Amber is the InterContinental Samui Baan Talin Ngam Resort’s all-day-dining restaurant. It’s here we enjoy daily breakfast and various themed buffet nights during our stay in the property over the Christmas holidays.
The setting is stunning. Inside is splashed in red and dark timber with mosaic tiles on the floor and Asian-style vases adorning the shelves. In fine weather, however, outdoors is the place to be. White-clothed tables overlook the blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the sea breeze cools the skin. There’s something magnificently peaceful about gazing out to the horizon with nothing but blue below and above. Come sunset and the sky puts on a gorgeous display of colour across the heavens, and, this is the time that Teppanyaki Night begins.
Japanese Restaurant in Koh Samui
Monday evenings Amber takes on the role of Japanese restaurant in Koh Samui when Chef Nueung and his team present Teppanyaki Night with an a la minute buffet. Compact spreads of Japanese appetizers, soups, mains and desserts support the highlights – sushi prepared to order and items grilled on the teppan a la minute.
Sushi and Sashimi
A chilled display of raw and cooked fish, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) and vegetables are for the choosing at the sushi and sashimi station. We take our pick of ingredients and the sushi chef prepares them to order delivering them directly to our table when ready. Maki, nigiri, temaki and sashimi preparations are all available.
Teppanyaki at Amber’s Japanese Restaurant in Koh Samui
The protagonist, however, is the teppanyaki station. Two decadent mounds of protein – seafood, poultry and red meat – are luxurious sights for foodies. On one side of the grill sits fish, prawns, calamari, scallops and slipper lobsters. On the other, there’s chicken, beef and lamb in abundance. My desire is for seafood and I have to exercise control in only taking what shellfish and crustaceans I can realistically finish eating – it’s tempting to just swipe a whole mountain of scallops my way. Hubby has meatier tastes and his plate is quickly filled with high-quality cuts of beef and chicken.
The chef gets straight to work with smoke surrounding the grill and an occasional flame setting light for good measure. Nothing but a sprinkling of salt and pepper is used for seasoning and staff bring these to our table so we don’t have to wait around the grill.
Sides and Desserts
There are a number of sides dishes and desserts, but we’ve strategized well, making a complete meal of the sushi and grilled items (I think my Malaysian friends will be proud). A collection of small sweet bites does look tempting though, especially the giant mocha filled with green tea, so I make room for “just one more.”
Teppanyaki Night runs most Monday evenings from 6:30 – 10:30 pm and is priced at THB 1 900 ++ per person.
Reasons to visit: beautiful views, the freshest of produce cooked a la minute.