Where professional Chefs do their shopping

Food and beverage wholesaler

For the food connoisseur who is looking for a food and beverage wholesaler in Koh Samui for imported and local produce, then go to COLIBRI FOOD SUPPLY in Soi Colibri, off Chaweng Beach Road.

Detlev, the owner, is the food supplier to the restaurants in Samui and this is where professional Chefs do their shopping. He has banks of refrigerators stocking a good range of frozen products. Also, a large deep freezer for storing meat and a chiller for storing fresh salads.

Here you will find everything from hydroponic and organic vegetables from Thailand and Australia to steaks and sausages from Australia, as well as spaghetti’s, olive oils and tins of this and that, most likely from your home country.

He also stocks some home made items such as meat pies, scotch eggs, bread and delicious Italian ice cream. If he does not stock what you are looking for then ask him and, given time, he can get it for you.

Don’t worry if you only want to buy in small quantities, as Detlev and his helpful Thai staff will package small amounts of most products for you. Note: This is a cash only store.

Park at the end of the Soi opposite the shop, as it is difficult anywhere else in the street, especially if you have to manoeuvre a 4×4.

If Tesco Lotus or any of the other supermarkets do not stock what you are looking for then Colibri probably will.

Rows of shop houses are beginning to appear along the main roads, especially the road from Chaweng to Bophut. They range from specialist food suppliers to boutique furniture design.

TIP: If you are the one driving don’t attempt to look at the shops as you drive past. Concentrate on the road ahead, it’s safer. Your time will be spent avoiding motor cyclists and numerous potholes in the road.

From my experience of driving around Samui you will miss whatever you are looking for, as the shop houses are all small, built in terraces and most look the same. Instead, have your co-driver do the reconnaissance.

Contact: Colibri Food Supply, 46/29 Moo 3, Bophut, Chaweng Beach Road, Koh Samui, Surathani 84320. Tel: (077) 230 575 Fax: (077) 230 573. E-mail: [email protected]