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There have always been more than a handful of great reasons to go to Rik’s at Secret Garden. Rik has long had a great reputation for serving beautifully presented dishes at affordable prices, even before he got as far as the Secret Garden. Moving to the Secret Garden coupled his culinary delights with an idyllic location on a stretch of beach that has stunning views overlooking Koh Phangan within a fabulous family style resort location. There is plenty of space to chill out at the Secret Garden, and to enjoy ocean side dining.
But now you have another great reason to visit, an exciting new menu.
The starter selection has some great options, everybody loves homemade liver pate, but here it is lined up against other exciting choices such as grilled prawn skewers with Piri Piri Sauce, carpaccio beef tenderloin with pesto, parmesan and roasted almonds, a seafood gratinee served in a scallop shell, goat cheese crostini with rosemary oil and vitello tonnato – thinly sliced port tenderloin with tuna mayonnaise and capers.
There are three salads to choose from, salad nicoise, cocus couse salad with roasted vegetables, small lamb meatballs and tzatiki and a little gem salad with goat cheese spring rolls, honey, apple and pine nuts, the salads are served in either starter or main course size. If soup is more your thing the broccoli soup with stilton croutons or tomato soup with sweet basil pesto are served with delicious Italian bread.
There are two platter sets that are not only great to indulge in as a main course but are the ideal way to enjoy a starter shared between two of you. The Mediterranean Plate has Parma ham, salami Milano, Mortadella, olives, a selection of cheeses, pate, humus, tapenade vegetables and Italian bread. The Oriental Plate has prawn and vegetable spring rolls, papaya salad, pork dumplings, fish cakes, chicken sate with peanut sauce, fresh prawn crackers and sweet and sour sauce.
The café recommendations focus on the fact that sometimes the simple things in life are the best and include fish and chips, Rik’s famous grandmother’s meatballs, local Thai beef steak and chili con carne. Another great option is the Sateh Babi, pork tenderloin sateh skewer with peanut sauce, pickled salad and a baguette for French fries. Other main course options include Rik’s famous lamb chops served with honey and thyme sauce, pork medallions, Australian prime beef tenderloin, surf and turf, lamb stew, crispy duck with cranberry sauce, pan grilled chicken breast and chicken Piri Piri.
Seafood lovers can choose from poached sea bass fillet, grilled tuna steak teriyaki, skin fried salmon fillet, grilled butterfly tiger prawns.
If you don’t have a massive appetite or just fancy a few nibbles while you enjoy a cocktail over sunset then hit the finger food section that includes Italian bread with Aioli, garlic prawns, marinated olives, mussels in white wine sauce, chicken wings, French fries, garlic bread, Albondiga’s meatballs and calamari.
Of course as you would expect there is a vast and very affordable Thai menu and if you still have room for something a bit special after you meal then dive into the wickedly delicious double fudge brownies with vanilla ice cream or the profiteroles, Grandmother’s apple pie or a selection of all the above known as Secret Garden Grand Dessert!
There are plenty of fresh ground coffees to end the evening, with or without a splash of booze and if you really want to treat yourself try the Secret Garden Coffee with homemade After Eight liqueur and a sweet surprise!