Samui Wining & Dining
Revamped Rocky’s

One of Samui’s most popular restaurants just got even better.


19Rocky’s Resort is well known as one of the most beautiful boutique resorts on the island, with its beautiful gardens and beachfront setting. It’s rare for a resort of this size to have not one, but two fantastic restaurants – in this case, The Dining Room, a fine-dining beachfront eatery with both indoor and beachside dining, and the more casual Thai Bistro, which opens onto the second swimming pool and garden. Both are equally as impressive, depending on your mood and taste at the time.

      The Dining Room, which had a makeover in November, offers seating in the open-air restaurant, or on the rocks overlooking the bay, where you’ll enjoy watching the sailboats and local fisher-folk at work. The décor is romantic and sophisticated with soft candlelight, beautiful Thai artefacts, and warm colours. And the fact that it’s the only restaurant on the island to have received the acclaimed Mielé award, says something in itself. But don’t just take the word of the experts – based on reviews by past guests, Rocky's is rated number one in its category on TripAdvisor.

      And with the interior of The Dining Room having a revamp, it makes sense that the menu should too, and the new menu is to be launched on 9th December. Executive Chef, Aziz Awang, adds flair with his French, Mediterranean and Italian specialities. He’s redesigned the menu for the festive season, to keep things interesting and fresh. Here are a few highlights from the new menu to get your mouth watering.

      Seafood lovers will enjoy the ‘Bourride of yellow fin tuna, with pommes bouchon, savoy cabbage, white truffle oil, fresh dill, and zucchini’, or the ‘Lobster Thermidor with sautéed mushrooms and asparagus, thermidor sauce and lemon wedges’. There’s an interesting soup of ‘wild mushrooms and chestnut with poached chicken and a mushroom dumpling’, or try the ‘oxtail consommé a la Celestina with braised oxtail ravioli’.

      Meat-lovers will salivate at the thought of grain-fed Australian beef, prepared in various ways, such as the ‘Australian beef Rossini, with Soulard farm foie gras, wilted baby spinach and sherry infused morel sauce’. There’s a good selection of pizza and pasta too. And vegetarians haven't been forgotten, with their own dedicated menu, showcasing interesting creations by Aziz.

      Those looking for something a little more Asian can try Thai Bistro, which serves Royal Thai cuisine as well as local favourites, prepared in the outdoor show kitchen. The feel is casual yet elegant, with seating inside or alongside the pool. Try the ‘Curry Sampler for Two’, for a delicious selection of yellow curry with tiger prawns, massaman curry with lamb shoulder, green curry with chicken breast and red curry with duck.

      There’s plenty going on at Rocky’s over the festive season, with nightly specials and live music. To sum it up; Tuesdays bring ‘Thai Night’ with live Thai music and dancing, while on Fridays guests can enjoy ‘Rustichella Pasta Night’ and ‘All Day Tapas’ on a Saturday. Have a bit of fun with a live cabaret show and an international barbecue on Sunday evenings. Live music entertains diners on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights too.

       And if you’re looking for a great way to spend Christmas, Rocky’s is offering a delicious Christmas lunch menu to both hotel residents and outside guests.

         The menu starts with a ‘green pea soup with salted cod bacalao, goat’s cheese and amaretti crumble, topped with a pistachio and celeriac cream’. Next is a ‘duck leg confit with a fresh endive and watercress salad, ripe figs, orange segments, walnut oil and raspberry vinaigrette’.

         A mango sorbet cleanses the palate before the main course: ‘roast Australian beef, Yorkshire pudding, roasted root vegetable, amande potato and real beef jus dripping’. And saving the best for last… the meal ends on a sweet note of ‘melted French dark chocolate fondant, and a peach and nectarine salad, mascarpone-Frangelico cream and lavender ice-cream’.

         With limited places available after accommodating in-house guests, it’s advisable to book your Christmas lunch at Rocky’s as soon as possible – and with an interesting menu like this, it’s sure to fill up fast.

         If you’re planning a special event or intimate private function, the banquet room at Rocky’s makes an ideal venue for weddings and functions of up to 60 guests. This teak structure with a spacious balcony and beautiful furnishings from Chiang Mai can be dressed to match the event. The venue is completely separate to the main dining room, so offers complete privacy, yet with the same dedicated service and fine-dining cuisine that Rocky’s is known for. The resort’s in-house wedding and events planner will co-ordinate the event and ensure that all runs smoothly and to plan.

         It’s great to see a business giving back to the community and being ‘green’ too. Rocky’s not only grows many of the herbs, fruit and vegetables used in its restaurants, but also uses vegetable peelings from the kitchen to produce 'EM' or Effective Microorganisms – which is a completely natural biological agent perfect for fertilizing plants, and reducing smells in gutters and drains. Plant cuttings from the resort are also used to make compost, which is then used in the gardens and nursery. Wastewater from the resort is naturally processed and used to water the gardens and nursery. It doesn’t stop there, and left over bread, meat and rice is gathered and delivered to the Samui Dog Rescue Centre, in support of the local soi (street) dogs which are looked after by this good cause, funded and run by volunteers. Rocky’s gardening team spends time with a local school, teaching the children how to grow their own vegetables and herbs, take care of the environment and recycle garbage.

         Along with other resorts and businesses, Rocky’s will be taking part in the ‘First Annual Samui Soap Box Derby and Beer Festival’ on 14th December. The event looks to be great fun, so in support of a resort that gives back so much to the community, be sure to support the ‘Rocky’s Rockets’ team at the race.


Rosanne Turner


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