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  2. dan

    A Beach Walk - Pictures

    Operation Beach Nourishment reaches the South End
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  4. Nice to see you Erik 🤣🤣🤣
  5. Cat Crumpet

    introduce yourself to the forum

    Welcome back again petey
  6. Well, you should all know me. First time under my own name, and I definitely am not and never was Colin. Just came back again because I m heading to Pattaya next month and need to catch up on stuff. Cheers
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  8. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    I've had Nueng's pies in the past and they are good, but I fully acknowledge I have limited experience of UK-style meat pies. She's located on the Darkside and (edit in) delivers to central Pattaya. All the pics come from Neung's Pies FB page.
  9. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    says I. I just read the following on Facebook: I'll try to find out if it's finito or he is just moving to a new location. He has moved several times in the past. One interesting fact. I did a Google search on Simon's to see if he has a branch in Bangkok (I believe he does, but not sure). This came up on the first page of the Google results: My review of Simon's had been picked up by the Google spiders or bots. It makes sense to keep the lowest level open and to make damn sure the other levels aren't. Evil
  10. Al McReady

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    And deserved.
  11. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    I've finally gotten around to writing up a review of Simon's Hummus Laboratory on Soi Buakhao at the north side of Buakhao Night Market. It's on the upper level above the SCB branch and next to Amazon Coffee. Whether it's on the first or second floor depends on what country you come from. 😄 It's easy to miss Simon's because there is no eye-catching signage on the ground level. The yellow arrow marks the entrance to Simon's. Simon's is an Israeli and Middle Eastern restaurant. As the name indicates and the Web site proclaims, it is focused on "hummus, hummus and more hummus." In Israel and at Simon's, hummus has gone beyond an appetizer (meze) or accompaniment for drinks and become The Base for main courses. The mainstay of the menu seems to be hummus platters in numerous variations accompanied by pita bread and small side dishes of cabbage, carrots and hot sauce. I like the classic hummus with falafel and have had it several times. It costs 180 baht. Hummus itself is boiled, mashed chickpeas, which can be bland. The addition of olive oil, herbs and spices give it a lot more flavor, as do the side dishes. The portion is large enough for a light lunch or supper. But if you're looking for a more substantial meal, Simon's doesn't disappoint. The baked chicken with potatoes is very good at 220 baht. There's plenty of chicken and potatoes in a well-seasoned sauce. It comes with the same side dishes as the hummus platter. I don't usually post "after" pics, but one below shows how much I enjoyed my meal. Another favorite of mine at Simon's is the shakshuka, a combination of poached eggs simmered with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices. It costs 150 baht. There are many variations of shakshuka and at Simon's it comes with cheese melted on the eggs. Food historians can't decide if it originated in Turkey, Morocco or Yemen, but it has been adopted as an Israeli staple, eaten for breakfast or dinner. It's light and healthy, but filling. I much prefer it over Western fried breakfasts. Simon's has many tasty and interesting dishes from Israel and other Middle Eastern countries. I'll post excerpts from the menu at the end of this review The decor at Simon's is eclectic to say the least. It's clean and well-lit. I can't remember anything about the background music, so it must have been unobtrusive. The service staff and Simon himself are friendly. Each time I've eaten there, he's asked me how the food was. Bottom line: The Israeli food at Simon's may be new to a lot of plain-vanilla farang, but don't hesitate to try it. Simon's is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Evil
  12. Midnight Moon

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    Keep well old son.
  13. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    for the kind words. They are always appreciated. Evil
  14. Parky

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    Thanks Evil 👿 good stuff
  15. mulphy

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    good review mate as usual .
  16. dcfc2007

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    His reports and pics are top notch. Fairly gets about. His bar reviews are great as well.
  17. Cat Crumpet

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    Evil is a good boy - we had a moment together
  18. dcfc2007

