Tasted: Jahn Restaurant at Conrad
Although Koh Samui has an ever increasing variety of culinary options, foodies and discerning dining aficionados will be hard-pressed to find one to match Jan at Conrad Koh Samui.
There’s a buzz around Jahn and for good reason. From the unimpeded eye-popping view atop the restaurant’s commanding perch on the mountainside, to the elegant candle-lit romance factor, and the avant-garde Thai-fusion creations, a unique and indulgent gastronomic experience is born.
What you discover when you finally pry your gaze away from the view (book your table before sunset) is a menu full of reworked Thai classics and international fare swirling with Thai flavours. Although still recognisable as their traditional counterparts, these visionary recipes have attained a new polished level of opulence.
The menu offers several intriguing options from seared duck curry to lobster/scallop/prawn phad thai to red curry lamb, but perhaps what best quenches curiosity are the two set menus: Tasting of Jahn and Journey of Jahn.
The Tasting of Jahn was recommended and what a tasting it is! You are led down a winding path filled with a vast variety of flavours and textures around every bend. Starting with betel leaf enveloping pomelo, prawn, roasted coconut and a sweet and sour tamarind sauce, the tart and tangy flavours leave you anticipating what surprises might come next.
The ubiquitous tom yum goong has an entirely new interpretation being freshly brewed right on your table. A light fish stock is poured through a strainer containing the herb and spices and a dazzling red broth emerges. Adorned with a grilled prawn, fresh shallots, and petite fragrant mushrooms, the presentation is as beautiful as the taste is gentle and rich.
Following a rosella sorbet palate cleanser, the main course of massaman Wagyu beef is rolled out. The slab of tenderloin is sprinkled with hefty crystals of salt and seared with a sizzling iron. Served over new potatoes, crispy fried red onions, and heavenly morel mushrooms, a drizzling of the massaman curry sauce served on the side unifies this masterpiece.
A meal at Jahn isn’t complete without sampling the rarest coffee on earth from the Black Ivory Coffee Company. This incredibly smooth and unique blend inherits these characteristics when the raw beans are eaten by elephants. Their digestive enzymes break down proteins in the beans thereby reducing bitterness resulting in a velvety, polished brew.
If the question is where to succumb to your craving for an elegant dining experience in a premier location, Jahn is the answer.
Conrad Koh Samui
49/8-9 Moo 4, Hillcrest Road, Taling-Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
+66 (0) 77 915888