East Sairee, opposite the Yellow Hotel
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Ko Tao’s A Taste of Home, just out the back of Haad Sairee, is one of those places mostly only locals know about — if you wander past, it looks like a little eatery set out on someone front porch, which in fact is exactly what it is. Serving up wholesome, unpretentious food at good prices, it’s worth keeping an eye out for.
Most locals tend to call the place Ushi’s, which is the name of the owner. Diners eat at simple bamboo tables in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Ushi seems to have become the mother of the area’s canine waifs and strays, who in true doggy fashion know where their bread is best buttered. Don’t worry though — you won’t be surrounded by dribbling jaws and begging puppy dog eyes while you eat, but you will be greeted by waggy tails and doggy smiles.
The menu is short but the food is hearty and what you might expect from a home-style kitchen. The goulash is spicy, the kofta divine, the schnitzel barely fits on the plate and the sausages and meat balls will sate any appetite. For those who still want to fit into their bikinis, she makes a mean salad too. Service is prompt but not rushed and Ushi is always on hand to ensure you get what you need. Meals cost around the 200 baht mark for truly a plateful — it’s very good value for money.
The drinks are simple, with a a range of shakes, soft drinks and beer, and Ushi will pop out to get you any spirit you’d like to drink. Not to be missed however is her home-made Baileys, which I think is better than the real thing. Be warned though, it is quite morish and has been responsible for us wobbling out of there on more than one occasion.
Due to the restaurant being outside the main tourist thoroughfare, you’ll mainly find Ko Tao expats here enjoying a meal away from the main tourist hustle and bustle. You’ll notice many popping in for takeaway on their way home too. Anyone is welcome and if you enjoy a good feed in simple rustic surrounds, you’ll appreciate A Taste of Home’s fare and atmosphere too. If you’re staying in Sairee, it’s worth seeking out.
The spot is located in Sairee but not on the beach. To find A Taste of Home, turn your back on the 7-eleven (the one opposite The Brother) on the main road and walk up the road away from the beach. Keep walking past Banyan Bar and Asia Divers towards the boxing stadium and you will find this rustic little spot on your left hand side.
By Ayesha Cantrell
Last updated on 27th March, 2015.