Prabaramee Rd. Opposite Pan Yaa Restaurant, next to Indochine
Open time: Daily 2.30pm-12am
Resevation: Tel: 0 7660 8654, 09 3530 6006www.ethos-restaurant.com
Modern Mediterranean restaurant and lounge that sets a benchmark for high quality of dining, service and design – with a fantastic sea view.
The only negative thing I can say about etho’s is that it’s difficult to find, though even that hiccup will be resolved once the signage is in place. In all other respects, the restaurant is peerless: a brand-new addition to the island’s culinary scene, and already one of the jewels in the island’s crown.
The attention to detail is surely unmatched anywhere – from discreet, user-friendly menus which list an impressively wide range of international dishes, plus ingredients in English, German and French – to traditional napery, a wide selection of breads and sauces and impeccable service by stiletto-heeled waitresses who look as though they have stepped straight off the pages of ‘Vogue Magazine’.
Add to that, etho’s position – way above Patong Bay, where every twinkling light can be viewed through vast plate glass windows that offer panoramic vistas, stretching from Kalim Beach below, southwards to Emerald Bay and beyond. Having tables both within and outside, etho’s can accommodate more than 100 diners in this exquisite environment.
The food and wine match the setting. We select a bottle of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 8888. Unsurprisingly, it has won many awards and proves a perfect complement to the meal. A cheese-based amuse-bouche is followed by a beautifully presented Salad of crabmeat roll, avocado and crunchy apple served with cucumber and cheese gazpacho. A winning combination and only one of ten salads on a menu that includes other warm versions featuring lobster or rocket, eggs and bacon. There are cold offerings such as tomato and mozzarella with pesto and balsamic reduction, and beetroot served with walnuts and orange vinaigrette. Or simply select from a number of cold starters and no fewer than ten soups.
For the main course, try an Italian Job based on pasta or risotto. Four ravioli dishes are also available, including a sumptuous black version with shrimps, asparagus and ricotta cheese. Alternatively, there’s a spectacular selection of seafood, including snowfish, seabass, and Dover sole. A Trilogy from the Andaman Sea of sea bass, tiger prawns and tuna ensures that local specialities are not neglected.
I select a Braised Lamb Shank with saffron risotto and red wine jus. It is perfect – rich, succulent and tender. My partner’s choice is Beef Stroganoff: cubes of Australian beef served with fettucine and paprika sauce. Again close to perfection, if not already there. Wow!
For that special dining night out, etho’s is a bright jewel: surely the place to go… destined to become a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike.