Samui Wining & Dining
Chill on The Terrace

The Terrace beachfront dining restaurant at The Passage Samui Villas & Resort

offers great food along a secluded beach.

 

19It’s a common misconception that hotel restaurants are pricier than stand-alone establishments. And to be fair, many hotels have given good reason for this way of thinking. So it’s a challenge for some hotels to overcome this mind-set and promote good food at reasonable prices.

      Even those hotels that don’t, at first glance, appear to have pricy menus, sometimes have the ‘plus plus’ policy, which means that prices are listed excluding 10% service charge and 7% VAT. Well, at The Passage, F&B Manager, Slavo Hus, is making a concerted effort to attract both locals, as well as guests staying at other resorts to enjoy the delicious fare and great facilities on a pristine and secluded beach. So at the resort’s beachfront dining restaurant, The Terrace, you’ll not only find great value for money, but the price you see printed on the menu is the price you pay. No fine print. No hidden costs.

      The Passage is located on a little peninsular known as Laem Yai Beach, on the north-western tip of the island. The sea here is clear and shallow, perfect for wading out far, kayaking and exploring, and you’ll not have to share this beach with hoards of other tourists. You will find a few locals

digging their toes into the sand, searching for crabs and shellfish, and you will see long-tail fishing boats puttering along with their catch, heading to the local fish market – which is of course where the chef collects the catch of the day. You can’t get fresher.

      So with fresh seafood being readily available, and the restaurant offering stunning views of the bay, it makes sense that seafood would be a highlight of the menu at The Terrace. Their signature dish is ‘Gang Hin Samun Prai’, which to those of us who don’t speak Thai, is otherwise known as grilled rock lobster with Thai herbs. Now while one usually expects to pay an arm and a leg for rock lobster, at The Terrace, it will only set you back 590 baht, inclusive of tax and service charge.

      But if you really want to tuck into some great seafood, Wednesday night is the time to visit The Terrace, when the ‘Catch of the Day’ promotion is offered. Now this works a little differently to your regular buffet, where often you’re paying for dishes you don’t particularly like. Here, you select the specific seafood that you fancy and it’s prepared for you as per your order, with various cooking techniques being available. So you’re paying by weight for the seafood of choice, and then… you’ll find a buffet of every accompaniment imaginable, which is offered free of charge – so you’re only paying for the seafood.

     On this complimentary buffet, you’ll find salads, vegetables of the day, potatoes, corn and other side dishes, sauces, soups and even a choice of two or three desserts as well as fresh seasonal fruit. There’s a plethora of seafood to choose from such as whole red snapper (680 baht/portion), whole sea bass (490/portion baht), tuna fillet (560 baht/portion), salmon fillet (250 baht/portion), barracuda fillet (165 baht/portion), tiger prawns (80 baht/each), blue crab (150 baht/each) and squid (120 baht/portion), to mention but a few. Considering that there’s a generous selection of complimentary dishes included in these prices, it really is great value for money.

      If you’re more of a carnivore than a seafood fan, then keep a Saturday open on your calendar, as this marks the ‘Meat Lover’ menu. The same principle applies as with the ‘Catch of the Day’ on Wednesdays, so again there’s a delicious selection of sides, salads, vegetables and desserts to choose from. The difference here is that the ‘pay by portion’ of choice is meat, both local and imported. For example, you can enjoy a succulent Wagyu steak for 980 baht or an Australian beef sirloin for 580 baht. You’ll also find options of rib-eye steak, lamb rack, pork chops, pork loin, sirloin steak, beef tenderloin or whole grilled chicken. There’s a simple a la carte lunch menu, and a more adventurous dinner menu to choose from too. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, it’s advisable to call ahead and book, as the restaurant fills up fast with guests taking advantage of these promotions. Both themed evenings offer live entertainment by way of the Coco Band, a trio of singer, guitarist and keyboard player that will keep diners entertained.

       Sunsets from the beach in front of The Terrace offer memory-making photo opportunities, so why not pop in for sun-downers and make the most of happy hour from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm each evening. Beers and cocktails are sold on a buy-one-get-one-free basis, and if you’re not quite ready to leave, stick around for the second happy hour from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Slavo, says that there’s always something special on offer, be it a wine promotion or a speciality cocktail. And outside guests who pop in for a drink or a meal are more than welcome to make use of the beachside swimming pool or beach chairs.

         So if you’ve been inspired to give The Terrace a try, you’ll not want to drive past it and miss the turn off. Coming from Maenam, as you descend the steep hill by Four Seasons Resort, just at the bottom of the hill you’ll see the sign on the right for The Passage, as well as one for The Terrace with a photo of the grilled rock lobster signature dish. Coming from Nathon, it’s just at the base of the hill. Once you turn off, you’ll arrive at the resort only a few hundred metres along, and there’s ample parking too.

         If you’re looking to escape the crowds of Samui’s busier east coast, The Terrace is just the place to kick back, relax and enjoy the view and a great meal too … without breaking the bank.

         

Rosanne Turner


 


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