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A look at some of Samui’s truly exceptional offerings for that very special St. Valentine’s Day celebration dinner.

 

Page14Feb St. Valentine’s Day. You can be certain that just about every resort and restaurant will be offering something special for this once-a-year occasion. Some will even have entire packages prepared which include accommodation, along with spa and dining options, such as Hansar Samui (see below). And this in itself is a wonderful treat for a loved one, – a day and a night away from your resort, somewhere luxurious and lavish and with all the pampering you can imagine.

 

But that’s only one possibility, even if it is the height of indulgence. The usual treat will come in the form of an intimate tête à tête over a super meal, accompanied by the whispering sea and with the stars overhead. Plus, perhaps, even a lingering massage for two as a prelude in the afternoon. You’ll find that most resorts will be offering something.

 

But this is Samui Wining & Dining and we’ve got our fingers in all sorts of pies! We’re able to provide a glimpse of some of the more superlative options; idyllic settings, 5-star attention and menus that would make Venus herself swoon with delight. There are quite a few of these outstanding St. Valentine’s Day offerings around the island. And below are some that we can particularly recommend.

      One of Samui’s most prestigious restaurants is to be found at Rocky’s Boutique Resort, over in Lamai. It not only has an outstanding reputation for its cuisine but it’s also one of the most beautiful eateries that you’ll come across; intimate, cosy and with warm, subtle lighting that’s a design feature in itself. It’s easy to find, being right on the ring-road near the ‘Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks’ (Hin-Ta Hin-Yai). And award-winning Executive Chef, Azizskandar Awang, is pulling out all the stops for Valentines by offering the following food of the gods in the resort’s exalted restaurant, the dining room, and for the outstanding cost of just 1,890 baht each. For reservations and further information, telephone 0 7723 3020-4.

    

         

Amuse Bouche: Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi, Poached Hen Egg, Black Truffle Shavings and Garden Mache

Fin de Claire Oysters poached in Champagne with Avruga Caviar, Classic Mignonette, Beignet and Sauce Colbert

Moulard Duck Foie Gras Poêlé with Fresh Berries, Baby Spinach, Jerez Jus and Fresh Chervil

Trou Normand: Apple and Calvados Sorbet

Roasted Spanish Turbot with Purée de Topinambour, Savoy Cabbage, Cassoulet of Summer Beans and Pommery Mustard Sauce

or

Darling Wagyu Calotte de Boeuf Grillée with Caramelised Sunchoke, Heirloom Carrot, Salsa of Spanish Peppers and Shallot-infused Madeira Sauce

Déclinaison au Chocolat et au Café: Mousse au Chocolat, Valrhona Chocolate Brownie, Milk Chocolate Ganache, Coffee Ice-Cream and Caramel Chocolate Croustillant; Petit Fours

 

 

       Swinging up onto the north coast in the region of Mae Nam you’ll discover one of Samui’s most impressively-designed resorts, Samui Buri Beach Resort. This is one place that’s not in plain view of the road – but it’s easy to find. Head towards the landmark of the Lomprayah Ferry at the western end of Mae Nam and, just where the road makes a sharp left-hand bend, head under the big arch on the right. You’ll soon see the signposts to the right which will lead you to the resort’s dramatically-illuminated roof-line. Their romantic restaurant, L’escale, is set right alongside the beach and Executive Chef, Khun Suraporn Munyuen, has lovingly created the following menu, superbly-priced at 2,012 baht per couple, which also includes a complimentary red rose for the lady and a glass of sparkling wine each – and at a private candle-lit table set right on the sand. For reservations and further information, telephone 0 7744 7275.

 

Mise en Bouche: Salmon Mousse on Toasted Bread

Mango Gazpaccio: Cold Mango Soup served with Garlic Bread Croutons

Seafood Treasure: Shrimp Tempura served on a tray

Trou Normand: Lemon Sorbet served with Fruit Salad

Roast Lamb Leg topped with Strawberry Emulsion served with Baked Apple and Sweet Potato accompanied by Steamed Garden Vegetables

or

Grilled Mixed Seafood served with Sweet Baked Potato topped with Tartar Sauce and Garlic Spinach

Chocolate Fondant served with Strawberry Mousse and Vanilla Ice-Cream

 

 

         The popular location of Fisherman’s Village in Bo Phut hosts many attractions, not the least of them being Hansar Samui. The resort’s layout and design is bold-yet-simple and this is one of the few establishments which is offering a special combined accommodation, spa and dining package. Their superlative 5-star restaurant, H Bistro, is elevated above the beach and Executive Chef, Stephen Jean Dion, has created an exceptionally-romantic gourmet menu that’s full of surprises and has the option of also being paired with matching wines. It’s priced (per couple) at 2,999 baht without wines or 3,999 baht if you decide on wine that’s matched to and paired with each course. For reservations and further information, telephone 0 7724 5511.

