We absolutely love a low key neighborhood called Fort Greene, in Brooklyn and last Friday we went to dinner at a surprising place called Samui.
This newly opened restaurant (fresh from August) boasts an amazing ambience - from the decor, to the menu - everything is first class.
The façade is impossible to miss and was created by the talented and renowned graffiti artist Andrea von Bujdoss (aka Queen Andrea One). The three huge geometric chandeliers were designed by Joel Voisard and the unique projections at the bar wall, created by Aryn John Freysteinson, are paired with custom glass sculptures by Michael Skura, that replicate water bubbles.
It’s all extremely delightful and curious to the eyes!
Cleary inspired by the Ocean, the bar (as it should be) is the centerpiece of this restaurant and we highly recommend that you get the talented Taja to make you the best ginger caipirinha - you will not regret it!
We enjoyed both a carnivorous and vegetarian modern Thai menu - to die for!
Here is what we ate:
- As starters: steamy edamame, blue potato fritters with cucumber relish, vegetable somosas, turmeric garlic chicken wings with sweet chili peanut dip and a chicken and shrimp crepe with coconut;
- As mains: short rib massaman curry and the drunken noodles;
- For drinks: Ginger Mojito, Ginger Caipirinha and Red Wine.
Unfortunately there was no space left for dessert, so we’re surely going back for it. They have options like: poached pear with vanilla ice cream & pandan sauce, warm banana coconut milk and mango & sticky rice coconut cream.
Must try dishes? We would say all, but it was a lot of food, so try the potato fritters, crepe with chicken and shrimp, the short rib massaman curry (it literally melts in your mouth and has a generous serving of beef that can easily be shared), and the drunken noodles (be warned they are spicy, but you can order with no spice!).
It’s a place to sit and enjoy the conversation and your company. Different from most NYC restaurants, Samui does not rush you out of the restaurant!
A. Napadol (the owner and Chef) is clearly passionate about the restaurant and her partner will spin meanbeatz - a fusion of funk and house music, so just sit, eat and enjoy the sound!"
“I want to create a restaurant where people can afford to come more than once a month,” Napadol said. “I want to bring the luscious island and culture of Thailand to Brooklyn. I purchased the space with my husband, music producer Hani Albader, and vow to turn it into a modern sanctuary for guests to relax under soft and sexy lighting with great ambiance and design”.
It’s also a great place for private events and they do already offer Catering service.
The restaurant currently opens only for dinner and brunches on the weekends!
We'll surely be back!
- Monday CLOSED
- Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm-11:00pm
- Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm
- Sunday 5:30pm-10:30pm
- Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4pm
Location: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue
Photo Credit: Ashley Adele Photo