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Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

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Malee 3 offers European and Thai food at very low prices, among the lowest in Pattaya for a sit-down restaurant. It's in a subsoi off Soi Bukhao, but I'll give more info on its location at the end of this post.

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The exterior sign says Malee features Russian and Uzbek cuisine in addition to European and Thai, but I didn't see much evidence of Russian or Uzbek dishes on the menu. There were, however, several Dutch specialities listed, mostly snacks.

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Although it's not a fancy restaurant, but it's clean and comfortable. Because it's open-front, it can get quite warm, even when sitting next to a fan, when Pattaya is undergoing a hot spell like now.

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The big attraction of Malee is its price range. There are a lot of dishes under 200 baht and quite a few around 100 baht, with its burgers going for 45 to 60 baht and breakfast for 65 baht.

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I had the roast lamb dinner at 159 baht and it tasted surprisingly good for the price. It consisted of one thick piece of lamb which most restaurants would have sliced into three thin pieces; roast potatoes; gravy; and mixed vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, carrots and snap peas.

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It wasn't a large portion, particularly regarding the lamb, but it was adequate for me.

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The lamb was tasty and moist, but not the most tender I've had. It certainly wasn't tough or overly chewy, just not as tender as most lamb. There was some fat on the meat, but not too much.

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I would have preferred for the gravy to have been served on the side- I forgot to ask- and not poured all over the plate. But the gravy was good and had been been made from the drippings from the lamb.

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The vegetables seemed to be fresh and not frozen. They hadn't been overcooked and retained a lot of flavor.

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The roast potatoes were also good, crispy on the outside, fluffy inside.

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In addition to the 65-baht special, the breakfast portion of the menu offered a lot of choices, including pancakes.

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Malee is located down a subsoi off Soi Bukhao between Soi Diana and Soi 15. The subsoi is directly opposite Pattaya City Hospital with a motorcycle shop on the southwest corner.

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Bottom line: It's not fine dining, but I'll certainly be back to sample more of Malee's budget fare. I particularly want to try Toad in the Hole for 99 baht.

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Thanks for the review of Sizzlers. I like their places once in a while when I get cravings for salad dressing. Weird ... I know but there is only so much Papaya salad a Farang can take.

My last trip to S was at the Central Mall location in Udon. At the time there was a lunch promotion of 175 Baht which included a limitless soft drink or water and the all you can eat salad bar. Alternatively, for whatever reason the AYCE salad bar only option was 189 Baht and no complementary free drink.

Enterprising Expats in the jungle know how to work the system and in the time there while waiting on the movie I watched 4 or 5 guys order the 175 Baht mystery chicken special for takeout while making a meal of the salad bar and free re-fill soft drinks. Two meals for 175 Baht, got to respect the frugal ingenuity 555.

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I was going to say early contender for thread of the year,its May already! :shok:

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Wednesday's special, "Chicken, Cream Cheese and Chorizo Ballantine with Shittake Mushrooms, Bok Choy and Mash, in a Red Wine Jus," now ranks as one of my Bite Me favorites. It was absolutely delicious! Top quality ingredients were prepared and seasoned to make a balanced and flavorful dish that tasted a lot more than 260 baht.

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A ballantine (alternate spelling "ballotine" most often seen in the U.S.) is traditionally made from a (de)boned piece of poultry that has been stuffed with sausage meat and/or other ingredients, then trussed or even sewn to hold its shape.

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Sometimes the ballotine retains the form of a chicken leg or thigh; other times it's rolled to resemble a long, thick sausage. It's usually roasted, but other cooking methods are possible.

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A ballotine is a time-consuming dish to make and I don't recall having ever seen it before on any menu in Pattaya, although it is possible some fine-dining and hotel restaurants do offer it. To find ballotine as good as Bite Me's for 260 baht is amazing.

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The ballotine consisted of chicken breast filled with a mixture of spicy chorizo sausage and cream cheese. The chorizo added taste and heat, while the cream cheese contributed a touch of acidity and tempered the heat of the chorizo. The bok choy and shittake mushrooms went well with the ballotine and the mashed potatoes. My suggestion would be to give the mash a sprinkling of nutmeg to add yet another flavor component that goes well with th other ingredients.

