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Evil Penevil

Under 300 Baht ... And Mediocre

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the pasta stall on lk metro outside crystal club do great spag bol and great carbonara .

i think about 115 b .

try that evil.

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4 hours ago, mulphy said:

the pasta stall on lk metro outside crystal club do great spag bol and great carbonara .

i think about 115 b .

try that evil.

Thanks for the suggestion, I will try it.  I've had spaghetti from the stall at the corner of Diana and Soi Buakhao too many times to count, but wasn't aware of one in front of Crystal.

Evil

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8 hours ago, mulphy said:

the pasta stall on lk metro outside crystal club do great spag bol and great carbonara .

i think about 115 b .

try that evil.

The chicken breast stall across from Metrepole is good as well Evil, 2 for 140 and ask them to take off the skin. Will fit in with your healthkick.

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49 minutes ago, Midnight Moon said:

The chicken breast stall across from Metrepole is good as well Evil, 2 for 140 and ask them to take off the skin. Will fit in with your healthkick.

40 each ...

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3 minutes ago, Midnight Moon said:

I didn’t have a tan when I got charged 140. Following week it dropped to 80.

The guy knows I have the skin off , and not reheated... yet he asks me every time 🤣🤣🤣

We all look the same 😇😱

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19 hours ago, Midnight Moon said:

The chicken breast stall across from Metrepole is good as well Evil, 2 for 140 and ask them to take off the skin. Will fit in with your healthkick.

Another good suggestion.  I'll try it, although I'm always a bit wary of chicken from stalls.  Last night, after leaving the Rockhouse and a visit to Kink, I had the prawn chow mein from Chow Mein Charlies on LK.  It was good, but not great.  The lady who did the cooking before was better than the guy who does it now. And worst of all, they took spring rolls off the menu.

I like Chow Mein Charlies because they cook everything to order right in front of you.  The fresh spring rolls, straight out of the fryer, were excellent.

Evil

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I went to Steak 9 Rai on Third Road last night at about 9.30 p.m. to have a steak.  Unfortunately, the beef steak for 139 baht and the T-bone steak (300 g) for 229 baht were both finished.  Considering the restaurant is open between 4 p.m. and 1.00 a.m., it seemed a bit early to run out of beef, but maybe they were busy earlier in the evening. There were six other diners when I arrived.

  Anyway, the waitress recommended I take the chicken steak for 85 baht.

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I wasn't thrilled but I went ahead with the chicken.  This is what I got: a good-sized piece of chicken breast fillet; a handful of industrial crinkle-cut fries; a mound of salad, mostly lettuce; and a tiny bowl of stone-cold generic gravy from a packet.

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The fries were hard, dry and room temperature.  They had obviously been sitting for awhile.  The gravy was straight from the refrigerator.  The salad was fresh, but had been covered with bottled Thousand Island dressing, much I dislike.

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The chicken was tender, but overcooked and totally lacked any sort of seasoning. even salt or pepper.  The liquid on the plate in the photo below is  from the Maggi sauce bottle in the condiment basket.  I had doused the fillet to give it some taste.

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A bland grilled chicken fillet is good as a low-calorie source of lean protein,  but not much of an eating experience.  I finished the fillet and left the fries and most of the salad.

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The worst part of the meal was crossing Third Road.  Even at that hour it was busy and I had to wait a long time for a break in the traffic both coming and going to Steak 9 Rai.  Crossing Second Road is bad enough, but Third Road is a nightmare due to cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses zooming along at a higher rate of speed.

Bottom line:  Steak 9 Rai is regarded fondly by resident ex-pats for its inexpensive but good quality beef.  I've also had good pork chops and fish fillets there and have written positive reviews of them.  That said, last night's chicken steak was a disappointment.

Once I summon sufficient courage to attempt to cross Third Road again, I will go back to Steak 9 Rai for the beef.  But it's a bit of a Catch-22 situation for me.  The best chance of getting a steak is between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., but that's also when Third Road is busiest.

Evil

 

Trivia:  In one of those unintentionally humorous transcription errors,  Steak 9 Rai has become Steak 9 Rat in the blurb for free WiFi on the cover of the menu.

