They say, “Less is more.” And when it comes to the ‘no expenses spared’ minimalist resort – The Library – and its integral restaurant – The Page – this is certainly true.
Samui, in general, and Chaweng, in particular, is jam-packed with lovely Thai-style restaurants, complete with their elaborate décor and ornate surroundings. So it comes as something of a visual relief when you visit somewhere that has lots of wide-open spaces, clean lines and just a few colours. But there’s nothing missing here. In fact, there really is a whole lot more.
“…But not everything’s minimalist here. You’ll be pleased to hear that the food portions are plentiful. And, not only that, but they’re also absolutely delicious.”
Approach The Library via Chaweng Beach Road (just 100 metres south of Tropical Murphy’s), and you’ll spot a cute white mannequin sitting reading a book. The resort’s subtle entrance pathway is to the left of this, so go down here and within 20 metres you’ll arrive at the reception, appropriately named ‘Contents’. And it’s at this point that you’ll fall in love with the concept as a whole.
Smart white buildings, neatly-cut green lawns with more white mannequins, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a beautiful 20×12 metre red-tiled swimming pool all play their respective parts in creating a stylish, classy-yet-relaxed environment. And The Page restaurant sits proudly on an expansive 50-metre beachfront overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
Choose to sit in either the luxury interior (there are air-conditioned and open-air sections) of the attractive restaurant building itself (good if it’s raining) where there’s also a large lounge and bar area, or take advantage of the unique location properly and have a table on the huge deck/terrace which spans the entire frontage. And on the deck you have a further choice between sitting at regular tables and chairs, or on massive comfy cushions alongside low tables (great for the true romantics amongst you!). Everyone is guaranteed of having a beachside table in this restaurant.
What with the table-candle-lamps, floodlit old trees, orange lanterns, and the lights from The Library’s library sending its illumination across the swimming pool, there’s plenty of light to see what you’re eating without feeling you’re in the spotlight yourself.
But not everything’s minimalist here. You’ll be pleased to hear that the food portions are plentiful. And, not only that, but they’re also absolutely delicious. The Page specialises in both Thai and international cuisine (with separate menus for breakfast, lunch too).
“A 7-course ‘Thai Tasting Set’ has been especially designed to help you do this, or you can choose items from the à la carte menu yourself, and these include some extraordinarily delicious dishes.”
The exciting new Thai menu is totally unique on Samui, in that it presents a wide range of over 40 rare old-Kingdom recipes that are seldom experienced outside of the royal household these days. And the best way to enjoy them is to order several dishes at once, as the various tastes of each dish complement the others. A 7-course ‘Thai Tasting Set’ has been especially designed to help you do this, or you can choose items from the à la carte menu yourself, and these include some extraordinarily delicious dishes, such as the popular starter, Pumpkin Salad with coconut dressing, and the main course Braised Beef Shank with shrimp paste and Thai basil, Spicy Turmeric Curry with Shrimp and glazed quail eggs, and Stir-fried Crispy Stewed Pork and white turmeric.
And the International menu has some mouth-watering dishes too, the most popular (for very good reasons!) being the starter, Warmed Scallop Carpaccio with mixed sautéed mushroom and lemon beurre blanc, and the main course, Tenderloin of Wagyu Beef MBS 9+ with green pepper crust, crisp pancetta, mushroom emulsion, black pepper sauce, red wine gravy and porcini mushroom sauce.
And there’s more than just ice-creams for dessert in this restaurant. The Thai favourite Coconut and Young Rice Fritters with Pandan Pudding is highly recommended, as is the super-tasty Tangy Lemon Tart, Mascarpone. There’s enough for two in each portion, but, what the hell, you’re on holiday aren’t you?
Wine aficionados are well catered for, too, with a fine selection of New and Old World wines just there for your choosing in the walk-in wine cellar. It all sounds more maximalist than minimalist with what’s on offer here, doesn’t it?
If ever there was a page that needed bookmarking, then this is it. Because The Page is definitely one of those novel places where you want to see what’s in the next chapter, too.
The restaurant is open from 7:30 am to 12:00midnight (kitchen closes at 11:00 pm) with the dinner menu being available from 7:00 pm.
To book a reservation, telephone +66 (0) 7742 2767-8
The Page restaurant at The Library