Pascal’s “flexible” menu

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It was only a few months ago that the Dining Out team reviewed Casa Pascal, one of the most well established venues in Pattaya. With the kitchen overseen by Pascal Schnyder and front of house by his wife Kim Schnyder, they have a tight rein on the restaurant and it shows in the overall very pleasant dining experience we have got used to over the years.

With new items on the menu, that was enough of an ‘excuse’ for us to present ourselves at Casa Pascal and open the very large leather-bound menus to do a review. I asked Pascal how often did he change items on the menu. The answer was astounding, “Sometimes every two or three days,” but it would appear that the reasons for change can be very varied, from availability of ingredients to popularity of certain dishes, to how he feels!

Look for the blue sign on Second Road.

With Casa Pascal being in the same place for the past decade, I honestly thought everyone knew the location, but no! While talking about the meal the next day I was amazed that one of my gourmet-loving friends did not know. So for you, Simon (you know who you are), Casa Pascal is tucked away in a small soi off Second Road, opposite the Marriott’s Dicey Reilly pub. The restaurant is adjacent to the Ruen Thai with secure parking in the compound. The Casa Pascal restaurant is on your right, with al fresco dining outside and air-conditioned inside.

Enter, and you will find a quiet ambience. Tables are generous in size and well spaced from each other, and the chairs comfortable. The uniformed staff go about their job noiselessly. They take the diner’s orders in detail, as there are just so many options, not just choices of potatoes (including my favorite roesti).

A large and succulent pork knuckle.

Pascal has a nice Prosecco (Follador IGT) as a house wine (B. 250 per glass), to which I am very partial, and that was what we began with – and ended with! The wine list is comprehensive, with wines from France, Italy, Australia, NZ, South Africa, Argentina, USA, Switzerland, Spain and Chile with many bottles around the B. 1350 mark. Pascal knows his wines (though I didn’t see Stonefish there)!

There were two new pages in the menu for us, and the first was Pascal’s CV with the list of hotels where he has worked being world renowned.

The second, and in color, was different beef steaks covering Wagyu and Black Angus and Tenderloin cuts.

There are ‘specials’ which also rotate, but currently there is a wine and dine set meal option at B. 1250 for the four course meal or B. 2250 with unlimited wines, selected by Pascal to suit the dinner.

That’s how to present scallops in garlic butter.

As tempting as that was, we both decided to look at the a la carte menu. Madame chose truffle cream soup with green peas for the starter and the pork knuckle (B. 520) for a main. For myself, I went for the sea scallops in garlic butter (B. 250) as an entrée, to be followed by a Belgian veal in a dark beer sauce with onion goulash (B. 470) with roesti potatoes (my choice). This was a “farmer style” dish according to Pascal. I made a mental note that they must have some very upmarket farmers in Belgium!

My sea scallops in garlic butter with lime juice and parsley were served on shells and were just mouth-watering. I would go back just for this dish alone, superb!

Madame’s pork knuckle was crunchy on the outside and moist and properly cooked inside and “wonderful”.

Dessert? Coffee? No, too replete. Not even another glass of Prosecco!

A cigarette company once used the catch-phrase “When Only The Best Will Do.” It is one that very easily describes Pascal and his attitude to ingredients, preparation and cooking.

It was, as always, an evening to remember. Highest recommendation possible. Thank you Pascal and Kim.

Casa Pascal, 485/M10, Pattaya Second Road (small soi next Ruen Thai and opposite the Marriott Hotel’s Dicey Reilly’s Pub), Pattaya City, telephone for reservation 038 723 660, (mob) 081 983 4182, email [email protected], web www.casa-pascal.com. Secure parking. Breakfast and Lunch Buffet from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. (or a la carte if you wish), dinner 6 p.m. until late.