Samui Wining & Dining
What’s New at Olivio ?

Olivio restaurant at Baan Haad Ngam Resort, northern Chaweng is a long-standing Samui favourite.


12-13What’s new at Olivio restaurant? Well, let’s start with what isn’t new. You’ll still get the same vibe of elegant yet relaxed beachside dining. You’ll still get super-friendly staff, including the resort’s flamboyant General Manager, Khun Kittirat and his cheerful assistant and Administrative Manager, the aptly named Khun Sunny. You’ll still enjoy great pizza and pasta as well as Thai dishes. And Olivio is still the only Italian restaurant right on Chaweng Beach.

      The saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Ignoring the shocking grammar of this statement, the sentiment is true. Now while Olivio isn’t making any drastic changes, management also realise that it’s good to tweak here and there, add specials and keep the locals and returning customers interested, providing the old favourites, but adding a few new dishes too. So with this in mind, Olivio brings its latest special dish, ‘Branzino Alle Erbe in Crosta di Sale’. For those not familiar with Italian, this translates to ‘Traditional Italian Baked Sea Bass with Herbs in Sea Salt Crust’ and it’s served with blanched vegetables and lemon-butter sauce. It’s delicious and more-ish and looks impressive on the plate. And if you’re dining at the seaside, fish is the obvious choice.

      Another chef’s recommendation if you’re in the mood for some Italian is the ‘Chef Antipasto for Two’, which comprises the following: foie gras with balsamic honey dressing and compote of fig, buffalo mozzarella cheese with tomato and fresh basil, melon with speck ham from Italy, smoked salmon with rocket salad, grilled marinated fresh tuna with Italian tomato as well as grilled fresh soft-shell crab in a crust of polenta with rocket salad. It makes a great variety of tastes for nibbling on and sharing while enjoying a good bottle of wine, with a great view of Chaweng Beach and the little island of Koh Matlang.

      And if you have kids with you, they’ll love the pizza – which comes recommended as some of the best pizza the island has to offer. As much as we’d like to introduce our kids to new and exciting food options, let’s face it – not all kids are willing to try the exotic flavours of Thai cuisine. But pizza is always popular with kids.

       Add to that a swimming pool right on the beach, and you have a lunchtime winner for families. Guests (even non-hotel residents) are welcome to use the swimming pool if enjoying lunch at Olivio, so make the most of this beachside dining venue and let lunch drift into evening cocktails, while the kids are entertained with the pool and beach.

       Olivio offers frequent lunchtime specials, usually including handmade Italian pastas and Thai noodle dishes, so if you’re after a quick bite, choose from this menu. Aside from the Italian and European menu, there’s a vast authentic Thai food selection too – ideal if some in your party prefer to eat local. Italian desserts are some of the best around, and here, the tiramisu is renowned according to Khun Sunny. GM, Khun Kittirat declares that the apple tart with ice-cream is his favourite, and another popular choice is the chocolate molten cake. Also new to Olivio is a smoothie menu with popular flavours as well as a few more unusual combinations – a great way to enjoy the local tropical fruit.

      Olivio frequently hosts themed evenings, parties and special events too, so look out for these. And if you’re after a romantic evening venue, ask the staff to arrange a table on the beach for you to enjoy dining under the stars with the sea lapping at your feet.

       Parking in Chaweng can sometimes prove difficult. Luckily, Olivio has its own parking area right next door – or if you’re staying nearby, simply walk along the beach and follow your nose to the delicious pizza aroma. Not to worry if you’re without transport, as the restaurant offers a complimentary transfer service in Chaweng, and also as far as Bophut and Choeng Mon. Just call ahead and book.

      So with everything that Olivio has to offer including ideal beachfront location, friendly service, wholesome Italian and Thai food, it’s no wonder that the locals keep returning for their old favourites. But be sure to try the new dishes too… you never know, it may soon become your new ‘old’ favourite.


Rosanne Turner


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