After doing our research in the attempt to find a unique restaurant on Koh Samui, and reading the already very convincing review entitled "It will knock your socks off" (among many others), we decided to have dinner at Barracuda on our last evening on the island.
And our experience was nothing short of those of most others who reviewed Barracuda in this forum! The first impression came from Ferdinand himself, doing his best to accommodate us in the most charming and still laid-back way. Then the menu: not too many choices (I'm not a big friend of exuberantly huge menus that look like phone books), just a right amount of delicious sounding creations from a deliberate fusion cuisine.
The service: the ordering process, delivery of the various courses, refilling of our wine glasses, as well as answering a few of our questions about the kitchen, was done with the utmost swiftness, ease, charm and respect. At one point, after having just emptied my wine glass, I silently counted seconds, chuckling with my girlfriend about how long it would really take for my glass to be refilled, after so many reviewers raved about the prompt and professional service. Eight seconds still surprised us! Of course, managing a small eatery like Barracuda is easier then overseeing a large restaurant with 50 or 100 tables - but it is still in the final details and nuances where Ferdinand, his wife, and the rest of the staff realize a truly enjoyable experience for their patrons.
The food: not a millimeter short of excellent! The choice of ingredients in the mouth-watering creations, the freshness, perfectly measured degree of preparation and cooking, and the tastiness of each of the dishes we ordered was just perfect.
The price: Barracuda is not a low-budget dive, so expect to pay relatively "normal" prices - I'd say mid range for a "normal" restaurant. But considering the amazing quality of the food, service, and overall establishment, I can confidently say that eating at Barracuda is a bargain viewed next to many other restaurants that offer a comparable experience but at twice or thrice the price.
Everything, from the beginning to the end of our visit, was simply extremely pleasant and truly memorable. And we certainly and whole-heartedly recommend this extremely charming, tucked-away gem of a restaurant that might well make your most delicious dinner on Koh Samui!
P.S.: Thanks again also to Tripadvisor for consistently being the best resource for the most reliable travel recommendations out there.
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