Samui Wining & Dining
Relax on the Patio!

The Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort offers exceptional dining at its beachside restaurant, The Patio.


wining - dining 5The name conjures images of relaxation and kicking your feet up with a mug of coffee in the morning or a chilled bottle of wine in the evening. Every home should have a patio where you can unwind and watch the world go by. Well at the Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort, there’s just such a place, and it offers a fabulous view of Lamai Beach.

      The Patio is the main restaurant at the resort, working as the breakfast room for resort guests and opening for dinner from 6:00 pm for both hotel residents and outside guests. The restaurant is located in an impressive structure – a tiled-roof pavilion with high vaulted ceilings and intricate woodwork. The building is open at the sides, allowing the sea breeze in, and tables spill over to the outside deck area, beside the pool and overlooking the beach.Although the tables are clad in crisp table cloths, the cutlery and glassware are of a high standard and the service is impeccable, it still offers a relaxed dining atmosphere.

      The Pavilion is a long-standing project by local Samui entrepreneur, Khun Virach Pongchababnapa. After graduating university, he worked for a fertiliser company for a while, before the island of his birth beckoned him

home. He noticed the island’s tourism was developing, and using one rai of land, which was part of his inheritance, he started his empire as a small bungalow resort. He slowly bought up the surrounding land over the next few decades, until he had six rai where the Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort now lies along central Lamai Beach.

      The Pavilion is built and furnished in contemporary Thai style. It’s elegant and tasteful, and Khun Virach is very much involved when it comes to the design and styling of his projects. The Patio, as with the rest of the resort, is testament to his good taste.

     And speaking of taste… the food at The Patio is outstanding. The menu offers both traditional Thai cuisine as well European favourites, with Italian dishes being a speciality. A meal with Khun Virach revealed his personal favourite dishes – each as delicious as promised. A recommended start to dinner is the house favourite, ‘potato cream soup’ scented with Prosecco and caviar. The tom yum goong (sour and spicy clear prawn soup flavoured with Thai herbs) is particularly good at The Patio – piled full of fresh prawns, just the right amount of spice and highly aromatic. There’s a fusion version of this popular Thai dish too. It’s a tom yum goong on Italian spaghetti. This dish offers all the intensity of a traditional tom yum goong, and you’ll find plenty of fresh prawns towering on the spaghetti, which is coated in the rich tom yum flavours.

      When it comes to dessert, one dish that stands out is the ‘chocolate soufflé’, which is just heaven-on-a-plate for chocoholics. The delectable soft centre of the soufflé oozes onto the plate when broken open, releasing its sweet, rich aroma. Vanilla ice-cream resting in a chocolate nest is the perfect partner to the hot soufflé – so be sure to leave room at the end of your meal for this delight, or at least share a portion.

       The menu is vast and offers something for all tastes, with a great selection of soups, salads and appetisers to start. Highlights of the seafood menu include jumbo prawns pan-fried and served with a spicy bell-pepper sauce and a sweet pea risotto, or the Akami tuna served with a radish salad and boiled vegetables; a healthy option.

      Meat-lovers will be spoilt for choice with a selection of top quality steaks, such as sirloin, tenderloin, T-bone as well as beef goulash, pork milannaise, saltimbocca and grilled lamb chops. A page is dedicated to pastas, including several vegetarian options.

         A new addition to the Pavilion portfolio is a quirky little coffee shop called the ‘Coffee Way’, directly opposite the hotel, and next to Khun Virach’s other restaurant, The Palate. Here at the coffee shop, you can enjoy perfectly brewed speciality coffees, including one not readily found on the island, and Khun Virach’s favourite – the flat white. Sitting in the coffee shop, you’ll be tempted to try the delicious breads and pastries on display, and if you look through the glass behind the seating, you’ll see the hotel’s new in-house bakery located in what was once the cooking school. Khun Virach felt that the space could be better used to supply his own hotel with the freshest of baked goods, and the bakery also supplies other establishments on the island. So when it comes to bread at the dinner table or the freshest pastries, muffins and rolls at the breakfast table, you can’t go wrong at The Patio, with their trendy new bakery literally across the road.

         Well there you have it – several good reasons to head to Lamai Beach for an evening meal. Dinner on The Patio, anyone?


Rosanne Turner


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