Hard Rock Cafe:
by Miss Terry Diner
can change very quickly in Pattaya. Since the last time we reviewed the Hard
Rock Cafe the Hard Rock GM has changed (now the very amiable George Hazard) and
the Hard Rock Cafe manager is now Frenchman Laurent Levraud. What other changes
would we find?
The location, however, was just the same on Beach Road, and street parking is
currently easy in the low season, though most times I would suggest you leave
the car in the hotel’s secure parking off Second Road. Outside there were a few
changes with a magnificent ‘piano’ decoration and some different tables and
chairs, but inside it was the same very welcoming Hard Rock Cafe, with bouncy
serving girls and boys all enjoying helping people enjoy themselves!
The walls still had the amazing rock memorabilia, including Elton John’s
platform boots, many guitars, gold records and other items that have people
walking around just to photograph them. The bandstand has the (now apparently
compulsory) plexiglass wall around the drummer, (just in case a drumstick gets
loose and impales a reveler, I wonder) and the Filipino group plays weeknights 9
p.m. until 1 a.m. weekdays and 9.30 p.m. until 1.30 a.m. weekends.
The Hard Rock Cafe has special nights, with Fridays being Ladies Nights (with
discounts for ladies), alternating with Mexican Fridays which feature Mexican
food and drink. Hard Rock worldwide is now also promoting a “Recession Survival
Kit” with a set menu (with choices in the courses) for B. 500 commencing at 11
a.m. through till 9 p.m. There are also Happy Hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. That
sounds like a fun way to beat the recession!
The menu is not an extensive one, but one that has the most popular items from
all the Hard Rock Cafes, and as part of the hotel, prices are plus, plus. It has
also photo thumbnails, so you can see what you are ordering. (All menus should
be like this.)
Drinks and cocktails at the beginning, then on to Starters, which include
several dishes that can be shared, such as the jumbo combo (B.450) with Santa Fe
spring rolls, hickory smoke chicken wings, onion rings, potato skins and tupelo
chicken tender, served with four different sauces for mixing and matching.
Mains (called “Entrees” - don’t get confused) include New York strip - 12 oz.
Angus beef topped with Merlot-garlic butter (B. 820), fajitas (B. 480-500) and a
pork chop (B. 380).
Burgers and Smokehouse items follow (B. 360-520), then sandwiches and salads (B.
220-360) with a Caesar salad at the lower end and a smoked BBQ beef sandwich at
the top end.
The Hard Rock desserts are suitably sinful with the Sinful hot fudge sundae at
B.260, plus many others. And as an added bonus, kids under 12 eat free. Nice
touch to attract families.
Mindful of the fact that the Hard Rock portions tend to be very large (“American
size” said Laurent) we decided to share a starter of Tupelo Chicken Tenders - a
great choice with the slightly spicy chicken and a fabulous BBQ sauce to go with
For mains, Madame went for the salmon steak, while I chose the BBQ chicken (B.
360). Again, both of these were large servings and thoroughly enjoyable, and I
have to make mention of the ‘Crocodile Dundee’ knife that comes with the BBQ.
Throwing all calories caution to the winds we splurged on a raspberry sorbet for
me - wonderfully palate refreshing, and the Hard Rock giant fudge for Madame,
who needed several people to help - it is simply enormous! As well as being
As I sat back and enjoyed the wine, the dessert and the ambience, on the video
screens around the Hard Rock Cafe came the original tape of Ray Davies and the
Kinks with their 1964 smash hit “You really got me”. Hard Rock Cafe, you really
got me too! It was a great evening.
Dining at the Hard Rock Cafe is not just eating - it is an ‘experience’. Highly
Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Hotel, Pattaya 2nd Road, telephone 038 426 635, fax
038 421 673, all major cards accepted. Open seven days from 11 a.m. until early
mornings. Secure parking in the hotel parking areas.
Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Som Tum
The som tum range of Thai salads is much greater than you
would imagine, much more varied than the usual green papaya and salted crab
varieties. Most som tums, however, are very spicy, and often beyond the
palate capabilities of the average foreigner. Even some Thais find the Isaan
som tums nuclear! I have tamed the temperature in this recipe, but if you
want it to Thai taste then double the garlic and chilli in the recipe and be
prepared to sweat.
Yellow and green capsicum chopped 4 cups
Medium prawns, cooked, de-shelled 8
Garlic 4 cloves
Chillies medium 4
Roasted peanut 4 tbspns
Lime juice 4 tbspns
Tamarind juice 4 tbspns
Fish sauce 2 tbspn
Palm sugar 1 tbspn
Using the mortar and pestle, crush
the garlic and chillies. Be careful not to splash any juice in the eyes, or
rub the eyes during preparation of this dish. Add the fish sauce, lime
juice, tamarind juice and palm sugar and continue pounding until the palm
sugar is dissolved. Add capsicum, prawns (cooked and chopped roughly) and
roasted peanuts and pound lightly while mixing and turning the ingredients.
Serve immediately (with sticky rice if you prefer).
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