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Seldom do ‘new kids on the block’ score an instant hit in Koh Samui however one new venue has done just that – The Beach in Bangrak.
This trendy new outfit offers a myriad of reasons plonk it on top of your ‘must do’ list in Koh Samui, not least of which is the outstanding tapas menu. But before we get on to that, let’s talk about the venue.
The beach is located at the far end of Bangrak where one takes a right turn towards the airport. Its elevated location gives drinkers and diners a bird’s eye view of the beach and is the ideal location to watch the world go by. On Saturdays, when the vibrant market comes to life, you would be hard pushed to find a better place to observe Thai culture and all its riches while indulging in ice cold beers, cocktails, wines and delicious tapas.
The Beach offers a large open air terrace with beer garden style tables for those who wish to dine more formally as well as more relaxing sofa style seating for those who wish to chillax. Candles, tiki torches and low level lighting as well as well chosen plans create a most magical and romantic ambiance. The design is clean and modern combined a little bit of rustic charm created by the use of shabby chic style dining furniture.
Indoors you will find a large bar, formal dining tables and chairs, air con, a stage for live entertainment and the most recent addition, a gigantic red sofa that is the perfect place to chill out the friends and pick, nibble and graze to your heart’s content on some of the menus rather fabulous offerings.
What is striking about The Beach is the attention to detail. The love and passion of the owners and managers, who are always onsite, is also very evident and nowhere more so than the menu.
The Beach menu was surely sent from heaven and truly belongs in paradise. The dishes are far larger than you would envisage for tapas and are more than ample for sharing. Although The Beach have not set out to be a fine dining venue the presentation of the dishes as well as the quality would certainly earn them a place on the island fine dining map. If this team set out to ensure diners come away feeling as if their expectations were well exceeded then they have certainly succeeded.
Although the menu is described as fusion, it does not come with the ‘confusion’ many fusion venues produce. Here the lines between East and West blur to perfection and much attention has been paid to ensuring the components in each dish work together to create more than just a spark of magic.
One of the dishes that immediately leaps off the menu and into diners hearts is the Duck Pancakes and not just because you can’t find them anywhere else on the island but rather because of the ample amount of duck, ‘cooked to perfection’ pancakes and finger licking Hoisin sauce, this build your own dish has become something of an addiction among many local diners!
Meat lovers on the island have also found themselves salivating over the Prime Pork Ribs that are marinated and slow cooked in a sticky BBQ and bourbon sauce, the Spicy tender chicken wings are also very popular and served with a garlic and lime dipping sauce.
For those who like a taste of the East with all of its mysteries and eastern promise the Laab Chicken Tacos are a must, the fresh and spicy larb is perfectly complimented with fresh cucumber and a lime sour cream that perfectly balances the heat of the dish. The Spicy Thai Meatballs are another ‘must try’ item if you like your dishes to pack a pleasurable, rather than overpowering kick, but watch out for the delicious homemade spicy tomato sauce, this, like the duck is rather too easy to become addicted to.
As well it’s tantalizing meat dishes The Beach is becoming talked about thanks to its fresh seafood offerings. The pan fried king scallops served with creamy onion puree, dill and chili sauce are out of this world, it is very hard to imagine they could be improved on, the Tuna Tarare is prepared with sashimi grade tuna and served with avocado mousse and tortilla crisps and simply melts in the mouth as well as before your eyes. The Salt and Pepper Squid is as fresh as it gets and unsurprisingly another big hit with The Beach’s growing number of followers.
For those who enjoy indulging in vegetarian delights the Vegetable Penang Fettuccine is a great choice and another fine example of intelligent fusion with its seasonable vegetables and Penang curry with freshly cooked fettuccine. The Pan fried vegetable gyoza served with shoyo dipping sauce also stands in a class of its own.
For those who enjoy some seriously indulgent moments the Cheese Board and Cold Cuts will set the sky alight along with the taste buds, French camembert creamy blue and soft goats cheese, Black forest ham, air dried beef, corizo, walnuts, cornichons, crusty bread, olives, marinated feta………….sound like heaven? It certainly is!
When it comes to enjoying beverages the three owners/managers, who represent a fine blend of Australian and British hospitality, know exactly how to impress with their selection of top shelf spirits, boutique beers and cocktails that flow late into the night.
And if all of the afore mentioned components are not enough to tempt you there is always the entertainment that is provided from around 8-30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Baby Funk, Oliver Jones and Ry Robson certainly know how to keep the discerning guests impressed.
Ry Robson delivers a diverse mix of acoustic blues, gangsta rab and rock with deep funky vocals to keep your feet stomping. Oliver Jones has an impressive history of writing and sharing the stage with acts such as U2, Savage Garden and John Farnham and Baby Funk, a band originally formed in 2004 in Chiang Mai entertain with pop, rock, funk and even dance music.
For those who enjoy sports indoors you will find two large screens and plans are afoot outdoors for a large and impressive projector! It is also worth mentioning that with such friendly management this is one venue you will never feel strange about visiting alone!
In what was previously a rather unused corner of Koh Samui The Beach has set the benchmark incredibly high and will be a hard act to follow for those who undoubtedly trickle into this up and coming part of town.
The Beach is open from 4pm daily, tapas is served from 6 – 10pm
For more information on The Beach visit their website by clicking here.