The most scenic place to eat in Surin is, of course, on the gorgeous beach. The 2014 army beach cleanup that forced tables off the beach means it’s no longer possible to feel the sand between your toes as you dine, but the views especially at sunset are still spectacular.
A lot of small restaurants along the beach path are nearly indistinguishable from each other in both appearance and menu -- try Nok Seafood or Twin Brothers. Prices are reasonable, for Surin (mains from 150 baht), and they serve all sorts of Thai and Western dishes day and night. If you’re on a tighter budget and still want to dine beachside, the car park is full of motorbike vendors selling cheap eats including noodles, som tam and corn on the cob.
The chichi Catch Beach Club offers much more luxurious beach dining, with potent cocktails and a menu that has several seafood specialties, pizzas, rotisserie chicken and tapas. Most dishes are priced north of 350 baht, so save this place for a splurge. Bimi Beach Club next door is slightly less expensive with a more rustic atmosphere.
The Surin Bay Inn Restaurant has a kids’ menu, hearty breakfasts and popular Sunday roast dinners. Another good spot for families on a Sunday is the DoubleTree Hilton Resort, which during the low season months puts on a buffet spread for 350 baht for adults, half price for kids, including free use of their huge pool and waterslides. For those looking to splash out on fresh oysters and champagne, Oriental Spoon at Twinpalms has a popular Sunday brunch, priced at 1,690 baht, not including tax and service charges.
There are some great places for a drink in Surin, but it’s not a budget activity. In the evening, the bar at the Catch Beach Club features a DJ or live musicians and the atmosphere is enchanting.
Bimi Beach Club: T: (076) 316 580; bimibeachclub.com.
Catch Beach Club: T: (076) 316 567; catchbeachclub.com.
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton: T: (076) 303 300.
Nok Seafood Surin Beach: T: (087) 266 9154.
Oriental Spoon at Twinpalms: T: (076) 316 500; twinpalms-phuket.com/phuket-restaurant.html.
Surin Bay Inn: T: (076) 271 601, (076) 325 815, (076) 621 626; www.surinbayinn.com.