Tasted: Ocean Pier at Le Meridien Samui
Le Meridien has a reputation, and a good one at that. Their property on Lamai Beach in Koh Samui sets the benchmark for a high caliber, classically Oriental-styled resort. Everything about the place emanates a sense of allure and romance. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that they have devised a dining experience which equals that of their luxurious habitation.
To fully reflect the resort’s demeanour in a culinary fashion, naturally it must come in the form of an exclusive private dinner. To distinguish themselves from the offerings of other resorts, Le Meridien hosts such private dinners on a floating dock. Extending out into the vibrant blue waters of the Andaman Sea, the dock offers an unparalleled view of the coastline and, as might be expected, a lovely place to watch the sun set behind palm covered mountains. It is undeniably romantic experience and makes any day a special occasion.
Although the scene itself is unique, the meal adds an entirely new level of extravagance. Several options of menu are available to cater to a variety of tastes. Choose from Thai, seafood, over the land-under the sea, Thai vegetarian, and Western vegetarian.
You will be sipping a glass of wine, gently bobbing on the floating dock when your appetizer arrives. Maybe it’s the pan-seared pepper tuna and scallop with sautéed veggies and a hony lemon sauce. Lightly cooked, the tender tuna’s light flavours are accentuated by the encrusted peppercorns and tangy sauce awakening the palate for what’s to come.
Still ruminating on the delicate balance of the spanich cream soup with asparagus, feta, and crispy prosciutto, the main course materialises. You’ve chosen the roasted beef tenderloin which is served alongside a grilled herb-crusted lamb chop and lightly grilled Phuket lobster. Good choice. The tenderloin is everything you want in a cut of beef: flamed-kissed outside, tender and juicy inside, and not too many spices that hide the natural taste. It takes a trained hand to cook lobster on a barbecue properly – evenly cooked without sticking to the shell, all while keeping the meat moist and tender – and the chef nailed it.
Hopefully, for your sake, you saved a bit of space for the sweet stuff. There’s a reason why it’s called the “Le Meridien” cheesecake; it’s so good they felt compelled to put their name on it. It’s rich and incredibly delectable. If there’s a sweet tooth heaven, you’ll be there soon.
There’s simply not enough space on this page or adjectives available to accurately describe just how special this private dinner is, nor portray the quality of the fresh ingredients and skill in creating the dishes. Like so many experiences in life, you’ll just have to go and find out for yourself.
146/24 Moo 4, Lamai Beach, Maret, Surat Thani, Koh Samui