The Sound of Music was a very successful movie starring Julie Andrews as the Austrian Maria Von Trapp, with the number Edelweiss remaining in every movie-goer’s memory. However, “Leontopodium alpinum” (the scientific name for the Edelweiss flower) can also be found in Pattaya, in Thappraya Soi 13 opposite the Pattaya Self Storage building. But not the flower, it is a restaurant! And to make it a little more interesting, it is not an Austrian restaurant, but is Swiss. And for another snippet of trivia, the Edelweiss number was neither Austrian nor Swiss, but was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for the musical, on which the movie was modeled.
For many people, “breakfast” is the most important meal of the day. For others, it is a substantial lunch. Whatever, Casa Pascal has both of them covered, with their BBQ which runs from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Thai food is lauded throughout the world, and we who live here are really quite spoiled for choice - but there is a downside to this as well. True “Thai” cuisine restaurants tend to be rather slip shod as far as cleanliness is concerned, and creature comforts are minimal, with plastic stools or wooden seats the usual seating offered. Consequently, we all know some great Thai restaurants, but you don’t linger after the meal (which suits the restaurant as they rely on numbers to keep the prices down).
Sundays are good days for a family to get out and relax somewhere, and give Mum the day off cooking duties. The best way is with Sunday Brunches, but for those with children, the short attention span can cause premature curtailment, finishing the whole idea of relaxation very early.
The Thai Garden Resort on North Pattaya Road is truly a Pattaya icon. 25 years old and still going strong, under the watchful eye of GM Rene Pisters. There are many reasons that the Thai Garden Resort has remained as popular as it has, and one of those is the nightly revolving theme buffets which once more have remained at B. 399 net (and B. 199 for children under 12). For a family of two adults and two children to be able to eat for B. 1,200 these days is quite amazing. Especially as it is an ‘all you can eat’ offer.
Another new restaurant for Pattaya, and this time it is Indian cuisine. Spices Bar and Grill is where Froggies French restaurant used to be, but the venue and décor have been totally refurbished.
I cannot even start to think how many restaurants there are in Pattaya. At least several hundred. The TripAdvisor traveler has reviews of 585, and there’s more!
New restaurants come and go in Pattaya - it’s real jungle out there. We have known restaurants that have closed before their official grand opening. So here we are with another new restaurant, and judging by the reports we have been getting, this PumPui restaurant has a good future.
The Montien’s International and Seafood BBQ is on again, and I have to admit that I was very pleased when Pornpimon Geybui, the Montien’s happy PR lady contacted me with the good news!
We tend to forget just how lucky we are in Pattaya, with several world class restaurants available. One of those is the Acqua Italian restaurant which is in the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort (one of the longest names in Pattaya resorts).