After booking at Conrad, we had identified this restaurant as a must go due to the reviews and being number 1 in koh samui! What luck. We knew hotel prices would be expensive and they were, albeit fantastic food served in hotel. However we were looking for something to match our excellent Bangkok and other Thailand places culinary experience.
This restaurant has a true Thai wizard in the kitchen. Arranged a table through Dave from Boston (not Scotland as I had presumed via the accent! I'm showing my age!) and upon arrival we were warmly greeted and sat at our reserved table outside. Dave is very knowledgable and proud of all his dishes on the menu (vast selection!!!). For starters, lovely tempura prawns ( so fresh and batter is light and tasty) with papaya salad made to our less spicy taste (or at least for her good self). The papaya salad is a must!!!! Absolutely beautiful and best I have tasted. We went with Daves selections for mains : fish with taramind, red curry (spicy!! Yum!) and the sweet and sour prawn with some steamed rice. Good suggestion on wine to accompany our dishes. The food was out of this world! Seriously........
After we had some cocktails which were made by their excellent lady waiter and only in the ritz or Waldorf will you get a G'n'T similar. She is a real star and asset to the establishment. So Dave's wife, the chef deserves the greatest plaudits. Whilst we unfortunately never got the chance to meet her, I have only the highest of admiration for her ability in the kitchen. Prices very reasonable. Food is extremely reasonable and beers and cocktails the same. Wine is normal pricing which you would expect as imported. However meal for two including wine less than £20 per head.
It was so good we returned the following evening!!! This time changing mains to include duck panang curry, fried prawns with garlic and pepper, green curry and sweet and sour pork (her good self loves a nice non MSG sweet and sour). With beers and cocktails less than £15 a head and this included ordering a second dish of the panang curry ( prawn) as the first was just way too good!
Everyone in the restaurant is so nice and friendly and this is a real gem. Not only no1 in koh samui but a contender for Thailand thanks to the chef!!!!
Just to add, restaurant is close to two supermarkets - 7/11 and another Thai (cheaper!) and an ATM that works with no problem and not a rip off!
Can't say enough good things about this restaurant except : SIMPLY DIVINE!
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