When one mentions the restaurant Mata Hari, the name Louis Noll must come up as well. Louis is the driving force behind one of the most established restaurants in Pattaya. Louis, with Dutch-Indonesian roots, has run restaurants all over the world before settling in Pattaya with wife Jack, who is also the chef.
I must admit that the Dining Out Team had never heard of Pedro Gastrobar before our review, but it has apparently been going for nine months. Towards the ocean end of Soi 4 off Second Road (one way down from Second Road), and just past the Pattaya International Hospital, the Pedro Gastrobar is a new addition to the Hotel Vista, getting part of its name from the hotel owner Peter (Pedro colloquially).
Italian food is the most popular cuisine on the planet, according to those who keep the statistics of these kinds of things, and you can’t go looking into Italian food without looking at pizza.
The Dining Out Team had an overseas visitor with us and we thought hard as where he could be taken. Many great restaurants reviewed recently, but European cuisine in the main. Where could we take a European visitor to experience some genuine Thai food, with a restaurateur willing to explain everything? In the end, it was simple - Somsakdi Restaurant, run by Somsakdi Kavowthong, who will admit to being 75, but he is a very sprightly 75, still with his trademark towel over his left shoulder.
A very interesting restaurant reviewed this week, and one that has an interesting history and a move of about 100 meters! Magg’s Restaurant was named after a Thai lad, and was in a single shophouse in Thepprasit Road about 250 meters from Thappraya Road. Blink twice and you missed it.
When is a café not a café? When it is a fully fledged restaurant such as Blu’s “café”. We reviewed Café des Amis and can assure you from the outset, that it is far more than a café!
The Baan Souy Resort is a boutique resort with around 50 rooms. It describes itself as a ‘Gay’ resort, but by the same token it is also totally ‘straight’ friendly. Run by well-known local entrepreneurs Jim Lumsden and Gordon May the resort is easily found about 50 meters down Soi 15 Thappraya on the right hand side, and has a large parking area just past the resort.
When the Hilton’s Marcom manager Sunday asked me if I would like to review their Horizon restaurant’s promotion of Oysters and Bubbles, how could I say no? Both my weaknesses at the same time! I ask you!
There is a very strong connection between Marco Polo and China. He was not the first European to reach China, but he was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. His book inspired Christopher Columbus and many other explorers. His exploits perhaps also inspired the Montien Hotel to name their Chinese restaurant after him.
The new Siam@Siam at the top end of Second Road is definitely the current “In” place (you would be amazed at the hoteliers I met in there), and their Big Fish restaurant on the 6th floor has the best value buffet in town called the weekend Fire Seafood and BBQ on a Friday and Saturday night.