Bella Storia - An Italian restaurant located in the westerpark area. Their antipasti is one of the greatest I've ever had. For the main dish I took a home made ravioli with two fillings: one with lemon and ricotta cheese and the others with orange.
We ate at a place called UALER which can be found in camping at the end of the island road. We're miles from nowhere, it keeps raining outside, cold, and the restaurant to our surprise is full. We found a place and ordered a single dish of a fish which was tasty.
We entered Laizas restaurant, located near the big souvenir shop. The place is open from 10:00 to 22:00 and they serve salads, pizza with surprising toppings, fish soup, sandwiches and hand made caked. They also have take away service. We chose a pepperoni-mushroom-pineapple pizza. It was delicious and the pizza arrived really quickly.
Unknown Bakery - We searched for a quick lunch and we were tempted by one of the many bakeries on the island. We ordered banana bread, cheese bread, chocolate chip cookies and some baked salted sticks. Big mistake. All tasted like rubbish. We should have known better. If you're tempted like we were - I recommend you start by tasting one thing then decide on the rest.
Lemon Grass - A Thai place in front of Ann's. When we left Ann's the other day this place was full. So we decided to pay him a visit another day. The day we arrived the place was empty. We were the only customers. We noticed that people were arriving to Ann's and when Ann's became full, people decided to compromise with Lemon Grass. I don't know if that's because the owner of Ann's just forwarded people on to Lemon Grass or they decided on their own. Anyway, no need to compromise. Best Thai food we ate in Phi Phi !!!
We ordered papaya salad, rice with pineapple, and a curry dish. All were amazing. Some word on the spicy levels - we thought we knew how to handle spicy food, however, we wanted to play safe so we ordered the papaya salad with a single chili - options are zero, one or two. It was freaking hot, and got us all sweaty - as if the high humidity isn't enough. So be careful.
The toilets, as in any real Thai restaurants are stench.
From the Ao Nang pier along the beach there were plenty of places to eat. Usually we tried to choose a restaurant by its customer's smiling faces. When we walked from the hotel to the main street and turned right, there were many deserted restaurants. So we got back and walked in the opposite direction and there we started seeing some smiling faces.
Eventually we sat in a Thai restaurant with many locals and tourists. Not sure it had a name but if you turn left from the hotel, you'll see it to your left after 100m. its surrounded by some shops.
And how do you know it's a real Thai restaurant? When we asked about a toilet for our little one who insisted on having number one every 30 mins, they recommended that we'd take her to the field besides the restaurants :=)
Restaurants - usually they don't have menus in English. You simply get inside the kitchen and point to the things you want. You get used to it quickly and it usually works somehow. If you are vegetarian have a written note in Chinese saying you don't eat meat, otherwise it's hard to explain.