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It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing picture, but that's what my plate looked like.

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I decided to finish my meal with dessert. I was torn between carrot cake and cherry pie and came down in favor of cherry pie. I was curious to see what form my slice of pie would take. After all, cherry pie is as American as herpes and hot dogs, not to mention violence. I wondered how Bite Me, which has often "deconstructed" traditional dishes to give them a new spin, would handle it.

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It was more a fruit tart with a top crust than a fruit pie in the U.S. sense. Overall, I was a bit disappointed. It didn't have much of a cherry taste and seemed overly sweet, but a glass of latte helped cut the sweetness. Next time I'll have the carrot cake or crepes for dessert.

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For anyone not familiar with U.S. cherry pie, here's a pic from the Net. There are substantial differences between the U.S. and European versions of fruit pies. Neither version is right or wrong in any absolute sense, they just reflect different culinary traditions, trends and preferences.

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Bottom line: The creativity of the chefs at Bite Me continues to impress me. In terms of value for money and taste, you can't eat better in Pattaya.

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Those Bite Me Bistro meals look absolutely top class for the price.

Agreed.

Never been to eat in this place, but from what I have seen/read, I must give it a try in the upcoming future. Looks fab.

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Agreed.

Never been to eat in this place, but from what I have seen/read, I must give it a try in the upcoming future. Looks fab.

chef ewan mcglashin has left the place now .

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Witherspoons is a very popular sports bar and restaurant on Soi Bukhao near the corner with Soi LengKee. Not too long ago it ran into problems with Thai authorities over its operating hours, but those hassles appear to have solved.

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It's back to attracting big crowds of sports fans. On Sunday night, Witherspoon's was pretty much packed to the last seat by 8.00 pm, but I was the only customer to order food.

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I'd read on the boards that Greg of the former Greg's Kitchen had become the chef- or was at least supervising the kitchen- at Witherspoons and wanted to try the food. In the distant past, I'd had a meal at Witherspoon's and hadn't been much impressed, but I had enjoyed meals at Greg's Kitchen, so I thought I'd give Witherspoon's another try.

Witherspoon's has a pretty extensive menu, but I chose the daily special- the Sunday roast dinner- at 295 baht.

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When I got there at 7.00 p.m, it was already quite busy and seats were scarce. After just a few minutes' wait, this is the meal I got:

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It was a generous portion of lamb, roast and mashed potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding, with the plate unfortunately doused in gravy.

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The slices of lamb don't show up well in the pics, but there were quite a few of them. The vegetables were al dente, exactly as I like them.

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The potatoes were good, particularly the mash.

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The Yorkshire had risen nicely, but was a bit overcooked and heavy for my taste.

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The lamb was tender and had a lot of flavor, but was also overcooked according to my preference. By waiting until 7.00 pm to eat, I had violated one of my own cardinal rules for buffets and Sunday roasts: get there as early as possible. I've noticed a big difference in quality in a Sunday roast dinner eaten at noon or 1.00 pm and one at 7.00 pm. I wouldn't hesitate to try the Sunday roast at Witherspoon's again, but I'll be sure to get there earlier in the day.

The Sunday roast was good if not great. However, Witherspoon's isn't a very comfortable place for a meal. It's hot, noisy and crowded and I don't like sitting on bar stools when eating. My preference will always be for enclosed, air-conditioned restaurants.

I also ate at Witherspoon's last Thursday. It was busy but nowhere near as crowded as Sunday. I was out even later, at about 9.;30 pm.

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I had wanted the daily special (ham off the bone, two eggs and thick-cut chips for 240 baht), but they had run out of it. I took that as a bad omen and decided to go with a breakfast sandwich for 140 baht rather than a full meal.

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It included a big cup of coffee (or tea) and a small glass of "orange juice."

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On the menu, the sandwich was called a "breakfast panini." It certainly wasn't a panini, but still a good sandwich.

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It's hard to see in the pic, but the sandwich consisted of a fried egg, back bacon and a sausage on a baguette-style bun,

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Good quality ingredients had been properly cooked. The yolk of the fried egg wasn't hard. The coleslaw as fresh and crisp, but had too much dressing.