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    Great report thanks evil.
  19. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    (The pic above is from Moon's Facebook page. I went back after my first visit to take an exterior pic in daylight, but Moon was closed for interior work. My pics below). The Moon Diner has been open in Tree Town for about six weeks and I tried it for dinner a few days ago with two friends. Its theme for the menu, decor and background music is an American diner from the 1950's and 1960's. Of course, the Moon Diner has about as much in common with a real U.S. diner as the Siam Garden Restaurant in Norman, Oklahoma would have with any popular Thai restaurant in Pattaya. But that's beside the point. From what I've seen in real life and in Facebook pictures, the Moon's customers are by a big margin Thais. Not farang, certainly not Americans, but Thais who have never gotten closer to the U.S. than a TV or movie screen. The Moon Diner is playing into what its customers think an American diner should have been like 50 or 60 years ago. According to Moon Diner's Facebook page, the direct inspiration is Mel's Drive-In from the iconic 1973 film, American Graffiti. Mel's was a real restaurant, but outside San Francisco, not in Modesto, CA, the site of American Graffiti. Actually, Moon is closer in form and spirit to Arnold's Diner in the TV series Happy Days. The layout with booth and counter seating is typical for some traditional diners in the U.S. but what the heck- you can't mistake it's supposed to be American something. The Moon is covered with every possible American symbol, including three U.S. flags inside and four on the roof! And you have to love the statue of Marilyn Monroe ... as well as the baseball bat and catcher's mitt on the counter. To cut to the chase-the food at Moon is good- not great, but good. It is expensive for what you get and portions are adequate but not large. The decor and lighting are a bit gaudy, but the background music (rock'n'roll and pop classics from the 1950s and 1960s) was played at a very discreet level. That's a big plus for me. I wasn't very hungry the night we ate there and just had a toasted ham and Swiss cheese sandwich for 139 baht. It came on a wooden platter with a fancy presentation and a small order of French fries. You won't see that too often in a U.S. diner. The ham and Swiss cheese were good quality and the balsamic vinegar and tomato foam were nice touches. I enjoyed the sandwich. My friend had the chicken schnitzel at 220 baht. It also came on a wooden platter, this time with fries and a few lettuce leaves with but without much of a presentation. It was a fairly large piece of chicken breast and he thought it tasted fine. We both felt the fries- crispy on the outside, fluffy inside- were better than the fries you often get in Pattaya. His Thai companion was hungry that night and began with an order of buffalo wings ... followed by a shrimp cocktail and Thai soup. The shrimp cocktail cost 139 baht and the soup was 89 baht. I forget how much the buffalo wings were. She knocked back all of it. I tasted a bit of a buffalo wing and it was fine, not as spicy as I had expected. My friend had one of the shrimp and said it was very fresh. That shrimp cocktail did indeed hark back to the style of the 1960s. Another afternoon I went back to try the calamari. It was an appetizer-sized portion, but tasted good and had been deep- fried properly. The menu at the Moon is fairly extensive, covering a number of U.S. and international bases. They offer the usual array of farang favorites, including hamburgers, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, pork chops, BBQ ribs and a few Thai dishes. It also has some American-style ice cream sundaes. The Moon offers a number of beers and cocktails. It's located at the northwest end of Tree Town, across from a Thai nightclub that used to be called "Burn." It could be the management of Moon is counting on business from customers at the nightclub. Moon's opening hours are 4.30 p.m. to 2.00 a.m. seven days a week. The night were ate there, Moon had more customers inside and outdoors than I had expected. Bottom line: Moon is a fun place to take a Thai girl for a meal as it provides numerous opportunities for the ever-so-important selfies. The kitschy decor is likely to be a turn-off for some farang, although it will probably prove popular with Russians if they find the place as it's hidden in a back corner of Tree Town. One curious note: Moon seems to have some connection with Thai photographers. Moon's Facebook page features a number of photos of girls taken by various photographers at the diner. The night we ate there, two Thais with heavy-duty professional camera equipment were sitting at one of the booths, but they weren't taking pics while we were there. (The two photos above are from Moon's Facebook page). Evil
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  22. Evil Penevil

    New Food Stalls at The Avenue

    The Food Court in the rear section of The Avenue has been open a couple of weeks now, but it doesn't appear to be off to a rousing start. It's total space is huge, probably bigger than the food court at Central Festival, but I never seen more than a handful of customers when I passed by, whether morning, afternoon of evening. It's open between 10 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. The food on offer is what you'd expect at a Thai food court, mostly inexpensive Thai dishes, but at least one vendor offer Western-style spaghetti. I've eaten there twice and wasn't impressed with the food, not at all. I had the boat noodles with beef at 55 baht ... and the fried rice with pork, also 55 baht. Both I would rank at mediocre as best. Boat noodles are supposed to have a strong, rich flavor due to the pig's blood and various herbs and spices used in the soup, but the bowl I had was very bland. It tasted like instant noodles out of a package. The fried rice was almost flavorless and quite oily with very little pork. I make better at home myself. The small food stalls that had previously occupied the rear section of The Avenue were much better, as are the stall in the open-air mid-section. Bottom line: Unless things improve dramatically, I won't be back. Evil
  23. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Mediocre

