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Evil Penevil

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  1. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    I recently read elsewhere that if you pay under 300 baht for a Western meal in Pattaya, you get garbage. I consider that statement both unfair and uninformed. There are dozens of restaurants, probably several hundred, where you can enjoy good Western food under 300 baht. But rather than get involved in a meaningless exchange of opinions, I'm going to put my money, my camera and most importantly, my mouth, where my mouth is. I'll give examples of restaurants where it is possible to have a good Western meal for under 300 baht. I hope others will contribute their suggestions, with or without photos. There are far more restaurants in Pattaya than I'll ever have the opportunity to visit and I'm sure many of them offer good options under 300 baht. In central Pattaya, many, many farang-oriented restaurants offer daily specials under 200 baht and virtually all but the most expensive fine-dining places will have a main course on the menu for less than 300 baht. One tip: if any restaurant mentioned in this thread piques your curiosity, do a board search for it and you'll most likely come up with a lot more information But first, a couple of points of order. Since I'm responding to a statement about Western food, that would by definition exclude Thai, Indian and other Asian food. This thread isn't about where you can fill your belly for the least amount of money, but specifically about where you can get good Western food under 300 baht. Also, it doesn't have to be the best food you've ever eaten, especially in comparison to what is available in the West. It should be good, as opposed to mediocre or bad, but not necessarily a peak culinary experience. The biggest test for me is, will I go back and order the same dish again? If I do, then the meal has been good. And the standard disclaimer: if you want to eat cheaply and well, you're best off sticking to Thai food. No doubt about it, you get the most bang for your buck by eating Thai food. However, very few farang visitors or resident ex-pats want to eat Thai food at each and every meal, so most are willing to spend a bit extra for farang food. I'll start off with some options on LK Metro, with the Rockhouse first up. It recently restarted its food service and the most expensive item on the menu goes for 250 baht. For the most part, it's traditional British pub-style food, although there are a few Thai dishes on the menu. I decided to try the lamb shepherd's pie at 250 baht. It came with peas or beans and either mashed potatoes or chips and gravy. Unfortunately, my "full-plate" pics didn't turn out well, but the close-ups of the shepherd's pie were OK. It was a good-sized portion. The meat mixture had a good lamb flavor and was well seasoned, while the mash potato topping had been cooked to a golden brown. I'll be back to try other dishes from the Rockhouse menu. The first time round, the food served at the RH had been very good. It was British comfort food as it should be done. And it appears the RH is off to a good start this time, too. Another option on LK Metro is the Wok N Rok take-away stand in front of the Office A Go Go. It serves the same U.K.-style Chinese food as in the former Wok N Rok Restaurant on Soi Bukhao. The kiosk is open from 6 p.m. until "late." And before anyone objects, I consider the food it serves to be Western because U.K.-style Chinese is quite different to the food you'd get in a restaurant in China. It has an extensive menu, with most of Chinese-style favorites Westerners will recognize from their neighborhood take-aways back home. There are a few Indian dishes on the menu as well. The dishes range in price from 149 back to under 250 baht for some of the two-dish specials. I've lifted a few of the pics from the Wok N Rok thread to give an idea of what's on offer. If you enjoy U.K.-style Chinese food, the Wok N Rok does it better than any restaurant in Pattaya. Late Thursday night (actually very early Friday morning) I stopped for my weekly pasta fix at the spaghetti stand on the corner of Soi Diana and Soi Bukhao. The stand was doing a landslide business, although most customers were eating in the bar behind the stand. I counted ten plates that went out before the girl got to my takeaway order. Perhaps a bar crawl had decided spaghetti was needed to soak up the booze. This is what my spaghetti Bolognese looked like after I got it home. Nothing fancy about it, but a good-sized portion and good taste for 105 baht. It's better spaghetti than you get in some restaurants. More suggestions will come in the next post. Evil
