Beach Republic, 176/34 Moo 4, Maret, Samui, Surat Thani 84310
WHY GO? Stunning views of the moon glittering off the sea, romantically lit tables in all shades of red, and hip contemporary beats – they all help make Beach Republic one of the island’s coolest dining venues.
WHAT TO ORDER? This laid-back beach oasis offers a modern menu of Mediterranean, Thai and Italian dishes with pastas and gourmet pizzas. Slow-cooked lamb short ribs smeared with kokkari dressing is a hearty and popular starter among diners. For pastas, indulge in home-made mascarpone mixed with bits of black truffle and finished with mushroom sauce. Grilled Australian grass-fed beef tenderloin is recommended thanks to its bursts of bold and juicy flavours. Alternatively, opt for locally caught snapper meuniere in a tasteful culmination of butter, chopped parsley and lemon that is rich and filling. Wrap up the evening by trying banoffee fool: layers of banana, toffee, crushed biscuit and vanilla cream served in a tall glass.