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The Som Tum Restaurant - Mama Cooking

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Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
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12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very tasty Thai food. Fresh. You have to wait very long. The mama and her husband prepare food like at home for the family. You have to wait. Not recommended for the people in a hurry.

Thank Georg K
Netanya, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I asked for pizza which wasn't on the menu and the guy said no problem. 20 minutes later someone shows up on a bike with a pizza box. The waiter 'inconspicuously' ditches the box for a serving plate and then served our meal. The pizza was not amazing but it was great that he was able to accommodate me. It... More 

Thank KissAndTelAviv
Goettingen, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

I went here because of all the good reviews. Have to say that I was not impressed at all. Service wasn't great. It took 10 minutes till I received the menu. The restaurant was almost empty; only two other tables were occupied. Ordered a pineapple shake and massaman curry. Shake was the worst I had so far during my 3... More 

Thank Nina H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Raving reviews so we decided to give it a go despite the dodgy flair. I'm guessing that the waiter was the son of the cook - a very nice guy. Drinks arrived quickly but then we realised that the cook actually prepared everything from scratch one after another... so one hour later still no food. Not that big a problem,... More 

Thank M P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Very flavorful thai food. The rice noodles for pad thai and pad see eu are hand made by the chef with a nice texture. The bbq fish and squid were done nicely with the freshness of the seafood evident. Unfortunately the food bring freshly made means that there is a long wait after the order before you eat. Took an... More 

Thank Shyh Poh T
Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Wonderful food,inexpensive. Personal treatment from the family who own the business. A beautiful restaurant on street a short walk from hotel.Range of meals on menu is amazing and great for kids

Thank traceymccotter
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch the day we arrived & the food was so tasty and full of flavour that returned again & again. The mango salad is fabulous and the dressing is mouth watering good! We tried many dishes here, the curries are excellent, so too is the Tom Yom and everything else we had! The server is a wee pet... More 

Thank SolusIreland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Great Thai flavor. Relaxed ambiance. We had the red snapper, vegetable rice, spring rolls and some nice drinks. Very authentic food, No fries and ketchup just in case you are in favor of Angle Saxon food i🤑😎😜

Thank Guido G
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

Relocated from the beach area which was cleared, Som provides a great place to eat for travellers staying at Botanica Villas as its right by the main entrance. Great food and great value. Tamarind prawns, Banana flower salad and spicy mango salad are all fantastic dishes. The staff are quick to serve and this little gem should not be missed.

Thank ZakMck
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2014

I met Som and her family 12 years ago, we have remained friends & I am a regular customer. She has a simple Thai restaurant serving delicious food in big portions of the best curry in the village. She specialises in seafood and you can get whole red snapper, barracuda fillet, tuna steak or king prawns - best prices in... More 

Thank NyaliToto

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
  • Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Surat Thani Province  >  Ko Pha Ngan

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