“Without excellent produce, there is no excellent cuisine,” says Chef Kien Wagner, the man at the helm of Essence, your go-to gastro haven at Avani+ Samui. For him, every day starts at the market, to pick out the finest, freshest fruit, vegetables, herbs and just-caught fish, all of which come from the island and its waters. It’s these hyperlocal goodies that inspire both Chef Kien and his menu at Essence. 

Join us at the restaurant where, as Kien says, “the product is the star of the kitchen.” He shows them off in delicious dishes from Thai favourites to international classics like succulent salt and pepper squid fresh from the ocean, rich and creamy coconut curries and vibrant pasta dishes. Our locavore Chef’s expert foraging skills are reflected in a menu that’s not only super local but heavily plant-based, with superfood-packed smoothies and rice paper wraps filled with veggies and herbs. Even the desserts are (kind of) virtuous, with rainbows of tropical fruit decorating homemade coconut ice cream. And if you’re the mood for a little tipple, thirst-quenching cocktails are concocted with local flavours for those distinct and delectable island vibes 

Come and meet Chef Kien, sample his honest-to-goodness food and discover the true “Essence” of Samui.


Avani+ Samui Resort
53/5 Moo 4, Phang Ka, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui,
Suratthani 84140 Thailand

Avani Reservations Team
+66 2 365 9110 or
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