Visit - Sept 2011
When in Koh Samui, do not give this restaurant a miss! Good food, friendly customer service and character of the place are big positives.
It starts off with a phone call to David (check out the website, they take reservations in both English and Thai) - the restaurant owner - to check whether they have a pick-up/drop-off service (they don’t) but his friendliness over the phone shines through and despite the off-central location, the decision’s made to drop by for dinner. BTW, when I say off-central, I mean the restaurant is not at the main Chaweng or Bo Phut beaches, but Koh Samui is not that big and it takes probably 30-40 minutes from Chaweng. I was staying at Taling Ngam beach and it took me 10 minutes.
Arriving at the restaurant, and without a reservation, we are shown to a table. Given that it’s low season now, the restaurant is still pretty much full. There were only two empty tables out of 9 available. Lesson here is to make a reservation early if you are arriving during peak season.
Deserving special mention, the Green Curry with chicken had the right balance of spice and good proportion of chicken to vegetables and the squid stuffed with chicken was creative and a good size portion. The good thing about the restaurant is that you can inform them about the ‘degree’ of spiciness you want your dishes to be. We also had a favorite dish - steamed fish with lime and chilli - that didn’t disappoint. I have had this dish in Bangkok, Hua Hin and Chiang Rai and here in Ko Samui, the dish wins on freshness and size of fish. I would have liked more broth - the style they do in Chinatown, Bangkok - but that’s minor. The entire meal came up to about 1345Baht (estimate about SGD $60) including a glass of South Africa Mont Clair white wine and a bottle of Singha. Fantastic value!
Finally, given the location, it’s advisable to arrange a taxi from the hotel/resort/villa two-way. It seems the market rate here is between 350-400Baht one-way so remember to factor in the additional cost. Of course, if your accommodation provides free transport/vehicle + driver, that would be perfect. Remember to check when booking the place!