About Us


SAMKO Café is owned by Bu-nga Krataitong and Nuttavut Rodsienglum.

The casual dining style of SAMKO Café grew out of our love for fresh and innovative Asian cuisine and our desire to make it available to everyone.

Tasty, healthy, fast food at affordable prices that our customers love to eat – this is what we want to share with you. And we cater to everyone, whether you like it spicy or not so hot!

We developed a love of food thanks to our mothers’ cooking. Nuttavut’s mother in particular was a fantastic cook and she inspires everything we do at SAMKO. The café is even named after the province in Thailand where she lived. Our recipes are all about using the knowledge we have from cooking with our families in Thailand and around the world, taking the best local ingredients and experimenting and adapting to the local palate.

A string of popular Asian fusion restaurants stands behind SAMKO’s success. We started out as a husband and wife team with one café and now have 70 staff (and two sons) in our Simply Asia Food Group family. The other restaurants and cafés in our group include: Miracle Restaurant in Nelson; Chai-Yo Restaurant and The Lemongrass in Richmond; and Bamboo Garden, The Lemongrass and Chai-Yo Café in Blenheim.

Family is all important to us. We have based our café on that same principle – we want our customers to feel welcome and at home when they visit us. Likewise, our staff are all a part of our wider family. With tasty food adapted for the Kiwi palate, reasonable prices, and a welcoming atmosphere, we want all Kiwis to experience great Asian fusion food.