Barracuda - Koh Samui, Thailand
When venturing around Koh Samui (or at least the areas you can actually get to) there is an abundance of restaurants to choose from. Since Koh Samui is extremely touristy, you will find a lot of subpar restaurants with ok to average food for a very inflated price. The tourist price is what I like to call it. I noticed that even Mcdonalds had higher prices on their meals. It seems like this is an island that tries to get all they can from their tourists. With that said, it was a breath of fresh air to find a place that has quality food, awesome service, and great atmosphere.
We made a reservation at Barracuda after reading reviews online in the states before going. This was my 30th birthday meal and I wanted a spectacular meal to end the day. This place definitely did just that. It was amazing. When I think back on some of the best meals I had in Thailand, Barracuda instantly pops into my mind. I will tell you it's a bit pricier than average restaurants in Thailand, but we knew this going in AND it was my 30th birthday. The sky was the limit... or at least no more than a 100 bucks USD.
To be honest, these were standard prices you will find in any good American-new restaurant in the states. The steak was 800 baht which is roughly 25 dollars USD. For a filet... that's not a surprise. My friend got the sea bass with mango sauce (15 USD), which was a pretty hefty chunk of meat. We ordered two appetizers, the lettuce wrap crab rolls with mango salsa (omg!) and the lobster - salmon tortellini. We also got bruschetta which comes standard before your meal and we ordered a bottle of cabernet sauvignon (Chile) to wash it all down with.
The owner chatted with us for awhile and also gave us suggestions for some of the best appetizers and entrees or at least the most popular ones. He was very attentive and also let us seat before our reservation time. In fact, he was very kind to us. We had spent the whole day on the Anthong national park tour, which was a boat tour to a bunch of islands (snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, sightseeing, eating, etc.) Needless to say we were exhausted and salty... literally. Ferdinand (the owner) let us use the bathroom and freshen up even when they were not open for customers. I can't even imagine what we looked like...
I have to take a moment and boast about the filet. Hot damn it was good. I mean, filet is always good, but they had locally grown mushrooms and a sauce that I couldn't figure out just what it was. No doubt juices from filet itself with mushrooms and a little extra something. The mashed potatoes were smooth, garlic flavored and salted to perfection. They also came with asparagus. The steak was cooked perrrrrfectly. The sea bass was also quite tasty, but we would have really loved the mango salsa on or around the sea bass. It needed a little bit more. However, it was still really good, but this was a personal preference. Maybe it was because we had those fantastic crab lettuce rolls with the excellently flavored salsa. All I can think of when I reflect on this meal is ...MMMMmmmm....I wish I could go back right now.
Instantly when you walk in you can tell from their menu, wine list, and overall ambiance that this restaurant definitely had a European feel. However, when you look at the menu you can see the fusion of the American (European) - new and Thai flavors. It was very interesting and extremely good. They were attentive, greeting all of their guests, serving their guests and making sure they were comfortable and they were very nice and gave recommendations and overall helped create a splendid experience. I really do not have one negative thing to say about Barracuda. It was a rather expensive meal (100 bucks or so), but it was so worth it. Not too bad of a price considering we got two high end entrees, a bottle of wine and two appetizers. If I make it back to Koh Samui they will definitely be seeing me again. Make sure to make a reservation and splurge a little bit. You're on vacation after all and this place will not disappoint you.
*They are moving to Bophut. Find them there! And you can also soak in the Friday Fisherman's Walking Market
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"Ohhhh the places you'll go…" Growing up all I ever wanted to do was help people, learn, and travel. I'm lucky. I get to do all of those things and more.
This is just some food from some places I've been.