France really does have itself on at times, and no more so than with ‘champagne’. Claiming naming rights to the wines from the Champagne area was probably a great PR coup, but great ‘champagnes’, or as we are forced to say, sparkling wines made the same way, so they are wines ‘methode champenoise’ can be found in many countries, including Italy, America, Australia and Spain.
The Amari’s Tavern by the Sea is well established these days and is at the opposite end of Beach Road from Walking Street, and you will easily find it having come from the Dolphin Roundabout, passing the Amari main entrance and the Mantra restaurant, and after turning into Beach Road is about 50 meters along Beach Road on your left, and you cannot miss it. Park in the Amari grounds in secure parking lots.
The name Alibaba comes from the tale known as the One Thousand and One Nights which was compiled in the early 1800’s. It has captured the imagination of the world, with many movies depicting the tale of Alibaba, the poor woodcutter who discovers the lair of the 40 thieves and the magic words to open the cave of treasure (more on that later). The latest is a French telefilm starring Gérard Jugnot and Catherine Zeta-Jones screened in 2007.
It had been some time since we went to the Mantra for their Sunday Brunch, so we were definitely looking forward to the occasion. Mantra have called it their “Fabulous Sunday Brunch” and we felt it was the Dining Out Team’s job to see if it really was.
Leonardo Da Vinci may have painted The Last Supper in 1498 for the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie, but in Jomtien, Da Vinci will be responsible for much more than last suppers! Read on!
The newest pizza outlet in town is on the Dicey Reilly’s Terrace on Second Road. For those who are unsure of the location of Dicey Reilly’s, it is part of the Marriott Resort and Spa and is underneath their Garden Café.
I will come clean, right at the beginning - Songkran is not my favorite time of the year. Getting wet for a week as “fun” soon begins to pall. However, this year Songkran was not all dirty ice water and white paste - there was also an invitation to lunch from Vanjie Lauzon the effervescent Assistant Director of Communications of the Dusit Thani Pattaya. The Dining Out team readily accepted!
There are many ways that can lead to the Dining Out team going to review a restaurant. This week it was following the recommendation of one of the PMTV staff, who did warn us that it was a little difficult to find! We also knew that this was not a five star fine dining restaurant, which pleased us, as sometimes we get accused of only going to the expensive places!
The Mantra restaurant is renowned for doing things in its own special way, and the Chakana Wine Dinner was no exception to that rule. When you think South American wines, you immediately think of Chile, but this was a young winery from Argentina that was not well known in Thailand at all. The Mantra has changed all that!
One of the newer clubs in Pattaya is the MOOD Blues Café, so you are excused if you are unsure of just where it is. For those not au fait with the Pratamnak area it is on Pratamnak Soi 6 on the lower floor of Thepthip Mansions, on the right hand side towards the ocean end of Soi 6.