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“Do not give this restaurant a miss”

Nuch's Green Ta'lay Restaurant
Ranked #115 of 1,354 Restaurants in Ko Samui
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Visit - Sept 2011

When in Koh Samui, do not give this restaurant a miss! Good food, friendly customer service and character of the place are big positives.

It starts off with a phone call to David (check out the website, they take reservations in both English and Thai) - the restaurant owner - to check whether they have a pick-up/drop-off service (they don’t) but his friendliness over the phone shines through and despite the off-central location, the decision’s made to drop by for dinner. BTW, when I say off-central, I mean the restaurant is not at the main Chaweng or Bo Phut beaches, but Koh Samui is not that big and it takes probably 30-40 minutes from Chaweng. I was staying at Taling Ngam beach and it took me 10 minutes.

Arriving at the restaurant, and without a reservation, we are shown to a table. Given that it’s low season now, the restaurant is still pretty much full. There were only two empty tables out of 9 available. Lesson here is to make a reservation early if you are arriving during peak season.

Deserving special mention, the Green Curry with chicken had the right balance of spice and good proportion of chicken to vegetables and the squid stuffed with chicken was creative and a good size portion. The good thing about the restaurant is that you can inform them about the ‘degree’ of spiciness you want your dishes to be. We also had a favorite dish - steamed fish with lime and chilli - that didn’t disappoint. I have had this dish in Bangkok, Hua Hin and Chiang Rai and here in Ko Samui, the dish wins on freshness and size of fish. I would have liked more broth - the style they do in Chinatown, Bangkok - but that’s minor. The entire meal came up to about 1345Baht (estimate about SGD $60) including a glass of South Africa Mont Clair white wine and a bottle of Singha. Fantastic value!

Finally, given the location, it’s advisable to arrange a taxi from the hotel/resort/villa two-way. It seems the market rate here is between 350-400Baht one-way so remember to factor in the additional cost. Of course, if your accommodation provides free transport/vehicle + driver, that would be perfect. Remember to check when booking the place!

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

The food (fish and other typical Thai specialties) is good, but I had steamed fish in other very simple restaurants, that were much tastier and the cost was less than a third!
The service was nice and proffessional. The location is not attractive.
Uncomparable for instance with Barracuda, where you get very special food that you don`t get in the other Thai restaurants.

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1  Thank Isaak44
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Exactly what happens when a nice American guy who enjoys having guests has his thai wife cooking in a cosy place. Even if you don't eat spicy you have a great choice of dishes, and the owner will make it just as you like it. We followed his recommendations and had squid filled with glass noodles and shrimps that was delightful, papaya salad and a great curry. The italian icecream he serves is really authentic and couldnt be better in Italy.
Once in a while tripadvisor has it right and got a really special place on the No. 1 spot, when you are there dont miss out on it !

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Thank theFoodHub
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Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

It's a bit hard to find driving from Maenam however once there it's a perfect little place, very prompt service and food is absolutely gorgeous. What we missed was traditional thai desserts on the menu. They had a choice of thee boring ice cream flavors :(

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Thank mariadxb
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Last night we drove from our Bangrak (Samui) home for cocktails at our favourite sunset spot, the Air Bar at the Intercontinental. Afterwards, since we were on the right side of the island, we decided to finally get around to trying Nuch's Green Ta'lay, it being hard to ignore it's TripAdvisor rating as Samui's number one restaurant.

When it comes to the food, Green Ta'lay has a simple, but winning, formula. Prepare excellent ingredients, turn them into very standard Thai dishes, offer a choice of spiciness for their largely tourist clientele, present them nicely, and serve them efficiently and with a smile. And all at a reasonable price.

The food represents some of the best available in its class. We ordered Pla goong (prawn & herb salad), ka prow pla mook (basil stir-fried squid), and Pa nang moo (pork Penang curry). The prawns were very fresh and perfectly cooked, as were the vegetables and herbs in both the Pla goong and ka prow. The pork was tender and succulent, and the Penang curry sauce subtle and hard to beat. Nothing very creative going on here, just the basics done exceptionally well.

The maitre d' / head waitress was wonderfully polite, and very effective. We were made to feel very welcome. Everything was done with genuine smiles.

I thought long and hard about whether to give 4 or 5 stars to Green Ta'lay, but in the end it was the decor and atmosphere that dropped a star for me. The garden setting is pleasant enough, but the decor is very uninspired, from the pinewood furniture at the entrance, to the rather cold-looking tables, to the hideous green curtains and the kitsch wall murals . Okay, maybe I'm fussy, but it could be so much better with a little added style. It was not a place that made me want to linger over a drink after dinner, although -- to be fair -- if we had been there with a group of friends then we would have made our own atmosphere. (And the loud American woman holding forth at the next table didn't help)

Is it the best restaurant in Koh Samui? No. If it is the best Thai food you are after, then Beyond the Sea at Shasa Resort (also in the south) takes the prize in every respect -- delectable and creative cuisine at world standard. And the Sala Samui in Cheong Mon comes a close second. Both will set you back probably double or more (food costs only, a lot more with wine or beer), but worth every cent if new experiences in Thai cooking is what you are looking for. And you can get similar standards of food as Green Ta'lay, at similar prices, at Tumzaab in Chaweng or Kunying in Bangrak, to name a couple of favourite spots.

That said, Green Ta'lay is very good indeed. We shall definitely go back again when we are in this part of the island, and I shall look forward to checking out more of the dishes.

As an aside, our four mojitos at the Air Bar cost us almost THB1,400. Our three dishes plus rice, a beer, and water at Green Ta'lay cost less than THB800. It's a crazy world!

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