Before I commence, I need to apologise. There is going to be excessive use of the following words; delicious, amazing and incredible (I had to leave candles, I wasn’t bringing a thesaurus). And I also want to add a disclaimer that these pictures do not do justice to this place or the food (think I need to invest in a proper camera, sorry iPhone).
As you know, last week we were in Koh Samui for our honeymoon. Back in October, Dave had been super organised and booked a table at Tree Tops, conveniently located in our resort, Anantara Lawana. The restaurant is just eight tables nestled in the tree canopy, connected by wooden walkways and stairs, each table is in its own little bird house with the most incredible views over the beach and bay below. With the best seats in the house, Dave’s early booking had secured us the prestigious ‘table 7’. They even play your own music so of course the dulcet tones of Kings of Leon, The Courteeners and Foals filled the Thai evening!
We were gifted Thai Baht for our wedding by many of our amazing friends and family so we thought we’d use a fair chunk of it to treat ourselves to this very luxurious meal. From the quality of the service to the incredible food, it really was a top notch experience.
Firstly, we were given a shot of whiskey sour to be followed straight after by a caper; a surprisingly good combination! We decided to begin with a cocktail each; I opted for a champagne mojito, Dave plumped for one of the signature cocktails, a smoked whiskey sour. Mine was really nice but Dave’s was a whole other level…it arrived in a box with dry ice…and despite the showy-ness of it, Dave proclaimed it to be the best cocktail he had ever had. Any of you that know him will know this is a pretty special claim.
For starter I opted for the seared scallop on a crab salad, with vanilla, cauliflower, salmon caviar and saffron vinaigrette. Dave chose the crunchy prawns with carrot, chilli, baby leafs and lemongrass air…..yep, air! They were both delicious.
After a quick palette cleanse with a lovely (different adjective there Rebecca, well done) pineapple and coconut sorbet we were onto our main courses, and a good bottle of red. But this wasn’t before we had selected our knife of choice from a gargantuan suitcase and had a lesson in salt…I never knew salt was such a huge deal here. Well it is. Knives selected, salt chosen, we were ready.
I chose the lamb rack, grilled on the bone in Arabic spices, with truffle cous cous and lacquered egg plants. Unable to resist, Dave selected the chargrilled Wagyu beef tenderloin, with mushroom tartar, pumpkin muffin and of course a side of fries. There was silence on table 7.
Despite being quite full by this point we ploughed on and ordered dessert, an assiette called ‘rock love’ featuring a variety of chocolate goodness, ice-creams, meringues and dusts. It sounded great…it was, but huge, arriving on a 2 foot slate. And then the lovely waitress brought us a special ‘honeymoon’ pudding.
The whole meal was amazing, such a treat that we will remember forever and seriously hanker after all those flavours for many years to come! We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave us Baht for our wedding, you’d have loved it! And if you visit Koh Samui make sure you take some extra cash and eat in the Treetops.