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Dining on the rocks at Rocky’s Resort


wining - dining 12-13There’s something really quite special about The Dining Room at Rocky’s Resort, as you enter the restaurant and take in the beautifully crafted furniture from Chiang Mai and the soft, intimate lighting. And then the stylish table decorations, the warm dark wood, the red and neutral colour scheme, the hanging lanterns, fresh flowers, the candles and finally the gently splashing waterfall. It all creates a wonderfully magical atmosphere.

    Before we get on to the good stuff, let’s make sure you know where Rocky’s is. It’s situated a few hundred metres past the turnoff for Hin Ta Hin Yai (the famous grandfather and grandmother rocks) and the resort is called Rocky’s for a reason. With their own private stretch of sandy beach and rocky formations, The Dining Room’s outside eating area and bar sit on a large, rock that is roughly a metre above the sea at most. Large granite rock formations are a common sight along the Lamai coast, but Rocky’s has made the most of this natural feature and set up a few tables directly on the rock itself. This really is dining on the rocks, sitting on beautiful wooden furniture directly on a granite rock, sea breeze in your hair, waves lapping gently beneath you. Sitting outside is very popular, so popular that there is talk of extending the area by means of a wooden deck to give more guests the

chance to dine outside. Rocky’s celebrate their 11th anniversary this year so they’ve very obviously got something that works and this something is made up of friendly staff, a great location, a great menu and outstanding food.

    Even though the menu has a strong French influence, there is more than enough to please all tastes. You’ll find a Thai style salad, and a delicious Scottish smoked salmon starter with roasted beetroot. You’ll find seafood ravioli and a good selection of pasta dishes, as well as steaks, lamb, chicken and pork to tempt you from the meat section. Don’t even get us started on the desserts.

      Rocky’s also offer an ‘Intimate Dinner Package’, which works in two steps. First, a small table and chairs are set up on the private beach for you and your partner to enjoy cocktails, canapés and a gorgeous Samui sunset. You then move to a beautifully laid table in a private dining area, also on the beach, where you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine followed by a 5-course meal (Thai or traditional) and a bottle of wine. Booking is essential.

       Speaking of 5-course meals, if you’d like to take the strain out of ordering when faced with Rocky’s tempting evening menu, try their ‘5 Course Chef’s Degustation Menu’. It promises not to disappoint. It starts with fresh Hokkaido scallop carpaccio with a salad of red radish and green apple drizzled with thyme and lemon vinaigrette, followed by a feuillantine of river prawns with Hass avocado, roasted tomato and baby spinach. On to some smooth foie gras served with caramelised peaches, brioche and a balsamic reduction. Next, some lemon sorbet to freshen your palate, before tucking in to a sous vide of Australian beef tenderloin served with glazed vegetables, potato gratin and a Port wine reduction. Sous vide is a special way of cooking things in a sealed container at a low heat for a longer cooking time to retain all the natural moisture, resulting in a succulent piece of beef. Then lastly, if you have space, indulge in the chocolate fondant with double truffle chocolate ice cream and raspberry coulis.

      You’d expect to pay a huge amount of money for a 5-course meal that included foie gras, prawns and tenderloin, but this incredible menu will only set you back 1,490 baht (excluding tax and service charge). An absolute bargain for the quality of the food, and if you get a chance to enjoy this outside on the rocks, then even better.

         If you’re in the area for Songkran (the Thai New Year celebration), make sure you plan a visit to Rocky’s for this special occasion. They start around 9:00 am with monks giving the traditional water blessings, and follow this with a long drum parade around the resort along with traditional Thai dancers. The fun really begins around 2:30 pm when the water wars start up at the main entrance. All guests are given complimentary water guns and everyone makes sure that passing traffic is given a wet welcome to the new yPear. And after all that fun, what better way to end off the day than to head to The Dining Room and indulge in some excellent food.

         After all, with their reputation, Rocky’s can always be trusted to make both your stomach and your wallet smile.


Colleen Setchell


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