    Little Tavern began operating in 2018 the premises of the former Queens Arms on Soi Buakhao south of the intersection with Soi Lengkee. Monday I decided to give it a try, but that was a bad choice. The meal I had was squarely mediocre. Actually, I shouldn't have eaten there at all. I had been attracted by an outdoor chalkboard sign that advertised Chicken Kiev with mashed potatoes and veggies for 169 baht. But when I tried to order it, the waitress said, "Sorry, already finish." It was about 7.00 p.m. at the time. Naughty, naughty. A restaurant should take in an outdoor sign touting a special if it's not available. In the past, in similar situations, I've simply said something like, "I really wanted Chicken Kiev. I'll come back another day," and walked out. Don't get angry, just vote with your feet. But I ignored my own rule, in part because I wanted to try Little Tavern and in part because I was tired, hungry and needed to deal with some messages on my phone. I looked at the menu and said I'd take the baked ham at 150 baht instead. "No hab today," was the reply. The waitress wanted me to take the chicken breast with mushroom at 165 baht. I didn't really fancy that and scanned the menu again. Nothing caught my eye. It seemed to be the same stolid pub food that's standard in dozens of restaurants from Naklua to Na Jomtien; Lake Mabprachan to Beach Road; and all points between. The waitress pressed me to take the chicken breast; it was good and cost the same as the special, she said. I gave up at that point, ignored all the warning signals and rolled the dice on the waitress' suggestion. Unfortunately, it came up snake eyes. Loser, loser, loser! The chicken breast with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and the Pattaya Holy Trinity of side vegetables- carrots, broccoli and cauliflower- was not good. As I've said about all the dishes in this thread, it wasn't bad, just not good. When the plate came down in front of me, it looked pretty good and I thought I might have lucked out, especially after I tasted the gravy. It was excellent, clearly made from scratch and full of flavor. But alas, that was the highlight. The rest was a letdown and pushed the meal into mediocre territory. In Texas hold'em poker, Ace-King hole cards are called an Anna Kournikova after the beautiful but moderately talented tennis star because they "look better than they play." I'm trying to express the same idea about my meal at Little Tavern, but you eat food, you don't play it, and how Anna Kournikova would taste is anyone's guess. I doubt many can speak from personal experience. The three chicken breasts were dry as sawdust and about as tasty. No seasoning had been used on them. One edge of each had been pounded thin and cooked so hard it was inedible. The potatoes were watery and seemed to have been pureed, not mashed. All the flavor had been boiled out of the vegetables. The gravy was excellent, but gravy alone does not a good meal make. Here's what may have happened: the chicken breasts on my plate had been intended to be used in Chicken Kiev, but the cook didn't prepare enough portions and for some reason couldn't make more. Maybe they ran out of bread crumbs or the cook who knew how to make it had gone home. Who knows? The waitress pushed the chicken breasts with mushroom gravy to help use up the ingredients on hand and frying was the quickest way to do it. Aside from the food, there were some positives about my meal at Little Tavern: comfortable seats; good lighting and ventilation; background music at a blessedly low volume; and friendly service. It's a nice place to have a drink and would be a good one for a meal if the cooking improves. As noted earlier, the menu at Little Tavern isn't very inspiring. It's mostly British comfort food, steaks of unspecified "imported" beef and some Thai dishes. I'm sorry the resolution in the photo below is so low, but if you click on "Enlarge," those of you with good eyes may be able to get a better idea of what is on offer. Food prices seem to be on par with or higher than comparable restaurants nearby. With its rock-bottom prices, the Chunky Monkey has proved very popular. As several posters have noted, Soi Buakhao and LK Metro are price-sensitive areas and the food has to be top quality to justify premium prices and remain competitive. That sure wasn't the case with my meal. The happy hour price for bottled Thai beer is 60 baht, but at a bar across the street, the happy hour price for the same brands is 45 baht. Little Tavern is likely to struggle on the price front. If I remember the sign right, Little Tavern is open between 7.00 a.m. and 11 p.m., but the kitchen closes at 9.00 p.m. Bottom line: I won't be rushing back. Evil
  24. Badminton is very popular in Pattaya. Attracts many women. Excellent workout.
  25. buffalo

