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“Au bord de la mer c'est le paradis!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Caoutchouc Restaurant

Caoutchouc Restaurant
moo 1 | Old Town Koh Lanta, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
+66 90 704 7325
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Ranked #28 of 218 Restaurants in Ko Lanta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Eclectic
Description: Caoutchouc, built on stilt, on the other side of old town Koh Lanta, is a very relaxing place, to enjoy fresh drinks and food, and stunning views ...There is no menu there, so just ask what i'm cooking today ...I made delicious lunch salads, and pasta daily ...For fresh fish let me know in advance, and i will prepare it for you ...You welcome to ask for prices before sitting ...Prices are standard for this type of establishment ...Expect to pay 80 bahts for a drink, and a minimum of 200 baht for food, 280 bahts maximum ...This is what it takes to keep this wonderful place going on ... Close at night, Buffet evry full moon night Available for private parties Enjoy
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Description: Caoutchouc, built on stilt, on the other side of old town Koh Lanta, is a very relaxing place, to enjoy fresh drinks and food, and stunning views ...There is no menu there, so just ask what i'm cooking today ...I made delicious lunch salads, and pasta daily ...For fresh fish let me know in advance, and i will prepare it for you ...You welcome to ask for prices before sitting ...Prices are standard for this type of establishment ...Expect to pay 80 bahts for a drink, and a minimum of 200 baht for food, 280 bahts maximum ...This is what it takes to keep this wonderful place going on ... Close at night, Buffet evry full moon night Available for private parties Enjoy
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“Au bord de la mer c'est le paradis!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Following the reviews, we went for lunch on an extremely hot day, and despite our usual preference for all food Thai, we wanted to see what the hype was about.
A previous reviewer is right in that you shouldn't feel you have taken the wrong path; keep going and this little gem is right at the end. It's hot work getting there in the midday heat!
What paradise! We felt quite envious of the owner's lifestyle choice in giving it all up for this piece of heaven. He has decorated it beautifully, but not OTT chichi, more shabby chic, bright and colourful. On offer was the legendary salad (the adults ate it, delicious) and pasta for the kids (good, with homemade ratatouille). Coupled with homemade iced tea, and a smiling owner who aimed to please, we were made to feel at home - and we had no issues with our two children aged 9 and 11, despite a previous poster's comments.
We sat inside as it was such a hot day, but slipped onto the terrace before we left, to admire the view of the islands, children playing in the water, and a man fishing.
Only tiny criticism - pas de cafe! We would have enjoyed un petit expresso but the owner explained it is too quiet to keep his coffee (on show in a filter coffee jug) hot. I do get this, but it is strange from a Frenchman!
Overall a little gem. Food good, not outstanding, but a change from Thai if you're bored. Prices higher than locally.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Fantastic place with a unforgettable view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We were in "caoutchouc" when zipping with a hired motorbike around the Ko Lanta and wanted to visit the old town Lanta, a very nice place also.
"caoutchouc" is a wonderful place, very very nice with a unforgettable view !The owner was very nice and polite, he did for us a cold banana shake and we really enjoyed everything at that place.
Everything there is made with love and it is really very relaxing, the time stops...there:)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful location and very accomodating owner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

What a fantastic restaurant. We arrived late afternoon and there was a storm brewing. We were the only people in the restaurant but the owner couldn't have been more accomodating. As there was an impending storm, the electricity was off, but he made us welcome and got us drinks. He and his chef also knocked up some salads and fantastic curries for us even though there was no electricity. The Sea Gypsy curry was a personal favorite.

The views from the platform are absolutely stunning. An absolute must for all visitors to Koh Lanta

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“nice view, strange stressed owner, not child friendly”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Certainly agree with other reviewers that the view of the East Islands and Old Lanta is fantastic.

At low tide, their is a nice high drop off to the sea bed, so anyone with children need to be aware.
The owner was very stressed and did everything himself, so the service was temperamental and he certainly lost lot's of revenue.

The Mango shakes were very good and unfortunately after doing ours his machine broke and other customers were disappoined with only being offerred sodas.

We definately got the impression that this was an establishement where children were seen and not heard and whilst our children, aged 11 and 8, were playing chess very quietly, the French owner was more concerned about loosing some pieces.

due to the feeling of children not being welcome we went elsewhere for food.

The view was great and the fun of travelling is meeting some very strange or different people.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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“Exceptional location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

The place is spotless and despite a lack of menu we were happy with the choices available. Great views and timeless atmosphere. Most expensive soda on the island but overall good value. Deserves a visit.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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