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“Perfection by the sea”

ZENZIBAR Beach Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 96 Restaurants in Mae Nam
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: A small restaurant lay in the middle of the clean and uncrowded of Maenam beach, close to the sea and you can feel the sand on your feet.
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Perfection by the sea”
Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Only one year old Zenzibar looks to set excellent standards for the area. Seats on the beach, the sound of the sea, sat under the moon and stars. What more can you ask for!?

Tricky to find. The owner informed me that he has to pay tax to have a road sign which he has done. They should have this soon which will help. Navigate the nature bar and it is next door.

Onto the food after a warm welcome from the manager: Yellow curry crab (best crab I've ever had) for starter for myself my girlfriend and our friend had spring rolls. The crab was delicately spiced and very easy to eat. No tackling crab legs required! Springs rolls crispy wish a fresh filling.

Onto the mains and pepper steak cooked excellently, very tasty. A pad thai and a green curry (one of if not the best of our 3 week trip around Thailand) also brilliant.

The desert menu was requested but only two dishes offered verbally. Shame, this needs some work as we didnt end up ordering anything due to the limited choice but only a minor gripe.

The staff and service was very friendly. The manager particularly so, offering to drive us back to our hotel afterwards!!

Prices of the food are good. About 400 Bhat pp for two courses with drinks.

Please visit and thank you once again to the kind manager for the lift back!

1 Thank Asa B
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Hyderabad, India
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169 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great home style Thai Shack”
Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

After an adventurous drive thro' the back alleys we walked over a wooden plank onto a deserted beach front shack. Reminded me of the many shacks encountered in Goa.
This family run restaurant offers a wide variety of Thai home cooked cuisine. The tiger prawns squid shrimp starters were delicious. We ordered a sea food platter for two which was sumptuous and consisted of Shrimp, squid, fish,Crab made very flavourful. The red snapper fried and steamed were also to die for.
The bar is minimal and best you carry your spirits if you are particular what you drink. Very inexpensive and great service by the owner and his son Coco. Their pet husky was an added bonus.
A must visit for the off the beaten track experience.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Jaytee62
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Helsinki, Finland
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great service, good food by the beach”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Its really romantic to eat by the beach at Zenzibar in candle light. The owner is really friendly, he talks a lot... The food was thaifood, we really liked it and my boyfriend said it was the best fish he has eaten in Thailand! Go to Zenzibar, the prices are reasonable and the athmosphere is amazing.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank MatkustajaNizza
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Karratha, Australia
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic local food and service”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Set on the beach and run by a hard working local family who are well skilled in hospitality and food. The beach location, food and service were amazing- very authentic. Best thai we have had in Koh Samui - all the ingredients were fresh that day. Yuthe the owner goes out of his way to ensure the food is of the best quality. He even went to the trouble of driving us back to our hotel which was over 20 minutes away. Will definitely visit again before we go home! Keep up the hard work!

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank solly7
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Ok if you like backpacker feeling”
Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

First you need to be a boyscout to even find this place....

It's a normal Thai style beach restaurant with Ok food.

Nothing to rave about! Owner super friendly and service is good.

Fish was not fresh, but this was maybe contributed to the fact that the sea had been rough the days before our visit.

Food is prepared well but you can get this level of quality in any Thai
Beach style tavern.

Value for money, but nothing more!

1 Thank MonkeyCastle
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