Samui Wining & Dining
Just Go to Spagó!

With a great vibe and fantastic food,you won’t be sorry.

 

Page-05All too often, a restaurant’s self-styled portrayal on their website is far from the truth. But in this case, it rings true. This short and sweet description sums it up perfectly, “It's lively and fun. It's vibrant and exciting. It's a bar and a restaurant. It serves excellent Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. Its prices are incredibly reasonable. It's in the very heart of the bustling Chaweng Beach Road (opposite Chaweng Garden Beach Resort). And its name is Spagó.”

      Well, there you have it. But we didn’t just take their word for it. We visited this bustling restaurant that’s been open for nearly two and a half years, and so we have a little more to say than their perfectly worded summary.

      You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and restaurants along Chaweng Beach Road – so it’s hard to know which to choose, as staff enthusiastically try to entice you into their establishment, and menus are proudly on display outside. Perhaps it’s the delicious aroma wafting from the wood-fired pizza oven that’ll first draw you in to Spagó, or perhaps it’s the inviting look of the place – with its chic, but relaxed décor. Whatever it is, you’ll be pleased to discover Spagó, as so many happy customers have done before you.

     Chaweng is the ultimate people-watching area of Samui – and you’ll see some interesting sights for sure! With its wide, open frontage and comfy seating, Spagó is just the spot for passing time, while sipping on a cocktail… or two. And with happy hour(s) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, you’ll have a steady flow of people passing by to keep you entertained. And if people-watching isn’t your sport of choice, there’s a strategically-placed TV showing the latest sporting events to help you while-away the time.

     Although you're more than welcome to visit just for drinks, Spagó is first and foremost a restaurant – one with a great reputation, at that. It’s particularly renowned for pizza, made in a wood-fired oven, with a thin and crispy base and top quality ingredients; and many locals swear it’s the best pizza in town. The menu offers both Mediterranean and Thai cuisine – which isn’t surprising considering Spagó is owned by a Thai/Italian couple. The menu is vast and the prices are reasonable.

      If you’re looking for something light and refreshing on a hot day, there’s a substantial choice of salads, as well as a deli counter with a tasty selection of imported cold meats and cheeses on offer. And if you’ve come for the famous pizza – take a deep breath, and work your way through the choice of over 50 options available. Other light lunch options include sandwiches and burgers, all generously portioned.

       If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, there’s a great selection of main dishes, and co-owner, Khun Jeab reveals that the house favourite is the ‘Spagó Duck A l’Orange’ – seared duck breast in an orange sauce, served with potato cake and seasonal vegetables. Other highlights of the main dishes include the ‘Rack of Lamb’ – herb-roasted lamb served with mashed kalamata, soft polenta and a red wine reduction.

      Seafood lovers will be tempted with the ‘Red Tuna Steak’ – served with a fresh mango salsa, or the ‘Salmon Lipton’ – salmon steak wrapped with pepper and black Lipton tea. And there’s a good choice of Thai favourites too, for those that want to stick with local cuisine.

         Should you find yourself in Chaweng early (by local standards anyway), Spagó is open for breakfast from 10:00 am, and serves up hearty breakfast fare to start your day. Choose from classic options such as the English, Continental or Asian breakfasts.

         Spagó is spread over two levels, with the top floor covering not only its own property, but also two adjacent ground-floor businesses. It’s upstairs that you’ll find a temperature-controlled wine cellar, stocking a great selection of wines from around the world – a perfect complement to the selection of cheeses downstairs.

         Upstairs, you’ll still enjoy the sights and sounds of Chaweng, while being elevated above the bustle. It’s also the perfect venue for a private function, as it seats 50 people and can be booked separately from the downstairs section. Sit outside on the open-air deck, or in the fan-cooled interior, where you’ll find more large-screen TVs.

         Owners of Spagó, Alessandro and Jeab, haven’t stopped here, and have opened another restaurant, Galanga, right next door. While Spagó is furnished in a contemporary European style, Galanga offers traditional Thai décor. The menu is also different, and features authentic Thai dishes with a focus on seafood. It offers the same great wine selection as Spagó, and has a kids’ playroom to keep little ones occupied while mum and dad relax. When you’ve finished your meal, have a browse through the Galanga souvenir gallery for an interesting selection of gifts.

         Spagó is open from 10:00 am until midnight (main kitchen), with pizzas being served until 1:00 am. So no matter the time of day you’re visiting Chaweng, Spagó will be open to offer refreshment and entertainment in a relaxed, comfortable setting.

         

Rosanne Turner


 


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