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“Very nice atmosphere!”
Review of Namu - W Koh Samui

Namu - W Koh Samui
Ranked #97 of 1,435 Restaurants in Ko Samui
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Adding cutting-edge design, a global lifestyle with modern luxuries to Thailand, the hip W Retreat Koh Samui also offers the ultimate culinary indulgence with its signature restaurant, Namu. Taking its name from the Korean word for wood, Namu combines the basic life elements to create a new culinary world that embodies Asia Tomorrow. Stylish individual elements underline the minimal clean lines of the decor that sets the scene for inventive Japanese cuisine. Step through the dramatic entrance surrounded by an enchanting water feature inside, subdued lighting suffuses the dining area with a intimate vibe. A dramatic textured ceiling spirals downwards, flanked by green glass rods, representing bamboo. Diners can opt to sit outside on the beachside terrace, at one of the six tables indoors, or at the best seats in the house - along the counter of the open kitchen for a firsthand glimpse of the action. The innovative menu at Namu offers a diversity of dining experiences, re-interpreting influences from around Asia and especially Japan, while retaining intrinsic flavor profiles. In keeping with the traditional Asian concept of dining, a shared table concept that celebrates the compatible textures and flavors is encouraged. Cutting-edge and daring, Namu is a sensual dining experience that constantly re-invents itself, while showcasing the Asia of tomorrow.
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Went here with my Fiancé for sushi dinner, had a great time! Food was excellent although drinks were a little pricey but that was expected. The spicy edamame and sashimi where amazing! Great change from the spicy Thai food! I would recommend booking a window seat and it might be a better spot during the day for lunch than dinner because of the view! Highly recommended!

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Thank Stanley M
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WKohSamui, General Manager at Namu - W Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

Hi Stanley M,

Thank you for your review of NAMU. I can't agree with you more about the sashimi dishes that Chef Andy has created. Next time, come and join us for lunch ( Friday - Sundays) we have some excellent set menus that are tailored for lunch.

All the best

Daniel

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Loved the Yellowtail Sashimi and Jalapeno, Seared Tuna and Namu salsa was also delicious - all extremely fresh and tasty

Thank Ari R
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WKohSamui, General Manager at Namu - W Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Hello Ari R,

Thank you for your feedback and positive review of the food. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience in Namu.

All the best,

Daniel

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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Let me start to say that I am usually not over-critical. Unfortunately I have to be that now. Namu was nothing we expected. The food was pretty average. Even all-you-can-eat sushi places in Amsterdam can compete with the quality of Namu. The ambience was also not star-like. A small restaurant with people dressed for a 8pm dinner as if they came from the beach. Screaming children and screaming Asian families. We know that the place was stared by a famous Michelin start chef. But we are certain that Gordon Ramsey would fire the complete kitchen team. Of course it is always cool to be at a W hotel. But you have to do your best every day to stay at the top.

Thank Peter T
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WKohSamui, General Manager at Namu - W Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Hello Peter T,

I am disappointed that we did not meet yours or our expectations when you dined at Namu. I agree, a restaurant has to perform at its best every day and I am sorry that we failed you. Can you please contact me directly so we can make it up to you.

Best Regards,

Daniel
Daniel.simon@whotels.com

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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We visited Namu on our last night in Thailand. Even though we love Thai food, Namu was a really refreshing change! Lovely Japanese style food, well presented, excellent service, and a relaxing environment. We were staying nearby, so getting there was no problem. I'd recommend Namu as a great fine dining option in Koh Samui. You can read the menu online, and as an indication, we paid under 6000 baht for 6 dishes, dessert, and a bottle of wine. Our favourite dish was the crispy salmon skin salad!

My only minor criticism is that we booked online, but they had no record of our booking, but fit us in with no problems. Probably better to call to reserve a table.

Thank craybee
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WKohSamui, Guest Relations Manager at Namu - W Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Hello Craybee,

Thank you for your fabulous review! We are really happy to hear you enjoyed your food and service experience at Namu.

We apologize for any inconvenience about the online reservation. I have shared this with our technical team who will look into this matter immediately. Do come visit us again, we'd love for you to try our cocktails at WOOBAR.

All the best,

Peeraya Pam
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by this Japanese restaurant. The food was great. It was helmed by a Malaysian chef with superb skills. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and made appointment to go again the next night but because I was down with food poisoning we had to cancel the dinner the next night but I am sure it was not due to the food at the restaurant. If you love good Japanese food, then you must visit this restaurant at W.

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WKohSamui, Manager at Namu - W Koh Samui, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2017

Hi JenniferLum
Thank you for your kind words. We take great pleasure in surprising and delighting our guests and are happy we succeeded in doing so once again.
Chef Andy certainly is a great chef. He has only been with us for a few months but we are thrilled to have such a talented and creative professional leading our team and taking our food to new levels.
We hope you get the chance to visit us again sometime and if there’s any chance that you will be in Samui on the 17th, Chef Andy has created a special 5 course menu that will be paired with Penfold’s wines. It will surely be an amazing night.
Regards,
Garth

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