Jessie’s Deli? Where’s that? Well, drive up
Pratamnak Hill past Fitness Park, turn right at the top at the police box,
as if going to the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, but turn left at the first
soi (called Rajchawaroon) instead of straight ahead, and head towards the
Dynasty Resort, Cosy Beach and Mountain Beach hotels. Jessie’s Deli is
almost opposite the Mountain Beach Hotel, on the way down to the Cosy
Beach Hotel. It is not large, so you will have to go slowly, but it is
brightly lit and very colourful, so it is not difficult to spot. There is
also a large vacant block in front of the Mountain Beach Hotel, so you can
Yes, there was a Jessie. A venerable old lady who lived
to be 99 before heading out to the Great Kitchen in the Sky, and in her
memory, Jessie’s Deli was opened almost 3 years ago. Initially it was
designed as a sandwich shop, but then people wanted something for
breakfast, then desserts were added and pizzas, Thai food and European
food, and the ‘deli’ became a restaurant.
The restaurant is in three distinct sections. There is
the air-conditioned glassed in section at the rear, a covered outdoorsy
section and then a small ‘terrace’ under the stars. The tables have
red tablecloths with contrasting bright yellow throw-overs, and the chairs
are padded (with director’s chairs on the terrace). There is also
wheelchair access, something many restaurants forget. The restaurant area
is also sparkling clean - one of the directors having a position with a
major private hospital in Pattaya could just explain that.
For a small restaurant, the menu is quite large,
beginning with seven all-day breakfasts, ranging from a 45 baht eggs on
toast, through the usual ABF at B. 100, through to a steak breakfast with
all the trimmings, OJ and the works at B. 260. Still on the breakfasts,
you can also have breakfast rolls with fillings such as bacon, sausage and
fried eggs at around B. 55 or even cornflakes or Muesli.
Soups and the very English Toasties are up next (B.
65-85) and then salads (B. 85-150) and 14 choices in fresh filled rolls
and baguettes (B. 55-125) upon which Jessie’s Deli made its name.
Ten different style burgers are next, all 1/4 pounders
and served with french-fries, ranging between B. 85-165. Then it is into
six pizzas (8 inchers at B. 175) and then a dozen main courses ranging
from a sausage and mash with trimmings and gravy for B. 155 through
chicken dishes at around B. 230 and a pepper steak top of the list at B.
275. Desserts are Bud’s Ice Cream and there are many styles of coffee to
follow. Finally there are around 30 Thai food items as well, with the
majority B. 80. To drink, there are all the softs, plus local beers around
B. 60, spirits B. 80, as well as house wine at B. 80 per glass.
Looking around the terrace section I saw someone with a
burger and my choice was apparent! It was a ‘burger’ night, with my
choice being a cheese and bacon. To wash it down, it was also back to my
favourite Singha Gold beer.
The bun was soft, the beef was an excellent ground beef
patty, the bacon was back bacon and not that awful streaky over-crisped
variety, with plenty of chips and tomato and cucumber. It was filling, but
I did manage to squeeze in a Bud’s chocolate sundae afterwards! Gluttony
is a sin and Miss Terry is a sinner!
I enjoyed my dinner at Jessie’s Deli, it ain’t the
Ritz, but then, it’s not supposed to be. It presents good wholesome
food, at reasonable prices, in an above average venue, with a very
European atmosphere. It was pleasing to see that a ‘lower end’ eatery
can provide its customers with well above average facilities. This is a
good family restaurant, with something for everyone. By the way, they will
do deliveries on any orders over B. 195 and ‘take-outs’ are available
Jessie’s Deli, Rajchawaroon Road, (opposite Mountain Beach Hotel),
telephone 038 306 313.