Typical set-price menu:
Clear soup with king prawns, lime leaves, galangal and lemongrass served in a coconut shell
Roast duck curry with pineapple, baby tomatoes and grapes
Stir-fried chicken with ginger and vegetables
Baby clams with chilli paste and basil Crispy sea bass with lemongrass Steamed jasmine rice Cost for two: 1600 baht ($60)
The Five Islands Restaurant 348 Moo 3, Tambol Taling Ngam, Koh Samui. 66 77 415 359; www.thefiveislands.com. Open: Daily for lunch and dinner. Cost: Not as cheap as Koh Samui’s hundreds of beach-shack stalls but a bargain by Australian standards. Drink: Wine by the glass; full cocktail list. Reason to return: To dawdle over a set menu.