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Jalan Petitenget No., North Kuta, Badung, Indonesia

(62) 361 279 7524

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It may seem incongruous for Tokyo-trained chef Sin Keun Choi to have joined the W Retreat Samui team from Las Vegas, where he served as resident chef at the Bellagio Hotel. But after dining at Namu, it is clear that this two-time Thailand Iron Chef challenger is the island expert on innovative gastronomy. Well-aligned with the W's identity as hip and cutting-edge, Chef Choi applies these same characteristics to his menu of modern Japanese dishes. Using technologies and techniques that give each dish an added twist, Namu offers deliciously futuristic menu items like tuna sashimi pizza with mango and tomato micro caviar or Wagyu beef cheek and foie gras hand roll with fried shallot. Namu, the Korean word for wood, is representative of the restaurant’s re-invention of basic life elements. The dining room reflects this sentiment both literally and figuratively, with minimal wood furnishings, clean lines and subdued lighting creating a relaxed, authentically Japanese ambiance. Open for lunch and dinner, it is a great option for those looking to diversify their dining while on Koh Samui. For visitors particularly interested in SK Choi’s contemporary craft, the chef now offers culinary classes at the restaurant.

Written by Sasha Feldman

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