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Witherspoon's has a lot of items on its menu under 200 and 300 baht. The daily specials are all under 300 baht and are mostly UK comfort food. It also has promotions and specials on beer and other booze. After 8.00 pm, there is a 2 for 1 special on bottled beer. It's not misleading language, as the sign clearly states 2 bottles for one price. In my case, it was two bottles of SML for 140 baht.

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Bottom line: Witherspoon's thrives as a sports bar, but its food seems pretty good, too. However, there are more comfortable air-conditioned restaurants nearby which offer similar fare at comparable prices.

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Das Berliner Bistro, off Soi 13 between Beach Road and 2nd Road, is a venerable Pattaya restaurant. I don't know exactly how long it's been in operation, but it's been offering German and Thai food for quite a few years.


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There are two entrances to Das Berliner. One is reached from the the walkway that runs beside the Sportsman ...


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and the other is reached through the entrance to a parking lot.


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It's a small restaurant, unpretentious, clean and comfortable.


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The decorations on the wall have an old-fashioned feel about them, harking back to the 1970's.


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Das Berliner offers Hausmannskost, or German home-style cooking, at very reasonable prices. Many of the main dishes on the menu go for 159 or 169 baht. A half-liter of draft Tiger costs 150 baht.


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Given that it's a nice place to have a quiet meal, I wish I could give a more enthusiastic endorsement of its food, but I have to be true to my taste buds. One recent meal I had at Das Berliner was good, the other not so. I'll begin with the positive part. I had the Berlin sausage with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes for 159 baht.


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It was a simple meal yet tasty. I had no big complaints, only two minor points I thought could be improved. The sauerkraut, which I'm sure was homemade, could have been a bit more acidic, and the mustard in the condiment basket wasn't real German mustard. It tasted like what we call in the U.S. "ballpark mustard," the type that was served with hot dogs at baseball stadiums.


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The sausage had probably been made locally and was quite good.


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My next meal, sauerbraten with red cabbage and boiled potatoes for 169 baht, was disappointing. Sauerbraten is German-style pot roast with a mildly sour flavor. The key step is to marinate the beef for at least two days, then cook it slowly with vegetables for three or four hours. While the sauce had the traditional tang, the meat itself had an oddly sweet taste, which said to me too much sugar had been added to the marinade.


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The red cabbage wasn't sour enough for my taste, either.


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I also thought the meat was a bit dry, as though it had been left to stand too long after cooking.


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Bottom line: I'll go back to Das Berliner to try some of its other dishes, especially pork knuckle, but it will be awhile before I take another chance on the sauerbraten.


In past years, Das Berliner has been quite crowded, but it had few guests the nights I ate there. You can see in the pic below the staff didn't have much to do.


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A few more interior shots:


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Excellent reviews, as always, thanks for the effort and info.

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This is the perfect picture showing thai people work ethics.....

Than again, there supposed to a manager amongst them......

Probably the one sleeping on the table ?

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This is the perfect picture showing thai people work ethics.....

In their defense, I was the only customer at the time and I was all set. There didn't seem to be much work for them to do. They "hopped to it" as soon as other customers entered the restaurant.

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My Way is a Dutch Restaurant in central Pattaya that has some good options under 300 baht. There's a thread on My Way here, so I won't go into too much detail now. Click on the link to see more of what it offers.

On Sunday, I had the 180-gram beef tenderloin fillet with mashed potatoes and a side salad for 295 baht.

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There's also a 300-gram beef option, but 180 grams is enough for me. If you eat everything that comes with the fillet, it's quite a filling meal.

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The salad had fresh ingredients and was lightly dressed, exactly the way I like it.

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The mashed potatoes were creamy and tasty. The mash at My Way is among the best in Pattaya. All too often mashed potatoes are served watery and/or flavorless. You also get a generous portion at My Way, unlike many other restaurants.

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The beef is Thai, but since it is tenderloin, it's nevertheless tender and has a good beef flavor.

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I asked for it medium rare and that's how I got it. No complaints on my part.

