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Ko Kradan

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Ko Kradan

For a tiny, isolated island with few options, Ko Kradan has surprisingly good food.

Paradise Lost had its modest beginnings not as a resort but a small restaurant, and it still gets an A+ for authentic Thai food. At first glance the menu seems expensive -- most traditional Thai dishes run from 120 to 200 baht, but portions are massive, easily large enough for two to share. The bowl of green curry we tried seemed to have no bottom, and it was exceptionally tasty, with a healthy serving of veggies and just enough spice to get the eyes watering. Paradise Lost also offers Western-style sandwiches, and when we visited they had a T-bone steak dinner special with baked potato, bread and salad. They also serve beer and a few cocktails until 10:30 each night.

If in the mood for a beachside barbecue lunch head to the southern end of the beach to Ko Kradan Beach Club BBQ. They serve up an impressive 350 baht all-you-can-eat buffet of barbecue favourites like lobster, sea bass and jumbo shrimp, as well as a sizable a la carte menu that runs 90-230 baht per item. Both buffet and a la carte items come with complementary salad bar. They also have a beachside cocktail bar and are happy to serve food and drink to their beach lounge chairs. Unfortunately, though, they're only open during high season, and only for lunch.

For a seafood barbecue dinner, the Kradan Beach Resort offers an extensive menu with most barbecue items running in the 100-200 baht range. There's also a Thai food menu, and for Western fare the Kradan has the most choices on the island. For a relaxed cocktail or beer by the ocean, the Kradan's beachside bar is also a fine choice.

On our last visit to Ko Kradan we bumped into an Italian man, founder of an operation making delicious Phuket-based gelato, and he claims to have an Italian eatery by the name of Oasis coming to the island for 2012.

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