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Evil Penevil

Dining at Terminal21

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Love it or hate it, Terminal21 has bolstered the Pattaya food scene with new dining options, some which didn't exist before or had been difficult to find. 

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The brand-spanking new mall boasts an impressive 95 food and beverage outlets spread across five of its six levels.  About two-thirds of them offer Asian food (Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Korean), while one-third are farang-oriented. 

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Nearly all the food outlets, Western and Asian, are branches of international chains.

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However, the farang places are mostly fast food, pizza, coffee or dessert outlets, with only a handful of full-menu Western restaurants.

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Terminal21 also has a food court on the San Francisco level.

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It's truly Asian, with displays of plastic food.

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I haven't tried the food court yet because other food outlets tempted me more.

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I was happy to see Marugame Seimen Udon & Tempura had a branch in Terminal21.

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It's a big Japanese chain with 1,100 branches worldwide.  

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I had a big bowl the niku udon pork for 139 baht, which included three fried gyoza as a special offer.  I also took a piece of prawn tempura and a tempura corn fritter, 39 baht each.  

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The entire  meal, with a bottle of water, cost 236 baht.

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The udon soup was tasty and filling, with a lot of pork.  I'll definitely be back to try more of Marugame Seimen's menu.

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I have also eaten at Jiao Zi Guan, a 20-seat restaurant centered on Chinese-style dumplings.  The name Jiao Zi Guan means "dumpling place" in Chinese.  Jiaozi have long been a personal favorite of mine, but they have been difficult to find in Pattaya other than frozen.  There's no lack of  gyoza, the Japanese equivalent, but they are not the same thing.

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I had the Shanghai beef noodle soup for 89 baht and ...

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pork and leek dumplings for 109 baht.  The meal, with a bottle of water, cost 218 baht.  

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The beef noodles had a real Chinese taste, which is a rarity in Pattaya.  Most of what is called Chinese food on menus is actually Thai-style Chinese.  That's not a bad thing and I eat a lot of it, but there are differences in flavor compared to traditional Chinese cuisine.

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The dumplings were freshly steamed and had the proper taste and texture, again hard to find in Pattaya.

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Jiao Zi Guan also offers xiaolongbao, another specialty from the Shanghai region.  They are small, pinched buns that have been filled with meat aspic that melts into soup during the steaming process.  That will be my next meal at Jiao Zi Guan.

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On my third outing to Terminal21 I tried the pig's trotter noodles (99 baht) at Hong Kong Noodle,

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which has a number of noodle dishes and dim sum on its menu. 

 I also had a Golden Bun (45 baht), which I hadn't eaten in 20 years.

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The noodles had a generous amount of braised meat with vegetables in a great broth.  I had a glass of roselle drink for 19 baht.Untitled-4.jpg.760b893bf957432bde34582c27c1fd11.jpg

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The Golden Bun was filled with a rich and thick duck-egg custard, but was too sweet for my taste.

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The restaurant is well-lit and decorated in bright colors, especially red which symbolizes good fortune, success and happiness in Chinese culture.

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I'm impressed so far by the meals I've had at Terminal21 and will be back again and again to try more. Whether you want a hamburger, pizza, a cup of coffee or Tai, Chinese and Japanese specialties, you'll find what you want on one of the floors at Terminal21.  Durian pizza, anyone?

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Now that's what I call fusion!  And there are also reminders of how you might end up if you indulge too heavily in culinary delights, particularly the sweet stuff that abounds at Terminal21.

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This is also what happens when you try to take photos while a lot of people are in motion.

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Still more food reviews and comments to come.  I have barely scratched the surface of dining at Terminal21.  

Evil

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Nice one getting the Vest merchant  in ;) thats quality .... A Vest up in T21 

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9 minutes ago, matthewh said:

thanks for taking the time,what a huge selection of places to eat.

One of the great things about Pattaya , the food outlets variety is unreal.....

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Before I continue with the reviews, here's a note of explanation on the set-up at Terminal21.  

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It has six levels, five named after cities (Paris, London, Tokyo, San Francisco and Hollywood) and one named Italy.  

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All but Hollywood (the cinema level) have food or beverage outlets. 

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The Pier21 Food Court and many restaurants are concentrated on the 3rd Floor San Franciso level.

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There is also a "food hall" on the M(ezzanie) London level, which includes the 24-hour Foodland supermarket.  

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It's ironic, but I don't think you'll find fish and chips on the menu of any outlet on the London level, except maybe Foodland's Took Lae Dee.

