“Shall it be Thai tonight or shall it be International?” That’s probably the most common question that people ask themselves before going out for an evening’s dining. Sure, there are a lot of restaurants on the island that cater both cuisines, but not many offer fine-dining of both. Sabai does that.
Just a couple of kilometres south of Chaweng, in Chaweng Noi, is the Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui. And what a lovely place it is too. Smart and luxurious without being formal and stuffy. And it’s that friendly-yet-professional theme that runs throughout the complete resort, being especially apparent in its beautiful beachfront restaurant – Sabai.
“…Not only is the food truly first-class, the staff outstanding and the restaurant very comfortable but it’s a great place to chill-out in the daytime, too. And for those reasons, it comes highly recommended.”
You can approach from the beach itself (it makes a lovely sunset walk along the water’s edge from Chaweng Beach) or via the resort’s main entrance on the ring-road. And whichever route you take, when you reach Sabai you’ll know you’ve come to the right place!
There’s a smart covered section, seating 60 diners, which is open on three sides allowing all those lovely cooling sea breezes to keep the temperature comfortable. But, weather permitting, many people choose the outer deck, where there’s room for a further 30, or on the beach itself, where there’s limitless space!
If you arrive in the daytime for lunch or an afternoon snack, you’ll be please to learn that all the resort’s facilities are available for use by non-residents too. And that not only includes the pool, but also Samui’s first fully-stocked ‘floating bar’, complete with elegant ‘cube’ seating and comfy bean-bags, which is anchored 20 metres out from the shore. Especially attractive during the resort’s three happy hours, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and from 9:00 – 11:00 pm.
A major part of Sabai’s recent elevation to being one of Samui’s top fine-dining restaurants is the arrival of their new Executive Chef, Tommy Garrett, who’s also one of the nicest people you could wish to meet. Hailing from the trendy coastal town of Brighton, England, after graduating from catering college, Tommy went on to gain experience during the next ten years working in numerous top restaurants in the UK, including the renowned The Lanesborough in London’s Hyde Park Corner, before coming to Samui in 2008. Since being on the island, he worked as the executive chef in two other leading restaurants before the opportunity arose at Impiana. One that Tommy grabbed with two hands.
Unlike most of the other fine-dining restaurants on the island, Tommy’s fine-dining menu at Sabai offers both International and Thai cuisine. And highly succeeds in both. To give you an idea of what you can expect, a recommended starter from the International section is the tasty Half Steamed Maine Lobster Salad with mango salsa and seafood sauce, whilst its Thai counterpart is the delicious Sautéed Frog’s Legs with black pepper and garlic with Thai vegetable salad.
And recommendations for the main courses include the amazing Confit Lamb Gateaux, Sautéed Lamb Cutlet, Lamb Hot Pot from the International cuisine selection, and both the Whole Crisp Fried Red Snapper with sweet and sour vegetables served with steamed rice, and the Whole Maine Lobster Massaman Curry with potato pearls and confit onion from the Thai section.
As Thailand isn’t noted for a wide variety of desserts, all of the desserts at Tamarind are International, and they’re truly mouth-watering, with both the Hot Chocolate Fondant with pistachio ice-cream and chocolate sauce, and the Homemade Vanilla Brûlée with mango and vanilla ice-cream being highly recommended – personally!
“…A major part of Sabai’s recent elevation to being one of Samui’s top fine-dining restaurants is the arrival of their new Executive Chef, Tommy Garrett, who’s also one of the nicest people you could wish to meet”
And in addition to Sabai’s full à la carte menu, there’s a different theme every night of the week. Monday is ‘Classic Thai Night’, complete with a Thai buffet and Thai dance show. On Tuesdays, it’s ‘Catch of The Day’ with a marvelous grilled fresh seafood selection. Every Wednesday there’s ‘steamboat’ dining on the beach when you get to ‘cook’ your own food. Thursday is ‘Vegetarian Buffet Night’ and Friday is ‘Beach BBQ’. On Saturday it’s the ever-popular ‘Surf & Turf’ with imported Australian beef fillet and grilled rock lobster over a bed of mashed potatoes and, finally, to round off the week, every Sunday there’s a ‘Roast Dinner Buffet’.
It would be hard to find a better restaurant than Sabai on Samui that offers such a variety of theme nights and International and Thai cuisine at this level. Not only is the food truly first-class, the staff outstanding and the restaurant very comfortable but it’s a great place to chill-out in the daytime, too. And for those reasons, it comes highly recommended.
Sabai’s kitchen is open from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
For further information and reservations telephone +66 (0) 7744 8994