    Le Petite Planete

    Looks very nice food , Quite a catch
  26. Evil Penevil

    Le Petite Planete

    Time for an update. La Petite Planète has been offering French food for many years now. I don't when it opened, but I've enjoyed meals there since 2008. It's located about half-way down a sub soi that runs along the west side of Tukcom. It's small and there's nothing fancy about it, but the food is excellent. For a unpretentious bistro meal, La Petite Planète is a good choice. I've never had a bad meal there and plenty of truly good ones. It also features a limit menu of Thai food and the girls I've taken there who've sampled the Thai dishes gave it the thumbs up. Last summer I took an American friend to LPP and he's become a huge fan. He visits Pattaya three or four times a year and now eats at LPP several times each trip. Sunday night we had another meal there. As usual, we both went for the three-course "mix-and-match" menu. At 320 baht, it's excellent value for money. He started with the tomato soup ... while I had the couscous salad. The starters came with a basket of warm, fresh French bread and pats of butter. He chose salmon steak with potato croquettes as his main course ... and I went with the chicken breast with mustard sauce. For dessert, he decided on the French classic crème caramel ... and I had raspberry pudding in a cake "frame." No complaints from either of us on any of our choices. All the dishes were prepared with quality ingredients, executed well and were full of flavor. The mustard sauce was outstanding, the highlight of my meal. La petite planète has conquered the bugbear of many small restaurants- inconsistency. Every meal is good. I do wish they'd have a bit more variation with the vegetables- I get tired of the holy trinity of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots- but that's a very minor point. To get three course of that quality for only 320 baht is an excellent deal. Bottom line: Both of us will be going back to LPP, probably this week. One important point of information: LPP is closed Tuesdays. Evil
  27. dan

    Christmas Dinner 2018

    Chunky Monkey is up for sale, 2 months after opening !
  28. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    I had dinner New Year's Eve with a farang friend and his Thai companion at Calles Bar and Restaurant in the arcade next to Soi Diana. That arcade, which runs between 2nd Road and Cherry Bar, is something of Pattaya's Restaurant Row. It's home to Kiss Food, Beefeater, Patrick's, Longhorn Steakhouse, My Way, Little India and a couple of others. All were very busy. Every seat was taken at Kiss; Patrick's had a sign up saying it was fully occupied; Beefeater and Longhorn had people waiting for tables. We got the last table available at 8.00 p.m. at Calles. It hadn't been our first choice, but we we were rewarded with excellent meals. I had the planked chicken at 295 baht. Roasting meat or fish on an oak plank is a Scandinavian cooking technique that probably predates Viking times, but was revived in Sweden in the 20th century. I got a nicely grilled piece of chicken breast flanked on two sides by duchess potatoes, a favorite of mine. It's the nutmeg used as a seasoning as well as butter and egg in the mashed potatoes that does it for me. Duchess potatoes are a classic of French cuisine, supposedly first made for a British duchess on a visit to France. The asparagus stalk wrapped in bacon and the grilled tomato half are the usual accompaniments to modern Swedish planked dishes. The gravy was OK, but it didn't add much flavor. My friend had the dory fillet, which he liked very much. It came with rice, but he could have had potatoes with it and on second thought, wished he had. I can't remember the exact price, but it was around 350 baht. His girlfriend had the planked salmon at about 425 baht. That's outside the scope of this thread, but she was happy with it and her margarita. The salmon came with duchess potatoes, asparagus stalks, grilled tomato half, Hollandaise sauce and a sprig of dill. Bottom line: Good stuff on the menu at Calles, with quite a few items under 300 baht. All three of us intend to return. Evil
  29. Parky

    Bali Café on Soi Buakhao

    I am amazed there are not more Malaysian Restaurants , 35 years ago used to go to the Rasa Sayang just off Leicester Square, fish in coconut , orange chicken, Gado Gado , sambal lllis ... ...
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