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Not far from the Bophut traffic lights and behind a sliding gate, lies a new dining sensation hidden among tropical gardens and an ornate lake.
The Hi So Café is the brainchild of Marcel and his long term partner Somkhuan. This creative duo have already experienced great success with two up-market Thai restaurants in Geneva they owned and ran for fifteen years, The Patara Geneve and the Thai Geneve. Patara Geneve was located within a five star hotel, both venues were extremely popular and successful.
Marcel, who was born in Paris has a long history in the restaurant and catering business. He started his journey as an airline steward with Swiss Air back in the 70’s and 80s. He went on to be the manager of Geneva’s best catering service before taking a side step to study Gemology in Santa Monica in CA and later worked as the manager in Cartier Frankfurt before coming to Thailand to study Buddhism, starting a lifelong love of Thai cuisine that lead him to open the previously mentioned restaurants.
Somkhuan, who is Thai, had a passion for gems that took lead him into the jewelry business and for many years he worked as a gem setter in Bangkok and later in Geneva where he worked for a company who did special orders for Harry Winston, Chanel, Piaget and Cartier watches. He is also a visual artist specializing in sculpture, painting and collage.
The duo’s love of Thailand has now brought them to Koh Samui and thier flair for style and design has enabled them to create a restaurant that provides a second home experience for their discerning diners. The Hi So Café is decorated with works of art and personal objects that create a unique but homely atmosphere.
The idea behind Hi So is to propose a refined Thai cuisine with few selected dishes rather than an extensive menu. The creative kitchen staff use ingredient of the best quality like wild-catch sea prawns and sea-bass and charolais beef. They also propose and interesting wine-list with a selection from the New World, France and Italy as well as cocktails and fine liquors and spirits.
The creative menu includes well balanced dishes such as tartar of sea bass and wild catch sea-prawns with Thai herbs, seared rock lobster with litchi salad and chili jam, fragrant tod mun Samui crab cakes with lemon-ginger mayonnaise and wild-catch sea prawn spicy tum yum soup. From the sea – sea bass grilled in banana leaf with fresh herbs, blue crab meat in fragrant yellow curry and wild catch king sea prawns in a pineapple red curry. For carnivores – grilled charolais tenderloin served with panaeng sauce, slow cooked NZ leg of lamb in massaman curry and stir fried breast of duck with holy basil and chilies. For lovers of organic vegetables – stir fried assorted Asian mushrooms with confit garlic and sautéed Thai water spinach with chilies and for those with a sweet tooth dishes such as fresh exotic fruit salad in a mild spics infusion, mango sorbet with warm dark chocolate sauce and grandma’s taro and coconut pudding await your temptation. A fine selection of healthy certified organic Thai herbal teas is also available along with illy pure Arabica coffee.
For more information or to make a reservation call 077 245 550
To find Hi So, heading from Maenam towards Chaweng go through the traffic lights at the junction of Bophut fishermans village, on the right you will see a market, on the left you will see some large gates just before a Family Mart, the restaurants is behind the gates, where the sign can be seen from the road.