Tasted: Po Lad Beach Bistro at Tongsai Bay Resort
Blessed with its own private beach and blissful waterside location, the Tongsai Bay Resort also plays host to the Po Lad Beach Bistro. While the chic all-day dining spot lies at the heart of the resort, the doors are open to any who wish to explore the recently recreated menu.
What lends to the bistro’s uniqueness, and is certainly intriguing to a growing number of diners, is the extensive and original vegetarian menu. Meat dishes are also available for those carnivores; however the plant-based creations are without a doubt some of the best to be found in Koh Samui.
Fitting for an all-day bistro, a vast array of more than 60 menu options are offered up ranging from the fresh-baked signature pizza sporting thinly sliced salmon with zingy rocket and mozzarella, onion-ring-topped wagyu beef burgers from the grill, to the rich and tangy seafood niçoise salad with homemade dressing.
The collection of obligatory, yet carefully concocted Thai dishes have origins spanning the country. Try the crowd-pleasing sweet and savoury khao soi gai curry from Chiang Mai in the north, the pan-fried egg noodles of phad mee sapam thalay born in Phuket in the south, and the sweet and sour goodness of tom yum goong with its roots in central Thailand.
Looking back to the vegetarian menu you will find dynamic creations like the roasted pumpkin and rocket salad sprinkled with fresh parmesan and feta. The pumpkin gnocchi which blends traditional tomato sauce and phanaeng curry is symbolic of the unique offerings.
In addition to the plethora of omnivorous, vegetarian, and gluten-free offerings, Po Lad sources their organic “birds claw” rice locally, which is chosen for its high nutritional content and nutty flavour.
Feeling inspired by your meal at Po Lad? Tongsai Bay Resort not only offers Thai cooking classes, but they will take you to their off-site organic garden where you personally harvest the ingredients for your meals.
The Tongsai Bay
84 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
+ 66 (0) 77 913 750