Samui Wining & Dining
Head to Lamai and one of the island’s best dining experiences at Rocky’s Resort!

Head to Lamai and one of the island’s best dining experiences at Rocky’s Resort!There are some lovely little resorts on Koh Samui. And there are some wonderful restaurants, too. But it’s rare that you’ll find these two aspects in one place. However, if you head over to Lamai, not far away from the famous Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks, you’ll find a dream come true. Because not only is Rocky’s Boutique Resort one of the most delightful boutique resorts anywhere, but it also has some of the finest dining on the island, too.


Coming into Rocky’s in the daytime is interesting – the land is densely wooded with big mature trees, with a central path between them that drops downwards. And, fringing this, running alongside the main body of the restaurant is a lower terrace of rock that holds more dining tables plus a little thatched bar.


It’s attractive enough in the daytime, but walking down the path to ‘The Dining Room’ restaurant at night is a fairy-land. Big red Chinese lanterns glowing in the trees are offset with a myriad of tiny white fairy lights,and hidden lamps throw pools of light onto the path. That red theme continues in the restaurant, with three gigantic lanterns hanging from the ceiling, smaller versions lining the borders, red candles and glasses on the tables and red cushions scattered everywhere.


The Dining Room is an elegant space: there’s a massive rock wall with a water feature at one end, and the side is open to the sea below. The furniture is refined and cosily classical, and the tableware pristine. A lot of thought has gone into the lighting: if you look carefully you’ll discover five or six different kinds of illumination, Head to Lamai and one of the island’s best dining experiences at Rocky’s Resort!all of them together creating a warm and intimate dining space. The menu here is French- Mediterranean, with the accent on fine-dining.


Not only is the setting superb and the cuisine top-notch, but that other vital element, the quality of service, is also second to none. The wait staff are attentive and polite, yet friendly, and their English is excellent. At The Dining Room this level of staff sensitivity is nowhere more important than with the two featured set menus, the five-and seven-course ‘Chef’s Degustation Menu’. These are favoured by a great many diners, and come with the option of paired wines, too.


And with a choice of mains such as ‘Poached lemon sole, Scottish smoked salmon mousse, beetroot, caviar and Champagne sauce’, or ‘Roasted Australian striploin, potato presse, sugar snap peas, baby carrots and red wine reduction’, you can see why an informed winepairing is important. The à la carte menu also features items which are not quite so usual, such as the Salad Ceviche (that’s marinated with avocado) or the Samui Crabcake (with its honey mustard dressing).


The Executive Chef here is Khun Ton, who has a wealth of experience that reaches back for over 22 years. He previously worked in Phuket, and since being at Rocky’s has had the benefit of working with internationally-renowned award-winning chefs, before assuming executive status. Head to Lamai and one of the island’s best dining experiences at Rocky’s Resort!And, working together as a part of the team in mutual support,there’s the energetic and forward-looking Khun Junya, the resort’s General Manager, whose enthusiastic involvement helps to shape the wonderful ambiance here at Rocky’s.


However, Rocky’s boasts not one super restaurant, but two. As well as The Dining Room, on the other side of the path and raised on a higher level, there’s The Bistro. This is a laid-back space that’s mostly open-air, with a gigantic outdoor show kitchen and a state-of-the-art imported Italian stove and grill. Here you can dine at one of the set tables inside, by the pool with sunshine tables under big umbrellas, or even on a comfy daybed. The menu is contemporary Mediterranean and Thai, although there’s also a super election of tapas, too.


But Rocky’s isn’t just about fine wining and dining – it also has a deserved reputation for quality entertainment. There have been events which range from live jazz, to beach buffets and parties and even a cabaret show – the pool area at The Bistro is an alternative setting that’s ideal for this. These feature-programs include Thai Night and BBQ Night, to name just a couple. The best way to keep on top of them is to follow Rocky’s presence on Facebook, where forthcoming events are regularly updated.


A magical ambiance, some of the best dining on the island, and a variety of entertainment to go with this. What could be finer? No wonder word on the street says that ‘Rocky’s Rocks’!


Rob De Wet


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