The newest, and possibly the glitziest hotel in Pattaya is the new Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort. Owned by the Tulip Group and managed by Centara, it is difficult to describe this property without going over the top.
You can be excused for not knowing where this week’s restaurant can be found. It is in that huge sprawling resort called the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and where in the resort? On the beachfront, naturally, but poised on the deck above the beach level so you don’t even get sand between the toes!
The Hard Rock Cafe has been on Beach Road for 12 years (anniversary October 18), and in that time has become a landmark in Pattaya, and a very popular venue for the weekend Bangkokians. In those 12 years it had become a little “tired”, but last month it had a major refurbishment, which has totally altered the ambience.
Hamburgers are part of the western culture. As far as I can ascertain, the “hamburger” has been around since the 1880s and a chap by the name of Ray Kroc, who bought out the McDonalds brothers, is responsible for bringing the hamburger to the masses.
I am always glad when members of the public contact me to tell the Dining Out Team of a restaurant they have visited and been impressed. The one this week is in the new Cape Dara Resort, overlooking the Dara Beach and an absolute beach front and featured a four course set lunch at under THB 500 (THB 499 to be exact).
I am sure most of the readers will remember Victor Kiam as the spokesperson for the Remington shaver. Kiam’s famous catchphrase, “I liked the shaver so much, I bought the company”, made him famous and did wonders for Remington sales.
Last week, the Dining Out Team of two adults and two children made a short trip out of Pattaya to go to the Pattaya Sheep Farm. Let me say from the outset that this turned out to be one of the most fun reviews we have ever done with the children.
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.