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This week, after a tip off from one of our readers, we continued our exploration of the hidden gems of Lamai and found ourselves in L’ Bistro, a warm, friendly and hospitable food stop owned and run by Tony, a cheerful chap with a passion for home cooked quality cuisine from the UK.
L’ Bistro opened its doors about a year ago and the smell of wholesome, honest to goodness food being cooked wafted out of the doors and tempted everybody that enjoys hearty food, great portions and scandalously low price inside.
The feast starts when the cooker fires up at 12 noon. For those who are looking for a hearty breakfast Le’Bistro is the place to be and portions here will appeal to those with a large appetite. Choose from the English breakfast with two sausages, two rashers of bacon, egg, beans, tomatoes, toast and tea of coffee or a breakfast Bap filled with three rashers of bacon, egg, tomatoes, mushrooms and tea or coffee or perhaps a brunch of two sausages, two rashers of bacon, eggs, beans and mushrooms tea or coffee, whichever you choose you be amazed to find you get between forty and seventy baht change out of two hundred baht!
The prices on burgers are even more astonishing, especially when a chicken and bacon burger, two mini pork and beef burgers and a whopping Anzac burger with a patty made from Australian beef and New Zealand lamb are on offer.
Also coming in at 160 baht or less – a delicious bolognaise and cheese melt baguette, a hot roast pork baguette served with gravy and a stunning wrap of either BBQ, garlic or tandori chicken with cheese and salad.
With nothing over 200 baht on the main menu and every ingredient being chosen for quality, freshness and flavor it is not an easy choice to make when you have all your favorites to ponder over such as Liver and Bacon with mash and peas, Indian or Chinese curry with rice and chips, Chili Con Carne, Chicken Breast, or sliced tender pork with potato scallops, vegetables and gravy, Gammon Steak with egg, chips, mushrooms and beans, the most incredible BBQ spare ribs, Pork Chops, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, bangers and mash, spaghetti bolognaise, garlic sausage carbonara and macaroni cheese.
We just had to try the Anzac burger and within moments of ordering the most delicious smells were drifting in from the kitchen that quickly caught the attention of our taste buds. The burger was huge and the homemade patty was cooked to perfection despite its size, flavorsome, tender and moist it was a real melt in the mouth experience. The French fries were cooked just the way we like them, golden brown in vegetable oil and were a real taste of home with a splash of Sarsons vinegar and reminded me of the way my Mum used to make them. As well as the burger we decided to try the gammon steak that was also huge, also cooked to perfection and came with two perfectly cooked eggs, more of those incredible fries, tomato and mushrooms with a separate bowl of baked beans for those who are not a fan of having them on the same plate. After tucking in to say we were satisfied would be an understatement.
As well as great food there is a good priced drinks menu with all of your favorite beers, spirits, soft drinks and wine and there is a nice selection of what I like to call ‘proper coffee’.
L’ Bistro is an unassuming restaurant, that has seating both indoors and outdoors where you can sit and relax and watch the world go by. The place is comfortable and friendly and the chatty Tony will keep you company if you are dining alone. There are not many places I can genuinely say require a very large appetite and a very small wallet but this is one of them and if you are from the UK it will provide a real taste of home.
Le’Bistro can be found on the road between The Outback and the ring road that seems to have no name. Sunday Roasts are also on the menu and daily specials can be found on the board outside or on the Facebook page that you can visit by clicking here. L’Bistro is open from 12 noon until 9-30pm and comes highly recommended from the Samui Times team and while you are there, ask about the special Michelin Star!