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  2. Adelphi grande sukhumvit

    Not sure it would be my choice but looks good value for money.
  3. Adelphi grande sukhumvit

    Based on the online reviews it looks decent if one is looking for a serviced apartment
  4. Adelphi grande sukhumvit

    Anyone have any knowledge or opinions about this place on, I believe, Soi 41 Sukhumvit. Mate of mine has booked a night here in a rather nice looking executive suite for 3500 baht. This includes airport transfer which must be worth 500. Free mini bar also must be worth 500 and he'd probably use. So for 2500 in real terms it looks like a pretty good deal. Plus there's a 100 grab taxi voucher included. He's got mates in the area so he's happy about the location. All options and alternative recommendations welcome, he can cancel at no cost. I'm particularly looking at you Mr STARGAZER as I believe this is your patch.
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  6. CPL odds

    I can’t agree, a team that has lots of easy games through year is not battle hardened , great talent but how will they react going one down .. Spanish teams been dominant of late , best league .. But sure they could win it ...
  7. CPL odds

    PSG are worthy favourites.
  8. CPL odds

    I think City and Spurs will get poor draws ...
  9. CPL odds

    i fancy city. i cant stand them but i think this is their chance .
  10. CPL odds

    City 5/1 , if Spurs keep injury free they are a decent bet at 20/1 I can see them both getting shafted with the draw later on , Madrid , Barca , Bayern and PSG won’t welcome newcomers..
  11. Volare on Soi Bukhao (Soi 15)

    I am never a fan of that , Agoda are the same here is the price then we add stuff ... Being old fashioned I like to see the bottom line not some of the price ..
  12. Volare on Soi Bukhao (Soi 15)

    Adding vat plus service charge doesn't fit in well with the scene in Pattaya. Open 24/7 is pretty awesome though and with lower drink prices it could be a winner.
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  14. DNS records of the forum

    This doesn't work for me http://www.pattaya-live.com/ The one does http://pattaya-live.com/?_fromLogin=1 Perhaps i am a dim **** boss
  15. Volare on Soi Bukhao (Soi 15)

    I have positive and negative observations about Volare. I'll mention the positive first. The Volare is an inviting and attractive restaurant in which to have a meal. The staff is friendly and attentive. The menu is extensive and includes some Italian dishes not frequently seen in Pattaya. It also features some Thai standards and international dishes like hamburgers. Prices for the Italian dishes (salads, appetizers, pasta, pizza, etc) are reasonable for what you get. Some of the non-Italian meat dishes, like steak and lamb chops, get into the 600- to 800-baht range, but I don't go to an Italian restaurant for such dishes. It's currently open 24/7 and offers an English breakfast at 130 baht, but again, Volare wouldn't be a natural choice for me for any sort of breakfast. Of the three dishes I have had at Volare, the first suffered from a miss in the kitchen, while the other two were excellent. On my first post-renovation visit, I ordered tortellini pomodoro (tortellini in a tomato sauce). Tortellini is a filled, ring-shaped pasta also called navel, i.e. belly-button, pasta thanks to its appearance and the legendary story of its origin. According to popular tradition, tortellini was the result of an Italian innkeeper peeping through a keyhole at a female guest. He only caught a glimpse of her navel, but it turned him on so much that instead of whacking off, he ran to the kitchen and invented tortellini. The filling most often used in tortellini is finely ground pork that's a bit bland by intention to highlight the broth or sauce with which it's served. The tomato-and-mince-meat sauce that covered the tortellini was fresh and vibrant, no complaints on my part. However, a couple of the pieces of tortellini were hard and dry on the outside. That's a sign they had been cooked in advance but hadn't been covered properly, so that they dried on top. It was a silly mistake, as tortellini only takes about 10 minutes to cook in boiling water. it certainly detracted from the meal, but not enough to deter me from returning for a second try. If all the pieces of tortellini had been freshly cooked, it would have been a great meal. I ordered the paccheri al pomodoro, basilico e ricotta (paccheri with tomato, basil and ricotta cheese) on my second visit. Paccheri is a very large tubular pasta, sort of what macaroni would look like if it could suffer from giantism. Paccheri occupies a special place in Italian culinary history. In a groundbreaking cookbook from 1839, a recipe for paccheri al pomodoro is one of the first published Italian recipes to call for a tomato sauce on pasta. Today we consider tomato-based sauces to be synonymous with Italian cuisine, but they are actually a relatively recent addition, dating back to the late 1700s and early 1800s. The tomato was introduced to Italy in the mid-1500s from Mexico via Spain. However, it took another 250 years for the tomato to catch on as a widely used ingredient in Italian kitchens. Paccheri dishes aren't often encountered outside Italy, so I was eager to try Volare's version. This time, the dish didn't let me down. Both the sauce and ricotta cheese were excellent and the collapsed tubes of paccheri supported the flavors well. This time, everything clicked in terms of flavor and seasoning. Good job, Volare! Every main dish at Volare comes with three pieces of nondescript commercial white bread and a tiny bowl of parmesan cheese. The bread is nice touch as it can be used to sop up the extra sauce, but I wish Volare had used better bread.There's also a pepper mill on each table. That night I decided to try one of Volare's pizzas. I chose prosciutto (dry-cured ham) as the topping. It's not a traditional pizza topping in Italy, nor is it customary in the U.S., but I love prosciutto and thought it would taste great on pizza. I was right. The pizza was 13 inches (33 centimeters) in diameter, which would put it between medium and large on the U.S. size scale. It had a thin Neopolitan crust and I would have preferred a bit more char on the bottom of the crust, but that may be a NYC thing. The sauce and cheese hadn't been laid too thickly so the taste of the prosciutto was overwhelmed. It was a good pizza and I wouldn't hesitate to order pizza again from Volare. And now it's time to mention something less favorable. The 10% service charge and the 7% VAT were tacked onto the prices shown on the menu. The paccheri (210 baht), Coke Zero (95 baht) and takeaway pizza (285 baht) added up to 590 baht. However, when I called chek bin, the total price I had to pay was 690 baht because the menu prices weren't net. I couldn't see it specified anywhere on the menu that the prices listed didn't include service and VAT, although it might be there somewhere in very small print. Naughty, naughty, Volare. The other less-than-favorable point is the cost of beverages at Volare. A Coke Zero is 111 baht with service charge and VAT. A SML is 140 baht on the menu, which would be 164 baht. Those are hefty prices. To summarize: Volare looks very fine after its makeover, the ambiance is good and the service friendly. The food is good and some dishes aren't on any other restaurant menu I've seen in Pattaya. However, a miss in execution pulls my overall opinion down, as does the failure to include service and VAT in the menu prices. Bottom line: I'll probably go back, but I'm not in a hurry. Pizza for takeaway might get more frequent business. Evil
  16. DNS records of the forum

