Let me begin this week’s review with the statement: The best French Onion soup I have had all year! Honestly, it was that good. French Onion soup is one of the things at which the French excel, and I will go to Coco’s again, just for the soup.
One of Pattaya’s more amazing properties is the Sheraton Pattaya Resort. Perched on the side of a mountain (or big hill at least) it goes all the way from the lobby at the top to the beach at the bottom. In between are villas and pools and three restaurants, a fact which Dining Out team appreciated when we went to review their Infiniti restaurant.
The Dining Out review this week was done at a pub which had been in The Avenue for many years, but had slowly died until four months ago it burst back on the pub scene with a new owner, new staff, a long overdue refurbishment, a new name and a new concept.
The Mantra Restaurant and Bar is probably one of the most romantic venues in Pattaya. With the cocktail lounge and the almost Bedouin setting, it transports the diner to a magical place, before even entering the restaurant proper.
If you look up Indigo on your favorite internet search engine, you will find top of the list is an Indian airline, followed by one of the visible colors of the spectrum in the rainbow, to a natural dye made from plants to a restaurant and bar in Honolulu.
The question that comes up time and time again for the Dining Out team is “How do we get our restaurant reviewed?” The answer is really quite simple - invite us! As opposed to some other publications, there is no charge. You do not charge us, and we do not charge you.
About one year ago I called the La Ferme restaurant “the most outstanding new restaurant in Pattaya.” Since then, it has settled and found its feet and place in the Pattaya society. As part of this maturing, Stephane Bringer, the GM of all the Woodlands properties, held a wine dinner in May, featuring the Australian Stonefish label.
The Delicato Family Vineyards were featured at a wine dinner held at the Sheraton Pattaya. The facilitator was the very affable American Ryan Stewart, who took pride in describing just how the family vineyards evolved from the vision (and nous) of founder Gaspari Delicato, a Sicilian immigrant to California. It was Delicato senior who read the fine print on the Prohibition legislature that exempted home winemakers and religious organizations, so he supplied them with his grapes, transporting them all over the country.
The Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya has built up an excellent reputation for its food over the past few years. Both for the hotel itself and for the Hard Rock Cafe on Beach Road. We were invited to come and review the revamped Pizzeria in the main hotel, a cool spot overlooking the Hard Rock’s free form pool.
“Passion” is what separates the “ordinary” from something “special”. The Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya has an Italian chef who exudes the passion of his homeland. There can be no ordinary meals from Chef Alberto’s kitchen, because Alberto is no ordinary chef.