Samui Wining & Dining
Eat, drink and relax at the unique Amaya Food Gallery at Amari Koh Samui.

Eat, drink and relax at the unique Amaya Food Gallery at Amari Koh Samui.Amaya Food Gallery charms with its Asian and international favourites, and is one of those holiday discoveries that you’ll always remember. From the outside, on the beach road in Chaweng, all you see is a café, but once inside you’ll quickly notice that it’s more than that. Walk through and you come to Amaya Restaurant with an open kitchen. Here you can enjoy an epicurean breakfast, lunch or dinner. And then, further towards the sea, you’ll come across Amaya Bar. Sit here and enjoy cocktails or sundowners and, if you’re in the mood, a brilliant barbecue with wonderfully grilled meats and seafood.


The entire food gallery is immaculate and uncluttered, and just the place to step out of the torpor of the day or the evening and come and relax. It’s got an oasis-like feel to it; not everyone knows it’s there, but those who find it are impressed and want to come back for more. And luckily they can, even if they’re leaving Samui; the Amaya Food Gallery is part of the well-known Amari group, and the gallery can be found in some, though not all, Amari properties. So if you’ve fallen in love with Amaya during your stay on Samui, don’t be surprised if you see it elsewhere.


Enjoy specialty teas and a range of coffees at Amaya Café, and if you’re in the mood for some great-tasting cakes, you’ll find them here. It’s also the place for snacks and other goodies. Come for a sandwich, for example, Eat, drink and relax at the unique Amaya Food Gallery at Amari Koh Samui.and you’ll be impressed by the variety. You can even build your own. And if you’d like to do this, it couldn’t be any easier. Just fill out your requests on the paper provided. There are only a few boxes to tick, yet you’d need to be mathematically-minded to work out all the possibilities – dozens and dozens. To start, choose the bread you’d like, and then add a meat (which could include salmon), a cheese, some vegetables and a spread. Depending on what you’d like, you might end up with a ciabatta with smoked ham, tomatoes and roasted eggplant, with a garlic mayo spread. Sounds good? It definitely is. There’s also a similar option for building your own salad. Both are great ways to enjoy gourmet food and are great value for money.


Head for Amaya Restaurant to enjoy an exquisite line-up of Thai dishes, such as Massaman and Penang curries, Tom Kha Gai and Sweet and Sour Chicken. Then there’s a range of Asian street food favourites as well as international standbys such as pizzas, pasta, burgers and fish and chips.


Amaya Bar meanwhile has a selection of cocktails that covers all the classics as well as offering a range of entirely creative ones. Sit out and relax in the shade and just enjoy the seaside ambience with a loved one or group of friends.


Amaya Food Gallery is helmed by a brilliant young chef, Jatin Sharma, who hails from India. He learned to cook from his mother and grandmother; they taught him the basics until he was old enough to make food for them. Their heritage appears in some of the dishes he makes today. Just try his Chicken Tikka or Lamb Curry and you’ll be surprised at the sheer tastiness of these dishes. The recipes come from Lucknow,Eat, drink and relax at the unique Amaya Food Gallery at Amari Koh Samui. but the savoir-faire is generational and includes some secret ingredients, too. Jatin trained in New Delhi and later in Edinburgh, where he learned the art of European and Mediterranean cuisine, amongst others. Jatin is, incidentally, also an expert in both vegan and vegetarian food.


His day is a long one, and starts with overseeing breakfast and making sure that his guests are all satisfied. He looks after the general functioning of the restaurant, and that includes everything from the biscuits served with your tea right through to a sumptuous dinner. He’s also responsible for events such as weddings and parties, Thai nights, barbecues and outside functions, of which there are quite a few. He also teaches staff and plans ahead – the food gallery is a creative venture and always requires foresight and inspiration. Like all who work at Amaya, he’s an approachable person, and will go to great lengths to please you. If there are any requests you have when it comes to food or drink, such as special diets and restrictions, staff will be happy to help you.


Amaya Food Gallery is just the kind of place we’re all looking for while on holiday – a relaxed space to enjoy great food and drink without having to worry about the cost. With plenty of atmosphere and a convivial feel, the gallery’s trio of outlets is highly recommended.


Rob De Wet


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