I ummed and aaahed over Dining on the Rocks after reading the most recent negative review on TA... I am so glad we followed our first instincts and went there anyway, because it was by far one of the highlights of our 5 nights on Samui.
My husband and I got the night off from our children, and wanted something special... we preferred to avoid Chaweng and though we considered Eat Sense, opted for the tranquility of Evason's gorgeous restaurant.
We have enjoyed similar 'style' restaurants in the past, having dined at numerous wonderful degustation menu restaurants over the past 6 years or so. Dining on the Rocks was up there with the best.
Yes, it's expensive, *by Thailand standards*, however I can't imagine many other opportunities to dine amongst only 6 or so other tables, to the sound of the waves crashing below, overlooking ocean, lights, feeling the caress of a gentle, cool breeze, served by staff with some of the best English skills we have encountered in Thailand so far...
We had the 6 course '6 for the senses' a very seafood based menu, with modern interpretive slants on 'traditional' smoked salmon, prawn satay, fish and chips & bcon & eggs for dessert. Tantilising to say the least, each dish was presented with a twinkle in the eye of the waiter, and surprise as we first glimpsed each dish, and then tasted & savoured each morsel. Magic! Incredibly impressive!
Wines were matched extremely well.
We would expect that the same menu in the same type of setting, atmosphere, quality & service would easily cost double what this wonderful night cost us.
The last negative review is rather surprising, particularly with hindsight. The dishes aren't what you might get at an all you can eat, steak bar or local Thai restaurant for the same price ... not in any way... they aren't huge serves, but I thought certainly large enough. The menu is quite literal... and one should not go in expecting 'Thai' value, although I do feel that the degustation menu is reasonable value. It is dark... but not so much that you can't see what you are eating... We felt the light was adequate, and also added to the element of surprise! My only complaint would be that the tables were a bit rough on sensitive skin, but they were suitably rustic!
If you are after an amazing experience, special food, wonderful memories, and price is not a significant consideration, give it a go! Enjoy it! (and take note of the sunset times - we got there a little too late, about 6:30pm, and should really have arrived at 6:00pm to enjoy the sunset properly)
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