Have to love TripAdvisor... We felt like living it up last night and having a high-end dinner on Koh Samui. Sala Samui came very highly rated and the photos looked amazing, so we sent off an email for a booking. Got a prompt reply confirming the booking, which was convenient.
On arrival, as if to rub in how not-amazing wherever you're staying is, you get to walk through the Sala resort to get to the restaurant, right on the beach front. This place is absolutely immaculate. Its almost surreal. They must work very hard to maintain this property.
There was one table actually in the pool so diners could remove their shoes and put their feet in the water, which in 35° heat must have been very refreshing. Lots of subtle ambient lighting in the trees and from the pool. Certainly a great place for a nice romantic dinner or impromptu proposal....
We ordered an entree and main each. We also received fresh breads and hummus, plus an amuse bouche, gratis. All of our food was first class, and at prices comparable with a night out in our home country (New Zealand), so we didn't even hesitate. We also ordered a cocktail, martini and a bottle of wine.. Grand total for everything was 4400 baht. Money well spent.
What I loved about this the most is that it's intimate, quiet and professional. Its away from the hustle and bustle... Whilst there were a couple of beach hagglers (two, literally), they kept their distance and didn't bother anyone.
The staff perhaps could have been a bit more attentive, and the food could have been staggered a bit better, but those are small niggles that certainly wouldn't prevent me from returning... And in a setting like this, can easily be forgiven. The staff were, of course, very friendly and helpful when asked.
If you're dining here, ask for the table in the pool and wear sandals to dinner. If you're considering proposing here, ask for the more private table right down by the water. It looked like something right out of The Bachelor.
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