Corner of the Routes 4173 and 4170, Baan Bang Kao Road, South Samui
T: (086) 4708631
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If you’re staying in the south of Ko Samui, or heading that way for a daytrip away from the crowds, pop in to Sweet Sisters Cafe for wholesome Thai and fusion food. The menu has a strong vegetarian and vegan influence, but meat options are on offer too, and the quirky decor lends a great vibe.
Owner and chef Noiy uses fresh, local produce, eschews farmed fish and shellfish, leaves out the MSG, and she grows a lot of her own produce too.
The smoothies are delicious with interesting combinations, the usual fruit shakes are a good choice as well, and the coffee is decent. The varied menu offers starters, soups, salads, Thai curries and other dishes as well as more-ish house-made desserts.
Dishes average in price between 80 to 180 baht, and portions are generous. We tried the duck curry (180 baht), which is one of the best we’ve tasted, and it’s served with brown rice, a rare treat on Samui. The pumpkin soup came with freshly baked whole-wheat bread, creamy and delicious (120 baht). For salad lovers, the choice is vast, and our crispy rice salad was an interesting and satisfying choice. Served cold, it’s a blend of various kinds of rice with steamed and fresh vegetables, herbs, greens, seeds and nuts plus a crispy rice topping (180 baht). Have this, and you won’t feel guilty tucking into a chocolate brownie afterwards…
The laab comes in variations other than the usual chicken option, including squid and also tofu. If you’ve never tried it before, Sweet Sisters Cafe serves miang kam – little taste explosions of toasted coconut, chilli, onion, garlic, lemon, ginger and herbs, wrapped up as bite sizes in piper betel leaves.
As it’s the Sweet Sisters Cafe, we couldn’t resist trying something, well, sweet. And we weren’t disappointed as the chocolate brownie was moist and chocolate-y and full of nuts. We had it with passionfruit parfait, all made on site.
The only thing we didn’t particularly enjoy was the WOW banana smoothie, which is blended with turmeric. Although popular, the flavour wasn’t to our liking, but they quickly offered to change it to a regular smoothie at no extra charge. The friendly waiter also kept topping up our water glasses – no charge for water here.
The cafe is furnished with retro looking chairs and tables, as well as local artwork for sale. It’s bright and breezy and the kitchen is open plan. All in all, Sweet Sisters is a good option for this area.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 24th March, 2015.