The Shack - Koh Samui, Thailand
Perfectly adequate burger, decent fried prawn appetizer… IF these items cost $5-$7 USD each. However. At the $20 price tag for a burger and $12 charge for a few shrimp, I’m going to have to downgrade “adequate” to “big disappointment.” Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing, as the reviews on trip advisor seem to point to steak as the thing to order. However, I just couldn’t pay that much for a steak, even on Koh Samui, the tourist capital of Thailand. ESPECIALLY when I had the most perfect steak at Barracuda (see Barracuda review) that was so much cheaper. I recommend going there for your steak because it was Deeee-freaking-licious. OK, I admit it- I’m a burger snob. In the states, I can get a mind-blowing burger for no more than $10, and I always thought that price was a bit steep. But the positive reviews of this place blows my mind a bit- they were the reason I bought a cab ride ($10) to buy a substandard meal ($50 to split shrimp, a burger, fries, coleslaw, corn on the cob, coca-cola and bottled water with a friend). Before you think I’m speaking as a cheap consumer, I should mention that I am happy to pay a good amount for incredible food (See review for Barracuda for the perfect example of a meal that’s well worth it’s price tag in Koh Samui). Don't be fooled by the food descriptions outside. That's what lured us in. It's all talk and no delivery. The owner (or I assumed because he's the guy on the computer in the back and only caucasian) was busy surfing the Internet, but did come serve our food to us eventually. It's just a very different experience than Barracuda where the owner greeted you, served you, and was with his customers. To me that's called good business and really, that connection along with good food is what brings people back.
That’s all folks- it just wasn’t worth it, and there’s better food at a better price to be had. As this is one of my only negative reviews, I hope you listen and book Barracuda instead. Word on the street (or a personal convo with the owner): They’re moving to Fisherman’s Village so I’m happy to report that when you are in Bophut, you’ll have at least one sterling dining option. So skip this one! :)
7/22/2014 01:54:27 pm
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"Ohhhh the places you'll go…" Growing up all I ever wanted to do was help people, learn, and travel. I'm lucky. I get to do all of those things and more.
This is just some food from some places I've been.