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And now for something different:
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Pattaya Meals is a food preparation and delivery service that brings affordable and tasty farang and Thai food to your door. I tried Pattaya Meals for the first time on Tuesday and was very happy with the experience. We ordered five dishes for three people, with four to be shared among us as a late lunch and one to be taken home by a guest as his supper. Total cost was 820 baht (no tip, no delivery change as per PattayaMeals.com). Just about all the 30 or so items on the Pattaya Meals' menu are priced between 150 and 175 baht. I placed the order below at 2.35 pm and it was delivered at 3.25 pm.
The food was delicious and arrived hot. i won't hesitate to order from them again. Here's what we ordered:
#2 Chicken cutlet Parmigiana 165 baht
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#5 Caesar Salad with shrimp 180 baht
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#15 Pepper and Garlic Chicken 150 baht
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#24 Salmon with corn relish 150 baht
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#26 Bacon carbonara Pasta with fettuccini 175
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They deliver to parts of Jomtien and central Pattaya:
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Check out their Web site at pattayameals.com for more info. Pattaya Meals has about 30 items for delivery, with 20 farang dishes and 10 Thai.
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Great food, cheap price, fast delivery. What more can you ask for?
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And now for those of you who are hearty eaters: Nicky's on Soi Bukhao has really big portions for 250 baht. I ate there with two friends last night. I had the 1/2 roast chicken with stuffing, roast potatoes and garden peas.


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That's a substantial portion of chicken, backed up by big helpings of potatoes and peas. It was roasted properly, with the meat very moist. Best chicken I've had for awhile in Pattaya.


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A bit stingy on the stuffing, though, but that's a minor point. I would have preferred more stuffing and less potatoes.


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One friend had the pork chops, mashed potatoes and garden peas. Again, very generous portions for 250 baht.


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I'm not sure about the price of the fish 'n chips, but I believe it was around 200 baht.


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You can see the size of roast chicken in the photo below. The fish 'n chips came with two large slices of freshly baked bread.


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If you're really hungry and don't favor a buffet, Nicky's is a good option under 300 baht. All three of us were pleased with the meals we had.


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This update is in two separate parts. First part:



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Tequila Reef on Soi 7 has garnered mixed reviews through the years on the Pattaya boards. Some people love it, others loathe it. I don't know if it is luck or the hand of Buddha, but I've never had a bad meal there. I don't know what accounts for others' bad experiences. Maybe it's the inconsistency that haunts many Pattaya restaurant? There have also been some rather bitter discussions about the "authenticity" of the food at Tequila Reef. That's a muddled concept at best; for me, it's how the food tastes, rather than authenticity, that is important.



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In any case, Tequila Reef does have plenty of options on its menu under 300 baht; the daily specials, for example, although some are over 300 baht.




Mexican Monday

2 Item Mexican Combo Plate 235 Baht


I ordered the beef taco and cheese enchilada with Mexican rice on the side. A burrito was an option.


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Taco Tuesday

Your Choice of Beef, Chicken or Pork Taco 60 Baht


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Ribs Wednesday

Our Famous St. Louis Style Pork Ribs (Half Rack) 305 Baht


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Burrito Thursday

East LA or Texas Crash and Burn Burrito 235 Baht


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Fajitas Friday

Our House Specialty of Sizzling Fajitas 325 Baht


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Salmon Saturday

Salmon Filet Dinner 375 Baht


And there's a lot on the regular menu under 300 baht:



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Second part:



Some more options from the Pattaya Meals delivery service:



#1 Twelve Chicken Wings (Barbecue) with blue cheese dip at 170 baht ;



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#3 Cheese Burger Platter with bacon, fried egg and potato wedges at 245 baht (Cheeseburger's basic price is 195 baht, plus 30 baht for bacon and 20 baht for egg). It's built on a thick patty of importedAustraliam Black Angus beef.



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#7 Cashew Chicken at 145 baht;



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#20 Eggplant Parmigiana with spaghetti at 165 baht;



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The order was placed at about 5.00 p.m. and arrived at 5.30 p.m. Every thing was warm, properly cooked and very tasty. For me at least, it's an attractive alternative to going out in the heat and humidity.



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Steak & Co is running some specials that will put you under 300 baht on three days of the week. The early bird hours are noon to 5 pm. I;ve had the ribs at S & C and they are excellent. From S & C's Facebook page:

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This is another opportunity to enjoy high-end food at a low price.

