Whether you choose to ditch the meat for ethical or health reasons, it can be a bit of a challenge to find places where you can eat especially when you are in a foreign country. Fortunately, you won’t have a lot of issues like that here in Samui. Most local restaurants have something for vegetarians. This means that like all your meat-eating friends, you can have a holiday filled with fun and of course, great food. One particular vegetarian friendly Koh Samui restaurant that is getting lots of praises from health enthusiasts is Vikasa Life Cafe. Considered to be a food paradise designed for health buffs and those with special dietary needs, here you will be glad to be eating clean.
Vikasa Life Cafe
Open: 9am to 10pm
Address: 211 Bontji Moo 4, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand
Among the many strengths of Vikasa Life Cafe is its breathtaking ambiance. Here it doesn’t matter whether you choose to dine inside or al fresco because every inch of this restaurant is just perfection. The interiors are spacious, with white furnishings and wooden floors and ceiling to impart a sophisticated yet laidback feel. Huge picture windows magnificently showcase the most stunning ocean views, creating a beautiful backdrop as you savor your meal.
Probably the aspect that will impress anyone the most when dining here is the unbeatable selection of food and beverages. Vikasa offers all day dining and features a menu that combines all the best elements of Thai, Asian, and European cuisine. They serve coffee, desserts, salads, soups, and vegetarian versions of your favorite comfort foods. Everything a vegetarian can possibly crave for are represented in the food list so there is sushi, burrito, burgers, cakes, and refreshing drinks too.
Dedication to Quality and Commitment to Excellent Service
There are many vegetarian restaurants in Koh Samui but a number of them will pale in comparison to Vikasa. This cafe delivers well thought out dishes and is known for its impeccable service. Each plate is presented well and combines European elegance with charming Asian flair. This dining place takes pride in the use of only the best available ingredients, making use of organic homegrown produce, seafood, and fish whenever possible. Also since MSG is not added when cooking or preparing each dish, the beautiful natural flavors of every element shine. Here you can eat without the guilt and be glad with the fact that every bite is good for you.
The Key to a Healthy Lifestyle
Many say you are what you eat and this is the principle this cafe takes inspiration from. It doesn’t matter whether you have been a vegetarian for years or if you are just starting your journey to a healthier life. Vikasa’s delightful food selection will give you inspiration to commit to healthy eating habits and incorporate whole foods in your diet as much as possible. The bulk of their dishes focus on fruits, vegetables and healthier protein sources like fish, seafood, legumes, and grains.
Balance of Nourishment and Delightful Taste
When was the last time you’ve eaten your favorite comfort food without feeling guilty? A lot of us has this messed up relationship with food because we stick to unhealthy choices. At Vikasa Life Cafe, you can have a mouthwatering burger and a slice of cake without worry.
Top Notch Chefs
The men behind the well received menu of Vikasa are both from Europe. Their passion for food is reflected in every dish that comes out of the cafe’s kitchen. Cyril Schivo from Paris and Boris Lauser from Berlin work together to serve only the best to their guests.
Unforgettable Dining Experience
You will be hard pressed to find just one favorite at Vikasa Life Cafe.
Breakfast here will fill your tummy and give you energy all throughout the day. A nice morning treat you can try is their Chia Pudding, which will tease your taste buds with tropical fruits and the unique texture of chia seeds. Or if you want, you can sample their buckwheat pancakes or perhaps indulge on one of their breakfast bowls. If you can’t decide on just one dish, might as well go for their breakfast buffet.
If you feel like having nachos but want a healthier version, we recommend their raw mexican bowl. This is just like having tacos or nachos but obviously lighter and less sinful. Their signature burrito is also something you can’t miss. This is filling and oozes with flavors and textures. If you feel like having a pasta but don’t want to load up on carbs, we suggest the raw zucchini spaghetti. This tastes as good as the real thing but has less calories and is far healthier than the fast food version.
Vegetarians with sweet tooth need not say goodbye to their well loved desserts. At Vikasa Life Cafe you can enjoy a popular Thai treat called mango sticky rice or you can have some vegan ice cream to help you cool down. A classic but decadent sweet luxury you can top off your meal with is their raw tiramisu. This tastes like the real thing but won’t translate to extra pounds later on. Their homemade crunchy granola is also worth a shot. This is great for breakfast or as a post workout snack.
Those who are not strictly vegan (lacto-ovo, lacto, ovo, and flexitarians) will have a wonderful time choosing what to eat as there are even more options for them. There’s juicy prawn salad, tuna mango magic salad and fermented cashew nut cheese platter to name a few. If your diet allows you to eat eggs, we recommend the eggs Benedict as well as the omelette for a good dose of protein. If you want something rich and creamy, their smashed avocado might just hit the spot.
Of course, it would not be a full experience without sampling some of the signature smoothies and juices from the house. They have brain boosting blends as well as beverages with probiotics that are good for the tummy. They also have almond milk, coffee, and an impressive menu of unique teas. Try their ginger tea. It is really soothing and is great for digestion too.
Vikasa Life Cafe makes clean eating fun for sure. Here you can indulge often without having to sacrifice your diet.