“Oh yes!” These are the words that will be jumping out of your mouth the minute you see this restaurant. And you’ll be repeating them throughout the meal as each exciting dish arrives and the evening becomes a truly magical one. Nothing short of sensational, SALA Samui delivers an outstanding dining experience every time – and this is how…
“The place exudes a casual-chic tropical ambience that most restaurants can’t quite achieve. With SALA Samui, it’s effortless.”
SALA Samui restaurant is the crowning glory of the award-winning resort of the same name, located in Choeng Mon at the north-eastern corner of the island. Just ten minutes from both Chaweng and Bophut, it’s the perfect (and convenient) place to head for when you want to actually go out for dinner, rather than staying on your own doorstep all holiday.
Park up or be dropped off by the resort’s open-air lobby and take a two-minute stroll along the short lane lined by the luxury pool-villas’ walls before popping out in front of the large turquoise-glowing swimming pool spread along the expansive beachfront under rows of floodlit coconut palms. And this is the moment that you’ll catch your breath and say those magic words for the first time, as you see the warmly illuminated restaurant to your right and the various dining areas around the pools and along the beach decking. The place exudes a casual-chic tropical ambience that most restaurants can’t quite achieve. With SALA Samui, it’s effortless.
Choose to dine in the open-sided 36-seat restaurant building itself; on the surrounding decking under attractive ‘sunbrellas’ which can accommodate a further 26; between the pool and the beach where there are 5 more tables; on one of 15 tables set up on the beach twice a week (telephone for details); or on the unique table-for-2 that’s actually on a platform in the swimming pool itself where you can enjoy your meal whilst keeping your feet cool in the water – now that is a dining experience if ever there was one – “Oh yes!”
‘Washed’ white teak tables and chairs, cream drapes here and there, warm illumination and candle-lanterns on the tables combine to set the scene for meal to come. But before we talk about the food, let’s meet the incredibly talented executive chef. And his name is Nicholas Hall. Chef Nicholas hails from the UK, where he did his initial training and worked in several prestigious restaurants before moving over to Australia where he did a lot more of the same. He’s been at SALA Samui for many years now and is universally considered by Thailand’s gastronomes to be one of Samui’s top few chefs – and that is a real accolade!
“…In addition to the two main menus, there’s a grill section too in which you can select your own meat and ‘build’ your own meal around it.”
The cuisine here is both Modern European – with the focus on Asian flavours in many dishes, and Traditional Thai – but not the regular ones found in your local Thai restaurants back home. Let’s begin with some recommendations from the Modern European menu.
For starters, the Lobster Risotto – Maine lobster acquerello risotto with lobster beignet, tomato, parmesan and fresh tarragon leaves will be more than enough to assure you that you’ve come to the right place – as it’s extraordinarily tasty. As is the mains Black Angus – chargrilled Australian Black Angus tenderloin, with shallots, horseradish croquette, ‘pommes Anna’, four spice powder and classic red wine sauce. A highly popular dessert (for very good reasons) is A Lovely Apple – which is a set caramel custard with apple gel, apple spheres, cinnamon cremeux, ginger streusel and a spiced apple ice-cream, that will have you saying “Oh yes!” yet again, but even louder.
Now over to the Thai cuisine with its wonderful innovative ‘takes’ on some relatively unknown (outside of Thailand) local dishes. And although there is an à la carte menu, SALA Samui offers a stunning set meal for two, named Isigar & Irisa (which just happens to be the names of Chef Nicholas’ two lovely young daughters!), comprising three light appetizers a five-dish main course (which includes: a fragrant soup of coconut, chicken and coriander with shitake mushrooms; an aromatic red curry of grilled pork neck and young green bananas; and a crispy fried barramundi with turmeric and crisp garlic, amongst much more!) followed by a light dessert and a house-made blend of Chiang Rai tea. Altogether a great way of sharing a wonderful variety of exciting and delicious dishes, and one that’s definitely recommended.
In addition to the two main menus, there’s a grill section too in which you can select your own meat and ‘build’ your own meal around it. Plus it’s worth noting that ALL special diets (vegan, gluten-free, halal, etc.) can also be catered for – just give the restaurant a call the day before to arrange it.
And if you enjoy dinner entertainment, then remember that the talented singer/guitarist Mark James performs every Monday and Saturday, on Wednesdays there’s a Thai band with traditional dancing, and there’s a brilliant saxophonist each Friday.
Oh yes! SALA Samui certainly does deliver that outstanding dining experience every time!
The restaurant is open from 7:00 am with the kitchen closing at 11:00 pm
For reservations and further information telephone +66 (0) 7724 5888
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