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The arcade which runs parallel to Soi Diana and diagonally across from Mike's Mall on 2nd Road includes some notable Pattaya restaurants:  Kiss Foods, Beefeater, Patrick's, My Way and Little India.  

 

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This week I decided to try a relative newcomer to the arcade, Calles Grill & Bar. It's not brand new as it opened in October last year, but I had never had occasion to try it before.  It occupies the premises of the defunct Longhorn Steakhouse. Basically it's a grill restaurant specializing in steaks and Swedish meat dishes, but with some international favorites on the menu as well.

 

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It's bright and cheerful inside; not fancy but comfortable and welcoming.

 

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If you get a window seat, you can keep an eye on the goings-on at Papagayo coyote club across the walkway.

 

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The menu serves as the placemat (or vice versa, I guess).  It's a moderately priced (but not cheap) restaurant with a number of dishes under 300 baht.

 

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The first dish I ordered was listed on the menu as "Butt Naked Cordon Bleu,"  or an unbreaded escalope of pork loin stuffed with ham and cheese and thick-cut "steakhouse fries" and gorgonzola sauce on the side.  However, what I got was an "ordinary,"  fully breaded cordon bleu,  It looked pretty good and I was in a bit of a hurry, so I decided not to complain. 

 

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It was indeed a good cordon bleu, properly cooked with plenty of flavor.  The only thing I thought a bit odd was the gorgonzola sauce along with it.  Absolutely nothing wrong with the sauce, but it tended to overwhelm the cheese that stuffed the schnitzel.  I used the sauce on the steak fries instead,

 

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It cost 295 baht and a SML was 100 baht.  Despite the order mix up, I was happy with the meal.

 

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Yesterday I tried the daily special at 299 baht (pic from Calles' Facebook page).

 

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This time, what I got corresponded to the description:  two pieces of pork filet served Scandinavian plank-style with mashed potatoes, mushroom sauce and a grilled tomato.

 

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Again, the pork  was properly seasoned and cooked, were the mashed potatoes.  The sauce had a real mushroom flavor.

 

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It came with carrots and snap peas which were hidden by the meat.

 

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Bottom line:  I really liked the pork plank steak and thought it good value for money at 299 baht. I enjoy Swedish food and will be back to try a few more dishes.

 

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The Sailor Restaurant offers some of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, Western food of any sit-down restaurant in Pattaya. However, it is very much a case of you get what you pay for. Of the four meals I've had there, one has been inedible (food was rancid) and two were merely bad, but the most recent (last week) was acceptable if not good.

 

No question whatsoever that Sailor qualifies as under 300 baht ... I believe every dish on its menu is less than 200 baht.  But whether the food is good, well, that much more problematic.  However, no discussion of cheap eats in Pattaya would be complete without at least a mention of the Sailor.

After an absence of two years due to the three awful meals, I decided to make a return visit as I heard from friends the food had improved. Once again, I tried the pork schnitzel with potato salad. The last time I ordered it, the potato salad was rancid and the schnitzel had been pounded so thin and fried so hard it couldn't be chewed.

 

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This time the schnitzel was much better. It was a small square of breaded pork that wasn't paper-thin and had been properly cooked. It tasted OK, if nothing special.

 

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At 100 baht for the schnitzel and 40 baht for Coke Zero, you can't fault the price.  

 

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The potato salad, also a small portion, was basically chunks of boiled potatoes dressed with mayonaise and sprinkled with chopped chives. There was no mustard or any other seasoning in the dressing. It was the kind of potato salad served in elementary school cafeterias in the US.

 

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It was a bit off-putting to find a piece of macaroni in the potato salad. The most benign explanation would be that the same spoon had been used to plate the potato salad as had been used to dish up another customer's macaroni salad.

 

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The Sailor isn't air-conditioned and the dining area was extremely hot, even though I was sitting under a bank of ceiling fans. For that reason alone, I won't be going back any time soon. I wouldn't endure that sort of discomfort while dining even if the food was much better.

For several decades the Sailor has been noted for its service with a snarl as much as its cheap if dodgy food. The surly waitresses were among the most unfriendly I've encountered anywhere in the world. I'm happy to say that appears to have improved a bit. A waitress actually smiled at me last week and didn't use a rude tone of voice. Remarkable!

