Koh Phangan’s Sri Thanu area is the party island’s little hippy community, full of yoga studios, ‘healing’ centres, and of course vegan restaurants. You don’t have to be vegan (or a hippy) to enjoy these… I’m neither, but I really want to cut down on my meat intake, plus vegan food is so lovely and healthy! There’s loads to choose from in Sri Thanu, but Eat.co is so good that we trekked through full on floods to go back a second time…
I always find eating somewhere like Eat.co a bit intimidating… I swear vegans can smell an imposter in their midst, and this place is about as vegan as they come (I think we were the only people wearing shoes). I may have felt the pressure to hide my fraudulent status, but Eat.co has a really nice chilled atmosphere, full of people reading, writing etc. and a really cosy, pretty layout. The menu is amazing, definitely the largest and most varied menu I’ve seen at a vegan place. There’s a massive selection of salads, dhals, burgers, soups and various platters. It’s a bit pricier than what I’d usually spend on a meal whilst travelling but well worth it for a treat.
I had the mixed bean salad which was ginormous and hardly a salad; it was several kinds of beans and chickpeas, mixed in with brown rice and olives with a bit of salad and a tangy dressing on the side. It also came with warm pitta bread and hummus. It came in a massive heaped portion that was so filling whilst still being really clean and healthy. This meal was quite literally my favourite thing about Koh Phangan!
Jordan had the falafel platter which consisted of five big falafels, salad, and a mixture of breads and dips. Eat.co’s falafels are special – they’re made from broccoli so are really moist inside but the outside stays crispy, mmmmm. The dhals looked amazing too, I was dying to try one but when we went back a second time the restaurant was closed!
Eat.co also offer lots of homemade vegan sweet treats. For *research purposes* we tried their vegan Twix, which was nothing like a Twix, more of an oatcake, but still very good and super chocolatey. They also have a small selection of health foods on sale; things like natural nut butters, granolas, and healthy oils. I never knew avocado oil existed until I saw it here but now I’m convinced it’s missing from my life!
So even if you’re not fussed about the ethics of your food, I’d still recommend trying this place for purely selfish reasons if you’re in Koh Phangan. It may be just the health boost you need to recover from the Full Moon Party!
Find it at: 72/1 Moo 8, Sri Thanu, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand