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.
Every so often, in the hectic pace that is Pattaya with new hotels springing up every 10 minutes, you need to slow down and have another look at venues that have been here for some time - and stood the test of time.
The phrase ‘In Vino Veritas’ has been used for centuries by all societies, recognizing the fact that wine can loosen lips. In actual fact, the phrase in its entirety is ‘In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas’, i.e., “In wine there is truth, in water there is health.” At the latest wine dinner promoted by the Royal Cliff’s deVine Wine Club, there were more than adequate volumes of both!
Eleven years ago I spoke with the owner of the Jomtien Boathouse, Kannikar Ottesen. It was the Wednesday prior to the grand opening on the Saturday and Kannikar was busy planting palm trees across the front of the restaurant area. I looked at the building site and the newly placed trees and voiced the opinion that the Jomtien Boathouse had no hope of being ready for business in three days.