After our previous dinner arrangements fell through we arrived without a booking on the evening of New Year’s day. As a consequence, the restaurant was pretty rammed – but they happily fitted us in. We were pleased and surprised to get the last available table.
This restaurant’s biggest selling point is the location on the water – and great ambience. It is cool without being too pretentious. The décor is well thought out (although I’m not sure how my hard core Buddhist friends would feel about Buddha statues being used to decorate a bar) with warm lighting and a welcoming vibe.
Service is informal and friendly. On the night we were there the restaurant was unusually full and staff were visibly stretched (and possibly feeling a little under-the-weather from the night before) but somehow maintained decorum. One of our dishes didn’t arrive on time, but the manager graciously gave us free food to compensate, so no-one was put out by this.
The casual-dining menu is extensive with a range of competently prepared falang and Thai dishes. The fare on offer is quite standard for Thailand (I live in Bangkok) – but unusually good for that end of Koh Chang, where bankable blandness in other tourist restaurants is often the order of the day. I had the burger, which came with fries. It certainly hit the spot after a day of sun burn and hangover. The cocktails are extremely good – and due to the long wait caused by the rushed kitchen we had quite a few of them, which was no-one at my table minded very much.