Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: 99/9 Moo 4 Maret, Koh Samui 84310, Thailand

Telephone: +66 77 915 333

Email: reservations-samui@banyantree.com

http://www.banyantree.com/en/samui/

冬天就快完結,差不多要開始計劃夏季的度假旅行! 如果大家想去泰國蘇梅島的話,就算不入住隱世的蘇梅島悅榕莊大酒店,也一定要到酒店的Saffron Restaurant 吃一頓飯! 食物不是最頂級,但位於山頂的餐廳環境極優美,大概每位HK$400! 很多人都不知道非酒店住客也可以到那裏用膳!

There are countless beautiful resorts in South East Asia, but the ones in Thailand have always been some of the most popular. In addition to the pristine beaches and friendly locals, after a long day in the sun you will also be able to enjoy a delicious Thai feast in the evening.

I have tried several seafood restaurants on the island, but have only chosen Saffron Restaurant at Banyan Tree hotel to review on my blog. It is not because it serves the most authentic or scrumptious Thai food, but because it is hands down the most elegant and romantic restaurant in Koh Samui. Please feel free to email me or leave a message on my Facebook page for other Koh Samui restaurant recommendations.

Opened in 1995, Saffron Restaurant is located in the secluded Banyan Tree Hotel. Even though the hotel seems very exclusive, the restaurant does take outside reservations for meals. Overlooking the tranquil Lamai Bay, Saffron Restaurant is a plush and sophisticated space. The menu is not very extensive, but the food ingredients were fine and the staff were friendly, attentive and deferential. The prices were reasonable, and a meal (including drinks and desserts) at this luxurious eatery would cost around 1,500 – 1,800 THB (around HK$400) per head.

(1) We were presented with some prawn crackers and bread, which did not impress us too much – the prawn crackers could have been crispier and the bread more spongy. Fortunately, the dishes that followed were more promising.

(2) We ordered a few Tom Yum Goongs, traditional spicy prawn soup, to share. The prawns were firm and springy, and the coconut flavour was strong. The lemongrass added a refreshing note to the soup, and the spices gave it flair.

(3) The classic Phad Thai was accomplished. The rice noodles were stretchy and smooth, and the bean curd, bean sprouts and vegetables had an attractive crunch and vibrant flavours. Even though the dish was stir-fried, we like how it was not oily or greasy at all.

(4) The gentle braised chicken green curry followed. The curry sauce was deep and flavourful and the chicken had an appealing tenderness; some apple eggplants and sweet basil leaves lifted the flavours of the dish. We were also given some crispy fish and salted eggs on the side, which were moreish!

(5) The main courses came with rice, and we were delighted to see that there were as many as four flavours to choose from – jasmine rice, brown rice, ginger rice, and rice with herbs. The mild hotness of the ginger rice was enticing, the jasmine rice was soft and fragrant and the chewiness of the brown rice was invigorating. However, the rice with herbs was not too memorable especially when the other dishes at our meal were quite intensely flavoured.

(6) Perhaps Western titbits were not the restaurant’s forte, as the petit-fours tasted rather mediocre. The chocolate-coated cornflakes were very appetising, but the rest of them were not outstanding at all.

 

Conclusion: Saffron Restaurant is a charming and impressive restaurant within the haven of Banyan Tree Hotel. As we sat under the moonlight, with the gentle breezes blowing over our face and the convivial staff waiting on us hand and foot, we began to get a feeling of what a paradise would be like.