Samui Wining & Dining
A look at one of Samui’s finest new restaurants – Sea Grille at Celes Beachfront Resort.

A look at one of Samui’s finest new restaurants – Sea Grille at Celes Beachfront Resort.They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are large and some are small. You’ll find them on the mountain top and down by the sea. In fact, on Samui, they’re everywhere. But that’s where things get tricky – it’s not an easy job to pick out a really first class restaurant. And that’s why Celes is so exciting.


Celes Beachfront Resort is possibly Samui’s newest top-end offering, having had its official opening only a handful of months ago. And its crisp, bright styling had tongues wagging right away. Located on the ring-road in Bophut, its small, discrete and very refined frontage gives no hint of what’s inside.


Wandering through the winding walkways, the atmosphere is instantly Mediterranean. The white-walled villas are dripping with colourful greenery, with black iron railings on the balconies, swathes of warm timber cladding and a range of roof styles that are cool and geometric. And their very exclusive beachfront villas are some of the most beautiful you’ll see anywhere.


Following the path to the right brings you to Sea Grille, the resort’s very laid-back signature restaurant. There’s definitely an element of minimalism in the overall scheme of things at Celes, and Sea Grille is no exception.


It’s one huge, light and airy space, with a vaulted ceiling that features a warmly-slatted-wood section. Two whole walls are of glass, sectioned so that they can be opened, either to the side or directly onto a terrace overlooking the sea.


The best way to describe this restaurant is to say that it’s finedining, laid-back, informal, and with no pretensions. Most of the meat and several seafood items are specially imported (grain-fed beef from Australia, Australian Wagyu, Kurobuta pork, Norwegian salmon). The menu is Thai and International. But when you decide to ‘go Thai’, then the same quality applies, with your spicy soup coming with chunks of succulent sea bass. And the famous ‘pad Thai’ will arrive built around fresh king prawns,A look at one of Samui’s finest new restaurants – Sea Grille at Celes Beachfront Resort. not the pre-frozen shrimp you’ll often get.


One of the most popular items is Sea Grille’s signature dish, the ‘Rad Na Sirloin’. The words ‘rad na’ are well-known in Thailand, and refer to a special sauce that usually comes as a juice or topping for noodle dishes. But out on the street you’ll never see it like this! Here it comes with chunks of Australian prime sirloin, stir-fried rice noodles and kale. Executive Chef, Khun Raden, has applied his special magic to the sauce. And in this presentation, and this setting, this is a ‘rad na’ dish like no other!


Most tropical restaurants take on a totally different feeling after dark – the carefully arranged lighting creates an altogether different ambiance. But Sea Grille is one of the few that doesn’t. It’s just as nice in the daytime: cool, fresh and relaxing. And it’s a perfect setting to partake of ‘Afternoon Tea’. This is one of those afternoon delights that re-creates the languid glories of empires past – a wickedly delicious array of cakes, raisin-scones, cream-buns, cheesecakes, macaroons and tiny little triangle sandwiches, all enticingly presented on a three-tier cake stand, along with your choice of tea or coffee.


There are two sets, each priced for a couple (although a third person can be easily accommodated). The only real difference between the two is that the ‘Premium Set’ has probably twice the variation and quantity of the simpler ‘Classic Set’. And you can opt to enjoy this any time between 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm, inside the restaurant or out on the terrace under a sun shade.


And if you just want to have a quiet night in, for the ultimate indulgence you can request your very own private chef to cook dinner for you in the comfort of your villa. Reservations are highly recommended for both this and the Private Dining!


Rob De Wet


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