24/53 Moo 5, Choeng Mon (On the bend in the village main road, opposite the turn off to Samui Honey Cottages and Q Signature)
T: (085) 230 2088
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A quirky little coffee lounge-cum-interiors shop opened its doors in January 2013 in Ko Samui’s Choeng Mon. What you first notice driving past is a flash of vibrant purple, and then on closer look, some tables scattered along the pavement. Don’t take the bend too fast, or you’ll miss it – and Aroma Boutique is worth popping in to for a browse around as well as great coffee and snacks.
Inside, you’ll find several seating areas of plush purple couches, and shelves and display stands filled with interesting goods for sale, such as screen-printed silk cushions and table runners different from the ones you find at the market, as well as vases, scarves, essential oils and candle holders.
Food wise, a great selection of salads is on offer – and here they’re not shy with the ingredients. Our wild rocket salad (180 baht) had a big pile of parmesan shavings balancing on top, as well as a generous handful of marinated olives. The mustard dressing is house made, and delicious, and the salad comes with grilled focaccia bread. The caprese salad (180 baht) comes with a good portion of buffalo mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, tomatoes and freshly made basil pesto.
The sandwiches are great too, and come with a choice of breads, focaccia, ciabatta or rye, priced at 150 to 180 baht. Vegetarians can choose from tomato mozzarella, basically a caprese salad between bread, or the ‘goat’ – feta cheese, grilled rosemary zucchini, egg plant and balsamic reduction. For meat lovers, there’s the ‘ham and cheese’ – honey ham with mozzarella and edam cheese, or the ‘di parma’ – parma ham, rocket, mozzarella, parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes.
If you fancy something sweet to go with the really good Italian coffee, there’s a daily selection of cakes on display – during our visit the choice included Nutella cake, blueberry cheesecake, a lemon torte, black forest cake and a berry tart. Prices for desserts ranged from 80 to 120 baht per slice.
It’s worth having a wander down the Choeng Mon village road. Several nondescript little Thai roadside restaurants are dotted along here if you prefer a Thai meal, as well as several boutiques and souvenir shops worth a browse. Choeng Mon is great for families, with tasteful, no-sleaze bars. If you fancy some Indian food, nearby Akbar does great authentic north Indian cuisine, and along the beach, the restaurant at Choeng Mon Beach Hotel offers a wide selection of both Thai and Western dishes at reasonable prices. Oh, and when on the beach, do try the grilled chicken or corn on the cob from Mr Coppi’s beach kitchen.
Just across from Aroma Boutique is the turnoff to Samui Honey Cottages, a good midrange bungalow-type resort.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 24th March, 2015.