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The Fisherman’s Village is well known for being one of the most romantic places to dine in Koh Samui . One of the most romantic restaurants you can choose while you are there is 56 that can be found about half way up the strip.
The restaurant is run by German born Volker Lass who loves his location in the Fisherman’s Village. He says “The Fisherman’s village is a very special place in Koh Samui where you will not find girlie bars, a lot of noise, Thai boxing cars or cab drivers after a fare, here people can enjoy peace and quiet, the romantic atmosphere, quiet strolls and uninterrupted conversations.”
56 was named after its house number in the street and has a intimate atmosphere, a comfortable bar area and stunning artworks that are available for sale. Chef Khun Nit provides guests to 56 with incredible dining pleasures from the East meets west Asian European menu.
The menu, that is available in English, French, Russian, German and Thai is bursting with irresistible dishes that are pleasingly affordable. All of the ingredients are brought locally and prepared fresh daily.
Some great choices from the starter menu include Vietnamese fresh spring rolls with shrimps and lime chili dip, Water chestnut shrimp cakes with Chinese plum dipping and dill mayonnaise, Spicy shrimp salad with lemon grass, Thai basil, Chives, Thai chili and Scallion and the super delicious Sun dried tomato and edam cheese bruschetta that is loaded with cheese and bursting with flavor.
If you are a fan of salad then try the Greek and for soup lovers both the Tom yum goong, Thailand’s famous spicy and sour soup with lemon grass and prawns, and the Italian vegetable soup with parmesan are simply delicious.
The main course, that is large enough to have something for everybody but small enough not to leave you pondering for hours includes, Grilled New Zealand lamb cutlets with peppercorn and wild basil sauce served with mashed orange potato, Pan fried Indian spiced tuna with Mediterranean chickpea, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn and mango salad and Summer seafood marina spaghetti in tomato and Italian basil sauce with shrimp, green lip mussels and white sea mussels. A really special dish is the Australian Beef Tenderloin Steam with red wine pepper sauce served with spiced potato chips, this dish has a delicious combination of colours, flavors and textures and is outstanding in terms of both taste and presentation. The main course can be enjoyed with side dishes of steamed jasmine rice, sautéed mixed vegetables and spicy potato chips.
The Thai menu has a superb selection of sensibly priced dishes and you will also find a list of house recommendations and kiddies dishes.
On the dessert menu the famous 56 chocolate lava cake with cashew nuts and Italian mascarpone ice cream is without a doubt the most decadent dessert on the island, let alone in the restaurant, every morsel melts in your mouth and has none of the bitter chocolate tastes that can be found in some chocolate based desserts. The chocolate mousse topped with rich cream, crunchy cashew nuts and mint leaves is also worth a mention and no visit to this wonderful restaurant would be complete without tasting the mango burger
Like everything else here the drinks are reasonably priced, there is a nice selection of cocktails that include Moon Shadow, a tantalizing combination of white rum, vodka, tequila, grenadine and lemon and pineapple juice and Gone with the wind – vodka, triple sec, mango, lemon and pineapple juice, as well as Red Sex on the Beach, Blue Sex on the Beach and the delicious Blue Sky.
If you would like to try more than one or two dishes at 56 then go and enjoy the ultra reasonably priced all-you-can-eat buffet on Saturday nights from 7pm, the buffet is very popular so it is worth booking to avoid disappointment 299 baht will give you unlimited access to 56’s culinary delights. Another great deal is 56’s two courses for 490 baht special and special 99bat deals on Thai dishes can be enjoyed from 3pm until 7pm
As well as providing superb food, the 56 team can also help you learn how to cook it, well the Thai menu anyway! This experience will allow you to expand your cooking menu and if you are here on holiday get one of the best souvenirs you can buy – learning your first steps in one of the best cuisines in the world. The classes take a maximum of five trainee chefs so you will get plenty of attention from the experienced Thai Chef. However this does mean that booking in advance is essential if you don’t want to miss out on this exciting holiday memory. Some like it hot cooking classes offer full resort/hotel/bungalow transfer and for those who are in the mood to experience traditional Thai fish and food markets after the course you will be given a tour of the local market.
Classes run from Monday until Sunday from 11am until 13.30. The Monday – Wednesday menu includes – Yam Wunsen Gung (Glass noodles with shrimp) Som Tum Thai (Papaya Salad), Chicken Massaman Curry, chicken or pork red curry and Gaeng Buad Kaak Tong (pumpkin in coconut sauce) On Thursdays to Saturdays you can enjoy Tom Yam Gung (Traditional Thai soup), Khao Pad Pak (stir fried vegetables), Pad Thai chicken, Kana Moo Khrop (Kana with pork) and Pua Loi Khao Pod (sweetcorn). Classes are available in English and German.
As if that was not enough on Wednesday between 4pm and 4-45 you can call into 56 for their Tips and Trips information service, here Volker will help you get the very best out of your trip to Koh Samui by sharing his vast knowledge and experience of the island that will help you find the best excursions and avoid any pitfalls.
56 offers a wonderful dining experience in Samui, it is child friendly and even though it is on the opposite side of the road to the ocean it still has a sea view. Volker and his team are very approachable and friendly and are always on hand to attend to any special dietary needs you may have or special requests. 56 is a very popular restaurant especially on the fun, colourful and exciting Friday night walking street, so booking is recommended.
The restaurant is open from 3pm to 11pm. You can book a table or a cooking class by calling 0878939161