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Over the last eleven years the residents of Maenam have been trying to keep one of their favorite restaurants a secret from the rest of the island but like all secrets in Koh Samui they do not stay secret for very long.
Having just won the Samui Times best Pizza in Koh Samu competition we decided to pay a visit to one of Maenam’s favorite restaurants to find out why people from other areas rate it as much as Maenam residents do.
It has to be said that Samon’s is not the easiest restaurant to find in Maenam as it is hidden away behind a wall of bamboo with an archway cut through it, however since Mythos put a huge blue sign up next door it has got a little easier. Samon’s in in between soi 2 and soi 3 on the opposite side of the road to Angela’s diner and the 7-11close to the cable TV office. The abundance of road space means that parking is never a problem.
Samon’s is not the biggest place you will ever find, it only has a handful of tables in low key restaurant that has low level lighting and ambient blues tunes. There is a pizza cooking station where you can watch your pizza dough being made before the toppings are added and it is cooked it the gas fired pizza oven. There is a small garden area and a very large kitchen where, through the hatch, you can catch a glimpse of the food being made. There is also a comfortable bar area with bar stools where local expats catch up on the days happenings with very friendly owner Yan.
So let’s start with the 14’ pizzas that truly did deserve a win, the thin crusts are homemade and always cooked to perfection. The pizza menu, like the rest of the menu is written on large blackboards that are hung on the wall, and like the other menu items, are very reasonably priced. The blue cheese and prosciutto pizza is decadent and delicious, if you are a meat lover a great choice is the salami, bacon and ham, if you are after something a little different the anchovies, capers and olives makes a nice change to the more usual toppings and for seafood lovers there is tuna, olive and onion as well as prawns, squid and crab. If you are into cheese the four cheese pizza is well worth a try and like all of the other combinations loaded up with toppings. You can have any combination you like if you have a special request and if you are sharing a pizza you can have one half loaded with one combination and the other with something different. For lovers of Italian food as well as pizza there are some great pasta dishes such as penne anchovies and olives, spaghetti seafood, penne four cheese and fettuccini crab as well as calzone and homemade Gnocchi and if you order one day before lasagna.
There are some tempting dishes on the starter menu such as mixed olives, goat cheese or mozzarella bruschetta, bacon or salmon quiche, crab or prawn cocktails, pan fried asparagus with prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and cheddar cheese as well as garlic bread.
Getting onto mains, lamb lovers will be delighted by the lamb in pitta bread, the steak tartare, duck breast and pork tenderloin are also very impressive. Snails are also on the menu as well as huge grilled chicken breasts, schnitzels and cordon bleu.
If you like seafood that is not on a pizza try the delicious sea bass fillets with shallots, lie and capers sauce or the pan fried salmon in crab and prawns sauce or if you want something more basic the double seafood burger or if meat is more your thing the double cheese burger. Main courses are served with a choice of fried potatoes on garlic and rosemary, homemade chips, boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes, stir fried vegetables, fried potatoes with cheese or creamy garlic spinach.
The restaurant opens at 6pm each day apart from Sunday and has a fantastic selection of food that is well presented with gargantuan portion sizes.
If you fancy some Thai food you are in luck it is excellent here and if you want something light try the chicken salad, mega French salad, blue cheese or potato salad.
Samon’s has the usual drinks list and a small but very well selected and affordable wine list.
What we love about Samons is the great quality food, the very affordable prices, the huge portions and the wonderful staff who are all part of the same family, in fact nobody that is not part of the same family have ever worked there. The quality of food and service is consistent and Yan is the most friendly and convivial host. Samon’s is open from 6pm until 10pm and closed on Sundays, if you find you can’t wait until 6pm then just near the traffic lights you will find Samon’s café that opens from 7-30 am until 3-30pm during the week and from 8-30am on the weekends. Here you will find some astonishingly affordable breakfasts, Panini, baguettes, excellent coffee, smoothies soft dinks and both indoor (air-con) and outdoor seating.