The only reason I can think of for anyone to eat at the Sailor is a very tight budget. The food isn't good, nor is it a pleasant place to have a meal. If you're willing to spend just a little more money, better is available all over Pattaya.

 

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2 hours ago, Evil Penevil said:

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The Sailor Restaurant offers some of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, Western food of any sit-down restaurant in Pattaya. However, it is very much a case of you get what you pay for. Of the four meals I've had there, one has been inedible (food was rancid) and two were merely bad, but the most recent (last week) was acceptable if not good.

 

No question whatsoever that Sailor qualifies as under 300 baht ... I believe every dish on its menu is less than 200 baht.  But whether the food is good, well, that much more problematic.  However, no discussion of cheap eats in Pattaya would be complete without at least a mention of the Sailor.

After an absence of two years due to the three awful meals, I decided to make a return visit as I heard from friends the food had improved. Once again, I tried the pork schnitzel with potato salad. The last time I ordered it, the potato salad was rancid and the schnitzel had been pounded so thin and fried so hard it couldn't be chewed.

 

IMG_5233.jpg 

This time the schnitzel was much better. It was a small square of breaded pork that wasn't paper-thin and had been properly cooked. It tasted OK, if nothing special.

 

IMG_5236.jpg

 

At 100 baht for the schnitzel and 40 baht for Coke Zero, you can't fault the price.  

 

IMG_5239.jpg

 

 

The potato salad, also a small portion, was basically chunks of boiled potatoes dressed with mayonaise and sprinkled with chopped chives. There was no mustard or any other seasoning in the dressing. It was the kind of potato salad served in elementary school cafeterias in the US.

 

IMG_5238.jpg

 

It was a bit off-putting to find a piece of macaroni in the potato salad. The most benign explanation would be that the same spoon had been used to plate the potato salad as had been used to dish up another customer's macaroni salad.

 

IMG_5242.jpg 

The Sailor isn't air-conditioned and the dining area was extremely hot, even though I was sitting under a bank of ceiling fans. For that reason alone, I won't be going back any time soon. I wouldn't endure that sort of discomfort while dining even if the food was much better.

For several decades the Sailor has been noted for its service with a snarl as much as its cheap if dodgy food. The surly waitresses were among the most unfriendly I've encountered anywhere in the world. I'm happy to say that appears to have improved a bit. A waitress actually smiled at me last week and didn't use a rude tone of voice. Remarkable!

The only reason I can think of for anyone to eat at the Sailor is a very tight budget. The food isn't good, nor is it a pleasant place to have a meal. If you're willing to spend just a little more money, better is available all over Pattaya.

 

Evil

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That's a lot of words for not recommend. 

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Evil, have you done a review of Bite Me Bistro? Must have missed it if you have but the menus posted across the boards sound just up your,  and my, street. 

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Punch and Judy has a very good special on Wednesdays:

 

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In fact, P&J has decent specials every day .  Tomorrow, for example:

 

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And the rest of the week:

 

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P&J's Sunday roast has long been popular among Pattaya expats.   I've had mixed results at P&J's on Sundays- mostly excellent but occassionally disappointing.  Definitely the best idea is to get there as close as possible to noon (start time for service of the Sunday roast dinners). 

 

Some memorable Sunday meals at P&J over the years in the pics below. Portions are very large and the price reasonable.

 

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P&J is a very pleasant place to have a meal or a drink.  It's airy, spacious, clean and the seats are comfortable.  Service is friendly and the kitchen is accommodating to special requests about the food.

 

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The only downside is the location for those who lack their own wheels.  P&J i not on the baht bus route and you will have to take a moto or be prepared for a 20-minute walk from the nearest points reachable by BB.

 

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On 7/17/2016 at 1:43 AM, thinkingallowed said:

Evil, have you done a review of Bite Me Bistro? Must have missed it if you have but the menus posted across the boards sound just up your,  and my, street. 

Yes, I have.  It is one of my favorite restaurants, probably the best value for money in Pattaya when it comes to the quality of the food in relation to price.  The review is here:  http://www.pattaya-live.com/index.php?/forums/topic/133880-bite-me-bistro-on-3rd-road/#comment-1478225

 

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