Only the best. Not only does this restaurant enjoy some of the finest views on the island, and not only is it one of Samui’s most prestigious places in which to dine. But it also has one of Thailand’s premier chefs in Khun Amporn Choeng-Ngam (Chef Berm) at its helm. In fact, as you will see, it would be very hard to beat the Thai cuisine fine dining experience at Conrad Koh Samui’s jewel in its culinary crown – Jahn.
Conrad Koh Samui isn’t the sort of place that you just ‘pop’ into. It’s way off the beaten track in its very own private world of exclusivity, luxury and elegance. Getting there is an adventure in itself, as it’s on a promontory at the south-western point of Samui. Sure, a taxi will whisk you there in 35 minutes fmrom Chaweng but part of the fun is discovering it for yourself.
Follow the ring-road clockwise and after passing through Lamai, and then the Muslim fishing village of Hua Thanon, take the first road on your left (the 4170) and simply continue for next seven kilometres until you reach the Samui Snake Farm, where you turn left again and pick up signs for Conrad. The concrete road will lead you onwards for a further kilometre or two and then very steeply upwards to the car park at the top of the ‘mountain’.
“…Which brings me back to the cuisine, which is Thai. But that’s Thai with a capital ‘S’ for superb! It’s not your normal everyday Thai dishes that are served here. Each dish has some novel characteristics and some also include an element of table ‘theatre’, which we all love.”
Wander along to the open-air lobby and you’ll be met by a truly breathtaking panoramic vista across the shimmering Gulf of Thailand to the famous Five Islands and beyond. Then go to the edge and you’ll experience yet another incredible view if you look directly down, as you’ll see that Conrad Koh Samui has been built on the almost sheer face of a cliff with winding pathways linking the various parts of this incredible resort. From up here at the top there’ll be an electric buggy waiting to take you further down to where Jahn and the adjacent open-air Aura Lounge bar are situated.
Have a drink or two in Aura Lounge whilst taking in one of Samui’s spectacular sunsets (there can’t be a better place on the island from which to appreciate them) or go directly into Jahn itself and experience the colourful hues from air-conditioned comfort looking through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Immediately after entering Jahn, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. One of Oriental opulence and splendour. A place of style and sophistication with its decidedly contemporary Asian décor. Intricately patterned circular pillars, textured stone brickwork, a huge lotus blossom chandelier, discreet lighting, comfortable padded chairs and immaculately set up wooden tables combine to create the perfect environment for Thai fine-dining – and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Jahn.
Which brings me back to the cuisine, which is Thai. But that’s Thai with a capital ‘S’ for superb! It’s not your normal everyday Thai dishes that are served here. Each dish has some novel characteristics and some also include an element of table ‘theatre’, which we all love.
As to be expected of a restaurant of this quality, there’s a full à la carte menu offering a wonderful selection of dishes, however; many diners opt for the amazing ‘Tasting of Jahn’ set-menu; and when you see what it comprises, you can hardly blame them!
Firstly, there’s an hors d’oeuvres tray of Mahor chicken, betel leaf with prawns, fresh spring roll with fish to start you off. That’s followed by Papaya Salad & Gai Hor Bai Toey – green papaya, papaya caviar, cashew nuts and deep fried chicken wrapped in pandanus leaves. Next, it’s the classic hot and sour Thai soup – Tom Yum Goong – with tiger prawn, shallots, coriander and red chili, before a Rosella Sorbet palate cleanser arrives to prepare you for the main course.
You have a choice at this point; you can either go for the super-tender Massaman of Wagyu Beef – Wagyu beef tenderloin, new potatoes, pearl onions, peanuts, red onion, or the succulent Sea Bass with Ginger Sauce – pan-fried sea bass, ginger puree and mixed salad. You won’t have any regrets whichever one you pick!
“… and many diners opt for the amazing
‘Journey of Jahn’ set-menu . “
Then, after you’ve had time to digest all that, a pre-dessert is served, and that’s in the form of the Thai Melon Ice-cream and Midori. The ‘main’ dessert follows, and that’s the Sweet Potato Tart with apple compote, passion fruit coulis and guava sorbet. Petit Fours of assorted macaroons, fruit jellies, marshmallows and chocolate truffles complete the ‘ultra-fine’ dining experience – one that it would be very hard to beat. Especially as it’s tremendous value for money, being just 2,999 baht (++) per person (5,199 baht (++) including paired wines), and that includes a complimentary limousine service (just give them six hours’ notice) that will pick you up from anywhere on the island.
And the man responsible for all this magic is the renowned Chef Berm (Khun Amporn Choeng-Ngam). Previously leading the kitchens at many prestigious resorts, his knowledge and presentation of Thai cuisine is second to none. He’s even been the private chef to Saudi Arabian Princess Hassah bint Abdulaziz Al Saud – but that’s another story!
Jahn is open from 6:00 pm with last orders at 10:00 pm.
For reservations, free transportation and further information telephone +66 (0) 7791 5888