Overall I have found eating in Thailand much more enjoyable than I did India. This is so surprising to me, as Indian menus are largely vegetarian, and Thai menus are not always. The biggest plus I found was the way Thai food is cooked, leaving vegetables fresh and tasty instead of over cooked like much Indian cooking.
If you could only visit Thai restaurants for your entire trip, then you would easily be able to find a few vegetarian options. You can also modify those that are served with meat, as they still include ample vegetables.I have included my favourites from our time in Koh Tao here, in the hope it will help you find your meal-time happy place!
Seasons- A selection of cheap, tasty Thai dishes. I love the fried mixed mushroom with tofu. The service here is impeccable you really should try them! Find them on the main road, a bit further up from Hippo Burger.
Porto Bello: The place to go for a cheese platter! Pretty expensive at 370 Baht but it includes decent portions of Brie, Goats Cheese, Cheddar, Gouda, and Gorgonzola. A cheese lovers paradise. There are also Pizza’s, and Pasta’s to choose from, if Cat is there say hi to her for us! Find it on the same street as the Queens Cabaret.
Vegeta-Bowl- Vegan deserts on top of an extensive healthy menu. Find them in the Nay Pon Walking street.Living Juices- Smoothie bowls that are just like sorbet and regular style smoothies topped with all sorts of nutritious extras like chia, flax, and bee pollen. Find it inside the Banyan Bar.
La Pizzeria- Veggie Pizza’s and an Eggplant parmigana. Also found on the Nay Pon Walking street.
Pad Thai Street stand- They have a Vegetarian omelette on rice for 60 baht. We found their juices to be the tastiest of the street stand too. On the corner near 7/11.
V.Nizza- An assortment of vegetarian pasta’s and I loved their spinach lasagna (pictured). Find it on the corner that leads from the laneway down to Lotus Resort on the beach.
Hippo Burger- Has one veggie burger, but unfortunately I found it sloppy and overly salty. On the main road between Sai Ree and Mae Haad
Mama Piyawans- Only has 12 Thai items and all can be requested in vegetarian form. This place can get busy! Near Banyan Bar.
Yangs- Huge selection of cheap Thai and Western dishes. I loved the Tofu burger which is crispy and delicious and is just 50 baht. I also enjoyed the Morning Glory with cashews and Tofu (pictured). On the main road between Sai Ree and Chalok.
The Hacienda– Vegetarian Mexican options including Nachos, Fajitas, and Quesadilla’s with beans. These guys are inside the fun park (where the mini golf is!) on the main road between Sai Ree and Chalok
Pad Thai- This small shop serves omelettes on rice, fried rice and Pad Thai that can all be made vegetarian. Find it on the Mae Haad ‘up’ road from the pier, not far from 7/11.
Babaloo- This was my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE! They have a selection of meat substitutes including pork, duck, chicken, beef, and fish or you can choose an amazing mushroom mix instead. So you choose your Thai meal, then choose your substitute, and choose your spice level. Warning: Medium is HOT! I recommend the Larb (pictured), These guys are hidden away a bit more, you’ll need to take the road thats takes you to June Chua Bay, keep an eye out on the right and you should see the bamboo building.
Capuccino Bistro- Great goat’s cheese, brie and camembert baguettes or toasted Paninis. Great if you are craving cheese after some time in Asia. Not far from 7/11 in Chalok, across the road.
Sandwich Lady- Nice and cheap! Great fruit salad with muesli, Cheese/Egg Baguettes for 50-60 baht (pictured with Sha’s Bacon Baguette and the shop front below). Not far from 7/11 in Chalok, on the same side of the road.
Yin Yangs- This Thai restaurant is reasonably priced and does NOT add MSG to their food, which is a plus in Thailand.
JT’s- Super cheap for a more established restaurant, mains start from around 60 baht. All their items give you the option to choose Tofu or just vegetables (or meat). They have a river monster cod in their pond- be sure to look out for the one black monster fish! And give their dog a pat for us.
Big Bite- Veggie burger here is a bit better than Hippo Burger. Much tastier but still sloppy! They also do Veggie sandwiches, Quesadilla’s, and Kombucha! Take the turn that goes behind 7/11 and you’ll see it on the corner.
I love Salad- So many healthy veggie options- I heard great things and the menu looks good, we just didn’t have time to eat here.Take the turn that goes behind 7/11 and you’ll see Big Bite on the corner, turn left there and you’ll see I love salad a bit further up.
I hope you find all these great places nice and easily, remember to ask the locals if you are ever unsure! Have you been to Koh Tao? Where were your favorite places to eat? Let us know in the comments!