Part I - Grand Deluxe Sea View Room at Akyra Chura Samui
Part II - Akyra Chura Samui Resort
I'm really excited about sharing this restaurant, a gem that we discovered only during this trip. It's first recommended by a staff at Pullman Arcadia Phuket who happens to be a native of Koh Samui. She told us that Krao Chao Ban Restaurant is well-loved by locals; and when I did a search on the internet, this authentic thai restaurant has indeed received many worthy reviews. In fact, it's located very near (about 5-6 minutes further) to Sabieng Lae Restaurant, our favourite thai restaurant in Samui.
We've since tried similar renditions of deep fried fish elsewhere and in Singapore but we just couldn't find anything close. Most restaurants either slit the fish across the body or cut checkers for deep frying but they turned out to be too dry and tasteless. Ok, the closest we came across was Tawandang at Dempsey which did a commendable job of deboning the fish just like this but the sauce is not tamarind. Alas.
We miss this fish so much :((((
Best of all, this meal was under 1000 baht inclusive of drinks. If we were to dine at thai restaurants in Singapore and ordered the same quantity of food, it would have cost 40-50% more. Service quality was also excellent, friendly and prompt.
We would definitely be back again!
Next post, onwards to our favourite restaurant Sabieng Lae Restaurant (it may have fallen grace in lieu of Krao Chao Ban!). Stay tuned!