Sunday, April 20, 2014

Foie Gras, carpaccio and more at Wine Connection in Koh Samui

The Wine Connection was probably my favorite place to eat in Koh Samui.  The food was fabulous and the wine prices were great.

I wished we had discovered this place earlier on our trip.  The Mo and I happened to walk by Wine Connection at Central Festival  and saw that it was packed the last night of our trip at Chaweng Beach.

We glanced over the menu and saw that they offered a variety of different cuisines ranging from Spanish paellas and cheese platters to Italian pasta, pizza and lamb shanks.  What drew me the most to this restaurant was that they had Australian wine for only 100THB a glass.  That's cheaper than what I've been paying at the local mom and pop's place.

There was a short wait for a table when we arrived.  Both the interior and patio seats were crowded with locals and tourists enjoying drinks and scrumptious food.

I loved the architectural design of the restaurant.  The decor is modern and industrial with exposed ceilings, pipes and HVAC systems. There's a deli counter where you can get take out desserts, pizza, pasta, cheese and cold cut deli meats to go.

We asked to be seated on the outdoor patio since the weather was cooler that night in Chaweng and offered a nice breeze.  The manager came by and took our drink orders.  The Mo got his usual scotch and I got a glass of Australian red wine.

We didn't want a full dinner, so we split some starters in lieu of heavy entrees.  The beef carpaccio looked appetizing so we got an order. The beef was fresh and tender.  The pesto sauce and oil complimented the beef nicely.  I loved the freshly shaved Parmesan cheese.

The menu featured homemade foie gras.  Typically, that dish would exceed my budget in the states but not in Koh Samui.  It was served with a lightly buttered toast and spinach salad.  The controversial foie gras was soft and silky against my tongue.  I loved the contrast of the dish with the sweet marmalade.  It was good.

My favorite was the Spanish platter that came with prosciutto, Manchego cheese, roasted peppers, olives and a bread basket.  I love drinking wine and eating cured meats and cheese.  I was in heaven!

I was food stalking all the dishes that came out of the kitchen and served to nearby patrons.  Everything looked amazing and scrumptious.  My only regret is not discovering the Wine Connection sooner so I could try everything on the menu!

Almost all the dishes was about $ 8.00 USD and the wine was about $ 3.00 each.

Total Bill:  $ 37.00 USD with service and tax 

  • (1) Glass of scotch
  • (1) Beer
  • (2) Glasses of Australian red wine
  • (1) Beef Carpaccio
  • (1) Foie Gros
  • (1) Spanish Platter
  • (1) Bread basket
The restaurant also serves as a wine retailer for those who want to purchase quality wine on the island.