Samui Wining & Dining
Brunch Bonanza

A selection of Samui’s must try brunches.

 A selection of Samui’s must try brunches.Make your weekend even better by indulging in a spectacular addition to the island’s gastronomic treats – brunches. Samui excels in them. Select from menus featuring all-time brunch favourites along with modern takes on traditional dishes. Everything is made using ingredients fresh from the sea and local markets, with meats that are invariably brought in from prime locations – think New Zealand lamb, best-grade Australian beef.

If you're used to brunching in urban locations, then you're in for a further treat. Samui’s brunches are set in some amazingly idyllic locations, no more than a stone’s throw from the beach. Feasting outdoors on decking or a terrace (naturally there’s plenty of shade in the form of canopies) or in some of the island’s most sumptuous dining rooms, these settings are as luxurious as they are relaxed.

For drink there may be bubbles, wine, cocktails and all manner of soft drinks. Very often there are different price tiers, depending on what you would like in the way of beverages. Children are invariably welcome and enjoy the food and atmosphere as much as adults do. Typical brunch times tend to be between midday and 3:00 pm, though you're welcome to linger after that.

Without further ado, we showcase some of the best of Samui’s brunches. These are just some examples – there are more venues still, offering wonderful cuisine. Expect to be wowed. Ensure you come as hungry as possible – don’t even think about nibbling beforehand – as brunches have so many dishes and possibilities that you definitely won’t be able to try everything. Not unless you can limit yourself to a teaspoon of each dish. And you won’t be able to – the food is way too tempting for that.

Beach Republic

Step down from decking onto the sands at Beach Republic and enjoy a swim in the sea – but you probably won’t want to: instead you'll be smitten by the line-up at their Sunday brunch. The daily breakfast here is already lavish enough, but for the brunch they go still further and feature Fine de Claire oysters, Scottish salmon and roasts of different kinds, including beef, lamb and turkey. You'll also find a barbecue station, sushi and a variety of cold meats and cheeses. The brunch covers both international and Thai choices. Desserts are sinfully eclectic with sundaes, crème brûlée and more. Naturally, there’s a full selection of drinks to go with the food.

Coast Beach Club & Bistro at Centara Grand

With its wonderful seaside location in one of Samui’s longest-running resorts, many foreign residents head for Coast on a Sunday to enjoy the fare that includes just about everything that you might want to eat for either lunch or breakfast. Try truffle scrambled eggs on brioche, smoked salmon with eggs or any of the cheeses, hams and sausages that Coast specializes in. You'll find excellent mains with fish and meats galore. Some amazing drinks accompany all the food, and you may want to forego an excellent coffee for Ketel One vodka Bloody Marys along with condiments, or even a half bottle of Veuve Cliquot. Decadent desserts such as tiramisu, rum babas and profiteroles await.

RockPool at Kanda Residences

This favourite restaurant overlooks a dramatic, rocky coastline - hence the name. The Sunday brunch here is influenced by Mediterranean and Italian themes. Enjoy oysters flown in from France, and take advantage of the cooking stations for pasta, eggs, and salads. Expect favourites such as spaghetti carbonara or Caesar salad depending on what’s best and freshest. You'll see various cold cuts and grilled vegetables on display, along with sushi, complete with wasabi, pickled ginger and sauce. Shot glasses round off brunch, and are filled with mixes of fruit, fondant chocolate and cream and there are usually tartlets. For drinks there’s a full range includes local beers, sparkling wine, red and white wine from Australia, and tea and coffee. You can also find sake ice tea and RockPool’s very own Mai Tai.

The Kitchen Table at W Koh Samui

Definitely luxurious, the W Bold Brunch (first Saturday of the month only) is packed with Thai and international treats. Eat outside on the terrace or in the contemporary-style dining room. Presentation is excellent, and so are the tastes. With live cooking stations, salads a-plenty, cold cuts, cheeses and a delectable array of mains, nibbles and desserts, the massive brunch is completed by a cocktail trolley that stops by each table. Simply place your order and your cocktail will soon be with you. There's also a full range of other beverages.

Amazing food and beautiful tropical settings make Samui a wonderful place to come and have brunch. Whether you come as a couple, a family or group of friends, great times are made of occasions like this. We suggest you check out the restaurant’s websites or Facebook pages for up to the minute details. But whatever, it’s guaranteed that brunches such as the ones above will tick all the boxes when it comes to great tastes and top quality ingredients, all in a laid-back island atmosphere.


Dimitri Waring


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