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The Seaside Steakhouse Fishermans Village Bophut Koh Samui

When two adjacent restaurants, the Link Cuisine & Lounge and the Seaside Steakhouse in Fishermans Village came up for change of ownership last December a trio of French friends leapt at the opportunity to take over the reigns of these already well established restaurants, and have not looked back since. Bringing with them their extensive working knowledge of the hospitality business and having garnered much praise for their skills from traveling and working in restaurants in every corner of the globe they eventually decided to take on this new and exciting business prospect here on Koh Samui.

An impressive entryway leads up and into a very well appointed dining area styled as a refined and modern take on a nineteenth century ranch house employing dark, warm woods and wrought iron wagon wheel chandeliers that illuminate the interior so beautifully. Of particular interest and what I appreciate seeing is the kitchen area running down one side and open to the restaurant offering a feeling of participation as guests can observe the slick and efficient chefs going about creating the fine dishes available at this charming restaurant. Moving towards the rear of the establishment the dining area opens up onto the magical vistas of Bophut bay from which a  shimmering light plays and dances across the walls and ceiling.

It therefore seemed only appropriate to commence our experience here with a long, tall Blue Lagoon cocktail that was perfectly balanced and well mixed and absolutely set the tone for our perusal of the menu in theses wonderful surroundings as the sun sank into the mauve tinged waters. As the restaurant name suggests, they are first and foremost a steak house but offer just enough diversity without overkill to tempt most appetites as their cleverly put together menu offers a variety of fresh seafood delights and a fabulously complete Mexican selection as well.

For our main course we chose to have the generous 500g T-bone steak and the ocean fresh Seafood Skewer. All of the beef, served at the Seaside Steak House is directly imported from trusted suppliers in Australia and has been aged for at least twenty eight days to ensure that the full beef flavour is omnipresent throughout all of the cuts of meat on offer. The T-bone did not disappoint and was perfectly flame grilled to a succulent and tender medium rare, the run of delicately browned heel fat along the edge of the meat only adding to the full taste sensation. To accompany this magnificent steak I chose the skinny, crisp and golden french fries and the creamy, tangy homemade blue cheese sauce as a side dip, all served on a groaning wooden platter with a half corn on the cob and a fresh garden salad with a particularly well conceived dressing.

The Seafood Skewer came to the table spitting and chattering, emanating a glorious aroma of only the freshest seafood. Hefty pieces of flaky Red Tuna, Salmon, and a massive King Prawn had been carefully barbecued to ensure that the inherent flavours were not lost in the cooking process. To complement this colourful and well constructed skewer, chunks of Aubergine, Courgette, Onion and vine ripened Tomatoes had been placed at intervals along the skewer’s length to add colour, crunch and vivacity to the whole ensemble. A real delight and a must try for seafood afficianados. Our choice of wines for our meal from the impressive and inspiring list available were a spicy, deep cocoa and peppery Oustation Shiraz for the steak and a vibrant, golden, flowery bouqueted Pinot Grigio from the Le Piope estate that just filled the mouth with sunshine to accompany the seafood dish.

Having taken the decision to forego the Tex-mex style starters which include; Onion rings, Mozzarella sticks, Chicken Satay and Tempura vegetables amongst others, to leave a little room for the wide choice of homemade desserts on offer, we decided on the sumptuously sticky and moist Chocolate Brownie copiously glazed with a luxuriantly dark chocolate sauce and a triple scoop of After Eight Ice cream served with a shooter of Creme De Menthe on the side to either drizzle over the ice cream or to sip at intervals to magnify the intense flavour of the peppermint and fine shards of crisp chocolate.

With so many restaurants on the island struggling valiantly to bring customers into their establishments during this ongoing difficult economic climate it was a real pleasure to see so many guests arriving to dine at the family friendly Seaside Steakhouse which incidentally, unlike some local competitors, is open from 11am, so if you wish to indulge yourself in a top quality steak or any of their other delicious offerings then look no further for a fabulous lunchtime or evening dining experience. You won’t regret it.

Neil Cretney.

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