Like many beach towns, Chaweng and Lamai on Ko Samui are not great for vegetarians. Between the innumerable joints stinking with seafood and high-scale restaurants aimed at more affluent/less wise tourists, it took us a while to find our regular, go-to place.
There is a vegan place open for breakfast and lunch, and it’s not bad, but nor was it the kind of place so delicious that you must return for every meal.
Ninja Crepes was that place.
Like any good ninja, Ninja Crepes was a bit hard to find. It took a 24 minute walk from our guesthouse, amidst a gamut of would-be massagers, sunglasses salesmen, sexy lady bars and scads of Russian tourists, to reach Ninja Crepes. But it was good enough that the walk was one we did twice day, most days.
It’s a great name; I assume they know that westerners really like ninjas. I mean, Ko Samui doesn’t have a long history of ninjas (nor samurai, nor even lowly ronin.) The entire menu isn’t vegan, nor is it vegetarian. But the kind ninja lady understands what those words mean, and is happy to throw tofu (or just extra veggies) into any dish you desire.
Just take a look at some of the foods we sampled. For 70 baht ($2.20), with rice, you could do far worse. (And before discovering ninja crepes, we often did.)