Samui Wining & Dining

Upmarket and laid back, you’ll be going back again to Coast at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui!

Upmarket and laid back, you’ll be going back again to Coast at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui!Centara Grand Resort Samui is no stranger to Samui, being one of the longest-established chunks of 5-star real estate on the island. It’s not exactly a household word. But in recent years it’s certainly shown itself to be one of the most progressive of all the Thai mega-names. You’ll get to their signature restaurant, Coast, by heading over to the right-hand side of the car park. Follow your way through the greenery and you’ll come across the wooden decking leading into the beach-frontage.


 It’s all very neatly designed and laid out. A large central area which edges onto the beach has been broken into different areas and levels, with a series of very attractive modern canopied spaces in the middle. There are actually four buildings around the edge, all of them clean, white and very Mediterranean in feel. The open-sided bar features some very chic hanging seats, and this is next to a lower beach level with rows of modern scooped daybeds, each in their own little niche, and with a group of tented salas nearby. It’s a beautifully designed place, open, bright, inviting and with lots of cosy nooks and corners.


As a restaurant this is undoubtedly one of the most innovative anywhere in the world. The Catalonian Executive Chef, Sandro Aguilera, has put together an entire strata of gourmet delights, with a variety of influences from cuisines worldwide, but with a great many Spanish and Mediterranean sidesteps. And together with the resort’s Director of Food & Beverages, Rohit Pandey, he has been instrumental in creating an alluring event for every evening of the week. 


Every Monday, for example, there’s a sumptuous ‘Beach BBQ’, with a range or perfectly-barbecued meats, seafood, salads, appetisers and desserts, plus the spectacle of a fire dance show. And the following evening chef Sandro expresses his culinary arts by orchestrating the ‘Apertivo Italiano’ – take a drink and help yourself to one of the range of exciting ‘tapas’ that are available. 


Wednesday is a buffet-style ‘Mediterranean Circus’, where the focus is on the reinterpretation of traditional recipes, while being entertained by a performing dance and acrobatic troupe. And Thursday there’s the ‘Paella and Tapas’ sets – followed the next day by ‘Crazy Lobster’, a lobster free-for-all, cooked on the spot as you like it, with an extensive range of side dishes and an attendant DJ. And Saturday you’ll find ‘Steak Out’, a choice from a range of prime meats from Australia and New Zealand, with a huge buffet of sauces, salads, vegetables and greens. 


All of these evenings are astonishingly affordable. When was the last time you came across a whole lobster for 990 baht – especially with a 5-star gourmet setting. And the same price goes for the Steak Out, too. 


But probably the most iconic and extravagant of all events at Coast is their ‘Sunday Brunch’. If you’re visiting Samui, along with the obligatory trip to Fisherman’s Village this is the next thing that simply has to be on your go-to list. This brunch is like having every evening’s super food features, Upmarket and laid back, you’ll be going back again to Coast at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui!all out for you at the same time and at one exclusive price. It’s almost beyond description, such is the atmosphere and the enormous range of superb gourmet food available – not to mention the delightfully light-hearted yet totally professional staff. 


It hardly does it justice to say – there’s an air-conditioned wine & cheese room, a very hip open-sided bar, an outside BBQ section, the air-conditioned glass-sided lounge, and an air-con pizzeria and grill room. There are salads, pastas and risotti, gourmet burgers, a Japanese section, a choice of any of a dozen lavish cold cuts plus fresh imported French oysters, cheeses and out-of-this-world desserts. The carvery hosts choice cuts of imported beef, lamb and turkey. And there’s an inexhaustible selection of super salads and side dishes and roast and mashed potato, too. And so very much more! 


 There are three pricing levels here; the basic one is an exceptional 1,500 baht, including whatever soft drinks you fancy. The next tier includes one full bottle of wine between two guests and is just 2,190 baht. And the ‘Platinum Brunch’ is somewhat pricier, but includes all you can drink from the selected range of wines, beers and cocktails and spirits – ideal if you’re coming in a party or group – and there are also play-care facilities if you bring your kids along. It’s also worth mentioning also that there is a generous 25% discount available for Samui residents – one more reason why this event is so very popular. This definitive brunch runs from mid-day until 4:00 pm – more details can be found on the links below.  


 Rob De Wet


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