310/22 Moo 4, Nathon (at the beginning of the one way along the seafront, when travelling towards Bang Po)
T: (077) 420 392
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Lucky Restaurant, a no-fuss, no-frills establishment along Ko Samui’s Nathon seafront with views across to the ferries, is one of the area’s most popular restaurants, serving excellent and affordable Thai and Western food.
The menu, which is also written on blackboards around the restaurant, shows off the kitchen’s versatility. From Thai food priced (and spiced thanks to Thai owner Nit) for locals through to Western favourites such as pie and chips, burgers, sandwiches and even chicken cordon bleu, you’ll find it at Lucky.
Nit’s husband Steve, who is from the UK, is vegetarian, so several menu pages are dedicated to vegetarian versions of Thai dishes such as “tofu cashew nut” (100 baht), their take on chicken cashew nut. The veggie dishes average 80 baht, with other choices including panang tofu, sweet and sour tofu, all the regular curries in veg and tofu options, and tofu with fried basil. And of course, versions of fried rice, pad Thai and other noodle dishes as well as spicy Thai salads and tom yum soups come in vegetarian takes here too. We’ve sampled a few, and the verdict: fantastic!
But the meat versions are there too. Fried rice with the various options of chicken, pork or prawn, or pad krapow moo, are a mere 80 baht a portion, and curries average 100 baht, marginally more than street food, so very reasonable for a restaurant setting. Western-style pastas such as bolognaise or carbonara are 150 baht, sandwiches 60 to 80 baht and baguettes 100 to 120 baht. The large pizzas are not wood-fired, but they’re pretty good for the price at around 200 to 250 baht.
You’ll get a full breakfast at Lucky for 119 baht, and the BIG breakfast with all the works for 189 baht, including baked beans (Steve is English, so of course). We’ve popped in several times for breakfast when having to do business or chores in Nathon, such as visiting the immigration office. It’s also an easy choice if you arrive on the late ferry, which docks at 20:30.
Steve is an avid Liverpool football supporter, so the TV above the service counter always shows any games that may be on. Simple wooden tables with red and white checked plastic table cloths are set out in the room open to the road and sea and it’s kept cool with open windows and fans, with decorations limited to a fish tank and a few pot plants. Mosquito coils are placed under tables in the evening. Lucky Restaurant is not the place to go for a fine dining experience but it’s all about decent food, well prepared and served in a convenient and comfortable setting. The place is not fancy, but it works.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 24th March, 2015.