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Trade Wind Restaurant at Samui Palm Beach Resort offers resplendent dishes along with two must-see theme nights.

Trade Wind Restaurant at Samui Palm Beach Resort offers resplendent dishes along with two must-see theme nights.Samui is all about the beaches, and time spent languishing in the heat, but once the sun goes down, the fun continues with evenings that are every bit as good as the days. Head out for dinner, and whether you’re looking for Thai or international food, you’ll find it served up in stunning settings everywhere on the island. But there’s more to evenings out than simply eating. There’s entertainment too, and it’s of the finest calibre. Step into Samui Palm Beach Resort, walk through beautiful gardens and you’ll come to Trade Wind Restaurant, a relaxed open-sided dining spot that welcomes everyone, whether they’re staying at the resort or not. It’s here on a spacious lawn, right next to the beach that you can partake of Trade Wind’s two theme nights. They’re on every week, and attract an appreciative clientele. As the sun sets, people start turning up to enjoy the evening vibe over a cocktail or chilled glass of wine. If you decide to go, all you need do is to phone ahead, as places can be limited. Make sure you arrive at 6:30 pm, which is when the evenings officially start.

On Wednesdays, Trade Wind stages an exceptionally good Thai night. A Filipino duet begins the evening, and is followed by a troupe of Thai dancers who stage some of the country’s best-loved fables, such as the Manorah, a drama that focuses on a mythical half-bird, half-human figure.

Food, meanwhile, consists of sumptuous Thai dishes, a whole array of them, allowing you to try most of the popular dishes all in one go. This is ideal if you are completely new to Thai cuisine (but make sure you specify the degree of fieriness you’d like) or whether you’re a total expert, in which case just make your way through all the tastes and flavours at will;Trade Wind Restaurant at Samui Palm Beach Resort offers resplendent dishes along with two must-see theme nights. there’s a lot on offer. There are buffet options along with live cooking stations. Everything’s highly tasty, with authentic recipes being used. The cooks are adept at making the most delicious food imaginable, all while you wait. It’s an education in itself to watch them at work. Try delights such as som tam (spicy papaya salad), panang and massaman curries then prawns, steamed fish and so on. For dessert there are cut tropical fruits and traditional Thai desserts. Seating is on the lawn overlooking the sea, while the dancing takes place on a raised stage just a few metres away.

On Saturday nights you can enjoy the special barbecue that’s held on the lawn. It consists of a lavish buffet with live cooking stations and grilled fish and meat complete with Thai and international dishes. It’s accompanied by a fire-show, with dancers twirling and juggling torches and making patterns of fire in the night air. To say it’s spectacular is a bit of an understatement – these are professional fire artists who know just how to wow their audience.

Both these theme nights are feasts, so make sure you arrive as hungry as you possibly can – neither quality nor quantity is lacking in any way. Even if you can’t make it to one of the theme nights, don’t miss out on what Trade Wind has to offer. Come at any time and you’ll find specials of the day. These rotate through the week.Trade Wind Restaurant at Samui Palm Beach Resort offers resplendent dishes along with two must-see theme nights. On Mondays, check out that British classic, Fish and Chips, with the chips topped with cheese. Tuesdays, you’ll find a choice of beef, chicken and cheese burgers and French fries, while on Wednesdays, Spicy Spaghetti and Tuna awaits those who like a Thai twist to their meals. Back to a European theme for Thursdays, with Pork Schnitzel and French Fries, then on Fridays, Pad Thai with Lobster Tail is sure to delight seafood lovers. The weekend is also well-catered for with Mixed Beef, Chicken and Pork Satay on Saturdays, and on Sundays, Vegetarian Pizza with by bell peppers, onion, black olive, mushrooms and rocket. All the dishes offer great value for money and are highly delicious. They’re served for lunch or dinner – or any time in between.

If you’re coming for the specials of the day or for either of the theme nights, just tell restaurant staff that you read about them in Wining and Dining magazine and you’ll automatically get 10% discounted from your bill. What could be better? With its beautiful beachfront location and tantalizing seafood, international and Thai cuisine, Trade Wind Restaurant is an ideal spot to wind down and enjoy dining at its best. And if you’re there on a Wednesday or Saturday evening just sit back and enjoy the show too.


Dimitri Waring


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