Monday, May 12, 2014

Four Must Try Fine-Dining Restaurants in Koh Samui

This post has been long pending. There is so much of chatter around about Culinary Tourism being the next big thing. So thought its time to jot down about all the wonderful places I dined at on my recent visit to Koh Samui. Yes this Thai beach destination is beautiful ... but what's even better is that it has some great dining options. Here are the must try ones, for their upscale ambience, romantic setting and of course the food.

1) Dining on the Hill- Six Senses Resort

Photo Credit: Six Senses Resort 

While its Dining on the Rocks that has been mostly rated as the best restaurant in Koh Samui, we couldn't get a reservation so we booked a table at the other restaurant in the same resort- Dining on the Hills. Located on the sunset side of the resort, Dining on the Hill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While the food was fabulous (and no its not bland spa kind of food), the view was to die for. Yes this is an expensive place to dine ...but it will be an occasion when you have a meal at this restaurant. Celebrate it with seafood cooked Thai-style !

2) Barracuda

My god women dress up to visit this restaurant. A small place in Mae nam, this isn't located on the beach like the many popular restaurants in Koh Samui. Owned by a German chef, the menu of this restaurant is where Thai meets European cuisine. The fish of course is sumptuous, well cooked and flavorful. Its hospitality personified at Barracuda where the owner ensures that you try the best dishes and helps you in pairing the right wine. With just six tables at this restaurant, make sure you book yours in advance.

3) Zazen Restaurant

Photo Credit: Zazen Boutique Hotel and Spa Website
So this was the day when we girls decided to go shopping and boys decided to go eat at Zazen Restaurant (located in Zazen Resort, Bo-Phut). So I didn't go there for a meal but my husband, a great cook and foodie, was all gaga about the place. I regret going shopping and missing the meal at this gem of a restaurant. One must visit the place for its romantic setting too...I have heard. Its on my wishlist.

4)  The Address

The Address on the Bo-Phut beach has tastefully done interiors in white. There is outdoor beachside seating as well. The portions served are great and even though the prices are not that of a fine dining restaurant, the presentation of food is impeccable. This is where our first dinner meal in Koh Samui was...Thai Curry, BBQ fish and some beer was perfect!

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