In the cluster of restaurants on the road heading west from Ao Yai (the long beach), there are several with signs saying "vegetarian," but most of them serve lots of meat (the signs are simply advertising that they *also* serve veg options). There are two exceptions: Baan Namchaa and Cha Chai Home (reviewed separately), both of which (as of Jan 2013) are almost entirely ovo-lacto-veg except for one animal item. In the case of Baan Namchaa, that item is a "tuna mayonnaise sandwich."
Baan Namchaa is run by three friendly European women (two Brits, on German) and their talented cooks from Myanmar. Their menu reflects this international composition, with a selection of Western and Burmese dishes to please a variety of tastes. The menu does not explicitly indicate which items are vegan, but in most cases it's pretty easy to tell (one non-obvious tip: avoid the "yellow noodles"), and the hosts are happy to help. They're also amenable to special requests with some advance notice.
- La Pa Toh, a savory and slightly crunchy Burmese salad
- Laarb Nuggets (appetizer/snack), another nicely seasoned Burmese creation
- Bruschetta on brown bread (homemade)
All food is made fresh to order, which can take some time when there are many patrons, so it's advisable to come either before or after the lunch rush, or arrive about 30 minutes before you start feeling hungry enough to eat your hat.
They're closed for dinner (unless you have dinner before 6), except for the occasional special evening. Musicians are sometimes invited to play for food.
Enjoy!Pros: Burmese cuisine, Varied menu, Friendly service
Cons: Not completely veg (but almost)