    www.pattaya-live.com doesn't work but pattaya-live.com does boss cat. https://support.dnsimple.com/articles/a-record/
  17. DNS records of the forum

    I think quite a few here had an issue logging in a few weeks back or so . The new link for PL i have saved in my favourites but appears now when i tap into my browser . Old one still doesn't work
  18. Hadn't been on the forum for a few weeks because I couldn't connect, thought it was down or something and was busy as well. Yesterday I manually typed the address and got in. My bookmark was set at www.pattaya-live.com and couldn't get in today, so did some digging (pun intended) and found that www.pattaya-live.com doesn't have an A record. For most people this would sound like gibberish, but lanzalad or whoever is managing the forum will read it and understand what needs to be done.
  19. Volare on Soi Bukhao (Soi 15)

    Thanks for the report boss. Any pricing info would be great.
  20. Volare on Soi Bukhao (Soi 15)

    Volare, a popular Italian restaurant, reopened at the beginning of November after a two-month closure for a major overhaul. It now features an enclosed bar and a totally redone outside dining area. It's located at the corner of Soi Bukhao and Soi 15, directly east of The Avenue Shopping Plaza and about 200 hundred meters south of LK Metro. Visually, the results are pretty impressive. And this is a pic of the bar from Volare's Facebook page: A fish tank has been built into the floor leading into the bar. The mural on one of the walls is eye-catching. A detailed view: The two nights I ate at Volare this week, it had quite a few customers; about 25 on the first night and 15 on the second. The first night I ate between 9.30 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. and the second between 23.30 p.m. and midnight. I was a bit surprised that so many were dining so late. The customers were a mix of plain vanilla farang with TG companions or male farang in groups as well as Russian and Asian tourists. That bodes well for Volare. To succeed in Pattaya's crowded restaurant segment, a restaurant has to attract customers of different nationalities. A Holiday Inn Express is due to open nearby in 2018 and it should provide Volare with a stream of potential customers. The new trendy but casual decor should also help. The brick pizza oven has been rebuilt at one end of the restaurant. I'm running into Internet hassles again, so I'll save the food reviews for the second installment. Here's a teaser: Tortellini pomodoro - Paccheri al pomodoro, basilico e ricotta - Pizza with prosciutto ham for takeaway - Evil
  21. Dave's Cantina on Soi Regional Land

