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Places to eat near Le Menara

McLaren Vale...
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Places to eat near Le Menara

Hi all, I'm new to TA and the forums. We're one week away from visiting Khao Lak, staying in Le Menara. Thanks for all of the great posts, Q&As on the forum, they are all so informative.

What suggestions do you have for places to eat near Le Menara? Or will we have to mostly either just eat in the resort itself and if we want to eat somewhere else then we will need to head to Bang La On / Bang Niang? Mostly I would be interested in authentic Thai.

Thanks in advance.

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melbourne australia
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1. Re: Places to eat near Le Menara

There are 2 restos in your vicinity

Kais seafood, just walk on to the beach, you will see it

Thai Like Homestay is a few hundred metres up the beach, north,

both have acceptable to ok food , Kais being better

About 8 Km south, { a taxi ride away }

is the Bangsak Merlin Resort

get your driver to go down the south side of the Merlin and you are on the beach, near Happy Beach

walk down towards the Sentido Graceland Resort

there are quite a few restos, the best by a mile is Coconut Seafood

Do a Google maps on the 2 resorts to get your bearings etc

McLaren Vale...
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2. Re: Places to eat near Le Menara

Thank you so much procol. That is a great help.

Norwich, United...
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3. Re: Places to eat near Le Menara

Platoo next to coconut sea food is also very good. By far in my opinion for food in that area is otto's close to the entrance to bangsak Merlin. Typical mom and pop place but the food is awesome and drinks are cheap as well.

McLaren Vale...
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4. Re: Places to eat near Le Menara

Thank you very much thaichi. I'm keen to try these recommendations too.

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5. Re: Places to eat near Le Menara

Hi. Please let us know which restaurants you liked. We are staying at Le Menera in February. Not too long to wait

Liz from Hull

McLaren Vale...
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6. Re: Places to eat near Le Menara

I need your help - where can I go in KL to get authentic, Thai style curries, not just good versions of curries adapted to foreigners' tastes? Sorry for the long post that follows…

We will be going to Coconut Seafood tomorrow night, but tried Cafe O Bar tonight. (Neither are very close to Le Menara, but nothing much is, which is both very good and bad). The service was great and very attentive, especially from the older lady out the front who I assume is the owner. The food was very nice, but really just a good version of what we get back home in Australia. Good, western style Thai food, dialled way down. I'm after a much more authentic experience.

For example, I ordered a green chicken curry which I find to be a great barometer of the restaurant's approach to cooking Thai. When they served the green curry to our table I couldn't tell. I said I'm sorry, we didn't order that, thinking it was a Tom Khar Gai (coconut chicken soup) it was so very pale and insipid looking. The waitress said yes you did order it. I said no, I ordered a green curry and she said that this was the green curry. I felt terrible that I had got that wrong, but then also thought, but it is so incredibly pale, there was barely any hint of green colour to the gravy at all, so it was a genuine mistake. So I started to eat it anyway and then noticed that there were no pea eggplants in it nor any large pieces of apple eggplant, just western style 3 veg of broccoli, carrot and cauliflower. When the owner came back past our table I asked her if there were any pea eggplants. She said no they actually don't have any in their kitchen at all. They don't use any because no tourists know how to eat them. I was disappointed but resigned myself to that is how it is. We started talking and so I then mentioned also that the colour of the curry wasn't very green. She immediately understood what I was after. She was so apologetic and so keen to make me a new one which she said was Thai style. I told her I didn't need a new one, but she was adamant. She said they don't make their curries Thai style because no tourists know how to eat them, the flavours are much too strong and intense. This was pretty disappointing to hear. The second curry came out and it was MUCH better, but still no pea eggplants, nor apple eggplants - they just don't use them for the tourists. Just broccoli, carrot and cauliflower - sigh.

As a point of reference, the Thai curries that my Novotel served in the breakfast buffet in Phuket Old Town (5 curries amidst a vast array of other food of many different cuisines) were all far more authentic. I was actually expecting far better in KL in comparison to what I would get in a hotel chain's breakfast buffet.

My overly long story short - in KL definitely ask for food Thai style if you are after the more authentic taste experience. Though this will necessarily also be more hot in most instances.

But more to the point, does anyone know where in KL I can go to get authentic curries, that are Thai style through and through, without having to ask for something special? A good tule of thumb for me, as I noted above, is for a green curry to use pea and apple eggplants, and have a thick almost syrupy dark, intense green green colour. if a restaurant serves that by default, I'd expect the other meals to follow suit and be equally authentic and not diluted down in intensity. I assume that many of the street markets would serve them, but I'm a little put off by the food there that generally looks as if it has been sitting around for hours in that dangerous luke warm zone. I'm after an a la carte restaurant meal. Please let me know if you know of anywhere that serves Thai style curries.

Thanks in advance,

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7. Re: Places to eat near Le Menara

Thais don't eat Green curry very often. Restaurants that specialise in GC will be farang style

McLaren Vale...
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8. Re: Places to eat near Le Menara

Thank you.

How do I find a non Farang style restaurant in Khao Lak? Are there any?

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