(posted July 15, 2008)
So first of all, whats with the name? I've put an explanation taken straight from the restaurant's website at the bottom.
Now on to the food - it is really good! If you find a menu item with "curry" in its name or description - order it. If you find one with "garlic" in its description - order it. If you find one under appetizers - order it!
This is really good Thai food.
As for the ambience: it was a little loud in there. Thats great if you're in a partying mood. But there were 5 of us, and only the two people in the middle seats could hear everyone else.
The decor is quite nice, though. Definitely worth a visit.
Here's the explanation from the restaurant's site:
Koh Samui & The Monkey is a Thai restaurant. The name Koh Samui & The Monkey comes from the two people behind the restaurant: Chalermporn "Aom" Phanthong, the owner operator, and her husband Chris Foley, the primary investor. Chris and Aom met on a boat while scuba diving off the coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. While Aom was taking a break for her graduate studies in England to visit her family, Chris had just sold his business in San Francisco and was taking a sabbatical traveling through Southeast Asia. Aom chose to honor their relationship by naming the restaurant Koh Samui.
The "Monkey" portion of the name is two fold and refers to the small Thai antique store that is attached to the restaurant. First, Monkey in Koh Samui (the island, not the restaurant) is everywhere and treated as friends. Second, Aom is very proud of the fact that she was born during the Year of the Monkey.
415 Brannan St San Francisco, CA 94107-1703