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And in case anyone is unfamiliar with the location, here's a map:

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I had the breakfast burrito at Retrox Game On this morning and it was mediocre.

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With the 50% Eatigo discount at 7.30 a.m., it cost 88 baht, plus 40 baht for a bottle of water.

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The menu description of the breakfast burrito was a bit optimistic.  The pork sausage was tasteless; the small strip of bacon had been fried brittle, not just crispy;  there was maybe a tablespoon of scrambled eggs; no hash browns but  two chunks of what might have been baked potato;  and there might have been a speck of mozzarella, not more. Except for the saltiness of the bacon, there was no taste at all.

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I had asked the waitress to hold the baked beans, but in afterthought, that was probably a mistake.  The beans would have added some desperately needed flavor.

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I'm glad the sausage had been cut into chunks rather than diced, as that made it easier to avoid eating.  Without flavor,  sausage is just meaningless calories.  And if Retox is not going to use proper hash browns, the potato should have been diced and fried with onions or sweet peppers for flavor.  More scrambled eggs and less potato would have been a good thing.  The tortilla was tough, a sign that it had been overcooked, maybe even reheated in a microwave. It  would have been improved by Mexican or Tex Mex seasoning. Cheese would have helped, too, but not mozzarella.  It would be unrealistic to expect Monterey or pepper jack cheese in Pattaya, but Swiss, Emmental or even cheddar would be better than mozzarella.

Bottom line:  Unless Retox Game On changes the recipe for its breakfast burrito,  I won't be ordering it again.  There's no way much a bizarre combination of ingredients can taste good together.

Evil

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Three strikes and the Chunky Monkey on Soi Buakhao is out for me, at least when it comes to eating a main meal there. Last night I had my third mediocre meal at CM and I'm being generous to call it mediocre.

I had the meatloaf, mashed potatoes with onion gravy and garden peas for 169 baht. This is the classic meatloaf meal and one I remember fondly from my childhood. My dad loved it hot with mashed potatoes and peas, or cold the next day in a sandwich, so my mom made it one night every week.  It was also one of the very few school lunch dishes I liked as a child.

Meatloaf is popular  in home and institutional settings because it is an easy recipe that is cheap and quick to make. If  newlywed brides as well as the cooks in schools, prisons, mental hospitals, homeless shelters and on military bases  and aboard ships can get it right, it's a shame the cook at Chunky Monkey can't.

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It is indeed a large portion, but a heaping mound of mediocre food is not a positive thing in my book.  It just means more of it will remain uneaten. However, I do appreciate that if someone on a tight budget cleaned that plate, they'd be getting around 1,500 calories, which is what an older person  needs every day.

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 The meatloaf screamed "no seasoning!" at me.  A mixture of ground beef and pork baked with egg and bread crumbs as a binder has very little taste on its own, but there are 1,000 ways to add flavor. Any kind of sauce ( Worcestershire, BBQ, chili, steak); bacon bits; garlic; any of a number of herbs and spices; ketchup; mustard; even salt and pepper would perk up the meatloaf.  The cook at the Chunky Monkey skipped all of them. Bland, bland, bland. The ground meat itself must have had a high fat content, as it was greasy with an unpleasant mouth feel.

The frozen peas hadn't been boiled long enough and were quite hard.  The gravy was very salty and also a bit greasy. The mashed potatoes were OK, but could have done with some sort of seasoning.

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To lift the meatloaf from the depths of insipidity, I made liberal use of the well-stocked condiment basket on the table.  That pushed the meatloaf into the somewhat palatable category.   If it hadn't been for the condiment basket, I would have rated the meatloaf as poor.

North American meatloaf is almost always topped with a glaze. ranging from dollops of BBQ sauce out of a bottle or spaghetti or pizza sauce out of a can to complicated variations based on homemade tomato sauce. The Chunky Monkey's meatloaf had no glaze, so it was U.K. style.  But if you read the meatloaf recipes from Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver, you'll see they use a lot of seasoning and other ingredients to add flavor, which the CM's didn't have.

But theirs no doubt many Pattaya residents and visitors like the Chunky Monkey.  I ate at about 8.00 p.m. and there were 25 diners in the enclosed section and another 15 or so outside.  Just about all of them were eating, not just drinking.