  2. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    Il Peccatore ("The Sinner') is an Italian restaurant that's been open since mid-November on Soi Lengkee, about half way between Soi Buakhao and 3rd Road. I read that the owner named it Il Peccatore because Pattaya is a city of sinners. It features indoor and outdoor dining areas, with the enclosed area strictly non-smoking. The indoor area had about 15 diners when I arrived and I didn't want to get intrusive with my camera, so I only took pictures of the bar area. I had been meaning to try Il Peccatore for awhile, but never got around to it until last night. Il Peccatore posts its daily specials on its Facebook page and yesterday's special really caught my eye: paccheri cacio e pepe. Paccheri is large tubular pasta and cacio e pepe translates as "cheese and pepper." The cheese is pecorino romano, a very salty type made from sheep's milk. Cacio e pepe is one of the oldest dishes in Italian cuisine, dating back to shepherds in Roman times. It's a simple dish, consisting of only a few ingredients, namely cheese, pasta and pepper. Modern variations often add extra virgin olive oil to give the sauce a shine. Since the 1950s, cacio e pepe has become a staple in Rome's restaurants and has more recently become popular outside Italy. In 2016, it was named by a New York City magazine as the year's "trendiest dish." I haven't seen it before on a menu in Pattaya, so I was eager to try it. I wasn't disappointed. The sauce was excellent and coated the fresh pasta as it should. I thought it could do with a bit more pepper and ground more on the pasta from the miniature pepper mill on the condiment tray. A basket of fresh bread preceded the pasta. After the meal. the waitress offered me a complimentary glass of chilled limoncello as a digestif. Nice touch! I really like limoncello. I was happy with the meal. The portion wasn't large, but the paccheri was very filling and adequate for me. Considering the meal was based on fresh pasta and pecorino romano and included bread and limoncello, I thought it was value for money at 270 baht. I know there are restaurants where you can get bigger plates of spaghetti for half the price, but a mound of boiled dry pasta with canned sauce is a long way from paccheri cacio e pepe. The service was fast and friendly. The waitress I had spoke good English, which isn't always the case in Pattaya restaurants. The owner (or perhaps manager) greeted me both on my way in and out. I didn't study the menu, but there seemed to be a wide range of Italian dishes, including pizza. I noticed another diner had taken the other special, the grilled T-bone steak for 490 baht, and I almost regretted my decision to go with the pasta. The steak looked large and thick and the gentleman ate it with gusto. Il Peccatore's daily specials follow a pattern of fresh pasta dishes under 300 baht and a meat dish (beef, lamb, pork, duck) under 500 baht. The meat dishes aren't necessarily Italian, such as roast beef with roasted potatoes and T-bone steak. I'll include some photos of the daily special lists from Il Peccatore's FB page at the end of this post. From what I overhead of the other guests' table conversation, almost all were Italian. That's a decent comment on the quality of the food. Bottom line: I'll definitely go back for another taste of Italy and maybe the steak and roast lamb as well. Evil
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
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    Under 300 Baht ... And Good!

