Zazen Restaurant

Unbeatable for a fine dining splurge

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What we say: 4 stars

If celebrating a special occasion or trying to impress a special someone, look no further than Zazen restaurant at Bophut Beach's Zazen Boutique Resort Spa.

If on a tight budget, you should probably stop reading right now and instead check out our crash course on eating on Samui for 150 baht per day, but if looking to splurge Zazen is worth every baht.

The beachside ambience is romantic, romantic, romantic. You'll enter the restaurant by crossing over a pond with floating candles, passing palms draped in fairy lights and a swimming pool with dimly glowing lanterns before emerging into the Rouge Lounge for pre-dinner cocktails. The atmosphere feels almost more Moroccan than Thai, although traditional Thai music and dance on Thursday and Sunday nights will remind you that you're still in the kingdom.

Both Thai and international menus are available, and everything we've tried has been nothing short of spectacular. Starters go for between 300 and 400 baht (try the goats cheese and aubergine stack) while mains typically run 500 to 1,000, although lobster dishes cost much more than that. We tried a massaman beef curry that wasn't perfectly authentic Thai but was rich and delicious nonetheless. The phenomenal desserts run between 300 and 400 baht but they look more like works of art than food. Ice cream arrives in an edible bowl made of hard caramel candy, and the tiramisu is sublime.

A set menu of appetisers, soup and main dishes is available for 1,200 baht per person, which could make your bill a little more manageable. As for drinks, some excellent cocktails are available but you might not want to miss out on Ko Samui's largest wine cellar -- there's a professional sommelier on hand to help you select from a list featuring varietals from 17 countries.

Contact details
At Zazen boutique resort & spa, 177 Moo1, Ring Road, Bophut
T: (077) 425 085 F: 077) 425 177;

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