Wherever you are on Samui, you’ll find great restaurants right on your doorstep. However, if you’re prepared to go a little out of your way you’ll find some truly excellent ones serving the finest cuisine imaginable in beautiful surroundings. Normally, you’d have to find your own way there and back to and from these places which can be off-putting (especially at night). But one of the great attractions of this restaurant is that you’re provided with complimentary two-way transportation from anywhere on the island. Introducing one of the very finest Thai cuisine restaurants on Samui – Beyond The Sea.
Of course you can go there on your own and it is quite easy to find. Beyond The Sea is nestled within ShaSa Resort & Residences which is located on Natien Beach at the very south of the island, 10 minutes away from Lamai and a kilometre further along from the landmark Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo on the 4170. It’s clearly signposted so you won’t miss it!
You’ll arrive at the hotel lobby and from there you’ll be led down a few sets of steps before seeing the vista open up encompassing views of three huge free-form swimming pools and swaying coconut palms with the Gulf of Siam beyond the beautiful split-level restaurant.
And you’ll immediately be reassured that you’ve made a good decision to go there. It has the elegance and style reminiscent of top Bangkok restaurants – but with an amazing tropical island location. It really is the best of both worlds. Reflective black glass on walls and ceilings, marble table-tops, floor-to-ceiling windows, discreet spotlighting and a decidedly nautical flavour supplied by poster-pictures of old maps and photographs all combine to create one of the most attractive places to eat on Samui.
Choose to sit at a conventional upright table, or opt for one of the lower ones with sofa-style seating. Both of these are in the main 30-seat air-conditioned section but you may wish to enjoy the balmy sea air and dine on the open-sided 20-seat lower terrace below. Wherever you select, the friendly and relaxed ambience remains the same – as does the food.
And although there’s an excellent western menu which offers topnotch dishes, such as the Spicy Crab Carbonara – pasta with signature spicy Carbonara sauce, black caviar and parmesan sauce, and the US Beef Tenderloin – premium beef tenderloin in choice of green peppercorn sauce, red wine sauce, brown sauce or mushroom sauce, served with roasted tomato, sweet corn and asparagus, Beyond The Sea is famed for its authentic Thai cuisine – for very good reasons!
Executive Chef Chalermkit Chaichote (better known as Chef Kit) hails from the city of Nakorn Sri Thammarrat, the culinary capital of Southern Thai Cuisine, and creates a wealth of traditional dishes using skills that he’s built up during a lifetime of cooking at the highest level. His previous position was executive chef at the prestigious Grand Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok and before that he was at Centara Boutique Collection – Khum Phaya Resort & Spa in Chiang Mai. So yes, Chef Kit is a true master of his trade – and that’s most apparent when you taste his dishes.
Recommendations from his Thai starter menu include the delicious Lui Suan – fresh pork spring roll with a spicy dip, and the exceptional Tom Yum Goong – traditional Thai spicy soup with prawn, lemongrass, galangal fresh chili, kaffir lime and herbs.
“…and Beyond The Sea is famed for its authentic Thai cuisine – for very good reasons!”
And Thai main course dishes just don’t come better than Chef Kit’s amazing Panaeng Nue Yang – grilled beef loin in a rich curry sauce and coconut cream, with one exception. And that’s his signature dish (which won’t be found in most top Thai restaurants, even though it’s one of the nation’s favourites!) and that’s the extraordinary Gaeng Som Pla – Southern-style sour soup with fish and young coconut shoots. It’s spicy (although you can ask for a detuned version) and has a unique flavour that has no equivalent in the Western world of cooking – no wonder the locals go far and wide to find the best ones.
In addition to the varied Thai and Western menus, there’s also a very good selection of vegetarian dishes – something that most restaurants on Samui are sadly lacking.
And when it comes to desserts, you can either stay with Thai cuisine and go for the ever-popular Khao Neaw Mamuang – mango and coconut aromatized sticky rice, or you can treat yourself with one of the tasty Western favourites, such as the Apple Crumble with vanilla sauce – a perennial winner.
Beyond The Sea makes a great dining venue for romantic couples or even families with young children (there’s even a supervised Kids’ Club playroom with toys and games that’s open from 9:00am – 8:00pm!), and small functions can also be catered. And whether you go for lunch or dinner, you’re assured to have a truly splendid culinary experience!
Beyond The Sea is open for breakfast from 7:00 – 10:30am, for lunch/dinner from 10:30 am with the kitchen closing at 10:30pm.
For free transport and further information, telephone 0 7791 3888.