When a beach is a place for relaxation, socialization and self-indulgence, and society is an organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity, the Beach Society at SO Sofitel Hua Hin is there for a lazy meal, toes tickled by the sand and sea on Cha Am beach in Thailand. mylifestylenews writes.
The concept for Beach Society in Hua Hin is a place to chill by the ocean, sip cocktails and enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in a breezy seaside setting. Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat and Be Seen especially on weekends or regular beach party events organized during its high season.
With its long and colorful history that saw this quiet seaside town transformed from fishing village to royal retreat to elite resort, Hua Hin is reinvented once again at Beach Society, a stylish venue and a new place in town to hang out and be seen as the talk-of-the-town when SO Beach Party is organized every first Saturday of the month.
The Beach Society also offer dinners right after the fun and madness when the sun goes down. During the day time, dance music fills the air for the more wilder crowds especially when the SO Beach Party is held. In the evening the vibe is more chill with lounge music playing to allow you to create a more relaxed and harmonious environment to enjoy your food.
We chose to dine in the evening for a change during our stay in the resort. The outlet was not overly busy on our visit, perhaps the drizzling rain had kept some of the guests away and a decision was made to order room service instead.
Beach Society by night.
The menu is serving Mediterranean delights with a classic in construction and focus on select cuts of meat and the freshest seafood. Being a place to chill throughout the day, the beverage list is quite extensive in the smoothie and cocktail area, with something to cater for all tastes.
We tried some mocktails that had a distinctive Thai influence in the ingredients: Long & Round – fresh watermelon, fresh cucumber and lemongrass, which was very aromatic and fresh in taste and quite enjoyable to quench one’s thirst; High Time for Lime – fresh lime juice, bittered ice, honey and salt, which was a little sweeter, but still quite enjoyable.
Our culinary journey encompassed a set menu to try out a few different flavors and menu offerings, enabling us to sample all that enticed us with a reading of the menu beforehand. But strangely enough, given that a set menu was planned for us, we were not asked if we had any preferences, allergies or dislikes, so it was not until we instigated this discussion, that some items were changed. Food is always a very individual thing, so these questions are best to be asked to ensure that all diners have a memorable experience.
We kicked off with the Seared Scallop Ceviche – Portion is rather small despite it was for sharing and the same comment also came from the couple from the table next to us. The scallops were rather chunky and chewy and tasted quite bland for our liking, plus they were also lacking that wow factor as a starter.
New England Clam Chowder – Creamy clam chowder with oversized croutons filled up to the rim of a small tinned bowl and came in luke warm temperature. Once again the taste was rather flat and didn’t give any palate of the sea from the clam not to have any relation to New England idea of clam chowder. Asparagus Soup – Asparagus with baked egg and parmesan coconut cream. A very straightforward tasting soup that had a distinctive asparagus flavor and was quite tasty, but a little bit thicker in consistency would have been preferable.
Bon Fire – Spicy Chorizo sausage, chili relish, jalapeno, peppers, mozzarella and a splash of Thai whiskey. Essentially, this dish was a fried flat bread (like a pizza), but the dough was too soft and soggy in places – it would have been better with a crispier base. The ingredients blended well together and this would have been a great dish, excepting for the fact that the base was not quite right and we wondered what the splash of Thai whiskey has contributed to this dish.
Food came too quickly, rather than allowing us to enjoy a relaxed evening. Main course followed with Pork Cutlet – sliced cutlet of pork with pineapple relish. A simple sliced cutlet of pork that was quite flavoursome and tender with lovely vegetables cooked to perfection, both crunchy and roasted to offset the richness of the meat. The pineapple relish added a piquancy to the dish despite the presentation was too fussy for a beach outlet. Grouper – This fish fillet was grilled to a light crispiness on the skin yet still taste quite fishy and bland. Can’t taste much of the freshness of the flesh and accompanied (almost diced) vegetables suits more for a piece of red meat instead of a fish dish.
Ice Cream Sundae – Chocolate cookie in flavours and fruit sorbet-like in construction presented in a colored jug like in one of those diners. Two variations of overly sweetened ice cream sundaes for those that have a serious sweet tooth to end the humid and hot evening’s meal in Beach Society.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 3/5
Food & Beverages: 2.5/5
Value For Money: 3/5
115 Moo 7 Tambol Bangkao
Hua Hin, Thailand
Tel: +66 32 709 555
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