I recently had a conversation with a friend that the deliciousness of the food of a destination can make or break it for me. If you have followed this blog for even just a little bit of time, you probably already know that I LOVE food. Like completely, seriously, obsessively love good food. This may be because I am not a natural cook and struggle with making tasty meals, my poor family.
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We heard about Yang when they began to purchase delicious craft beers from Chad (always a reason to try a new place… good beer!). I admit, when we were planning on places to visit while Chad’s parents were here, Ko Lanta was first on our list because we wanted to try the food at Yang Garden Restaurant.
We had to make reservations for our meal as the restaurant is extremely popular and only has about 20 tables (an estimate, I didn’t actually go around and count the tables).
We arrived hungry and excited after our long day of scooter adventures and were shown to a lovely table that had beautiful place settings and began to peruse the menus. Everything on the menu made my mouth water in anticipation.
Yang means barbecue in Thai and the menu was full of specially marinated meats and seafood sold ala carte with amazing sounding sides sold separately. All of the meals were reasonably priced, the Rib eye steak being the most expensive choice at 570 baht ($16 US) and each side around 90 baht ($2.50 US).
Chad ordered that day’s special, which was beef marinated overnight in a special beer marinade. I ordered the tamarind glazed pork ribs. Chad’s mom ordered the rib eye steak and his dad ordered the chicken thigh. Z was sharing with Chad and I, as she recently has developed a love for steak and ribs (expensive tastes that girl).
For our side dishes, we ordered the dirty rice, potato stomp, truffle and potato puree, Burmese salad, and blue cheese and pear salad.
We were given complimentary home-made bread with softened butter while we waited for our main course. It was warm and savory. A great start to the meal.
Our main course arrived and we all dug in, sharing with each other little bites so we could try everything. Now, I did take pictures, but they are absolutely horrible and do no justice to the amazing dishes.
I loved everything immensely, but my favorite were my tamarind glazed pork ribs and the Burmese salad All the meat we were served was incredibly tender and marinated to perfection. Z ate three of my ribs, I only got 2!! So lesson learned, when we return (which we definitely will) I will NOT be sharing my ribs. Z is getting her own meal.
After eating our main dishes too quickly we sat and let our food settle for a minute before ordering some of their homemade ice cream.
I had the brown butter ice cream, Z had the vanilla, and Chad’s dad had the salty caramel. I was able to try every flavor and they were all AMAZING! My favorite was actually the brown butter, which tasted just like what it should. A rich and sweet buttery scoop of ice cream. I had never heard of this type of ice cream before, and it immediately made me want to learn how to make it myself. I probably should ask them for the recipe to tide myself over until I can return to Yang Garden Restaurant again.
The service and food that we received at Yang Garden Restaurant can not be beat. I almost wanted to move to Koh Lanta just so I could eat there more often. I would highly recommend eating at Yang Garden Restaurant if you are visiting the island of Koh Lanta, Thailand.
A couple of side notes:
- Make sure to make a reservation to the restaurant. (tel: 0849938768 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The restaurant is open only during high season (November-April usually) so plan your trip accordingly
- Their address: 192/2 m6 Klong Nin beach, Koh Lanta yai, Krabi 81150 Thailand
Let’s chat! Do you take great pictures of your meals? How do you wait long enough to do so? Have any tips for me besides maybe be more patient? 🙂 Leave a comment and let me know.