 

Sicilian Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella with Basil, Parma Ham and Muscat Melon and Crispy Calamari

Tartar of Scottish Sea Trout with Apple Glacier Mint Jelly and Sweet and Sour Cucumber

Maine Lobster and Alaskan King Crab with White Truffle-flavoured Asparagus Mushroom Risotto

or

Slow-cooked Stockyard Wagyu 9 with Blue Feet Mushrooms, Artichoke Poivrade and Morel Mushroom Sauce

Warm Chocolate and Strawberry Tart with Mascarpone and Strawberry Ice-Cream

Elefin Coffee or Tea, and Chocolate Pearls

 

 

       Chaweng is not short of St. Valentine’s Day offerings either, and one resort which stands out is Sareeraya Villas and Suites, right across the road from Samui International Hospital on the northern reach of Chaweng Beach Road. This is a stylish resort with lots of scrubbed concrete, water features and natural fabrics, and down next to the beach at their Chef’s Table restaurant you’ll discover that Executive Chef, Hans Engerer, has been tempted to dip into nature’s aphrodisiacs in his custom-created 5-course menu. And at just 2,150 baht per couple this is a positive incentive to telephone 0 7791 4333 ext. 5 for reservations and further information.

 

Amuse Bouche

Mixed Appetiser Plate with Spring Rolls, Prawn Cakes and Chicken Satay

Passion Fruit Sorbet

Phuket Lobster with Saffron Rice and Vegetable Bouquet

Mango Paris Breast: with Yoghurt Ice-Cream

Coffee with Chocolate-dipped Strawberries

 

 

      Not so far away and at the far northern end of Chaweng Beach, tucked-away down a side-road and on the water’s edge, you’ll discover a jewel in the form of Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort & Spa, together with their bijou restaurant, Olivio Italian Cuisine. Don’t be side-tracked by the name: tonight you have a choice of either a romantic dinner with an effusive Mediterranean bias or the Thai-cuisine alternative, courtesy of Assistant Sous Chef, Khun Maitree Thobumrung. The evening will cost 2,500 baht per couple. For reservations and further information, telephone 0 7723 1500-8.

 

International

Caprese Salad: Cappuccino of Porcini Mushrooms together with a glass of Oude Kaap South African wine

Thermidor of Salmon: with Saffron Mascarpone Sauce, Broccoli, Leeks, and Roast Peppers

or

Veal Scallops in Aromatic Herbs: with Asparagus in Parma Ham

Chocolate Mousse

Coffee or Tea

 

Thai

Taro Spring Roll with Deep-fried Prawn Cake and Fried Marinated Chicken wrapped in Pandanus Leaf

Prawn and Lemongrass Soup with Mushrooms

or

Chicken and Galangal in Coconut Milk Soup together with a glass of Oude Kaap South African wine

Green Curry with Beef or Soft Shell Crab

 

Fried Snapper or Fried Prawns with Tamarind Sauce

Stir-fried Broccoli with Scallops or Squid

Strawberry Ice-Cream with Fresh Strawberries

Coffee or Tea

 

 

       Just two minutes south of Chaweng Beach, you’ll come across Chaweng Noi’s Imperial Samui Beach Resort on the ring-road. Their remarkable beachside Twisted Thai restaurant has an established reputation for the fantastic fusion of exotic ingredients created by their Executive Chef, Jan Van de Voorde. Their unique St. Valentine’s Day gourmet offerings come complete with the option of reserving one of a limited number of gigantic and luxurious VIP daybeds decorated with red roses and rose petals. This sumptuous declaration of affection will cost you 10,000 baht per couple, including a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne. Or you can go for the more-conventional seating of a candle-lit table on the beach (or inside), for 5,000 baht per couple, which includes a bottle of Prosecco Rosé. For reservations and further information, telephone 0 7742 2020-36.

 

Orgasmic Rocket Salad in Romance with Marinated and Pinewood-smoked Duck Breast topped with Raspberry and Acacia Honey Jelly Linguini

Gazpacho of French Lavas Celery engaged with Eastern Tempted Tiger Prawn Tempura,

seasoned with Vanilla Salt

Freshly-shucked Samui Oysters quickly poached in Champagne Cream on top of Lime-flavoured Crispy Leeks in love with Black Pepper Pearls and Garlic Espuma

Heart-breaking Ginger and Lemongrass Sorbet smoothly drifting in a Pool of Red Vodka,

served with Lime Powder Sticks

Duo of Crispy-baked Veal Sweetbread and His Gently Grilled Tenderloin in Temptation with Dijon Mustard Mousseline joined by a harmonious selection of Organic Vegetables

Homemade Agar Textura Pannacotta sweetly touched by fresh Chiang Mai Strawberry Caviar and Topped with an Air of Peppermint

 

 

       Of course, there are other restaurants, and many of them. On this night, the most romantic evening of the year, the choices are endless. But you can rest-assured that the selections above are outstanding, representing a range of differing offerings and prices. The only question remains – is your partner worth it?

 

         


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