The View from the Top
Easily one of the most sophisticated of Koh Samui’s venues for eating and drinking, 9GEMS Lounge Restaurant appears to be ahead of itself in time. It looks as if it’s stepped right out of an interior design magazine. The chic minimalism of the setting with to-die-for interior design gives 9GEMS both a relaxed and a spacious feel at the same time.
Thanks to its location, perched right on top of a hillside, you’ll experience some of the best views on the island. The whole of Chaweng is spread out before you, making this an ideal place to watch the sun go down while you enjoy a long drink or cocktail.
When it comes to dinner, you can expect the dishes to be every bit as sophisticated as the décor itself. Enjoy contemporary takes on Thai and European cuisine. For starters, try fusion chicken tandoori salad, with the dish subtly nuanced by soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Tagliatelle comes with pesto or bolognese sauce but you can also try it with Thai-style massaman curry. The bread, by the way, is home made, as is most of what you’ll find at 9GEMS with very little in the way of any outside processing at all.
When it comes to main courses, enjoy a roasted aurora rack of lamb marinated in pesto and tandoori spices or if you’re a fish lover, try grilled tuna with pepper on an asparagus bed with egg risotto. Tastes at the restaurant cross effortlessly between east and west, and have been created by the chef-owner who grew up in Thailand but lived for years in Europe.
With its excellent food, décor and views, recently-opened 9GEMS Lounge Restaurant is definitely worth heading for.
Tue-Thu open from 4pm-12am
Fri-Sun open from 4pm-2am, closed on Monday
Open every day in August and from mid-December to the end of April
Close for holiday from the 1st to 27th of November
Dress Code: Trendy or Smart Casual.
Minimum Age: +12 (Screaming children will not be tolerated)
Reservations: 077 256 125