Who are Pascal and Kim Schnyder? If you don’t know, then you must be a newbie in the Pattaya dining scene. Both are very interesting people in their own right, and together they make Casa Pascal, one of the top restaurants in town.
In the culinary scene, Pascal has experienced some of the world’s top kitchens, and in my opinion, he is the most innovative chef in Pattaya. Not too many chefs build their own smoker in their own garden, for example. Not too many chefs can tell you about the differences between ‘wild’ Dover Sole and other ‘Dover soles’. I always leave Casa Pascal better educated than before.
Is there anyone who doesn’t know just where Casa Pascal is situated? If there is, it is on a small soi off Pattaya Second Road on the right, almost opposite the Avani Resort’s Dicey Reilly’s Pub and next to Ruen Thai. Plenty of secure parking too.
A brief word about the restaurant itself. There are three areas – the inside air-conditioned section which has large tables and very comfortable chairs in an atmosphere of “class”, and this is non-smoking. Outside, where smoking is permitted, there are two levels of terraces set under red umbrellas. At the far end of the upper terrace there is a large BBQ with a young man kept busy cooking eggs to order (and who won’t tell me why his omelets are so much better than mine).
For many people, “breakfast” is the most important meal of the day. For others, it is a substantial lunch. Whatever, Casa Pascal has both of them covered, with their buffets which run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
These have been very popular for Pascal and Kim, and they have continuously up-rated the offerings over the past few years (yes, time flies when you’re having fun in Pattaya). The items in the hot food buffet also change regularly, even the individual items are different every two days so there are always new choices.
Currently there are over 50 items on offer covering Bakery and Pastry, dedicated breakfast items like waffles, pancakes and cereals and yoghurts, cold delicacies with smoked herring (from Pascal’s own smoker), pickled fish, ham, salami, pepper ham and mushroom, ham, cheese and several salads, many salad bar items, and the BBQ Grill on the terrace with bacon, ham, sausages, chicken and pork steaks, the egg station, hot dishes including two soups, one Asian and one Western, poultry, fish, pasta, hash browns (roesti) even baked beans. If you can fit it in, there are also desserts with caramel custard and the Oh so British Bread and Butter pudding amongst others.
As I always say with a buffet, take your time to walk around and take it all in. You don’t want to find a favorite item that you no longer have room for. (For me that is roesti potatoes!)
We took our time, with Madame starting with sliced cold meats with croissant and Emmenthal cheese. Pascal filled us in about the maturation of the Emmenthal cheese wheels, covered in salt and then turned over regularly. They are very heavy and in Switzerland they have wheel turning contests.
An omelet for me, roesti, orange fruit drink, coffee, sliced ham and more coffee and cheese. Madame was also full to overflowing with all her choices.
How much does all this cost? B. 235 plus 7 percent VAT, and this is for an all you can eat deal, making this a fantastic bargain. Quite honestly it is almost impossible to beat these breakfast and lunch offers, and while you are there, take a look at the a la carte menu which will surprise you with its very reasonable prices (and you can also eat a la carte during the buffets if you wish). Casa Pascal has always been one of our favorites, and comes Highly Recommended by the entire Dining Out Team.
Casa Pascal, 485/M10, Pattaya Second Road (small soi next Ruen Thai and opposite the Avani Resort’s Dicey Reilly’s Pub) Pattaya City, reservation 061 643 9969, email [email protected] Secure parking. Breakfast and Lunch Buffet from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. until late.