Dinner with Friends at the Bistro.
The Bistro is, as with many of the better restaurants on Koh Samui, within a resort.
First of all before you go to the Bistro for dinner, arrive early and grab a Happy Hour cocktail at the beach bar. Good value and great views of the ocean as the sun goes down.
The Bistro has only around 25 to 30 covers so quite small really. Its open plan and without air con but air circulation was good and there were no complaints on the heat front. However there is no view to speak of as its located at the side of the larger of the two pools at the resort. The ambience is good and feels intimate.
We are in Thailand so service is very friendly but not the level of service that you would expect from what is called a "fine dining experience".
Often language can be a problem and as we do not speak thai you have to ensure that the wait staff understand your needs so it pays to be patient and in turn the wait staff to repeat the order back to you would save some dissapointment in this regard.
One dissapointing element was that when I was given what I thought was the wine list, there were only a few wines including the wines of the month listed. When I wanted to order the second bottle of wine a more extensive wine list was provided...........Humm
The wine of the month was well priced (much better than the Patio - see earlier review) and we selected the Carriagnan Old Vignes blend from France. Very nice. Wine glasses were presented which were a little small but okay we will go with it. These turned out to be their white wine glasses as for the second bottle red wine glasses were provided. Should have asked the question I guess!
On to the food. All in all a very good experience. A number of dishes selected including a steak, the casserole espagniole, lamb cutlets and a fish dish. All very well presented and cooked. There was a bit of an issue with a side dish (appeared to have been missed) but was all sorted out in a couple of minutes.
Only one dessert tried which was a mini baked Alaska which came with extra ice cream and four spoons all of us had something to satisfy our respective sugar needs. Nice touch.
Rockys have a guitarist on staff who plays at the Bistro during the evening and this guy is a first class guitarist. We very much enjoyed this although there were times when he was a little on the loud side for the size of the venue and number of diners.
And so the price - its going to cost you around 25 to 35 pounds per person including a lower end wine. Value for money in the UK, at the upper end of the register in Koh Samui.
I have been super critical but want to finish by saying that it was a good evening overall and if we were to be in Koh Samui again we are likely to visit the Bistro.
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