    for the kind words. They are always appreciated. Evil
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Evil Penevil

    New Food Stalls at The Avenue

    the back section of the ground floor of The Avenue has been cleared of all the food and other stalls. Tonight a six-member crew was washing it down. The front bottom section still has food stalls, plus more tables and chairs: A new eating section has opened on the second floor: A Thai man was celebrating his birthday with his wife and a friend. He asked me to take pics. I will email him a copy of them. Evil
  10. Evil Penevil

    Under 300 Baht ... And Mediocre

    I started the "Under 300 Baht ... And Good!" thread to disprove a particularly silly statement that claimed if you spend less than 300 baht on farang food in Pattaya, you get "garbage." It was easy to find dozens of examples of good farang food that cost less than 300 baht in Pattaya. The "Under 300 Baht..." thread has run more than two years and still has a ways to go. There are so many restaurants in town where you can get good food under 300 baht and it's almost impossible to cover them all. However, not all the food in I try qualifies as good. Mediocre dishes also abound under 300 baht, so I decided to start a thread about those meals. But before we get going, I have to stress "mediocre" is not the same thing as "bad." Mediocre means "average or ordinary in quality; neither very good nor very bad." Generally speaking, a mediocre meal will be adequate, but not more. One more time, so everyone understands: mediocre does not mean bad. Another point to stress is that a good restaurant can serve an undistinguished dish while the rest of its menu is much better. One mediocre dish does not a mediocre restaurant make, much less a bad restaurant. So with the notes of explanation out of the way, feel free to share the details of meals in Pattaya that were notable only for their mediocrity, no matter in which restaurant you had them. It doesn't necessarily have to be farang food. It can be Thai, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, whatever. Thanks! The fixed plate roast chicken dinner at the Robin Hood Tavern for 199 baht rates a "C," with one component on the plate scoring an "A," two failing miserably and the rest average. I give the roast chicken an "A" because it was a generous portion of juicy and tasty chicken. The Yorkshire pudding and bacon-wrapped sausage were inedible, so they get "Fs." The Robin Hood also has a carvery buffet for 299 baht and I believe the Yorkshire and the sausage had stood on heating trays for a long time and the plate had been rewarmed in a microwave or oven before serving. The Yorkshire was burnt on the outside, tough as leather inside. The bacon around the sausage was so hard it couldn't be chewed. The vegetables and potatoes were OK, but nothing special, the definition of mediocre. A possible upside for some diners is that there was a lot of food on the plate. The downside was that except for the chicken, it was mediocre or bad food. The Robin Hood Tavern is located on the first upper level of The Avenue on 2nd Road. Take Away is an oddly named restaurant on Soi Bukhao, close to the subsoi that connects New Plaza with Bukhao. It's menu aims it clearly at visitors from the U.K. as it's heavy on what can be considered British comfort food. Prices aren't exactly cheap, but they are reasonable and every item on the menu is under 300 baht, with most under 200 baht. You order at the counter and pay at the counter, but the food is carried to the tables by the waitress. I tried the spaghetti Bolognese for 180 baht. Maybe that was a bad choice on my part. If I eat there again, I'll pick something more British. Basically, it was a bland ground beef sauce dumped on top of overcooked pasta. There was no Italian seasoning and very little tomato in what was supposed to be a Bolognese sauce. Mediocre is the best I can rate it. The garlic bread was actually the tastiest part of the meal. Lee's Diner has been operating eight years in the Pattaya restaurant shark pool, which is a longer run than many get. It's located on Soi Diana near the intersection with LK Metro and dishes up Thai and farang food 24/7. It's clean and well-lit, which are definitely positive factors in my eyes. A serious downside factor is that there's no wall between Lee's and the neighboring bar that features a live band blaring the usual numbers at ear-splitting levels. What the band lacks in quality it makes up in volume. There is no way I could ever eat a meal with that deafening racket in the background, but the band knocks off at 2 a.m. and that's when I tried Lee's recently. I had eaten at Lee's in years past, but hadn't gone back much because I found the food, well, ... mediocre. There was nothing about the beef with oyster sauce I had at 160 baht that caused me to change that opinion. It was bland and heavy on the vegetables but light on the beef, also a bit oily. On the positive side, the ingredients seemed fresh and the beef wasn't tough. Everything considered, it fit comfortably in the realm of mediocrity.
  11. 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
  12. Evil Penevil

    Le Petite Planete

    I can recommend Le Petite Planete for French-style cuisine. It's run by a Belgian who knows his cooking. It's located about half-way down a sub soi that runs along one side of Tukcom, the side closet to 2nd Road. It's small and there's nothing fancy about the place, but the food is excellent. For a quick, unpretentious French-style bistro meal, Le Petite Planete is a good choice. 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. I've never had a bad meal there and more than one truly good one. He's one of my favorites, couscous with grilled meat and seasonal root vegetables. The couscous had been steamed properly, the vegetables, served as a side dish, were flavorful and the meat (quarter chicken, leg and thigh; some chunks of beef; and two small pieces of lamb) was tasty. It cost 350 baht. Last weekend had the three-course Special of the Day. You get three or four choices each for the starter, main course and dessert. For starters, you can have soup; salad or pate. The four main-course possibilities are a beef, pork, chicken or fish dish, while dessert is pudding, cake, sorbet or fruit salad. The main dish is accompanied by your choice of potato (French fried, mashed, baked or boiled) and a small serving of vegetables as well as fresh French bread. I started with country-style pate (the homemade pickles were a nice touch): and followed with Chicken Cordon Bleu: The chicken fillet had been pounded thin; the slice of ham added the right flavor accent and saltiness; and the Swiss cheese inside was bubbly. The outside surface was browned nicely and added flavor. For dessert, I had creme caramel. The top surface looks dark in the picture, but in fact it was caramelized to just the right level . The sauce wasn't sickly sweet. It cost 270 baht for the three-course meal and another 70 baht for a bottle of San Miguel Light. Chang, Tiger and Leo are available for 40 or 50 baht, but I prefer SML. One night I wasn't very hungry and just ordered the crab salad. I can't remember exactly how much it was, but about 100 baht. Side note: One night, this young lady was sitting at the table across from mine. She smiled invitingly and asked me why I was eating alone. I smiled back and answered, "Because I am alone - tonight." She laughed, but before she could say anything else, she got a text message on her cell phone and was occupied with it for several minutes, then finished her meal quickly and paid, smiling sweetly at me on the way out. I have to wonder what she might have said/offered without the text message. Maybe she would invited me to join her in hopes I'd pick up the tab, but certain services might also have been offered at some point in the conversation. I'm guessing she worked in one of the Russian places on Walking Street, as those girls all live in the Day-Night Apartments just around the corner from Le Petite Planete. Evil
  13. 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
  14. Evil Penevil

