Dining Out: Greg’s Kitchen - upwardly mobile?
by Miss Terry Diner
Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road has been at their current
location for over four years, and has become well entrenched in the
local dining scene. However, Greg himself is well aware that if you
stand still in Pattaya you are in reality going backwards, and has not
let the grass grow under his feet (or his competitors steal a march on
him while his back was turned)!
Recently he has re-modelled the front terrace of the restaurant, with a
black and yellow lattice wood fence around the perimeter with some new
tables and chairs giving it a real “brasserie” feel to it, and probably
even more importantly, has expanded the menu.
The restaurant can now be considered to have three dining areas with the
outside terrace, an indoors area and the air-conditioned section as
well. These being balmy evenings, Madame and I decided to try the
terrace and were not disappointed. There may be a little traffic noise
at times, but somehow it all added to the “Pattaya” nature of the
experience. We are, after all, in tropical Thailand. The tables have
bright tablecloths, the seats are padded and the glassware good quality.
The menu is now most extensive. It begins with an (all day) English
breakfast at 130 baht, with all the bibs and bobs the English expect,
but there are 10 other breakfast favourites (B. 35-90) as well. A new
addition is the “Starters” section. These include 3 soups (tomato,
chicken or mushroom B. 95), smoked salmon, a prawn, crab or seafood
cocktail (B. 160), and a mushrooms, prawn or seafood Provencal.
The main dishes are also extensive (B. 165-490) with 28 choices on offer
covering pies (with potatoes of choice and vegetables), roasts (beef,
pork and leg of lamb), and the higher priced items are the imported NZ
steaks. Sandwiches are next (B. 50-125) and then 10 kinds of filled
jacket potatoes (B. 130-170), followed by 11 salads (B. 95-180).
Almost at the end, and there are a couple of pages of beverages, beers
around B. 70-80 and wine B. 380-650 per bottle or B. 120 per glass.
There are two pages of Thai dishes (B. 95-150) including all the usual
ethnic favourites and finally the desserts, including such British
favourites as bread and butter pudding and apple pie.
Knowing the size of Greg’s portions, Madame and I decided to share a
prawns Provencal starter, to be followed by fish and chips for Madame
and the roast loin of pork with applesauce and Yorkshire pudding for
Miss Terry. With the trencherman portions, we decided to stick to beer,
and yes, Greg has Singha Gold!
Before we began, cold towels were brought to the table, nice touch, plus
a wicker basket with various sauces - try tartar, horseradish,
Worcestershire, HP, tomato ketchup, chilli, American mustard and
Coleman’s English mustard.
The prawn starter was really excellent. A beautiful Provencal sauce and
the prawns were not at all rubbery as so often happens with these type
of dishes. Greg told us that they are fried in garlic first, then
transferred to the sauce and served.
Our main dishes appeared on very large plates which were filled to
capacity. The roast pork included stuffing, carrots, peas, cauliflower,
Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes and the applesauce.
The items were all cooked correctly and tasted great, but beat me with
the sheer size. Sorry Greg! The fish and chips had real thickly cut
English chips and two pieces of fish, which Madame said was excellent,
but she too could not get through it all.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Greg’s Kitchen. The food is
good and the quantity is enormous. We loved it, there was just too much
for us. Greg does say he does a child’s portion, so next time Miss Terry
will either not eat for 24 hours beforehand, or order a kid’s size!
Highly recommended for all lovers of British/European cuisine, and bring
a healthy appetite. By the way, to cope with the Xmas demand, Greg is
doing Xmas turkey and all the rest specials for B. 675 on the 24th, 25th
and 26th. I’d book!
Greg’s Kitchen, 370/21-22 Pattaya Second Road, (opposite Soi 6),
telephone 038 361 227.
ThisA Kamikaze birthday: This coming Saturday,
December 15 make sure you drop on down to the Spicy Girls ogling den
(Pattayaland Soi 1) to celebrate Martin’s ‘forty-something’ birthday. I’m
amazed he even admits to having passed the big four-oh. Amazing, because
under the UV light in the bar, he doesn’t look a day over 39.
As per usual with these festivities, some hapless squealer has gone to meet
its maker so there will be free food and of course, the Spicy Girls special
happy hours (amber fluid at 60 baht between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and liver
wasters at just 40 baht from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.) will be in operation.
I’m also assured that plenty of Kamikaze shooters will be launched in the
direction of well-wishers. I’d hate to be the inside of the Martin’s head
come Sunday morning.
Away from prying eyes: The Winchester Club dine
and dash establishment (Soi Wat Boon, Jomtien) is famous for its Sunday free
nosh and show time, the Sierra Tango bar generally attracting a standing
room only crowd. It does fairly well during the rest of the week as well,
despite, or perhaps because, it is off the beaten track, although since the
opening of the Winchester Nite Club (Walking Street) business has been a
little quieter. Plenty of hostesses (a nice PC term), cheap booze and
reasonably-priced nosh, as well as Big Bill’s beguiling presence keep
punters patronising the joint.
The Wall of Records: With the high season just
starting to get into gear, it will be interesting to see what changes, if
any, there are to the hallowed Wall of Records that adorns a section of the
Belgian-run Atlantic beer boozer (Soi 3).
The Wall offers a subtle challenge to those who care to peruse it. The
current record for the most bell rings is 17, while for lady drinks the
tally stands at a massive 140. Now there was a man who would’ve been ‘King
for a Night’.
Urological avarice: While mentioning the Soi 3 area, for those who find a
need to answer nature’s call while out imbibing, the local urinal charges
five (5) baht to point Percy at the porcelain. Hardly a king’s ransom I
agree, but when similar facilities in other areas are relieving caught short
punters of just two or three baht, surely snipping up to 150% more should
entitle customers to a bevy of liveried lavatory attendants singing the
Battle Hymn of the Republic in Lao. That, or a free lolly for good
Unharried by hawkers: One of the main attractions
of the Fight Night Entertainment Complex, located along Second Road opposite
Soi 13, is the fact that the usual throng of street hawkers - flogging
everything from flowers, cigarette lighters, chewing gum and maps of
Thailand - as well as beggars, are banned from setting foot in the complex.
It means a punter can sit and hug a drink as well as a girl or two and not
have someone jab him in the small of the back or tug at his shirtsleeves and
interrupt that tender moment as he proposes to the lady of his desire.
Hedonist’s Haven: The Penthouse sleeping palace
(Pattayaland Soi 2) has recently unveiled its plush Babylon Suite. Under
normal circumstances, I wouldn’t bother remarking on a bunking den, but this
room is not designed for those determined to extract eight hours or more of
slumber. In fact, it’s not really designed for sleep at all. With three
double beds, three Jacuzzis, six televisions, two MP3 players, an Internet
connection, mirrors on the ceiling and six chrome poles along with a couple
of medium-sized fluffy toys, the Babylon room has more in common with
elements of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion than a common garden-variety
Holiday Inn. The fluffy toys all seem to wear the kind of smirk usually only
seen on animals that’ve been caught doing something they know they
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