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“Pleasantly Surprised” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Buddy Bar & Grill

Buddy Bar & Grill
10 Moo 4 | SaiKeaw Beach, Ko Samet, Thailand
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Ranked #10 of 26 Restaurants in Ko Samet
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Bangkok, Thailand
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“Pleasantly Surprised”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

At first sight Buddy Bar and Grill resembles a large fast food outlet, of which I'm not too fond of. Expected it to be on the expensive side too as it is situated next to the beach.

I was wrong on both counts. The food, both Thai and Western were very good and inexpensive. Its popularity shows by the amount of people who use it. It's the busiest restaurant on SaiKaew Beach. You can either have your meal on the beach at the twenty or so tables and chairs set out, or on the open air terrace within the restaurant which looks directly onto the sea giving you an excellent view.

As i permanently live in Thailand and have very little access to western food. I plumped for the Beefburger and Chips at 120 Baht and a big bottle of Leo beer also at the same price. McDonalds eat your heart out. The rest of the family, who are Thai ,chose the local cuisine. All of us gave the thumbs up to the delicious, well presented and very affordable meal.

They also serve bottles of wine from around 1,200 Baht upwards, wine is expensive in Thailand due to very high import charges on foreign goods. So the price is reasonable. The menu is extensive and covers many dishes. Obviously, the main ones being sea foods due to the location.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“front beach restaurant - Thai food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

This restaurant located in the heart of Ko Samet on the beach looks like the other small places but the quality of the food is clearly above average for this type of restaurant. We went twice and the Thai food is fresh and tasty with some home made desserts (notably the mango sticky rice done at the minute).
We met the owner (English man married with a Thai for more than 20 years), nice guy managing the place with professionalism. He may improve the place in the coming year and offer a B&B service. Prices are rather cheap and quality is there. Hopefully, the place will remain as it is !

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Great surprise, take the chicken satay, some seafood (the Thai seafood sauce is 10 times better than at Ploy talay near), the chicken wraps were fine too.
Really surprised, as it looks like a random British joint, so you expect the worst, and I actually had a good experience, went back and will come back.

Visited July 2012
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