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Review of Peppercorn Restaurant

August 7th, 2016 | Posted by Salad Daze in Bars and Restaurants - (Comments Off on Review of Peppercorn Restaurant)

Peppercorn Restaurant in Haad Salad

The Peppercorn Restaurant has long been Koh Phangan’s leading steak restaurant and has been pioneering high end dining on the island since 2006. The restaurant used to be in a quiet jungle location in the Srithanu area. Now that the restaurant has relocated to Haad Salad it has become far more accessible and visible. It is no doubt a smart commercial decision and also great news for people planning on heading to Haad Salad.

The menu at Peppercorn restaurant is dominated by the finest steaks. They regularly have New Zealand beef, Argentine beef and Japanese wagu beef. Not only is the meat cooked perfectly it is accompanied by seasonal salads and fresh ingredients. There is a range of sauces to savour. They also stock a supply of selected high quality wines. They have specials as well as a la carte and do extra menus throughout the year.

It is not just beef. They also do lamb pot roast, roasts, vegetarian dishes such as tomato stuffed with spinach and feta cheese au gratin. There are plenty of salads, as well as fish. There is also a tempting dessert menu. Much more than just a steakhouse.

Bavarian Pork Roast

The prices are more than for Thai food in the area. However, it is not cheap flying in beef from South America and New Zealand. You can dine on steak with starters and dessert for about 15 Euros a head or about 750 Thai Baht.

Peppercorn Restaurant is open from 4pm to 11pm. The kitchen closes at 10pm. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday.

The restaurant is located on the main road at the southern end of Haad Salad. There is a view from the restaurant over the bay. It is a much more scenic location than the previous spot the restaurant had. Although near Srithanu Village before, the steakhouse was a little hard to find, or stumble over unless you had your own transport. In its present locale near Haad Salad beach the restaurant is bound to flourish.

So if you like rump steaks or tenderloin, or t-bone steaks or fillet steak Peppercorn in Haad Salad is the place to head.

Address: 58/28 Moo 8, Haad Salad, Koh Phangan, 84280 Surat Thani
Tel.: 087 896 4363



Peppercorn has loads of good reviews on Trip Advisor. Most rave about the food and service. At the time of writing only 2 people rated the restaurant as poor or terrible. Here are soe snippets.

Rasta Home

February 26th, 2014 | Posted by Salad Daze in Bars and Restaurants - (Comments Off on Rasta Home)

Koh Phangan is a long way from Jamaica, however, that has never stopped some Thai lads from adopting rasta hairstyles and smoking tremendous amounts of weed. During the 1980s and 1990s Koh Phangan was very much a backpacker destination. The order of the day was cheap fan bungalows, lots of coughing and reggae music.

Things have moved on and so have many of the backpackers. Bungalows have been upgraded and cheap and cheerful has been replaced as an aesthetic with expensive and slightly pretentious. In many cases the prices in bars and restaurants have gone up but the food and drinks remain the same just presented differently and in different surroundings.

For some Rasta Home will come as a breath of fresh air, as the place is unashamedly out-of-step with the times. It’s a small bar located on the main road between Haad Yao and Haad Salad. It7s a short taxi or motorbike ride from Haad Salad. The reggae bar is impossible to miss on account of the funky appearance. The bar is made from bamboo and traditional weave thatched roof. Inside the roof and walls are adorned with hippy / reggae art work.

The seating is mostly cushions on the floor and platforms. There’s bar seating, and of course hammocks. If you imagine a reggae bar in Koh Phangan you would be imagining Rasta Home.

They have food and cold bottled beers. There is also a cocktail menu and sometimes specials.

Rasta Home is open every night. It is a relaxed and friendly place and a good spot for a drink. At 10pm on Fridays they have a reggae open-mic night. It is a popular event that usually attracts a handsome group of Thai rastas ready to jam the night away. Occasionally a tourist with musical talent will join in.

Some nights the jam really takes off and the bar is a great place to be. If you are lucky you might catch a performance by Koh Phangan’s most famous band – ‘Job2Do’. They play infectious music and will get you swaying along. When events get bigger they move outside and put up a stage. It is a great spot away from accommodation and full of the local natural beauty.

Even when nothing is happening it is a good choice for an evening drink or two.

Reggae in Haad Salad

July 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Salad Daze in Bars and Restaurants - (Comments Off on Reggae in Haad Salad)

reggae village front
Reggae isn’t as dominant as it used to be. In the 90s it was the music genre of choice for countless backpacker bars and restaurants all over India and South East Asia. Bob Marley tapes and CDs were played over and over.

Tastes changed in the early 2000s. Countries like Thailand embraced mid and high end tourism and the wheelie suitcase replaced the backpack for many travelers both long and short term.

And of course with the money coming in from non-budget tourists the need arose to supposedly crack down on reggae cigarettes.

One place you will still hear the occasional bit of reggae music is Reggae Village in Haad Salad. The Welcome sign on the outside of the building has the rasta colours. Inside the bar is not an alter to all things reggae but there are a few Rastafarian touches. The staff are friendly and laid-back but they don’t sport huge dread bundles.

If you were really into reggae and Jamaican culture you might be disappointed by Reggae Village.

Otherwise you might enjoy the place. There is a good selection of food and drink on offer at reasonable prices for a tourist spot in Koh Phangan. They play a good selection of music.

Moreover, there is a pool and table football to enjoy. The entertainment doesn’t stop there. They also show films every day for those who just want to lounge around.

In the evening the atmosphere becomes a bit livelier: they play some good music or show live sports. On occasion it is possible to catch some live music at Reggae Village. There is often a happy hour early on in the evening to get people in the mood.

The owner hails from the small UK island of Jersey. He makes sure the Western food remains authentic and enticing. He has recently added to his reggae empire with the neighboring Jay Jay Pizza Restaurant next door.

Indeed Reggae Village has become something of a village of services and facilities on offer. They have a tour counter to buy tickets. They also organize taxis as well as bike and jeep hire. Unlike most places they will not only take you to the Full Moon Party but also ferry you back.
That is not all. There is an English scuba instructor to teach scuba or take people out on fun dives. There are also a few rooms available for rent. You can book online at Hostelbookers. I suppose it could be classified as a ‘hostel’ but the rooms are no cheaper than the budget bungalow operations. I really hope the banality of hostel culture never takes hold in Thailand, and especially in Koh Phangan.
Perhaps the oddest and least ‘reggae’ activity on offer is the rifle range out back. They have a basic wooden range and an air rifle for rent.
rifle range
Reggae Village is located on the road leading down to the beach. You can’t miss it, and if you do, ask anyone – they will point you in the right direction.

The reggae golden age might have passed for Koh Phangan, but it lives on in a slightly new format at Haad Salad’s Reggae Village.