Samui Wining & Dining
Fun of The Fare

With so much fabulous cuisine on offer in Samui’s top restaurants,
it certainly is a fun place for food-lovers.


1You may be on holiday taking it easy but there’s a lot of people on Samui working very hard to make your stay here a memorable one. And that includes the staff here at Siam Map Company! This month, our feature writers are running rings around the island visiting Samui’s top restaurants and getting all the latest gastronomic low-down. Johnny Paterson kicks off June with a trip to Chaweng Noi’s acclaimed Fair House Beach Resort and Hotel and finds out where they are in the island’s culinary stakes after 20 years of successful operation. And whilst he’s in the area, he pops into Impiana Resort & Spa where he meets up with June’s ‘Kitchen King’, Executive Sous Chef Khun Adisak Saephoo, and finds out all about the man behind the whites.


Johnny’s next assignment is a visit to Bandara Resort & Spa, in Bophut, where he interviews their Executive Chef, Khun Amporn Choeng-Ngam, in a mission to discover what it is that actually makes Thai cuisine so very special. And the following day he’s at the recently opened Spirit House Spa & Restaurant, in the very heart of Chaweng, where he has dinner with the owner, Paul Mcdermid, and learns all about the world-famous Benjarong china crockery that’s used there.


From Chaweng, Johnny makes the 15-minute journey over to Maenam where he drops in at the exciting new hydroponics farm – Hydroboyd. Whilst there, he meets the owner, Khun Phatphong Jeartrawanich, and asks him what brought him to Samui in the first place and what led him to creating the farm. And Johnny’s last task this month (as it is every month) is to find a lovely local Thai restaurant to have dinner in with our photographer, Khun Krit, and then share the secret with us. This month’s chosen eatery is Arun@Samui, in Maenam, and Johnny is most impressed with what he finds there.


Our other full-time feature writer, Rob De Wet, kicks off June with his monthly enrolment in one of the island’s top cooking classes. And this month’s lesson is in an idyllic spot at Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort’s fabulous beachside restaurant, Chom-Lay Thai, where Rob comes away ready for part-time work as a Thai chef!


And if you’ve heard about Issan cuisine but have never tried it, you’ll be interested to hear all about Rob’s next adventure this month which is a trip to Khaoneaw restaurant, in Chaweng. After just a couple of dishes he becomes converted to this variation of Thai food and vows to go back every week! And whilst in Chaweng, Rob goes into the centre of town later and stops by at the new Xin City Shopping Plaza where Black Canyon Coffee has it latest branch. Here, he meets one of the delightful baristas, Khun Chanchira Ganjanachat (better known as Khun Joy), and finds out what a typical day’s like for her.


Whatever Khun Joy’s working day entails, it’s a sure bet that Rob’s is a lot easier. And that’s proved the following day when his assignment is to visit both the 5-star Anantara Bophut Resort and Spa and Namcha teashop/restaurant, both in Bophut, and try out their sensational alco-tea-cocktails – oh, it’s a hard life for some!


Although Rob’s only child (Joni) is a grown-up woman with a baby of her own, he spends the next few days travelling around the island stopping off at the best restaurants and finding out for us what special deals are on offer for kids. And he’s surprised when he discovers that there’s everything on offer, from huge discounts and mini-menus through to games and activities, and even ‘nanny’ services.


Rob takes to the ocean waves next when he enjoys a ‘boat trip with a difference’ voyaging from the renowned Rocky’s Boutique Resort to the nearby deserted ‘Robinson Crusoe’ islands (where he stops off for a swim) before returning to a sumptuous gourmet dinner at their superb beachside restaurant – The Dining Room. And the following day, Rob’s mission is to stop by at Nora Beach Resort & Spa and see what facilities they offer visiting MICE (that’s people from the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions market – not the small grey rodents!).


His last ‘task’ of the month is to dine at the celebrated Red Snapper restaurant on Chaweng Beach Road whilst soaking up the professional jazz music, courtesy of the talented Zoe Sky and her band, before interviewing her about her background. (Rob’s got such a good job, I think he should be paying us!)


Wrapping up the show, as he does every month, is our very own ‘Wine Guru’, Peter James. And he explains what tannins are all about and why they’re actually the building blocks of every good wine.


So, there we have it. Another month in ‘paradise’ enjoying some excellent wining and dining.


Bon appétit!


Steve Taylor



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