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Evil Penevil

Samran Saisam On Third Road

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I finally made it to Samran Saisam last night. It's a restaurant and live music venue on 3rd Road roughly half-way between Pattaya Klang and Pattaya Nuea Roads. It is owned and run by the wife of Cerberus, who is best known for offering a different type of service and entertainment as the owner of the Devil's Den. But make no mistake- Samran Saisam isn't a P4P establishment. There are no hostesses for bar fine, nor do freelancers gather there in the wee hours.

So if you're looking to find a lady for the night, Samran isn't a viable option. But it's a great place to take one or more TGs for a meal and Thai live music. And if you ever need to entertain the parents/family of a Thai wife or girlfriend, Samran would be an excellent choice. It's all about enjoying the food and music in a relaxed setting, not P4P.

I was too lazy to take any exterior shots, I'll lift two from Samran's FB page. The rest of the pics in this report I took Saturday night. Here's what you should be looking for as you drive down 3rd Road:




I had two Thai ladies with me and we got to Samran about 7.45 p.m. The trip from the Avenue in a chartered baht bus took longer than I had expected due to heavy traffic along 2nd Road, Pattaya Klang and 3rd Road. Cerberus was on hand to greet us warmly when we arrived. He was having dinner with another well-known Pattaya bar owner.


My Source Coyote has been sharing meals with me since 2012 and I always leave it to her to order. But if you prefer to take a more pro-active approach, the extensive menu is clearly marked in both English and Thai, with pictures of each dish.

My companion favors seafood and shrimp in particular.




I'm a big fan of hot and sour seafood soup (tom yum talay) and so is MSC.



Another shrimp dish:


Both of us are also fans of salmon sashimi:


My contribution to the meal was the Thai-style fried chicken:



That's quite a bit of food but the three of us were hungry and did justice to it. The total bill was 1,621 baht, with about 1,350 baht for the food and the rest for beverages. I had a large bottle of Singha at 130 baht and ladies had soft drinks and water.

To repeat, Samran Saisam is a great place to take Thai girls. Should you ever need a restaurant in which to entertain the parents or family of a Thai wife, this would be a great choice. Thai guests will love the food and music. If you're tired of the indifferent or even rude service in farang-oriented restaurants, try Samran Saisam for something very different: attentive service in the traditional Thai style.



We got to Samran Saisam early in the evening, well before the live music started and other guests arrived. I imagine arriving anytime after 9.00 p.m. would allow you the full experience of food and music Thai-style.



All things considered, Samran Saisam gets a big post-9139-0-16223400-1456641832.jpg from me.


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I'm sure most of the members of Pattaya Live have at one time or another visited a Thai-style late-night music and food venue, but maybe not everyone. It can certainly be fun, but also rather intimidating if you're the only farang among 500 drunk Thais. In case you've never been, or want a "civilized" place to take a Thai "significant other" and maybe some of her friends/family, Samran Saisam is a good "introductory option." It's relatively small (capacity of 150) and farang friendly, although most customers are Thais. The door staff at Samran don't allow entrance to groups of younger Thai men who seem to looking for trouble. The chances of a negative experience at Samran are about as minimal as they can get.


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