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The Secret Ingredient

Baitong Restaurant at Banana Fan Sea Resort will have you returning over and over.

Baitong Restaurant at Banana Fan Sea Resort will have you returning over and over.“Great food”, “great staff”, “service from the heart”, “hidden gem” and “we will be back”” are just some of the comments on TripAdvisor about Baitong Restaurant at Banana Sea Fan Resort. Located just south of busy central Chaweng, right on a quiet stretch of the beach, this is the perfect place to eat, drink and relax whilst remaining close to the action.

If wandering along the beach, you will be drawn in by the calm, relaxing atmosphere and the friendly smiles of the staff. If coming from Chaweng Beach Road, you get to wander through the luxuriant gardens down to the terraced, open-air Thai style restaurant with its cooling fans, just above the beach. But the tables on the beach itself are the most popular, the solid wooden furniture and birdcage lamps inviting you to stay for a while. Order a drink and peruse the menu as you sit comfortably cocooned, with the sand between your toes, enjoying the cooling ocean breeze and listening to the gentle lapping of the waves on the shore.

At night, the warm welcoming light from the lamps, candles and moonlight, creates a romantic and tranquil environment, with live music from RJ, a young and extremely talented Filipino guitar player who can play over 90% of given requests! If he can’t play your song today, come back tomorrow and he will have mastered it! He plays every evening, except Wednesdays, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

The team of staff here work like a well-oiled machine. The secret ingredient is not a herb or a spice; it is the exceptional wisdom, vision and practice of General Manager, Mr Sarawut Khotamee (Art). He leads totally by example, and you're more than likely to see him wandering around the restaurant, making sure that his diners are enjoying their food. He is always available, ensuring that the restaurant is delivering the best quality food and service to all the guests. Mr Sarawut says; “nothing is perfect, but the staff here work ‘from the heart’.Baitong Restaurant at Banana Fan Sea Resort will have you returning over and over. And like anyone, they sometimes get it wrong! As a team, we aim to work together, continually striving to improve.” His goal is to create happy positive memories for all his guests, memories that they will remember for many years to come, long after they have left this idyllic island. Here at Banana Fan Sea Resort and Baitong Restaurant, there is a culture of respect and harmony, an oasis of happy experiences for staff, diners and guests. As one guest put it; “the staff are always attentive and helpful, you get a sincere feeling that they really wish you all the best and for you to have a good time.”

The restaurant menu lists almost 100 dishes, and covers a full spectrum of mouth-watering extravaganzas, from international favourites such as pizza, pasta and pepper sirloin steak, through to Thai treats like their delicious signature dishes of Steamed Seabass in Banana Leaf, Roasted Duck Curry and Stir-Fried King Prawns with Tamarind Sauce. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that all the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced wherever possible. Thailand is not famed for its high-quality beef, so the sirloin steak is flown in fresh from Australia. If you have allergies or want to avoid certain foods, just ask. The chef is very flexible, and who knows, you might help him to invent a new dish!

Right on the beach, you will also find the bar. Originally it had no specific name, but a regular guest queried this, and when prompted, suggested they name it after him! So, forevermore, it is now known as Kevin’s Bar! Here you will find happy hours from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm every night, with a buy one get one free promotion and a popcorn treat thrown in. It regularly starts earlier if guests are thirsty! Just listen for the bell. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday you will find beach volleyball happening from 4:00 pm, Baitong Restaurant at Banana Fan Sea Resort will have you returning over and over.a great way to work up a thirst for all those happy hour refreshments!

Want to celebrate your special relationship with a romantic and very private dinner for two on the beach? Baitong can organise a beautiful and elegantly laid table, surrounded by soft candlelight and your own personal staff, ensuring your evening is the very best experience possible. A selection of set menus are available to choose from. This is a special event, so please ensure you make a reservation at least 24 hours beforehand.

If you love authentic Thai food, you might want to learn how to cook your favourites, and surprise your family and friends at home. The Thai chef will teach you how to prepare and cook three dishes, and there are four menus to choose from. If you choose menu A, for example, you will cook; Deep-fried Vegetable Spring Roll, Spicy and Sour Soup with Prawns and Stir-fried Chicken with Cashew nuts. It’s a real hands-on experience with expert tuition, and is available every day from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Be sure to book at least one day in advance.

It’s the perfect spot for a drink and a meal after a bit of shopping, swimming or sunbathing. From here it’s then an easy to wander out onto the beach road or along the beach, to explore Chaweng’s late-night activities. Banana Fan Sea Resort is on the very last part of the southbound one-way section of Chaweng Beach Road, just before it becomes two-way.

Baitong is a ‘Delicious Destination’ (says the very truthful sign on the beach), managed by people who really care about your entire dining experience and wellbeing. The atmosphere and service are exceptional and the taste of the food is divine. Eating here is a real treat and you will definitely leave understanding the ‘secret ingredient’ and wanting to come back for more.


Karan Ladd


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