    Christmas Dinner 2018

    Christmas is coming and the girls aren't getting fat. Please try to give them an extra 100 baht. If you haven't 100 baht, 50 will do. If you haven't got 50, tough luck you! It's about six weeks until Christmas and already the adverts for Christmas dinner are starting to appear. Some early ones: Santa Penevil
  15. 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
  16. Evil Penevil

    Bali Café on Soi Buakhao

    Bali Café is a new restaurant and guest house on Soi Buakhao about 100 meters north of the misnamed Action Street complex. The menu features a half-dozen Indonesian specialties, a few Dutch dishes and the rest international and Thai items. It's an open-front restaurant with "indoor" and outdoor dining areas. The interior is clean, comfortable, well-ventilated and attractively decorated, although I don't see much that is Balinese about it. There is a big screen TV as well as an even larger projection TV, which doesn't just show sports or YouTube music videos. I'm a fan of Indonesian food in general and nasi goreng ("fried rice") in particular, so I tried Bali Café's version of the iconic Indonesian dish. It came with the usual accompaniments: two small pork satay skewers, a fried egg and krupuk udang (shrimp crackers) and cost 189 baht. It was good but not great. I would have liked more taste. It had plenty of heat from chili peppers, but the other flavors were a bit weak. What distinguishes nasi goreng from most other Asian fried rice variations is a richer and bolder taste that comes from ingredients like tamarind, shrimp paste and caramelized sweet soy sauce (kecap manis). It's that characteristic taste I thought could have been stronger. I next tried the smashed fried chicken (ayam penyet), an East Javanese staple. The chicken is pounded ("smashed") with a mortar and pestle or back of a cleaver to soften it. It's typically served with sambal (a spicy condiment) and slices of cucumber, which is how it came at Bali Café. The chicken had been boiled in a broth of herbs and spices, then deep-fried and finally "smashed," which makes it crispy and tender in the same bite. Very good and light years from KFC. The sambal was also good and the perfect condiment for the chicken. It cost 179 baht. I also had seafood mie goreng (fried noodles), another mainstay of indonesian cuisine. There was plenty of squid, shrimp and vegetables. The flavors shone through more brightly than with the nasi goreng. It cost 149 baht. Bottom line: So far I've been happy with the meals I've had at Bali Café and won't hesitate to try some of the other items on the menu. Prices are reasonable, although the portions weren't particularly large. Almost all the items on the menu were under 200 baht, with the most expensive at 220 baht, The one downside for me was the level of the background music. Too loud! At least some nights there's a DJ and live band and I shudder to think what the volume would be then. I'll definitely confine my return visits to the afternoon or early evening. On Jan. 5, Bali Café is having a party. The non-Indonesian menu items are the standard Pattaya line-up of farang and Thai dishes. I'll include photos below of most menu pages to give a better idea of prices and what is on offer. I'm not sure about Bali Café's hours as I didn't see them listed on the menu and I forgot to ask the waitress. Evil
  17. Evil Penevil

    Bali Café on Soi Buakhao

    Unfortunately, they don't. At least it isn't listed on the menu. Evil
  18. Evil Penevil

    Christmas Dinner 2018

    We are getting into "last minute" territory, so a few final suggestions: That's a pretty impressive buffet, especially the mains and dessert, for 870 baht. I may try it on Christmas Eve. Gian's in Jomtien has a two-week special menu (text from a pic on another board): Christmas Special 2018 from December 16th to 30th Soup Lentil Soup with Capsicum and cumin 390 b Home made Tortellini in broth, stuffed with turkey and truffle mortadella 480 b Pasta Home made Ravioli Stuffed with Turkey, Patanegra ham and topped with white truffle sauce 880 b Main Course Sliced pork Leg with Boiled Lentils and mashed potatoes 680 b Sliced Roasted Turkey with Liver, Cashew nuts and Risotto Taleggio 980 b Grilled Tomahawk steak served with Roasted potatoes and grilled vegetables 680 b Grilled Tiger prawns with garlic served with Spaghetti garlic, oil, chili and fresh cherry tomatoes 880 b Cheeses Selection of special cheeses from Italy 780 b Hefty prices, but Gian's turns out quality meals. It's less expensive on Soi Lengkee: Devonshire Restaurant Christmas Dinner Prawn Cocktail Ham & Pea Soup 150 baht Roast Turkey or Roast Beef All the Traditional Extras 499 baht HOT Christmas Pudding or any of our fruit pies Custard or cream 120 baht And one in Na Jomtien and one for those who don't care about Christmas Dinner. BonChon is better than KFC! Since this is likely to be my final pre-Christmas post in this thread:
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    Christmas Dinner 2018

