At the end of each year, the Dining Out team likes to sit back and discuss the restaurants which have left a favorable impression on our respective palates. We do not try to say, “This is the winner!” because you cannot compare a budget eatery with a five star fine dining restaurant, though both may be very good examples of their genre.
A couple of weeks ago, a reader wrote in complaining that the Dining Out Team only goes to the expensive places, and not the more middle of the road venues. With new five star properties all anxious for us to review their up-market restaurants, how could we refuse? However, here is one restaurant to satisfy the low budget diner.
The Sheraton Pattaya Resort is a very different sort of hotel property. Built on the side of a cliff, leading down to their own beach, it lends itself to a more original style than the chrome and glass décor we have all seen lately. With much wood on the floors and surrounds, it has a much more oriental feel as you come in through the portal. Add in Thai memorabilia and staff in a Thai style uniform and you can start to see the ambience.
Jameson’s Irish Pub was established 10 years ago. That in itself is a benchmark in Pattaya, a city where some restaurants close before their ‘grand opening’! Mine host is Kim Fletcher, undoubtedly one of the most professional landlords around, a man who was actually born in a pub, and is hoping not to die in one!
Casa Pascal has been tending to the needs of Pattaya’s gourmets for over 13 years. In a city where some restaurants close before they get to the official opening, Casa Pascal’s 13 years as a stand-alone restaurant shows that they must have the correct formula.
One of the best remembered theme buffets is arranged at the Montien Hotel on Second Road (just before the Hard Rock Hotel). During the low season, some of these buffets go into recess, but the International and BBQ Seafood Buffet Dinner is back!
The newest, and possibly the glitziest hotel in Pattaya is the new Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort. Owned by the Tulip Group and managed by Centara, it is difficult to describe this property without going over the top.
You can be excused for not knowing where this week’s restaurant can be found. It is in that huge sprawling resort called the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and where in the resort? On the beachfront, naturally, but poised on the deck above the beach level so you don’t even get sand between the toes!
The Hard Rock Cafe has been on Beach Road for 12 years (anniversary October 18), and in that time has become a landmark in Pattaya, and a very popular venue for the weekend Bangkokians. In those 12 years it had become a little “tired”, but last month it had a major refurbishment, which has totally altered the ambience.
Hamburgers are part of the western culture. As far as I can ascertain, the “hamburger” has been around since the 1880s and a chap by the name of Ray Kroc, who bought out the McDonalds brothers, is responsible for bringing the hamburger to the masses.