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“Great Food, Great Chill Out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge

CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge
56/7 Moo 8, Haad Yao | Opposite 7/11 Haad Yao, Ko Phangan, Thailand
+66 89 211 6923
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Ranked #10 of 219 Restaurants in Ko Phangan
Price range: $2 - $9
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Hamburgers, Canadian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Located in the heart of Haad Yao opposite 7/11, CRAVE attracts a crowd of holiday makers, locals, expats and long termers every nights. The open air comfy lounge and the friendly staff make you feel at home from your very first visit. The menu is simple and focused around gourmet burgers (beef, chicken or homemade veggie patty). For the meat lovers they also have other sandwiches, chicken wings, BBQ ribs and more. All the sandwiches and burgers are served with their awesome hand cut french fries and homemade mayonnaise. The chefs from CRAVE prepare delicious salads, homemade hummus and tasty appetizers. Their famous French-Canadian "poutine" is also definitely worth the detour! They also offer a wide variety of special homemade drinks and cocktails such as the marinated rums, sangria, ice tea and pink lemonade. And not to mention all homemade desserts! Kitchen open from 5pm to 11pm. FREE pool table, WIFI and games available. Closed every TUESDAYS
Ko Samui, Thailand
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“Great Food, Great Chill Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We hadn't booked and after reading reviews thought it would be mega busy. So we came at 5pm which was when they opened. Got a lush table in the front on the little cushions with a low table. We drank home made lemonade with mint which was to die for! I had a salad which was huge. Covered with feta, loads of leaves and big serving of humus on the side. Best salad I have ever had in a restaurant. My friend had a burger which I tried and it was so good! Great meat and good portion size with lush fries and a good burger bun! We ended up staying till about 8 as the atmosphere was great and so chilled! Thanks for an awesome evening!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Valerie P, Owner at CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
I'm really glad that your experience with us was a wonderful one. Thanks for taking the time to write how you feel. It gives a good idea of what we serve and who we are. Hope to see you again in the near future.
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“It's not asian, but it's good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

These guys know how to make a burger! They also have lounge seats and lots of games for before/during/after your meal, and a pool table to boot.

Visited October 2013
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Valerie P, Owner at CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Thanks for taking a minute to write your review. We are not asian but we can say that everyone who is away from home long enough is always happy to get a taste of what they're used too. That is why CRAVE is there! Happy you had a good time with us.
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“Delicious food and amazing service ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Can not recommend this place enough! My partner and I were craving (such a fitting name!!) a meal from home and this restaurant exceeded all of my expectations. Burger was simply delicious. The poutine was a new experience for us both and we loved it. Quick service and while you wait for your food you can play games like Jenga! Or pool. The sangria is also worth a mention.. Beautiful! Will return to this lovely place with delicious food and friendly staff.. Probably tomorrow night!

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Valerie P, Owner at CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
The name comes from a trip we had before we decided to open our place. We were indeed craving for western food, real fries, real mayos, real beef burgers and POUTINE from home!!!!! Almost 4 years later, we can say we satisfied a few of our costumers CRAVINGS! thanks for the kind words.
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Barcelona, Spain
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“Fantastic service and a nice change from Thai food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

To the previous reviewer I think it's very unfair to score Crave only one star because of the wait. It was obviously busy when you entered - what did you expect? I was there also on the 18th December as it was my birthday. It was the day after Full moon party so you can imagine many people were hungover and in need of a burger. *newsflash* Popular restaurants get busy.

The food at crave is tasty, fresh and different. It's easy to find as it's right opposite the 7-11 in Haad Yao.

The service is outstanding at Crave and after being overcharged, ridiculed or ignored completely in the sea front restaurants it makes a very welcome change in Haad Yao.

Our food was delicious as usual, the home made rum really tasty and strong! Happy hour from 5pm to 8pm.

The staff remembered it was my birthday as we had been in two nights previously which I thought was really lovely.

Stayed four nights in Haad Yao and ate at Crave three times.

Keep doing what you are doing Crave you rock!!

We left you a nice comment in your guest book too - god bless Canada!

Mel and Jason from England/ Barcelona

Visited December 2013
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Valerie P, Owner at CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Well Mel and Jason, that is quite a review. Thanks so much for writing down your appreciation for our business. We always try to make our guest happy but sometime it can be quite a challenge especially in high season. Maybe see you again on your next travels.
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“50 minutes! ”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We visit crave tonight and were really hungry when we came and ordered a hamburger and a sandwish..The staff said that the food will take about 20 minutes, we said no problem. After 50 minutes our food finally came! We were really pissed and hungry when it finally came. The owner was there to and she didn't say a word to us, although looking at us.. just a small thing like get our soft drinks for free or something had made us happy but not even an excuse for our 50 minutes late food! The food is good but not worth the wait.

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Valerie P, Owner at CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Kamilla, as the owner of Crave (who was in the kitchen last night), I was never aware of your disappointment. The day after a Full Moon party can get a bit hectic in a Koh Phangan restaurant. I'm sure that you noticed that our place was full when you were waiting for your order. Your low rating is based on the fact that you were hungry and that you waited too long for your liking. The food was good, the place was nice, the staff was a bit too busy to realized that a free soft drink would have made your night. Next time just ask to see the owner so we can try to work out something for you. Sorry that your experience at Crave was not what you expected. We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday in Thailand.
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