Its intriguing name has kept everyone guessing since its opening in May 2007, as it does to this day. What there has been no doubt about, however, is that Dr. Frogs has become one of Samui’s most unique and talked about restaurants for all the right reasons.
And that’s because every conceivable thought went into its creation. Including absolutely everything, from the construction of the restaurant building itself high up on the edge of one of the most scenic viewpoints on Samui, through to minute details, such as the subtle colour co-ordination of the staff uniforms with the décor.
Yes, nothing seems to have been overlooked here in this 80-seat restaurant. It all feels just, well, perfect. Enter through the splendid teak doors with the olive green pillars on both sides and you’re in an attractive air-conditioned lounge area, complete with huge comfy cushions on stylish water-hyacinth sofas. There’s a bar here, too, with subtle illumination coming from a variety of sources: hanging lanterns, bronze wall-lights and table candle-lamps. You won’t be finding any fluorescent tubes here!
And the cream and olive-green colour scheme alongside teakwood and bamboo features here and there help create the cool, calm and cosy atmosphere that prevails throughout.
“… and finding a more scenic place to
enjoy a meal on Samui would be hard .”
There’s seating in two main areas. Firstly, there’s the split-level interior (which is open on three sides), and then there’s a completely open terrace where you can dine under the stars at night (there are shades to protect you from the sun in the daytime). But wherever you sit, you’ll have an uninterrupted view of the ocean and the whole of Chaweng Bay. And the view isn’t just out and across, it’s down, too. The area leading down through the rocks to the waves splashing down below has been landscaped, making the total scene hard to beat. Nothing has been overlooked at Dr. Frogs in creating a perfect dining environment.
And that goes for the food, too. Especially the food! The menu has been created by Massimo, a top Italian chef from Milan, who has come up with something special at Dr. Frogs. The cuisine is listed as classic Italian and traditional Thai, and, knowing that visitors to an island like to have fresh seafood, a lot of the dishes are seafood-based. A typical example of how this restaurant does everything to keep its diners happy.
Lunch is an unhurried affair, and finding a more scenic place to enjoy it on Samui would be hard. And the all-day menu has some very tempting dishes. For starters, there’s a wide variety of choices, such as the Italian Prosciutto di Parma Rotolini di Ricotta e Mango – imported Italian Parma ham filled with ricotta, parmesan, fresh mango, thyme and served with rocket salad, which is really delicious and something extraordinary, and from the Thai menu, the tasty Phad Prik Ka Gop – frogs legs pan-fried with local chilli paste, garlic, lemongrass, lime, chilli and turmeric.
And the main course options are equally intriguing and as delicious! Particularly the Homemade Gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnuts, and the classic Shu Shee Pla – snow fish with spicy red curry coconut cream, green beans and sprinkle of kieffer lime leaves from the Thai selection.
But let’s not forget the extra-ordinary pizzas available at Dr. Frogs, where they take this world favourite dish to a whole new level. In fact, with their exotic ingredients, they’re almost fine-dining cuisine. Try the amazing Parma Ham Pizza with buffala mozzarella, and you’ll see what I mean.
In addition to the exciting à la carte menu and pizzas, there’s also an ever-changing selection of daily specials that are created using locally-sourced quality ingredients that are seasonally available. And these specials are marked up on the smart blackboards above the bar.
And, whatever cuisine you decide to go with, there’s a vast selection (and it really is a magnificent collection) of New and Old World wines to complement the culinary experience. Don’t miss their desserts either. Especially the Mango Crème Brûlée with its homemade wild berries compote! And you can round off the whole dining experience in style by enjoying an excellent grappa (there are ten different bottles to choose from).
Dr. Frogs is situated on the ring-road in Chaweng Noi, just 5 minutes’ drive south of busy Chaweng. It’s got the perfect location, comfortable furnishing, the most attentive staff, and excellent food. Not surprising really considering the fact that was meticulously planned in every detail to provide total dining satisfaction.
The restaurant is open from 7:00 – 11:00 am for breakfast, and from midday for lunch and dinner. The kitchen closes at 11:00 pm.
For reservations and further information, telephone 0 991 158 809.