Coming from Ko Samui, Ko Phagnan was a breath of fresh air. Instead of fancy fish places and overpriced Indian, all we could find were affordable Israeli joints and hole-in-the-wall Thai places overflowing with curry.
Sidenote: Ko Phagan is the site of the legendary Full Moon party, but we were there in off-season, at the half-moon and it was much more chill than we were expecting.
As per our usual wont, we tried eating at a whole bunch of places and ended up settling with two. In general, we would eat lunch at PAPRIKA, which served a falafel sandwich and a fruit shake (as good as any we have ever had) for 100 baht/3 USD. The only drawback here was the overly unctuous server Steve, who pretended like I had the same name as him and tried to sell us overpriced tours.
For dinner, it was a trip to the down-the-alley bastion of MAN U. The curries were just as good at Ninja Crepes and slightly cheaper. Whether at lunch or dinner, a rousing game of My Dwarves Fly or Loveletter filled the time between ordering and eating.
Sometimes, if we were feeling really daring, we’d switch our dinner and lunch places. Especially if Steve was working at Paprika that day.