the differences btwn some of the Thai dishes for us. We ate 5 courses of delicious home made Thai food, and the best part was that it was a private lesson. It was a bit pricier than a few of the other lessons we had seen online (only by a few hundred baht though) and it was totally worth it. Thanks Sonja!

Visited August 2011
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English first
Canberra, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“yummy food, down-to-earth hosts, above and beyond helpful, insider tips on the island, fun, relaxed and humorous”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

A friend and I chose Sonja's cooking class as I have gluten allergy and my friend is a fussy eater and Sonja's seemed to provide alot of choice and an extra dish for a similar price. Sonja was kind enough to advise approximate cost for travel from our location via various methods (ie song tae, taxi & moto) so we didn't get ripped off - and this was helpful when negotiating a price with the taxi driver.
Upon arrival, Sonja welcomed us with a down to earth attitude and we felt comfortable and at home straight away, like visiting an old friend. Sonja went off to the market and left us with the most lovely, gentle, helpful, humourous thai man, a thai chef from a local restaurant who spoke english well enough to explain things while still making it feel very authentic. Anan gave us his email address for when we returned home, just incase we needed help with our thai cooking - he was truly a sweet, helpful man and new exactly what he was doing in the kitchen. The food was beautiful and Anan made it seem so easy - we were amazed at how easily we could make our favourite thai dishes. It was great to feel relaxed and have time to pose for pictures :) Upon leaving, we were given a complimentary lift of the back of Sonja and Anan's moto's and Sonja was great with my friend who was in a skirt (hadn't planned to go on a moto and this was her first time so she was a little scared - it was a good small dose of moto action for her lol). The next day was the Songkran New Year festival and we are glad we took Sonja's advice to extend our trip by a day so as not to miss it, but also her insider tips on how the day would go and what to expect (and what to wear so as not to ruin good clothes). Funnily enough we saw Sonja accross the hugely crowded street and she made her way accross the road just to give us a big hug and say hi and that she was glad we stayed to see the festival - after a friendly water pistol squirt (if that sounds strange, goodle sonkran lol) to say hello! and obviously travelling in a foreign country, I was one of those paranoid about what i ate - not wanting to lose any time hugging a toilet bowl in a bathroom during our short stay - but we ate at sonja's without any issues that night/the next day.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Adelaide, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Expensive and certainly not what we expected!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2011

If you have 3 hours and 5000 Baht to spare a visit to Sonja's is certainly an interesting experience! There was no Thai chef, just Sonja and if you don't mind a bit of profanity and racism with your food the experience certainly had a lot of conversation value after the event!

  • Visited June 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

Although much more expensive than other places in the area, we really enjoyed our visit to Sonja's Bakery. The food was fresh and tasty, and the portions were huge, so you know what you're paying for. Sonja is very friendly and made us feel very welcome. We're also very grateful as she gave us a lot of advice on traveling to other places in Thailand.

Visited April 2011
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food, Fantastic Fun - Thanks Sonja!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

Sonja agreed to host a group of 9 (she usually only does 2 person) for an afternoon of Ta=hai cooking and gave us the best deal on Samui. Her kitchen was clean and her greeting was warm and very friendly. Our Thai chef spoke reasonable English and gave us excellent instructions. We made 3 dishes and the ingrediants were fresh and plentiful. Our dishes were made to the spicyness of our liking and we were served good sized portions. Sonja went out of her way to make us feel welcome. We had many laughs with her and the chef. I would definitely reccommend a visit to her kitchen.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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