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On Saturday 31st of August we headed on down to Ban Khao in the south of Koh Samui to find out what is going on at one of the most talked about new venues in the area, Cassidy’s Cafe.
Cassidy’s Café has very quickly gained a great reputation or food, drinks and hospitality and is certainly filling the gap the south has in its market for a bar/restaurant of this type.
This delightful venue is owned and run by Maria, Dan and Uma. The idea for Cassidy’s came about when Uma, a delightful Thai lady whose career in hospitality has taken her all over the world, could not find a decent cup of coffee early in the morning in the area she was born. Like many of us Uma likes to start her day with a decent cup of coffee and not the ‘three in one variety’ often found in our cupboards. Unable to find a place that was open at 8am in the morning the trio got together and decided to create their own. What was intended to be a coffee shop with some sweet treats and snacks has escalated into an exciting bar/restaurant and something of a meeting place in the local community.
What Maria, Dan and Uma understand so well is the needs of their customers, and this extends way beyond simply providing nicely presented food and decent sized portions. What you get when you spend any time at Cassidy’s is the feeling that you are part of one big family who are happy to give you a helping hand with just about anything you need. This is a place where you can turn up as a customer and leave as a friend. As a woman, or as man for that matter, Cassidy’s is also the kind of place you can turn up alone and know that you will receive a genuinely warm welcome and find somebody you will enjoy sharing some time with, rather than one of those bars where you feel a bit awkward sitting alone and if you are lucky find a person to share a brief exchange with.
Of course fantastic food and drinks are also part and parcel of this oasis in the south. The menu has some seriously hearty and affordable breakfasts, salads, burgers and a variety of fresh baguettes stacked with all of your favorite fillings and some less usual ones such as Brie and Avocado. The extensive Thai menu is also very reasonably priced and is packed full of authentic dishes, the Massaman curry is to die for and if you fancy something you don’t find on every other Thai menu try the Southern Sour Curry or the Sweet Chili Fish. Back to the European menu, if you are after something a bit more substantial there is plenty to choose from, traditional English fair is in abundance here, such as Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, Pie and Mash and salmon, pork, chicken and beef steaks. There is also a great range of pasta dishes and some fabulous pate on offer as well as a mouthwatering cheese platter. Those with a sweet tooth with won’t be disappointed with the dessert menu that bursts with sweet treats and cakes.
When it comes to drinks there is everything you would expect to find on the drinks list, including cider, however you may not be quite prepared for the scandalously low price on wine, so if are rather partial to a glass of vino then this place should be top of your list. Of course there are plenty of non-alcoholic options as well, not forgetting of course that ‘more than decent’ cup of coffee, the choice is fantastic and includes Thai style coffee and Hazelnut coffee, or perhaps you would like to try an almond, strawberry or kiwi frappe? or maybe even a refreshing lemon, apple or peach iced tea.
As if all of this is not enough the team at Cassidy’s have gone one step further. Saturday nights are buffet nights, when we arrived the theme was Indian with sumptuous dishes provided by The Curry Pot in Lamai. I don’t think anybody was disappointed with a fine selection of dishes that included Chicken Korma, Lamb Masala, Chicken Vindaloo, Coconut Fish, Mushroom Pilau Rice, Garlic Naan, Onion Bahjis, Chicken Tikka and mixed Raita Salad. The menu changes every week so be sure to check out Cassidy’s Facebook page for more details.
Another night that Cassidy’s is well worth a visit is on Monday nights when you can exercise your brain at the Pub Quiz. The Quiz starts at 8pm and has lots of fun rounds to enjoy and is not overly taxing. It is only 50 baht to take part in the quiz and another 50 baht will ensure you leave full as food is laid on at this event too.
Cassidy’s can be found on the main road through Ban Kao, not that you would know it is a main road, there is hardly any traffic! However its main road location means that it is easy to find and another great advantage is that it is easy to park. As you go through Ban Kao, keep an eye out for the Big V shop, you will find the bar/restaurant next door. Cassidy’s is spacious, inviting, the perfect venue for a party and has immaculately clean bathroom facilities, is child friendly and closed on Tuesdays.
For more information visit the Cassidy’s Facebook page by clicking HERE