If you want to try the best authentic Thai food from the centre of Thailand, all made with fresh, healthy local ingredients and presented and delivered with western panache. If you would like to be able to discuss each dish and possibly adapt the spiciness or content. If you want a spacious cosy romantic setting overlooking a mangrove forest. If you would love to drink a good quality wine with your meal, at a very reasonable price. Then look no further than Supattra Thai Dining in Bangrak.
The owners and partners, Supattra and Thomas Schaden, an unassuming husband and wife team, previously ran the highly successful and busy beachside restaurant Beachlounge Thong Sala on Koh Phangan. They left it in search of a quieter way of life with a smaller restaurant on Samui, where they still instil their traditional values and follow their very compatible passions.
Khun Supattra is the elegant, quietly spoken chef, whose desire for cooking stems from the middle regions of Thailand, where she believes the flavours of sweet, sour and salty are most balanced. She sources only the best and freshest ingredients on the island, and all seafood is caught by local fisherman in the waters surrounding Samui. You won’t find seafood here that has previously been frozen, imported or bred in a fish farm, and most definitely no MSG (monosodium glutamate)!
Thomas is originally from Austria. His passion is wine, and he loves nothing more than to seek out the best wines at the best prices. Alongside the restaurant is a small wine shop where all the wines are categorised and presented according to region and colour. There is an international selection of around 50 red, white and rosé wines which can also be found on the wine list in the restaurant. So, if you find one you really enjoy, you can purchase it before you leave. Not sure which wine will go with your meal, or want to know more? There is detailed booklet prepared by Thomas, with all the
information you could desire. And he wants you to enjoy good wine so much, that he keeps the prices really low. Now that’s service! The super-soft leather bound restaurant drinks list, details all the wines available alongside a selection of cocktails, beers, aperitifs, liquors and soft drinks.
The wooden Thai style building that houses the restaurant is open plan, and tucked away from the road, right alongside a mangrove forest, bringing nature and romance right into the restaurant. The ambience is cosy and relaxed, combined with elegant modern table settings. The staff will discuss your order with you so that can get your food exactly right. Don’t expect fast food, this is slow food, cooked traditionally and from the heart. Khun Supattra really wants every customer to leave with a smile on their face having enjoyed a fantastic Thai meal.
So, what can you expect on the menu? Well for starters you have delicacies such as Tung Thong, tasty, crispy deep fried golden parcels filled with vegetables and herbs. You can find Crispy Squid or Yam Nua, a spicy beef salad with cucumber and green leaves and of course, the nation’s favourite Chicken Satay served with a delicately spiced peanut sauce.
For a main, the Pla Lui Suan is an impressive centrepiece. A whole local fish, deep fried, taken off the bone and then put back into the skin, served with mixed garden herbs, perfect if you don’t like messing with the bones! Or try the Sea King Prawns, grilled fresh with lightly spiced lemongrass. If you like Thai curry, then maybe go for the Barracuda Fillet. It’s very lightly pan-fried and served with a delicious Panang curry sauce. The Chicken Mango-Coco tastes as good as it sounds, and has no chilli unless you ask for it! Tender chicken breast accompanied with a fresh yellow mango curry sauce. This is
one of Supattra’s own fusion dishes and is definitely a winner. For the health-conscious among you, the Yam Hua Plee is a must, a delicate banana flower salad with fresh shrimp and chicken.
If you still have room, try a traditional Thai dessert of Bour Loi, literally translated as ‘lift up the lotus’. Warm coconut milk with tiny homemade balls of flavoured, coloured rice, with a hint of sweetness. A perfect finish to a relaxed and elegant Thai meal.
The menu can change, as it is dependent on what is fresh at the market every day. This is very much a dining experience, and Supattra is very open to suggestions and adaptations of her dishes to suit your own personal tastes. Everything is homemade from scratch, and cooked to order so that you get exactly what you desire. The key focus is great service from the moment you enter to the moment you leave. Great food, refined and friendly ambience, with excellent service. When you book a table, it is yours for the whole evening, so there is no rushing you out of the door for the next sitting!
This intimate restaurant is located in Bangrak, just metres from the Seatran Pier and Big Buddha temple. From Bangrak fresh market, take the road towards the airport. The restaurant is approximately 50 metres further down, on the right hand side. There is a car park just past the restaurant and wine shop. The official hours are 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, but there is definitely no rushing you home…so closing time is flexible.
The wine shop is also open from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.
So, come and dine in relaxed elegance, savour the taste of freshly caught seafood, delight in the intricacies of Thai preparation, herbs and spices and enjoy an accompanying glass of good wine or two. What a blissful evening!
For reservations or further information, telephone: +66 (0) 93282 8777 or +66 (0) 99363 7030