Tasted: Nikki Beach Samui

 Words & Photos: Jeremie Schatz 

The first Nikki Beach Club was opened in Miami Beach, which helps explain why this sister branch is one of Samui’s top party clubs and a place to see and be seen. After all, when it comes to wild beach-party scenes, few places live up to Miami’s reputation.

Of course, pool parties usually bring to mind skimpy swimsuits along with bottles of champagne or tropical cocktails and a skilled DJ. But Nikki Beach Club has added something extra to the recipe.

As expected, the club has the perfect beachfront location, a rocking sound system, a big party pool, great DJs, stylish and comfortable rooms and a spa. However, the biggest trick up its sleeve is the food!

Though the club’s restaurant has earned a name for its lavish Sunday brunches (better book in advance), it also offers up a full dinner menu offering surprising, top-notch dishes.

The chef has devised an array of interesting, mouth-watering delicacies, like the Miami Beach Mojito Roll, which is stuffed with delicious fixings like crab, avocado, spring onion, cucumber, zingy mojito mayo and savoury salmon roe. Also on the menu is the captivating local snapper infused with Thai flavours of roasted chilli jam, basil, kaffir lime leaf and coriander – the rich, pungent herbs complementing the moist, tender fresh fish.

Those who love their fowl will discover a new favourite in the 24-hour herb-brined pan-roasted chicken. Crispy on the outside and tender and juicy within, one bite and you realise how a full day of marinating pays off. Though the bird comes with different saucse, the piri piri – comprising ingredients like chilli, citrus zest, onion, pepper, lemon juice, paprika, basil and tarragon to name a few – accent the taste perfectly with its deep aromatic flavours.

One of the finest dishes on the menu is easily the wagyu beef tenderloin. Caution: your taste buds may start drooling in joy as soon as it arrives on the table, glistening with juices and blushing pink in the middle. This delight is served with confit baby potatoes, grilled asparagus, peppers and Peru’s finest, creamiest sauce – the huanciana.

The experience of dining at the Nikki Beach Club does not end at delicious food, though. While tucking into dinner, you can also enjoy live music – like the very talented jazz guitarist – or a magician who may wander up to your table to make things more interesting.

Should you decide to party the day away by the pool and late opt for some fine-dining in the restaurant, you’re bound to find out for yourself just how Nikki Beach Club earned that sparkling reputation.

96/3 Moo 2, Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, +66 (0) 77 914 500, nikkibeach.com

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