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Drink Gallery, Koh Samui, ThailandDrink Gallery, Koh Samui, Thailand
Drink Gallery, Koh Samui, Thailand

So what exactly is Drink Gallery? Is it a state-of-the-art restaurant that's also a great place to spend the rest of the evening relaxing with a few drinks? Or is it a chic after-dining outdoor lounge bar that also happens to serve some of the most innovative International cuisine on the island? Well, how you answer these questions will depend entirely on whether you've gone there to eat or to drink, or to do both. Either way, you definitely won't be disappointed!

And you'd have a hard job missing Drink Gallery as it's in a central location in Chaweng, on the Chaweng Beach Road itself, just a few metres south of the main McDonald's, on the opposite side of the road. Although it's completely 'stand alone', Drink Gallery is right next door to the entrance leading to its parent resort – The Library. And being a part, albeit separate, of this fabulous and unique company, you can be assured that the dining and drinking experience at Drink Gallery will be a most satisfying one.

To start with, the place is opulently spacious – no overcrowding here! And with a 50-metre wooden decking street frontage, there doesn't have to be. Tables and chairs are dotted here and there on the deck and around Drink Gallery's vibrant tapas bar. And it's here that you can experience an innovative variety of Thai tapas dishes whose delicious flavours do justice to their intriguing and tempting names, such as the amazing Sua Rong Hai (which translates as Crying Tiger) and comprises grilled marinated beef sirloin and spicy tamarind sauce. And there's also a new range of exciting padthai dishes, including the Southern Egg Noodle Pad thai with Crispy Chicken Breast, and the Rice Noodle Padthai with Mixed Seafood. Guests are also encouraged to create their own unique combinations of different noodles, sauces and toppings. These dishes are excellent on their own or paired with the latest batch of tasty brews, such as the Hohm Rohng and the Nari Ramphung.

To the left of the terrace there's the indoor air-conditioned 'restaurant' building itself with huge glass windows reaching from the floor to its high, high ceiling. Inside here, there's Drink Gallery's trademark painting of a Chinese girl with bobbed hair and bright red lipstick high above the colourful bottles behind the well - stocked bar with its matching red barstools. And hanging down to just above the tables from the ceiling way above are crystal chandeliers which spread the light just perfectly.

Unlike most places, everything at Drink Gallery has been designed specifically for the restaurant. And that includes everything from the various chairs, tables and sofas through to the unique upright-standing cutlery and chinaware. If ever there was a 'designer' restaurant, then this is it.

The food has been well 'designed' too and although it's predominantly International cuisine, there are also some Thai dishes. And there's a definite 'West meets East' (as opposed to 'East meets West') element to the food at Drink Gallery, with interesting additions of Oriental herbs and spices (it's never too hot) here and there.

"...and if ever there was a 'designer' restaurant, then this is it."

The menu has special dishes (in addition to the wide range of appetizers, salads and pasta dishes) that are worthy of individual recommendation. And these include both the Roasted Garlic Raviolis – pan - roasted mushrooms, garlic créma and chopped parsley, and the Avocado Cobb Salad – smoked bacon bits, chopped ham, avocado, crumbled blue cheese, eggs and lettuce, tossed in housemade dressing.

The appropriately named 'Happy Ending' desserts' section of the menu also contains some winners, with both the Sticky Rice and Mango – sticky rice cup cake with warmed coconut syrup and mango sorbet, and the Dark Chocolate Pot de Créme – gianduja and burnt orange supreme doing it full justice.

And as there's a huge emphasis on the drinks at Drink Gallery, you'd expect there to be a wide selection, complete with extra-special cocktails – and you'd be right! The cocktails are spectacularly tasty and original, including many additions of unexpected herbs and fruits, and even wineand coffee-based concoctions.

Visiting Drink Gallery with its super-stylish décor, daily live entertainment and acres of space makes a refreshing change from going to other Chaweng Beach Road restaurants and bars. For one thing, there's absolutely no hurry. You're more than welcome to enjoy a meal and/or some drinks at your leisure without the feeling that they're trying to rush you off to make way for the next customers. In fact, at Drink Gallery you're actively encouraged to linger and savour the experience.

Drink Gallery is open from 4:00 pm until 1:00 am (kitchen closes at 12:15 am). Daily happy hours from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

For reservations and further information, telephone 0 7742 2299.

Drink Gallery, Koh Samui, Thailand
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