The winners of the Samui Times best Fish and Chips competition, The Larder, is the brainchild of executive Chef, Martin Selby and Food and Beverage Aficionado Damian Ahern. This dynamic gastronomic duo came up with the idea when they realized that Samui was lacking a down to earth eatery where the atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the food is of the highest standard possible. They set out to fill that gap and that is exactly what they have created.
The Larder does not need a fancy view to distract you from less than average food, or elaborate décor, there is nothing average about the cuisine being served up here and it is fair to say that the meals being served at the Larder been exceeding expectations since the restaurant opened seven months ago.
The Larder could probably be best described as a gastro pub that meshes modern British and European cuisine with international influences. The wine cellar contains something to compliment any meal of your choice with well chosen selections from France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Argentina, Chilly and the USA. No matter what kind of budget you are on or whether you fancy champagne, red, white or rose you can be sure there is something on this impressive menu for you. The drinks menu has just about everything you could possibly imagine on it and when it comes to cocktails you are in for a treat. Try these out for size, Old Fashioned Swine – House-infused bacon bourbon, maple syrup, angostura bitters twisted with orange, or, Pomelo Pop – Fresh pomelo, fresh lemon, gin, palm syrup, egg white and fizz, or the Mint Julep – The Larder mint-infused bourbon, fresh mint, sugar and crushed ice! Is your mouth watering yet? Well let’s get down to business and check out a few of the culinary delights lingering temptingly on the starter menu!
Why not tantalize your taste buds by staring your evening with Ducky Fuzz, which is a fabulous duck breast and liver pate with red wine gel, honey roast beetroot and olive bread crisp, or why not indulge in the Herder Rumour which is warm goats milk cheese with salted caramel walnuts, grilled pear and baby gem salad, or perhaps the Miso Fine foie gras and black truffle soup is more you thing? If you are after something a bit less adventurous then why not try the Scotch Eggs that are made from Scotch duck eggs and come with asparagus for dipping in the fabulous Larder Pickle. It is probably rude to go on, but the Quails of the Unexpected – Serrano ham and rocked with soft boiled quails eggs and glazed cauliflower and aged balsamic really do deserve a mention.
So onto the mains, well there are specials on the board every day but on the main menu for beef lovers head directly to the Flame on – char grilled Wagyu beef rump topped with stilton, rocket and micro celery, if you are a lover of lamb then the Loins Den loin of Australian lamb, black pudding arancini smoked celeriac, celery salad and maple jus is a must. If fish is more your thing then try the Ninja Supper of crisp skinned Atlantic salmon, nori, roe and wasabi foam or Canadian lobster poached in butter and vanilla with Dijon and miso cappuccino and bisque infused fondant potato or Smokey Waters – the Larder smoked snow fish with asparagus risotto and poached quail eggs, I could go on……………..but let’s now consider dessert. Apple crumble, Brandy pannacotta caramelized banana and toffee pie, chocolate fudge cake with cherries and red wine or the Larder chocolate soufflé with caramel flur de sel ice cream, I have a funny feeling at this point many of you have stopped reading and are heading off to eat!
If you can’t get enough of The Larder the great news is you can have lunch there too! The Larder Burger came a very close second in our Best Burger on the island competition and is well worth a try as is the pork belly, wagyu beef, the lamb sandwiches, thesalmon and garfunkle and of course the Samui Times award winning fish and chips. We asked Martin what the secret is behind his fish and chips, he was unwilling to tell us the whole story, however we can let you know that beer batter and snow fish are part of his award winning recipe. And finally if you are into cheese The Larder is a must! Choose from an incredible selection such as Mon Sire, Camembert, Munster Gerome, Reblochon, Roquefort, Stilton and Valencay.
One of the really great things about The Larder that not only does it have outdoor seating where you can soak up the hot weather it has indoor seating in a warm and friendly environment with fabulous aircon that will keep you super cool while the food gets you seriously hot!
The Larder is open from 12noon till 10-30pm and booking is strongly advised. For more information visit The Larder website by clicking HEREStay updated with Samui Times by following us on Facebook.
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