Samui Wining & Dining
Comfortably Cool

Enjoy a refreshing drink and a bite to eat from Black Canyon Coffee after shopping in Tesco Lotus Chaweng.


9Some like it hot. Okay most of us like it hot. But sometimes on Samui the heat can get a little hard to bear, and you need some respite. Indoor shopping malls are a godsend on sweltering days where you break into sweat just stepping out of your hotel room door. At times like this a whole building full of air-conditioned shops and restaurants is pure bliss.

    Tesco Lotus Chaweng, on the main ring road, is a favourite amongst locals and tourists in the know. You can pick up groceries and booze at local prices without having to barter, and you can grab all the other essentials you'll need for your trip too. There’s even a chemist, phone shop, cinema and bowling alley too. Not to mention restaurants and cafés galore. Plus parking is a cinch as there's a massive car park at Tesco that stretches all the way around two sides of the very large building.

      After traipsing through market stalls in Chaweng for the first half of your holiday the comparative calm of an indoor shopping mall can come as a welcome relief. Nobody’s going to grab your arm and ask if you want to buy a suit, or pester you with claims of, “I give you good price.” At Tesco you can shop at your own leisure and buy things that you actually want to buy – rather than finding yourself stuck with a bunch of impulse purchases made only to get the vendor to leave you alone.

       And shopping done? It’s time for some light refreshment. Black Canyon Coffee is a well-known, and therefore trusted, local Thai brand. Owing to the fact that each franchise is strictly regulated in order to standardize quality, the 'Black Canyon' brand inspires confidence in people. The décor is always clean and tidy, with the tables and layout appearing fairly similar in Black Canyon venues all over Thailand.

       As their website states, “The company’s business is the operation of coffee houses serving food and coffee of the highest quality, located in shopping centres, movie theatres and gas stations throughout Thailand, as well as an increasing number of overseas countries. Black Canyon owns and operates some branches directly, while others are owned and operated by franchisees. All branches are decorated to the same high standard, with overall designs selected from a palette of available options depending on the type of location. Black Canyon’s excellent reputation is based on serving coffees of the highest quality, with the best aroma and taste, made from 100% fresh coffee beans imported from around the world, as well as those grown in Thailand under Royal patronage.”

       Comfortable, cool surroundings and professional service is what Black Canyon has become known for. In the hot, summer months it’s the perfect place to come to enjoy a cool-down drink. Prices are very reasonable, and for that reason it’s popular with locals and tourists alike. And to top it all off, it’s air-conditioned.

      People often have preferred dishes and drinks that they keep coming back to Black Canyon for, and those chosen items are usually not the same as the next person's because the menu’s so extensive. One diner said, “This is where they sell my favourite food. Their little hot sausages are to die for. I dream about them! Great food and they do a fab cold iced green tea drink too.”

      When it’s hot outside you often feel like a light meal rather than something hot and heavy. And the Black Canyon menu has just that in the form of Caesar Salad, Grilled Black Pepper Salmon Salad and Apple Salad with Crispy Prawn – among many others. There are also a lot of soups and fresh fish dishes. The menu has both Western and Eastern dishes to satisfy all tastes, ranging from French fries to fried rice. And there are even some creative fusion dishes, which combine flavours of the East with the West on the same plate, like, for example, spaghetti with green curry sauce, fusilli noodles in tom yum soup and spaghetti with red panang shrimp sauce.

       But it’s in the drink menu where Black Canyon really shines. Flicking through it you see big frappés topped with whipped cream and piles of fresh fruit. And there are also countless juices and iced teas. The most popular drink order at Black Canyon is the Mocha Glacier Frappé, an indulgent yet refreshing chocolate coffee drink that's blended with ice cream.

       For desert there are a number of healthy options as well as the expected calorie loaded treats. An example of the former is Fruit Salad Sundae, and of the latter the Premium Mocha Chips.

       The staff at Black Canyon are famously friendly too. There’s such a relaxed ambience that makes people feel comfortable enough to sit chatting away for hours. So it's a good thing that there’s such an extensive drinks menu so that no matter how many times they come and how long they stay for the customers never get bored. Pop in the at any given time and you'll see friends catching up, couples sharing loving moments and colleagues having business meetings. There's always such a broad variety of people dining and drinking in Black Canyon. It’s one of those places where everyone feels at home.



Christina Wylie


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