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).
Known as one of the most romantic restaurant settings in Pattaya, the Bali Hai Sunset restaurant really does have an incredible view of the sunset over Koh Larn.
If your ambition is to live to be 100, the Okinawa Express is now leaving from platform number three. According to the Japanese Health Ministry, Okinawans have an average life expectancy of 81.2 years - 86 for women and 75 for men (note for the marriageable - choose an Okinawan woman 11 years older than you are and go for a double cremation).
The Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya has remained an icon in our local hotels. Having been extensively renovated many years ago from the original Merlin Hotel, the Hard Rock has managed to maintain a “hip” image, right the way through from rock stars in the toilets to bouncy effervescent staff giving you a ‘feel good’ aura just walking into the place.
How do you describe a man who was born in Morocco to Italian and Sicilian parents, but naturalized in France and now living in Thailand? Well, you have come face to face with Jacques Scrimali, the driving force behind Casa l’Ôberg’Inn, which is one of the very few restaurants that can boast of authentic Moroccan food.
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.