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Café New Orleans

Steaks, ribs and a lot more

by Miss Terry Diner

It is difficult to comprehend that Café New Orleans in Soi Pattayaland 2 is now in its eighth year. In the vibrant and ever-changing Pattaya, and especially in the neon tube environment of Soi Pattayaland 2, to be still trading, and in the original location, is almost Guinness Book of Records material.

If driving, you have to come up Soi Pattayaland 2 from Beach Road, and look out for parking places, otherwise park on Second Road and walk down the soi. You will not miss Café New Orleans, on the corner of the soi and Pattayaland 3, otherwise known as Boyztown.

The restaurant is long and narrow, but very well lit inside. The staff is also very welcoming, dressed in their very distinctive “formal” aprons. The walls are covered in New Orleans photographs, to add to the atmosphere. Upstairs, on the mezzanine level, there is another dining area that can be used for private functions.

The menu is large, both in content and physically, and it is worth the while to sit and study, as there are many specials, as well as the standard menu items. There is also a separate Thai food menu for those who do not want to try the American Cajun-Creole/European food in the main menu. Within the menu there are also 22 vegetarian items, which bears remembering if you are entertaining non-carnivores.

Appetizers are generally in the B. 150-200 region and include Cajun calamari, gambas and stuffed bell peppers with crabmeat. The famous ribs feature heavily, plus various BBQ combinations at around B. 400. Steaks range between B. 495-750 including a Beef Souvlaki.

From there, it is on to Chicken, Seafood, Pasta and others called Extra Special Creations. There literally is something for everyone.

While we waited for our food, a small loaf of hot toasted crusty bread was delivered to the table, complete with a herb butter pat. We had looked through the wine list and chose “Yellow” by Yellowglen, an Australian Methode Champenoise, since one is not allowed to call these ‘champagne’ any longer. At B. 1,500 this is a wonderful sparkler and goes very well with the food.

We had selected the Oysters Kilpatrick for me, and Madame went for the tangy mushrooms. I have had these oysters before, and Café New Orleans is the only restaurant I know that serves multiple oysters on the one shell. A wonderful and tasty and very filling appetizer. Madame enjoyed her mushrooms too.

For mains, Madame went straight to the top with the B. 750 extra thick cut filet mignon, ordered rare. These steaks come from Australia and this was cooked to order, and was truly a melt in the mouth item.

For me, I decided to see if the ribs were as good as the restaurant claims, but after the filling oysters, I only had a half slab of baby back ribs at B. 375. To go with our meals, we decided to try the Broccoli potato boat B. 125 (large size). These are made to owner Steve Burke’s grandmother’s recipe and were another very filling and very flavoursome side order to our excellent mains.

Somehow we were talked into desserts, which were again superb, and certainly finished an indulgent evening.

Perhaps it is something to do with the ‘electric’ atmosphere of Soi Pattayaland 2, but I have always enjoyed meals at Café New Orleans. It is a bistro-style restaurant, so has that laid-back air about it; however, the food is far better than you would imagine from a bistro. The proud boast is that they have “The best steaks and ribs in the kingdom”. That would certainly be open for discussion and different interpretations, but I have to say that we were totally satisfied with our meals at Café New Orleans, including our steak and ribs. The standard was very high, and even more importantly, the high quality has been maintained, hence it still being busy after eight years! Highly recommended. And do try the Yellow sparkler. A wonderful party starter.

Café New Orleans, Soi Pattayaland 2, South Pattaya, telephone 038 710 805, fax 038 710 784, email cafe neworleans @ csloxinfo .com, website www.cafenewor Street parking. Open 3 p.m. until midnight, seven days.

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