It’s a sure bet. You won’t be taking any risks here. With three separate menus offering innovative traditional Thai, Mediterranean and succulent seafood BBQ in a laid-back beachside restaurant with professional friendly service that’s centrally located in Chaweng, there’s just about everything that you could possibly wish from a Samui dining experience at The Beach Club.
“It would be hard to find another beachside restaurant of this calibre in Chaweng that offers such terrific value-for-money which makes it even more highly recommendable than it would be anyway, and is definitely well worth a visit.”
Buri Rasa is one of Chaweng’s loveliest boutique resorts. It’s conveniently situated in the middle of Chaweng Beach and is tastefully designed as a leafy lane leading through a quiet hamlet of attractive cottages down to the sea. And it has a deserved reputation for being one of the island’s friendliest places (and with so many great places on Samui, this is a real accolade). But, most importantly, it’s the home of The Beach Club restaurant.
Of course, you can reach it directly from the beach itself, where you’ll see tables and chairs and bean-bags temptingly set up along the whole 30-metre beach frontage under the palm trees and extending around the chic bar area and open kitchen to the main restaurant structure. And this building is completely open on two sides allowing the cooling sea breezes to waft through aided by swirling overhead fans, with the other two sides having attractive louvred shutters, giving a Continental touch to the whole affair. Hanging lanterns and discreet spotlights gently illuminate everything, whilst spacious seating and attentive uniformed staff add the final touches of elegance and style. But, although this is a lovely restaurant, most diners opt for the outdoor beachside tables – and who can blame them!
No risks so far with the location and ambience, and that guarantee of satisfaction carries on into the food. The Beach Club offers exciting menus in two individual types of cuisine – Thai and Mediterranean – and both are very special.
And to give you an indication of the types on dishes on offer, here are some recommendations. Firstly, for Thai appetisers there’s the delicious Gold Bags – crisp pastry purses with sweet chili sauce, and also the traditional Thai favourite Mieng Kham – Thai herbs in betel leaves with caramelized sweet-salty-sour sauce. Both are great examples of how real Thai cuisine should be (which is to be expected here considering the highly-acclaimed Thai chef, Khun Kanchana Ubolsootvanich is leading the restaurant’s talented kitchen brigade). And then there’re the Thai main course dishes, including the tasty Stir-Fried Chicken with basil leaves and green peppercorns, and the outstanding Dry Red Chu-Chee Curry of Prawn.
But we mustn’t forget the excellent Mediterranean dishes on offer at The Beach Club either. And with starters such as the Gratinated Goats Cheese on crusty dark bread with rucola lettuce and home-dried tomatoes, and the Seared Ocean Tuna with marinated artichokes, dried tomatoes, black olive tapenade and seasonal lettuce drizzled with balsamic syrup, how could you!
That goes for the mains too, with the Aborio Saffron Risotto with local prawns and pesto reduction, and the Roasted Snow Fish with crispy rice salad and mild chili sauce, both being mouth-wateringly delicious. And in addition to both menus, there’s always the ‘Beach Club BBQ Seafood Selection’ offering seafood platters all served on ice with French bread and a side salad plus dips and sauces.
What with the lovely beachside location, the excellent cuisine and the second-to-none service, The Beach Club certainly delivers the goods and the only surprises are good ones. Especially the one that comes when you receive your bill and discover that not only is it incredibly low for what you’ve just had, but that there are no surcharges added for tax and service either!
“… but, although this is a lovely restaurant, most diners opt for the outdoor beachside tables – and who can blame them!”
It would be hard to find another beachside restaurant of this calibre in Chaweng that offers such terrific value-for-money which makes it even more highly recommendable than it would be anyway, and is definitely well worth a visit.
The Beach Club is open for dinner from 6:00 pm until midnight with last food orders at 10:30 pm
For reservations and further information telephone +66 (0) 7723 0222
The Beach Club at Buri Rasa