What exactly are you looking for in a restaurant? Something a little out of the ordinary, perhaps? Well, if you fancy enjoying an intimate carefully created dining experience which offers innovative contemporary Japanese cuisine that’s cooked with imagination and passion, then I have just the place for you. And its name is Namu.
Just take the ring-road from Chaweng and through Bophut, then turn right just 200 metres past Zazen Boutique Resort (it’s well signposted so you can’t miss it). Follow this road until you reach the very end, about half a kilometre along, and you’ll arrive at W Retreat & Residences. Head left towards the Retreat and the road will lead you up to the car park and reception.
The views from here are amazing, but when you go through the short passageway into the lobby and come out the other side, you’ll be completely knocked out by the simply stunning panoramic scene ahead. Looking across a huge circular ‘lake’ (complete with round ‘floating’ seating areas) you’ll have a view stretching across the whole of Maenam Bay on one side to Bophut Bay on the other with the island of Koh Pha-Ngan straight ahead. And from up here you’ll see Namu restaurant sitting serenely in the perfect position on the beach at the apex of both bays.
Entering through its striking entrance surrounded by water, the restaurant enjoys stunning views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. And sticking to its Japanese roots, the interiors are sleek and minimal, with subdued lighting, creating that hard-to-find intimate atmosphere that only the best restaurants manage to attain. You have the choice of sitting outside on the beachside terrace, at one of the tables inside the restaurant, or at one of the six sought-after seats at the open kitchen counter where you’re able to watch Chef Andy (Kok Fook Seong) and his team work their creative magic.
Chef Andy has trained extensively in the Japanese Kaiseki traditional style around the globe, designing fusion interpretations of the cuisine in Dubai, the Maldives, Singapore, Kuwait and Ukraine. And you’ll find that the unique techniques he’s picked up along his global culinary journey perfectly matches the spirit of Namu.
Since his anticipated arrival, Chef Andy has charged forward innovating further with Namu’s fusion-contemporary dining experience meticulously selecting top quality ingredients, unifying bold flavors, and providing a tremendously larger selection.
“…and with subdued lighting, creating that hard-to-find intimate atmosphere.”
In addition to Chef Andy’s bold culinary steps, the latest exciting feature at Namu is their innovative ‘Dining Under the Stars’ concept representing (they tell us) a “cozy elements private dinner” along W Beach. And in keeping with the Asian context of dining, they encourage a shared table concept “in celebration of the compatible textures and flavors of the menu.”
Seven dishes come out of the kitchen in a specific order but with a more relaxed style of service which encourages sharing and enjoying the dishes as they arrive. And should you so desire, you can choose to have perfectly paired beverages selected by their mixologist and a touch of W vibes with a personal drone flyover to capture your special moment on film.
But before I end, I had better give you some food recommendations from the à la carte menu, so you have an idea of what to look forward to! If you’re craving a signature sip I recommend you taste a Kyoto-tini – a sake cocktail with a touch of Japanese rock melon and green tea. For signature Namu dishes, the Japanese Wagyu Beef Gyoza with black truffle teriyaki sauce and the Seared Tuna with Namu salsa sashimi are great ways to begin the dining experience.
Next we have some excellent main course recommendations the first being Japanese Wagyu Strip-loin with brandy flambé and three varieties of sauce, and alternatively, the Pan-seared Seabass with jalapeño dressing is sure to delight.
What with the unrivalled location, the super-innovative cuisine and the sense of fun and adventure created at Namu, this restaurant comes highly recommended and should be on any true food-lover’s short-list of places to dine in style on Samui.
Namu is open for lunch (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) from midday to 3:00 pm and every day for dinner from 6.00 pm, with last orders at 10:30 pm.
For reservations and further information telephone +66 (0) 7791 5999