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I assuming that has to do with the prices and not the quality of the food.  No doubt CM is a cheap way of filling your belly.  There are numerous specials on top of the low everyday prices. Wow!  But the prices of the Monkey Madness specials on chicken, fish & chips, sliced steak and pork chop debuted at 79 baht and are now 99 baht.

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 It seems to me that the food and service at the Chunky Monkey has gone down steadily since it opened.  In the beginning, the food was good and the staff friendly.  Not so last night.  The server literally threw down the menu on my table without a word of greeting or a smile, then came back 30 seconds later and asked, "What you want?"

If that were to happen to me in a restaurant in North America or Europe, I would answer "Nothing" and walk out.  However, in Pattaya I make allowances for language skills and work load.  They were very busy last night at the CM.  It's also possible several months of dealing with chea-  I mean, price-conscious, budget-minded customers- has left the wait staff jaded.  It does appear the service at CM is getting close to the infamous "service with a scowl" at the original cheap-Charlie bastion, the Sailor Restaurant.  

Bottom line:  I won't be back to the Chunky Monkey unless I have strong reason to believe the food  has improved.

Evil

I'm including a few pics of the menu to give a better idea of what's on offer and how much it costs.

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4 hours ago, NewAmsterdam said:

Is this place owned by the same guy that used to run 18 coins?

Don't know of any involvement with 18 Coins, but he was the owner of Robin's Nest when it started.

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5 hours ago, NewAmsterdam said:

Is this place owned by the same guy that used to run 18 coins?

no .

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10 minutes ago, dcfc2007 said:

I've heard the chunky monkey is up for sale.

has been since the day it opened .

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2 hours ago, kwa said:

Don't know of any involvement with 18 Coins, but he was the owner of Robin's Nest when it started.

Same guy that went to Vietnam I think it was?

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14 hours ago, NewAmsterdam said:

Same guy that went to Vietnam I think it was?

Yes, I read he had a couple of restaurants there too.

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21 hours ago, NewAmsterdam said:

Everything's for sale in Pattaya 

Everything is for sale .... Not just Pattaya 

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On 1/27/2019 at 6:02 AM, NewAmsterdam said:

Same guy that went to Vietnam I think it was?

He had the Far East Rock House in Nha Trang 

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This may not be new, but Jolly's no longer seems to offer a Sunday carvery  buffet.  The restaurant and the Piss Stop Bar have had a checkered past due the major, major legal problems of the husband-and-wife owners. It doesn't get more serious than being sentenced to death. The food had gotten atrocious in the wake of all the hassles and the restaurant was closed for months.  Apparently it's being operated by the family of the wife and old staff.  The menu and specials haven't changed, but the carvery is gone.  I just hope the food has gotten better, but I'm not brave enough to try it again.

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The Beer Hubb on Soi Buakhao across from the Chunky Monkey has been open about a month now, but doesn't seem to have attracted many customers.

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The set up looks nice and the price of bottled beer is in line with other bars on Soi Buakhao.  The menu is Indian, Thai and international food.

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3 hours ago, Evil Penevil said:

This may not be new, but Jolly's no longer seems to offer a Sunday carvery  buffet.  The restaurant and the Piss Stop Bar have had a checkered past due the major, major legal problems of the husband-and-wife owners. It doesn't get more serious than being sentenced to death. The food had gotten atrocious in the wake of all the hassles and the restaurant was closed for months.  Apparently it's being operated by the family of the wife and old staff.  The menu and specials haven't changed, but the carvery is gone.  I just hope the food has gotten better, but I'm not brave enough to try it again.

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The Beer Hubb on Soi Buakhao across from the Chunky Monkey has been open about a month now, but doesn't seem to have attracted many customers.

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The set up looks nice and the price of bottled beer is in line with other bars on Soi Buakhao.  The menu is Indian, Thai and international food.

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Evil

word on the street is that the police have taken over jollys .

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On 2/26/2019 at 2:09 PM, mulphy said:

word on the street is that the police have taken over jollys .

That wouldn't surprise me.  Asset forfeiture is used by law enforcement all over the world against drug dealers and smugglers.  In the U.S., local law enforcement even use it against small customers.  The daughter of a friend lost her car because she used it to score $20 of grass.

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