Restaurant of the Month – Let's Sea
It's more than
just another beach restaurant, Let's Sea is purpose built in
a contemporary style. The design allows customers to enjoy all the
positive elements of air, sea and sunshine. The two dinning salas
have roves shaped as interlocking crashing waves, in the same style
as their logo. The first sala is open sided with an unrestricted view
of the ocean. The second has been cleverly partly screened with curtains
of floor to ceiling bamboo poles to create a more intimate and sexy
mood. While he third building, the bar looking out onto the sea has
a conventional roof with tiles that are reproductions of the style
used during the reign of King Rama V.
In between the building
a neatly trimmed tropical garden has been intertwined, very carefully
designed to look spontaneous.
Add to the physical
the influence of carefully selected music and you instantly discover
that you really are in the coolest dinning spot in Hua Hin. There
is something unique and calming about the natural therapy one feels
being there. Its almost as if time has stood still or perhaps its
importance becoming somewhat diminished. A chance to be at peace with
nature and with oneself.
This is a restaurant
that has bothered to ask the question what is it that their customer
wants and what kind of service are they really looking for.
For lunch there
is an interesting collection of one-dish meals including a variety
of four different flavoured fried rices. The taste that I found most
interesting was their Tom Yum Kung Fried Rice. The combination of
the infusion of the soup with the fried rice is the perfect example
of their philosophy of making something simple tasty
It's very much a sound base of family style cooking enriched
by fresh interpretations brings change without revolution.
As nightfalls and
the change of lighting causes a change of mood, its getting time for
dinner. The menu has a large selection of Thai fish and seafood dishes,
the main ingredients having been bought fresh locally at the Hua Hin
market. Their mussels stuffed with garlic served with garlic French
bread should not be missed, another example of a simple dish having
been given a subtle Thai twist.
Another nice touch
is that on the reverse side of both the lunch and dinner menu's
is the wine list with a concise explanation of what dishes pair best
with the wines. The selection is from France, Australia and Chile.
The dessert menu
is constantly having new dishes added to it. I particularly enjoyed
the blueberry cheesecake with a hint of pineapple woven into the biscuit
base. Their latest creation is a banana cake made with the small local
bananas. The taste is light and goes so well with vanilla ice cream.
The waiting staff
is appropriately dressed in black polo shirts with three quarter length
khaki cargo pants. Causal yet in keeping with the environment. Their
service is politely efficient without overcrowding the guest's
space. A five star service comfortably served.
In the late afternoon
a gentle storm blows up from the sea, its power almost giving me a
magical sense of energy. That feel of the sea breeze in my hair on
my face reconnects me with nature. The falling leaves that land on
me do so without causing offense.
Then I hear the
strain of Alma Cogan's Every time we say goodbye
a beautiful song the awoke my emotions with memories of the warm,
loving smile of my late aunt. Luckily there was no one else with me,
but a didn't feel alone a few tears swelled in my eye.
The longer you stay
at Let's Sea the more you feel you are falling in love with the
place. The day is over, one know one should leave, but may be is the
magnetism of the sea, but there is a strong desire to stay.
83/155 Soi Talay 12 (Soi after Hyatt Regency),
Khoathakieb-Hua Hin Road,
Hua Hin Prachuap Khirikhan 77110