We cannot recommend 9Gems highly enough, and are so glad we discovered it while in Koh Samui. It was our last night so we wanted to splurge... The place is hard to find, and our taxi driver took a couple of wrong turns, but when you get to the restaurant it's absolutely worth the trouble! The view over Chaweng beach is amazing, and the restaurant furnishings are so tasteful - modern and funky and colourful. The hostess was lovely, and so attentive and friendly, and she told us how the owner, who has spent time cooking overseas as well, has created his dream venue here on the hill, with the great lounge bar, amazing restaurant and soon-to-be accommodation as well.
9Gems has a comprehensive wine and cocktail list with some well known favourites from home (Aus) as well as expertly picked wines from elsewhere, with helpful and accurate descriptions.
And as for the food - WOW! There are complementary courses galore, and everything is crafted by someone who can expertly match flavours and textures, and create a piece of art on every dish. The tuna tartare was just brilliant, and the fillet with chocolate red wine sauce is also a must-try! Everything just looks and tastes so vibrant, and like so much love and pride has gone into it.
After dinner, we were escorted upstairs to the open air bar, where we ordered lovely cocktails and were then left to ourselves in the most romantic and lovely setting.
As we sat in that gorgeous restaurant, looking out over the lights of Koh Samui, with the impeccable service and food, we tried to think of a dining experience we'd ever had that was better than this. We couldn't - not in Sydney, not in the rest of Australia, not anywhere else we've traveled. You must dine at 9Gems if you're ever in Koh Samui!!!
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