Zazen Restaurant has earned wide spread fame and praise as one of the best restaurants on Koh Samui for its superior menu, invigorating beachfront location and dreamily romantic ambience.
Jean-François graduated from the Ecole Hotelière Provinciale de Namur in Belgium and spent the next six years working with great chefs such as Freddy Van Decasserie in the 2-star Michelin restaurant, La Villa Lorraine, before going on to De Bijgaarden, and then refining his craft alongside Yves Mattagnes at Sea Grill.
Then, like many of today’s hot chefs, he decided to see the world and experience what other more exotic cuisines could teach him. Jean-Francois found himself at the world’s most luxurious hotel, the ‘7-star’ Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. As Sous-Chef in charge of their signature restaurant, The Al Mahara Seafood Restaurant, he created their quarterly menus and embraced the excitement and knowledge of working in the most sumptuous hotel in the world.
Still in need to see the world he headed off to Singapore as Chef de Cuisine for the opening of a new cutting edge restaurant , The Cliff, awarded by the World Gourmet Summit. Then on a visit to Bali, he became enchanted with the island and its people and decided to make it his home. He spent 4 years there working in various restaurants and hotels such as CasCades Restaurant at The Viceroy Bali, which he decided to make his signature restaurant, creating an outstanding menu of fine imported produce with both Western and exotic Asian influences.
After a few years working at Kai Restaurant/Swissotel Moscow, ranked as one of the top 10 restaurants in Moscow, Jean-Francois decided to join the Zazen team in Samui.
“I intend to keep the French basis but add a small Asian twist to the menu” says Jean-François about his concept for Zazen. “I love the idea of adding influences from Japanese, Thai and Balinese cooking”
Zazen Restaurant Samui is the Thai food lovers dream, the international food lovers reawakening.
The atmosphere at Zazen Restaurant is one of romance, sophistication and intimacy. At night, the trendy restaurant glows with the light of over one hundred candles. Soft jazz mingles with the sound of gentle waves and guests enjoy the pleasures of fine dining, elegant service and the entertainment of traditional Thai dance in Samui.
The restaurant is located on the beachfront at Bophut, with sweeping views of neighbouring islands over the tranquil and gentle waters of the bay.
Many five star hotels on the island recommend Zazen Restaurant to their guests for its must-try cuisine, unique atmosphere and superb service.
The trusted Thai restaurant guide Tatler chose Zazen Restaurant as one of the best restaurant and dining experiences on Koh Samui.
The world famous TIME Magazine recommends Zazen Restaurant to holiday makers in search of a fine cuisine dining experience in Samui.
Destinasian, a trendy magazine distributed all over Asia, praises the quality of the menu served at Zazen Restaurant and the style and décor of the resort. Best Resort and Restaurant in Asia
The reliable and famous local Dining Guide recognizes Zazen Restaurant as an asset to their guide book as the Bophut restaurant is recommended by popular demand. Samui Restaurant Guide
When you feel like dining on the beach, in an intimate Thai Sala, call ahead to reserve your own private Zazen dinner. A romantic dinner just for two and catered for you especially, a cocktail party on the beach for your friends to celebrate, both are available at Zazen under the supervision of Chef Jean Fancois . Contact your food and beverage team now to organize a special dinner for any occasion.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our special Thai Dance evenings held at Zazen Restaurant every Thursday and Sunday.Read more
Koh Samui didn't receive the name of a Tropical Paradise just because of its beautiful beaches. The diversity of cooking styles and the quality of the fare itself makes the island a veritable "gourmet's paradise" too.Read more