Samui Wining & Dining
Head to The Cliff Bar & Grill for top-notch seafood and meat.

Head to The Cliff Bar & Grill for top-notch seafood and meat.A complete departure from your usual seaside restaurant, The Cliff Bar & Grill has become an icon in the 15 years since it opened. Handily located on the ring-road, just ten minutes south of Chaweng, you can’t miss this contemporary restaurant. The Cliff overlooks Thong Takian Bay and a rocky headland – these are some of the best views on Samui, and to be enjoyed from the terrace just outside the dining room. But wherever you sit, an open-air feel pervades the restaurant so you can enjoy the view. Light and summery and letting in the breeze, the award-winning restaurant features the best of Mediterranean-themed fare, along with Portuguese touches, excellently presented and filled with gourmet tastes.


Owned and operated by an extraordinarily dedicated team, everything you taste here is the result of painstaking searches for the best possible ingredients. Beef, for example, comes in from King Island, Australia, where it’s first aged for 21 days then chilled before flight – freezing it would result in it being tougher. It’s incredibly succulent, as are all the meats here. Other products come from Portugal and the Mediterranean shores. Meanwhile, much of the fish comes from local waters – expect plenty of line-caught fish, fresh off the boats.


All the food is authentic and is made in traditional ways by Chef Sergio Martelli – he’s been at the helm since The Cliff first opened, and you’re guaranteed dishes that are usually only perfectly cooked in their native areas. At The Cliff they’re just as good, even if they’re thousands of miles from their origins. Organic, local vegetables complete the culinary scenario here, guaranteeing tastes that are epicurean.Head to The Cliff Bar & Grill for top-notch seafood and meat. Prices are utterly reasonable – great value food and drinks make The Cliff a still better choice for lunch or dinner.


When you first step in through the front door, you might be distracted by the immense view of the sea, but when you leave, you’ll see what you might have overlooked - the wall by the entrance is covered in accolades. For example, Wine Spectator magazine has consistently given The Cliff an award of excellence ‘for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world’ – not exactly faint praise, that. The awards come every year; The Cliff never fails to get them. It’s the same with the food – award after award.


The menu starts with some excellent salads. Try the Warm Chicken Salad or Insalata Caprese with imported mozzarella or, simplicity and perfection itself, the house Tuna Salad with freshly seared tuna served on a bed of mixed lettuce. Appetizers are equally tempting. Try Calamari Stile Mediterranio, these are fried in a garlic herb butter. And then there’s a delightfully traditional Portuguese dish, Cozze al Vino Bianco, or mussels in a creamy white wine sauce. Portuguese flavours feature in a handful of dishes; 5Head to The Cliff Bar & Grill for top-notch seafood and meat.try one of the house favourites such as Gamberoni al Limone e Aglio, herbed lemon prawns, or the curried Gambas Com Caril, a Goanese speciality.


In the mood for seafood platters? The Cliff is known for them and they’re highly recommended. The Jumbo Seafood Platter is ideal for sharing,and has a medley of seafood, including king scallops, New Zealand mussels, calamari, prawns and oysters Rockefeller. This generous delight comes with Spanish rice, salad, and French fries.


The Cliff is every bit as popular with meat-eaters. For an Iberian delight try the Portuguese Sizzling Steak, fried the traditional way and topped with an egg. Other favourites include the heavy-hitting 500 g Australian T-Bone – or if you’re not so hungry, a 200 g fillet. New Zealand lamb chops meanwhile are also highly recommended. Incidentally, steaks and chops all come with button mushrooms and fondant potatoes. Choose between a half dozen sauces to go with your steak. If you’re hankering after something lighter, you’ll also be tempted by the fine range of pastas, all authentically prepared.


Desserts are to die for, with many diners opting for the home-made tiramisu, or perhaps Chocolate Fondant or Chocolate Brownie Cake, both accompanied by delicious vanilla ice cream. And finally there’s also that rarity on Samui – a cheese platter. The Cliff is open from midday daily until last food orders at 9:45 pm, with drinks available until much later at the adjacent bar. Ample parking is available just outside.


The Cliff is an ideal setting for a lunch or dinner shared with a partner, friends or family. Indulge yourself and your loved ones with fine wines and a cuisine that may have its home on another continent but is so faithfully recreated here that you might as well be in the Mediterranean.


Rob De Wet


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