Monday, 31 October 2011

The Five Islands Restaurant



Today I am going to tell you about a lovely dining place on the west side of Samui, another one of my long-time favourites...

A few days ago our business brought us to Baan Taling Ngam village which is one of the most authentic villages in Samui, and hasn't seen much developments over the last years.  It's always a pleasure to get away from hustle and bustle of  Chaweng and Bophut and totally chill sitting on the beach here, without being surrounded by tourists, beach sellers, jet-ski, massage ladies, and all the other accessories of the North/East Coast beaches...




Koh Samui’s less-travelled West coast has amazing natural beauty, lots of mountains, coconut palm trees and coconut farms, temples, fishing villages, slow pace of life...




One of the most beautiful places over there is The Five Islands Restaurant, which I personally call a real Samui gem, as it's got a great reputation for service, cuisine, unique location and the best sunsets on Samui.

I am starting to immediately relax as soon as I get out of my car and start walking to this beautiful place...







Gosh, I've just found a picture of the place and myself taken 8 years ago, when I was there for the first time :-) :-)  Sorry for the quality of the pics - I wasn't married to a photographer back then :-) , I just used my cheap camera :-)











Over the years the place haven't changed much, actually I don't think it changed at all, it's perfect the way it is!

I also absolutely adore it's founder and owner  - charming, softly spoken, one of the loveliest and friendliest men I know, English born Colin Burgess, who, in his trademark waistcoat and fisherman’s pants, always impresses me and all other visitors with his knowledge of the real, often unknown to tourists Samui.




The beautiful beachfront restaurant has the most stunning views to the famous Five Islands  and it's also one of the best places for watching sunset, while sipping a delicious cocktail.




The restaurant is an open plan building with the open-style cooking area situated in the far corner and very much part of the restaurant, allowing you to watch the daily catch prepared before your eyes.








A few tables are situated under the roof and some are on the beach . Here on this beautiful sandy beach, the fishermen literally deliver fresh seafood from their boats.





The menu has big variety of extremely well prepared locally sourced dishes and the service is very smooth, friendly and professional .



The "fusion food"  menu has been created to concentrate on quality and originality, you will find there seafood, meat or vegetarian dishes, a few all time favourites will be  fresh oysters Thai style, baked seafood served in a coconut shell, roast duck curry with tomatoes & grapes, sweet & sour crispy sea bass or Kantok – a menu of five Thai dishes for two people.

Thai fusion cuisine at its best is promised. Wining and dining at The Five Islands Restaurant is a totally unique dining experience even for the fussiest traveller, go there, try it, you will fall in love with the place. Ok, and I forgot to add - it's not the cheapest place in Samui and unless you're staying in Taling Ngam it's a pretty long cab ride, but it is totally worth it.
My advice - visit it on the day when you have a drive around the island, that area is must-see anyway...

See you there soon :-)




14 comments:

  1. Hallo Elina,
    kann man Sie auch per Email kontaktieren.
    mfg

    Jürgen Jakobs
    Email:jjakobs@arcor.de

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  2. Wonderful reportage and stunning photos. Thank you Elina, truly appreciated.

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  3. Coming to Koh Samui next week - can't wait. Love reading your blog. You are a great ambassador! Can't wait! Keep up the great reports!

    amy.bredon@gmail.com

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  4. 5 weeks to go now! Reading your blog is a daily ritual for me! Love looking at your photos. I'm hoping the weather will be ok.

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  5. I agree with Amy you are a great ambassador, I was on trip advisor and reading all your comments and was so pleased to find you have a blog. I find all your feedback and details on Samui to be truly helpful. Very talented and I am sure having a subject like Samui to report on doesnt hurt either.

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  6. We have just come back from holiday in Kho Samui.

    The 5 island restaurants views are truly AMAZING

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