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“Terrible experience - paying for the view not the food”

Tamarina Bistro & Bar (formerly Big Buddha Cafe)
Ranked #221 of 488 Restaurants in Bophut
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Thai, International, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Tamarina Bistro&Bar is a Thai fusion seafood spot boating one of the best sunset view on Samui island. We value the art of traditional Thai cooking in combination with locally sourced seafood and a twist of Italian influence. Come relax and unwind under our ocean front Tamarind tree, we are ready to serve you!
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Our experience was nothing less than terrible. The 'fresh' mango juice was from a tin of concentrate - this was returned but I was informed that fresh mango juice normally comes from a tin. The soda with lime was soda with some kind of lemon concentrate in (think Jif Lemon) and was undrinkable. I should have refrained from ordering food at this point.....

We ordered English Roast dinner, 1 x Lamb and 2 x Beef. The food arrived cold, the gravy cold and tasteless and the mint sauce for the lamb was just a bowl of vinegar with a couple of pieces of chopped mint in - I was told that this is their style of gravy and mint sauce - I wanted the traditional English style that would be expected. The mint sauce would have been fine for fish and chips but not a roast dinner. The vegetables were undercooked and hard, the meat overcooked and dry. We had to leave most of the food and the manager disappeared and sent different staff to serve us as she could not deal with our complaint.

I have eaten in this restaurant several years ago and the food has definitely gone downhill since then. It is overpriced (nearly double for the same meal in other establishments) and the staff seem generally unhappy.

You are definitely paying for the great view at this restaurant and not the quality of food or service with a smile.

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Thank Leigh P
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bbcsamui, Owner at Tamarina Bistro & Bar (formerly Big Buddha Cafe), responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Leigh,

Thank you for the review.

Sorry about the terrible experience.

I am not sure why it happens but every now and again a lot of our mistakes just happen at the same time to the same people. And our resolution of the errors what not good in this instance either.

Obviously we were not good and I will keep working with the staff to prevent it from happening again.

Thanks and sorry, again.

Mark

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Gorgeous settin right at side of the sea & we were lucky enough to have seen one of the most breath taking sunsets I have seen. The prices were average & the portions big. Really enjoyed our time there.

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Thank Cath T
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Best views of the Islands sunsets, can also watch the planes coming in. Food was good, Wine selection was ok, cant get anything expensive in the way of a nice wine. Service was good but a little slow one day, we went there 3 times so it must have been good and it was convenient for us as we were staying across the road.

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Thank taka322
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Big selection on the menu, European & Thai,food served at a great price, in a beautiful setting overlooking Bangark bay over to Koh Phangan

Thank Scott S
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Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Myself and partner have been travelling thailand for the past month and have used the Thailand lonely planet book as our bible. Following a recommendation in the book, we took a trip down to the BBC for dinner. The food was very average and not worth the price tag attached to it. We both ordered Thai dishes (one pad thai and one fried curry) and they were both bland and tasteless. The view in the early evening is the only thing going for it! It is a shame, because this place could be a lot better.

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Thank Emma B
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