    You might be disappointed on the guacamole side. I don't think Dave has it on the menu because of the problems in getting good avocados in Pattaya. Evil
  22. Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    The hours at Taco Taco Tex Mex have shifted a couple of times, but here's what its FB page now says: 3 p.m. to midnight. Evil
  23. Dave's Cantina on Soi Regional Land

    A mate got me a take away Enchilada's from there a couple of times during my trip, have to say I thought it was pretty plain and average. I've had the same at Tigglebitties before and thought it was better. Haven't tried the rest but it looks ok.
  24. Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    Great report as always, thanks 🙏🏼
  25. Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    Nice report Very nice menu. The price of the wine by 0.5 L and 1 L is very good although, no doubt, one of the regular brands such as Mont Claire. You are probably right to have concerns about it's location. I have stayed at Mercure many times and I have always be happy to walk passed those bars etc opposite the back of the Avenue. They all look a little sad and not always the cleanliest of areas. The restaurant looks nice but maybe in the wrong place; I think if it was nearer to Soi Bukhao and air con the place would be packed, looked sparse of customers the times you have been there.
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  27. Dave's Cantina on Soi Regional Land

    thanks mate ,ive yet to get to it but i will . as long as theres plenty of sour cream , guacamole and fresh spicy salsa , not the pico de gallo along with cheese ill be delighted .
  28. Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    I've had several meals at Spaghetti Bistro, a rcently opened small restaurant on Soi 15 behind The Avenue Shopping Plaza. As its name indicates, pasta is its mainstay and it offers a surprisingly large choice for a small restaurant. All the standard pasta dishes on the menu can be done with spaghetti, penne or tagliatelle and there's an option to "design your own" plate of pasta in terms of sauce and ingredients. It also serves other Western dishes (steak, pork chops, chicken, tuna, salmon, salads, appetizers, sandwiches and desserts) and a few Thai dishes. It does have some interesting items on the menu that I am looking forward to trying the. "Oriental Merguez & Harissa" pasta as well as the "Camembert on Toast." The menu clearly has some French and international touches to it. It's mainly Italian, but not strictly so. There are four tables and some bar counter seats under the roof, plus a couple of small tables outside. It has a ceiling-mounted flat-screen TV and free WiFi. I tried the "Triple Cheesy (Parmesan, Emmental, blue cheese) with penne for 220 baht. It was a decent portion with excellent flavor. The chef got the mixture of cheeses just right. The penne was cooked as it should be, al dente. A problem with a lot of the pasta in Pattaya is that it is overcooked. Another day I had the old standard from my school lunches, spaghetti and meatballs, for 185 baht. The Spaghetti Bistrot version added diced fresh tomato. Again, a good portion with great flavor in the sauce and meatballs. Spaghetti Bistrot offers a daily special, such as the "Surf N Turf" announced in the pic below that I took from the restaurant's Facebook page. I've also seen Chicken Parmesan as a special for 240 baht. It also offers bottled beers, wine and spirits. One interesting feature is that it offers both take-away and delivery. It's also open from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 a.m., which are ambitious hours. The menu is extensive and rather sophisticated for a small restaurant. I no idea who owns it, but I've only ever seen Thais working there. The chef must have had a strong background in preparing European farang food. The only American items on the menu are the "Chicken Wings New Orleans" and the Chicken Parm, which was first made by Italian immigrants to the U.S. I certainly hope Spaghetti Bistrot succeeds, but I worry about its location. Soi 15 between 2nd Road and Soi Bukhao has very little foot traffic. Perhaps there are enough farang who live or stay in the immediate area to attract a solid customer base; otherwise it may struggle. The prices are reasonable for the quality of the food, but many enclosed restaurants with air conditioning offer similar dishes in the same price range. I wish them the best and I'm keeping. Second visit- This is what I had for supper: The menu calls it "Oriental merguez & harissa." Merguez is a spicy lamb sausage of North African origin. Harissa is a paste made from chillies and various spices. It's common in Moroccan cooking. That a sophisticated dish for a small outdoor eatery in Pattaya. I had it with tagliatelle and it cost 185 baht. I liked it very much. I enjoy merguez and it's not often you see it on menus in Pattaya. I like the "open kitchen" model. Yesterday a Russian woman was giving the cook a lot of suggestions about preparing her meal. Evil
  29. Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    Nice one, I’m partial to a bit of Mexican style food. Hope it survives until my next visit.
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