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“Expensive and certainly not what we expected!”

Thai Cooking Classes
Ranked #31 of 110 Restaurants in Mae Nam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $8
Cuisines: European, Thai
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, 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.
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!

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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.

1  Thank TomAndMarta
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Reviewed March 23, 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.

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1  Thank LisaAndMike_55
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Reviewed May 19, 2010

I am absolutely flabbergasted at all the positive reactions to Sonja's Bakery. In a stay of ten days on Koh Samui this was the lowest my wife and I sank with regard to restaurants and food in general.
Having read about this "absolute must for lovers of crisp fresh rolls and delicious, homemade cakes" we walked there one sunny afternoon in search of a place that would greet us with the scents of a German bakery and its bread fresh out of the oven. Instead of mouth-watering pastry we found a display of plastic-wrapped old rolls, carelessly stacked away in a basket. Next to it, behind the glass-doors of a fridge, you spotted more plastic-wrapped bits and pieces - sausage, dried meat, slices of fruit-cakes soaking away in their own juice, and more unspeakable delicacies of the sort. Just like home when you have to deal with the leftovers of a few days. Only you would probably dispose of them right away.
Anyway, we would not be discouraged by such adversities and bravely ordered sandwiches. Only to be rebuffed by our Sonja, who proved to be every bit of the "outspoken" personality we had read about. Rather amusing, though. She was thoroughly overtaxed by the presence of three parties (two breakfasts, another "to-go" customer and us). "Den ganzen Morgen war nichts und jetzt kommen alle aufs mal!"
Patiently waiting our turn we eventually ordered a chicken-breast sandwich and one with dried meat - which we had found in her luscious book of menus. As she disappeared into her kitchen (?), openly scratching her leg and poking her index into her itchy (?) ear, we were suddenly not so sure any more whether we had chosen wisely. Nevertheless, we wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Upon our return to the hotel we unpacked our treasures and found they were utterly inedible - a dry pork schnitzel (instead of chicken breast) and a fruitcake that had seen better days were all it took for us to throw them in the bin.
Luckily, It was the only culinary disappointment of our stay. And it provided us with a great story to tell. Who wants to hear success stories? Stupid mistakes make much better conversation pieces, don't they?

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7  Thank Andre E
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Reviewed May 9, 2010

Based on the recommandations that we had read in some tourist guides, we tried breakfast at Sonja's.

What a desillusion !

The breakfast was twice more expensive than the average price of breakfasts in Mae Nam. For that price, we did not even get decent fresh juice fruit. The 280BHT continental breakfast included reasonable quantity, but the 180 BHT french breaksfast contained only 4 ridiculously tiny and over-cooked "croissants" rolls - hardly enough to feed anyone !

But the worst thing was Sonja's reaction, when being kindly advised to include fresh fruit juice within such expensive breakfast , if she wanted to stay up to the local market : basically "I do not care about your stupid tourist opinion"...

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