Buttery dishes, high quality cheese, fine wine, and elaborate decadent desserts—these define French cuisine. The French people have an amazing zest for life and love all things beautiful and it shows in their food. If you take comfort in fragrant crusty French baguette, fondue, macarons, and ratatouille, you should stop by these amazing French restaurants in Koh Samui.
Serving Asian, Mediterranean, and Central European favorites, Zazen also is popular for its French offerings. This is a tropical themed restaurant in Bophut that is known for its winning ambience and elegantly presented dishes. Overlooking the beach, this definitely oozes with romance and is a great date spot. The dishes are somewhat pricey but the food more than makes up for it. You can dine in one of the pavilions or opt for the tables lined outside. The area resembles a chic tropical garden, with Asian furnishings and decor. Live music and dance performances are regularly featured on site so there’s plenty of entertainment while you eat.
The menu combines dishes from Asia and Europe so there is a balance of Western and Oriental flavors. Some of the best items on the menu are the lobster (highly raved about), the braised ox cheek and tail, and fillet of lamb. The foie gras is also a must try. Their breakfast offerings are impressive too and you will be blown away by their freshly made bread and pastries along with perfectly cured meats and cheeses.
Zazen truly wows with its stunning beachfront location and Eurasian menu. If you like a place where you can indulge in French cuisine yet at the same time be able to enjoy traditional Thai food like green mango salad, deep fried soft shell crab, Panang red curry, and yummy massaman curry, head to Zazen. For the sensualist foodies who want to linger on their food and really savor each bite, Zazen also has degustation sets that you can try.
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Easily one of the most talked about places to enjoy French cuisine is Chez Francois. Located in Bophut, this quaint restaurant serves amazing dishes that capture the flavors of France. The chef is very talented and creates each plate with sophistication and harmony of colors, textures, and flavors.
There is no menu at this restaurant but you can choose the ingredients that will be cooked for you. Here each meal consists of 4 courses. People rave about the house’s lamb, which is really delicious and cooked on point. The steaks are also very good and delectably juicy. Of course, a French meal won’t be complete without dessert. They serve the most interesting dessert sampler plate with golden creme brulee, sinful chocolate mousse , pavlova, and pannacotta. Everything tastes fantastic. The quality of food is excellent and the prices are just right. Overall, Chez Francois gives great value for money is a precious nook as far as French food is concerned.
For seriously good cold cuts and bread, head to The Boudoir. This is an interesting place as it combines tropical inspired decor with French food. Think of it as a fusion of Asia and Europe in terms of theme, while the food is very rustic French. This restaurant will blow you away with its wine collection as well as its very sensual looking interiors. The Boudoir is located in Maenam and welcomes guests with its homey vibe.
For a classic French treat, try their baked Camembert with cold cuts. Amazing with bread and wine, this will take you to the Mediterranean in an instant. Another hit is the rib-eye steak. The meat is flavored beautifully and it is surely one of the best steaks ever. Their chicken with creamy mushroom sauce is also pretty satisfying and yummy too. Don’t forget to top your meal with chocolate fondant. It is simply indescribable.
Romantic and elegant, with an impressive selection of French and European favorites with a twist, Le Jaroen is another venue where you can get your French fix. Part of the Scent Hotel in Bophut, this is a pleasant setting for a date if you want to impress. The ambience is perfect, with stunning beach views and soft colored decor. Here you can enjoy the scenery during the day or visit at night and have a chance to dine under the stars.
Le Jaroen takes the elegance and sophistication of French cooking and combines it with Thai staples. The chef makes good use of natural ingredients and blends them seamlessly with classic French staples. Among the good ones from the menu are the seafood appetizer, foie gras on mango, tuna tartar, and their steak.
A charming French themed restaurant that will keep you coming back is Gourmand Samui. This is a great brunch place and a beautiful setting to unwind with friends or with a loved one. You can take kids here too as they have a good selection of comfort foods. Dishes are easy on the wallet—not too pricey at all. In addition, the servings are good and are satisfying. Wines are limited though and the menu is not that elaborate. However, you are bound to find a favorite as they serve tasty food.
An unforgettable dish is the duck breast with raspberry sauce. This is a must try as the poultry is very succulent and the sauce adds a tangy sweetness to it. Their goat cheese starter is also phenomenal and is a good prelude to any entree. The salmon salad and homemade burger are also recommended. Bread lovers should sample their pates. They are tasty and rich and would go well with the house bread. Their dessert platter is a delight for those with sweet tooth. Be sure to try it. Gourmand Samui is a surefire hit for people who love good food. Hmm did we mention that they make the best Australian beef fillet? Try it.