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“Idiosyncratic setting but good food”
Review of The Boudoir

The Boudoir
Ranked #2 of 1,255 Restaurants in Ko Samui
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Idiosyncratic setting but good food”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

We really enjoyed our meal at the Boudoir. Yes it is tricky to find but there are lots of signs to guide you. The new owners are a couple from Montpelier. They are friendly and out to please. The bar of the rstauant seems to be a popular hangout for the local French community which is a recommenation in itself. The restaurant is unusual - low light and partitions between tables whic feels like what I imagine a harem is like. The food is plentiful and delicious, very much like a French small town restauant. I had the goat's cheese and honey entree followed by Canard aux figues, which was cooked to perfection. The meal began with a slice of Pissaladiere, classically from the south of France. We enjoyed an excellent Cotes du Rhone ( from Gigondas) for only BHT1,200. The servings were substantial so there was no room for desert. Definitely worth the effort to find if you would like a change from Thai food.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Jenni N
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Gibsons, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“A great little French restaurant”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

In spite of of all the comments on TA, the Boudoir restaurant is actually not too difficult to find - so long as you don't look at any on-line map.

Driving west on the ring road from Bo Phut turn left on to Mae Nam 1 (otherwise known as Soi 1) at the Family Mart immediately before the first bridge, and then follow the signs - red, new and freshly painted. Driving east from Bang Po turn right on to Mae Nam 1 immediately after the second bridge.

The probable reason for so much confusion is that every on-line map puts the Boudoir in the wrong place. The most prevalent version places it just off Bang Po 1 instead of just off Mae Nam 1.

The restaurant itself is small, funky, colourful and interesting. Patrice is the chef and Magali looks after the guests, or rather that is the general division of labour between the pair. It appears that they took over the restaurant within the last year or so.

The two of us shared the baked camembert. It was big enough to be a starter for four. Came with three types of salami, a slice of parma ham and bread, Super tasty.

This was followed by seared tuna steak with small roast potatoes. Although marinated/basted in soya, it needed some additional moisture so we added some aoli. Could have done with a green veg of some sort. Beautifully cooked. The steak salt carmague was also served with roasted potatoes (only), perfectly cooked and great texture. The portions are quite large, so no dessert.

With a drink before and a couple of glasses of house wine (very good stuff for B 150 a glass), the bill was reasonable at c. B 2,500.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Jonathan S
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essex, uk
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“A French gem, and a romantic setting.”
Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

The owners are French and take great care and pride in ensuring your visit is enjoyable. The setting is great, I think it's their home - but don't be put off by this, it adds to personal touch. The food was great, there was a complimentary cous cous dish served with bread, then we had salads with goat's cheese and a honey dressing. Then pasta with chorizo and I had duck leg confit (genuinely, the best duck I have had in years).
More expensive than local offerings but definitely worth visiting.

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1 Thank yamahafazer
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“A perfect eating spot... once you find it!”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Definitely one of the best restaurants I've eaten in during our Koh Samui trip.

At the beginning it is really difficult to find it. We were trying to search it by ourselves for more or less an hour on the motorbike and we didn't succeed. Later on we have found the taxi driver who was aware of the location ( he wasn't the first one we asked, so even this search needs a bit of patience ) and we have followed him down to the budoir...and this is the way I would recommend, at least during the night time, when the heading markers aren't visible at all.

But once you are there, you feel the atmosphere and you are sure that the searching process was worth going through. The atmosphere done by the French couple running this restaurant is simply amazing. And after you taste the meal you will forget any previous difficulties with the routing, for sure... The menu is not extensive, but every single meal we've tasted was more than delicious.

What to add... really the perfect eating spot.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank ungetom
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

We eat there with my 2 daughters.
The boudoir is really hidden and you would need a taxi to have a good chance of finding it.
Nice family setting with husband cooking and wife doing the service.
At the time of our visit few dishes were no longer available on the menu which make the choice a bit more difficult. Overall everyone really enjoy their food.
L'assiette apero was really nice, good choice, tasty and generous serving.
The tuna steak was very good.
The apricot tart could have been better but the other desert were very nice

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank marcnus
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