    The King's Table on Soi 13 between Beach Road and 2nd Road is offering a Norwegian Christmas buffet for 599 baht. "On 24 & 25 December, 2018 Traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner Ribbe (Roast Pork Belly) Served with Boiled Potatoes Roast Ham, Roast Lamb Sausage, Meatballs Prunes, Cranberries and Pickled Cabbage Christmas Cake and more Starts at 5.30 p.m. All you can eat!!! Only 599 baht!" To continue the Scandinavian theme: Livv on th Darkside and Akvavit in Jomtien: Here's a translation of the Akvavit Christmas Eve menu: "Akvavit's Christmas buffet showcases a giant and traditional Christmas buffet with lots of delights! The 24th of December: "First session 17:30 to 20:00 and second session 20:30 until late! Price 1,450 Baht and for children under 13, 800 Baht. We offer mulled wine and gingerbread cookies on arrival. Only bookings with 50% deposit are accepted! Book now at 038-233672. Welcome!" And if money isn't a problem, this will be one of the best- if not the best- Christmas buffet in Pattaya: Tequila Reef is one again offering a turkey dinner on the 24, 25 and 26 December: Santa Penevil
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    Christmas Dinner 2018

    I had Thanksgiving Dinner at Tigglebitties and it was very good, with a large portion of turkey: Santa Penevil
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    Christmas Dinner 2018

    I believe a few do that, such as Big Fish at Siam@Siam, also one of the restaurants at the Avani. And a few more suggestions: Cabbages % Condoms in Jomtien could be an option for those who aren't interested in traditional western Christmas fare. After an atrocious Christmas dinner in 2016, Hooters is this year sticking to what it does best: booze, calendars and attractive waitresses. Santa Penevil 
  22. Evil Penevil

    Christmas Dinner 2018

    For those of you who don't like traditional Christmas food but want a festive meal on Dec. 24th or 25th, Fat Belly Pattaya in Naklua could be an option. Fat Belly is noted for its casual atmosphere and creative food. The photos are from Fat Belly's Facebook page where you can find more info on the holiday menu. Santa Penevil
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    Dining at Terminal21

    (edited) 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. 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. Nearly all the food outlets, Western and Asian, are branches of international chains. However, the farang places are mostly fast food, pizza, coffee or dessert outlets, with only a handful of full-menu Western restaurants. Terminal21 also has a food court on the San Francisco level. It's truly Asian, with displays of plastic food. I haven't tried the food court yet because other food outlets tempted me more. I was happy to see Marugame Seimen Udon & Tempura had a branch in Terminal21. It's a big Japanese chain with 1,100 branches worldwide. 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. The entire meal, with a bottle of water, cost 236 baht. 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. 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. I had the Shanghai beef noodle soup for 89 baht and ... pork and leek dumplings for 109 baht. The meal, with a bottle of water, cost 218 baht. 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. The dumplings were freshly steamed and had the proper taste and texture, again hard to find in Pattaya. 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. On my third outing to Terminal21 I tried the pig's trotter noodles (99 baht) at Hong Kong Noodle, 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. 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. The Golden Bun was filled with a rich and thick duck-egg custard, but was too sweet for my taste. The restaurant is well-lit and decorated in bright colors, especially red which symbolizes good fortune, success and happiness in Chinese culture. 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? 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. This is also what happens when you try to take photos while a lot of people are in motion. Still more food reviews and comments to come. I have barely scratched the surface of dining at Terminal21. Evil
  24. Evil Penevil

    Christmas Dinner 2018

    Infiniti at the InterContinental (former Sheraton) has some of the best sunset views in all of Pattaya. From the Web site: Infiniti isn't offering a Christmas menu, but you can check out its "Romantic Dinner Menus." An example: Christmas Elements at the InterContinental does have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffets. Impressive! That's a REAL buffet menu. It's not cheap, but considering some pubs are charging over 1,000 baht for limited carvery buffets, it's good value for money. A few more options where you won't be seeing any wife beaters. Santa Penevil
  25. Evil Penevil

    Christmas Dinner 2018

    I don't know, either, but I doubt it. The Queen Vic is, though ... Santa Penevil
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