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I wonder if Hawker Chan will succeed in attracting more customers than it did on Beach Road?  The Hawker Chan branch at Terminal21 is said to be very popular, even crowded at times.

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More reminders of London:

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The restaurants aren't always tied to the level's national cuisine, but are spread hodge-podge throughout Terminal21.

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The girl below asked me to take her photo and therein lies the start of a story, but not one for a food thread on this level.  This is Pattaya and anything can happen any time, anywhere.

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I do think, though, that a lot of women in Pattaya are burdened with excess baggage.

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The reviews and comments will continue.

Evil

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56 minutes ago, Parky said:

One of the great things about Pattaya , the food outlets variety is unreal.....

just re read the list and saw chutney indian.this place certainly is impressive from what ive seen so far.

 

 

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Evel you know i detest Terminal 21s. Remember going with Rob RIP when that one opened in Bangkok ...he was all excited about the tilting toilets and the showers on your arse ........ bang then no alcohol anywhere. f**k that mate lets go down Soi 22 .... get on it !!! 

 

One in Korat looks exactly like the one in Pattaya and been around  a lot longer. They are clones like Boots or MacDonalds. 

Why the no wine or beer it's awful. Italian / French  pasta, food and no wine .... .. German/ Belgian food and no beer ....Really ???????? 

I still think it is an Arab money laundering outfit but was assured it was Thai owned HHHmmmm ??? 

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Just now, davethailand said:

I won't be rushing to visit when I'm back.

:)

I will,the place looks good to me mate.

 

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42 minutes ago, davethailand said:

I won't be rushing to visit when I'm back.

:)

No not me either but I expect Mrs smiler and the kids will want to go.

Certainly won't be flying half way round the world to go to a kin mall. 

Pattaya will always be sin city for me. When I was single I enjoyed the sleeze, debauchery and cheap sex. Life moves on and apart from a few friends who live there some of the time, the place holds no interest for me. 

So yeah I will be back soon :)

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1 hour ago, davethailand said:

Maybe if I'm really bored and its pissing down.

:)

Swerve it Dave it's shite ......... your Mrs knows where to go for good food.

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I like to eat at the malls for Thai grub. It's usually quite good. Though the food I had at harbor mall was awful.

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They should've had a level that was glaswegian themed. Deep fried mars bars and irn bru, men in skirts and someone shooting up heroin for good measure.

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2 hours ago, Smiler said:

No not me either but I expect Mrs smiler and the kids will want to go.

Certainly won't be flying half way round the world to go to a kin mall. 

Pattaya will always be sin city for me. When I was single I enjoyed the sleeze, debauchery and cheap sex. Life moves on and apart from a few friends who live there some of the time, the place holds no interest for me. 

So yeah I will be back soon :)

I respect your view thankyou.bangkok isn't perfect either is it.far from it actually.

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2 hours ago, nampla69 said:

Swerve it Dave it's shite ......... your Mrs knows where to go for good food.

I'm not a snob but I wouldn't normally make a plan of going somewhere like that to eat, maybe if there and peckish, I like some of the sushi grill type places though, food courts get a blank if busy lol.

 

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4 minutes ago, davethailand said:

I'm not a snob but I wouldn't normally make a plan of going somewhere like that to eat, maybe if there and peckish, I like some of the sushi grill type places though, food courts get a blank if busy lol.

 

there is an indian mate.the best grub is to be had at the top of the royal garden.

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Just now, matthewh said:

there is an indian mate.the best grub is to be had at the top of the royal garden.

Yup I've tried it before.

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Just now, matthewh said:

there is an indian mate.the best grub is to be had at the top of the royal garden.

then again I don't know that.cant wait to get back

 

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6 hours ago, Parky said:

Nice one getting the Vest merchant  in ;) thats quality .... A Vest up in T21 

Sure it isn't you?

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5 hours ago, john42 said:

Sure it isn't you?

The body shape is more like you 🤣🤣

Even the girl in Mikes Mall told you what you look like , you asked her who looks youngest you or me ... your weird competition stuff , measuring v others ... but you always lose John 🤣🤣🤣

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They have one hell of a tall escalator. Right to the top to where the food outlets are and darn useful if you want to avoid all the other floors. Installed a small Ferris wheel earlier this week too, outside next to the plane.

Had lunch there just now and the queues to get into the car park are unreal. Got a seat at MK Restaurant, but only just. 

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