Samui Wining & Dining
Hot Hot Hot

And whether we’re talking about its climate, the destination as a whole or the fabulous wining and dining opportunities on offer here, Samui’s certainly that.


1 Well, here we are in May, right in the middle of the ‘hot’ season. And there’s no greater place to be to enjoy the heat than Samui. Cooling sea breezes, refreshing seawater all around us and lots of ice-cold drinks available in the countless restaurants, cafés and bars spread around the island.

     And our feature writers are busy this month tirelessly going from one top restaurant to another, sampling the delights on offer and reporting back on their findings. It’s a hard life but, as they say, someone’s got to do it!

      Johnny Paterson starts off by visiting a popular locals’ café, Whan Tok, where he experiences spicy Samui-style Thai food just how the natives like it. And the next day he’s over to Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi, discovering the ins-and-outs of their extensive wedding packages.

       Dining under the stars is one of Johnny’s favourite pastimes so he was particularly happy when I asked him to experience just that this month at Nora Beach Resort & Spa’s renowned beachside restaurant – Prasuthon. He takes his wife, Khun Daeng, along for a romantic evening for two and we actually pay him for going!

       Johnny’s final trip out in May is to Cafe Lebay, at The Sea resort in Bang Por, where he interviews the ‘Chef of The Month’, Khun Soawakol Boon-Phet (Took), and finds out all about her background and what she’s wowing the diners with there.

       Another of our full-time feature writers, Rob De Wet, is also busy this month and he begins it with a stop-off at Olivio, Chaweng’s top beachside Italian restaurant that’s a part of Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort. And whilst he’s there, he learns all the secrets of their popular signature dish – Insalatina Novella con Granchio e Tonno Rosso, which in English translates as ‘garden salad with soft-shell crabs and red tuna’.

       The following week, Rob joins the Thai cooking class at Imperial Samui Beach Resort and learns how to cook several world-famous Thai dishes, courtesy of the Thai kitchen Sous Chef, Khun Tawee Vutikorn.

       Our only female feature writer, Christina Wylie, starts off her working month with a visit to Chef’s Table, the busy beachside restaurant at Sareeraya Villas & Suites, where she experiences their all-inclusive traditional ‘Kantoke Dinner’. And later on in the month, Christina travels the short distance from our office in Chaweng to the beachside Buco Restaurant & Bar, in Chaweng Noi, and savours their exquisite atmosphere and delicious food at outrageously inexpensive prices.

       Christina’s last ‘task’ in May is to visit the amazing Jahn Thai restaurant at Conrad Koh Samui, down on the very south-western tip of the island, and speak to Chef Joe Diaz about their individual interpretation of the nation’s cuisine.

        Rounding off the month, as usual, is our very own wine ‘guru’, Peter James. And he explains how he feels that wine’s not all about taste and that how it’s presented in a bottle or glass that makes all the difference.

        So that’s it for May. I hope you manage to keep cool whilst enjoying our hot, hot, hot island.





Steve Taylor



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