Samui Wining & Dining
It Keeps Getting Better!

Olivio adds to the reasons why it’s such a popular dining venue.

 

Page-18-19One name keeps popping up when you ask about great Italian food at a beachfront location. And that name is Olivio, located at Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort & Spa. The restaurant’s claim to fame – well one of them – is that it’s still the only Italian beachfront restaurant in Chaweng. But of course, for a restaurant to remain so popular, it can’t rest on its laurels and rely solely on its location. And the resort’s General Manager, Khun Kittirat, and his cheerful assistant, the aptly named, Khun Sunny, know this, which is why they’re constantly coming up with new ways to keep old customers happy and lure new ones in. Khun Kittirat’s jovial manner rubs off on his staff, and the result is a super-friendly team that help create a relaxed dining environment. Add to that a fantastic view of Chaweng Bay and the island of Koh Matlang, and Olivio makes a great lunch or dinner venue.

      Olivio is well known for its lunchtime specials, including handmade Italian pastas and Thai noodle dishes, so if you’re after a quick bite, choose from this menu, where all dishes are 150 baht, and are available for lunch only, from 12:00 to 4:00pm. But it’s the new ‘Burger Tower’ that’s got the lunch crowd talking at the moment. ‘Tower’ is the right term to describe this monster of a burger – and it would take a brave man to tackle this beast on

his own. This is literally four ‘storeys’ of burger, with each floor having a different burger patty. So we start with a traditional beef patty on the first floor, followed by a tender chicken breast burger on the next. On the third floor, there’s a tasty pork burger, and last but not least, threatening to topple this mighty tower, is a fish burger. The sesame buns are toasted to perfection, and of course, all the regular trimmings are on there too, such as lettuce, tomato, mayo, cheese, pickles and onion. And as if that’s not enough, there’s a side order of French fries. This hearty burger, which can easily feed two grown men, is also available from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, at a very reasonable 550 baht plus VAT – well worth it.

      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. 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 while 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.

      Aside from the Italian and European menu, there’s a vast selection of authentic Thai dishes too – ideal if some in your party prefer to eat local. Italian desserts are some of the best, and here, the tiramisu is renowned according to Khun Sunny. Khun Kittirat declares that the apple tart with ice-cream is his favourite, and another popular choice is the chocolate molten cake. But making its mark this March, is a decadent seafood barbecue basket for two to share. And being right beside the sea, enjoying seafood just seems right.

     A highlight of this seafood sensation is a whole grilled rock lobster, and adding to the wow factor are two giant tiger prawns. But variety is the draw card to this basket, and you’ll also enjoy a grilled sea bass, some New Zealand greenlipped mussels, clams, crab and grilled squid too. Sautéed potatoes and seasonal vegetables accompany the selection of seafood, as do both Thai and Italian sauces. This fantastic spread is only 950 baht pus VAT, and is available for both lunch and dinner.

      There’s nothing like a chilled bottle of white wine to go with fresh seafood, and Olivio has a wine promotion that’s too tempting not to add to the table. They’re offering a bottle of Vina Maipo, Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay, from Chile, for 950 baht a bottle. This bright, crisp green wine is fresh, soft, balanced and semi-dry – an ideal companion to your seafood basket. If you’d prefer a red wine, there’s the option of a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot at the same price. Parking in Chaweng can often pose a problem. Luckily, Olivio has its own parking area right next door – or if you’re staying nearby, simply find it by walking along the beach and following your nose to the delicious aromas luring you in. 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 if you’re up for a challenge, you can either tackle the ‘tower of taste’ burger sensation, or for a really special meal, give the seafood basket a try, and top it off with a bottle of wine … or two. With promotions such as these, it’s no wonder Olivio remains so popular with returning guests and locals alike.

         

Rosanne Turner


 


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