A joint BCCT/ AustCham/ AmCham Xmas Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held on Friday, December 9 at the Amari Orchid Pattaya from 6.30 - 8.00 p.m. Entrance is free but is only open to members of the participating chambers. For more information go to www.bccthai.com
Pattaya Beach Road will be playing host to an International Fireworks Competition on December 16-17 in honor of the 84th Birthday of His Majesty the King. Displays teams from around the world will be competing along a 3km stretch of Pattaya Bay. Other events will also precede the firework show kicking off at 3 p.m. It promises to be a spectacle not to be missed.
Clubs and Associations
The next meeting of Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, December 11. Everyone is warmly welcome. The guest speakers will be Lee Moroney and Jan Erik who work with the Norwegian Peoples Aid organization in assisting in the removal of land mines and other explosive ordinance in Thailand and Cambodia. They will be talking about their efforts in this endeavor. The Club meets every Sunday morning at the Tavern by the Sea restaurant located on the north end of Beach Road (part of the Amari Orchid Resort). The program starts as usual at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Each week the PCEC usually has an interesting speaker to talk on various subjects of interest in an informal setting. The program is followed by the ever lively and often humorous Open Forum where questions are asked and answers given about living in Pattaya as well as an update on events in and around Pattaya. A full report appears each week in Pattaya Mail. For more information about the Sunday meeting and the numerous other weekday activities of the PCEC, see the Club’s website at www.pattaya cityexpatsclub.com and learn more about the many and varied activities of the Club.
The Scandinavian Expat Club Pattaya meets every second Sunday from Jan 8th 2012 at the Green Tree Restaurant on Pattaya Beach Road Soi 1 from 1 p.m. onwards. Everyone welcome.
The Pattaya Irish Society meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moonrakers in Pong. Call John on 086 112 0988 for details.
Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya welcomes you to their Wednesday meetings in the Rotary room, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel: Time 18.30 for 19.00. Contact Reidar Andersen (Membership) 086 842 8240.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Pattaya: The Pattaya Group meets Wednesday and Thursday at noon (open); Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m. (closed) and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (closed) at the Satree Pattana Center, Soi Skaw Beach (2nd Rd): contact Mick on 087 994 6224, Bob 087 939 2463 or Joe 082 715 2082. The Good Morning Pattaya Group meets 9 a.m. every morning at the Highlander Guest House, Soi Skaw Beach. All meetings are ‘open’: contact 084 564 56479. The Jomtien Group meets every day at noon at Jomtien Long Stay Hotel: contact: Warren on 086 158 9688, Andy 080 570 1404 or Henk 086 070 6684, Thai contact: Somchai 081 445 3302. The Scandinavian Group meets on Tuesdays and Fridays 6 p.m. at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church, Thappraya Road Soi 7: contact Hans 085 135 7755 or Rune (Rayong) 089 754 9515.
For the past 28 years the Samaritans of Thailand have been providing confidential crisis intervention services over the telephone. The English-speaking unit, Samaritans English Help Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support to the expatriate community. English-speaking staff, trained in crisis intervention will provide active, non-judgmental and empathetic listening services on the phone. All calls will be handled on an anonymous basis and are free of charge. Please call (02) 713-6791 (24hrs a day, 7 days a week).
The Dutch Expats Club meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Feel free to see our website for the location address: http://nvtpattaya.org. New members are always welcome.
DACH-Club - Meetings of German speaking residents for dining, discussions, films and gemutlichkeit. Pat’s Leckerle, Soi 33 Naklua. Check website http://www.dach-th.org/location.html
Combine a grand international dinner buffet with the best seat in the house for the Pattaya International Fireworks display at Café G located on the 4th floor at the Holiday Inn Pattaya. Get an exclusive view of Pattaya Bay and watch the sky burst with wonderful firework shows. Dinner from 6:30 p.m. onwards on the 17th December and is offered at THB 890 net per person including soft drinks. Kids under 12 eat free. For reservation please call 038 725 555.
Christmas buffet lunch at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
The professional chef at the Oasis Restaurant has created some delicious menus for December featuring “wagyu eye of rump” imported from Australia. Specialties include grilled wagyu eye of rump with cream spinach and grain mustard sauce, or Thai style grilled wagyu eye of rump with stir fried pepper corn and spicy Thai herb, plus many more for your selection throughout the month of December. Oasis Restaurant located at lower main lobby near the water park of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Open daily from 6.00-23.30 hours. Call to reserve at 038 301 234 ext 4260-61.
Wagyu eye of rump at Oasis Restaurant
Celebrate Christmas Eve dinner with an international buffet and traditional Christmas fare at Café G located on 4th floor, Holiday Inn Pattaya. Enjoy Christmas carols, magic shows, meet Santa Claus and friends and many more activities that kids will love: THB 950 per person for adults including soft drinks, THB 450 for kids 6-12 and all kids under 6 eat free. For reservation please call 038 725 555.
Throughout December, Chef Adrian W. O’Herlihy at the Cascade Restaurant will take you to new levels of seafood culinary pleasure with his Baltic Turbot creations boasting an exemplary variety that includes Pan-seared Baltic Turbot with Iberian Ham, corn & spring onion potato cake, English pea puree & chive emulsion at THB 1,200; Grilled Baltic Turbot with Orange-Hazelnut Reduction with Gratin Dauphinoise potatoes, Savoy cabbage timbale, crisp parsnip chip at THB 1,200; Crepe Parmentier with Baltic Turbot & Caviar with Lemon-shallot butter sauce, fragrant leaf spinach & tomato concassee at THB 1,500 and Sautéed Baltic Turbot with Spiced Foie Gras, grapefruit confit, fig & beetroot puree & grapefruit emulsion at THB 1,400. The Cascade is located near the Main Lobby of Dusit Thani Pattaya. Open daily from 6 am - 1 am. For reservations call (0) 3842 5611-7 ext. 2153.
Froggy’s French Bistro special Sunday lunch: lamb steak gigot, gratin potatoes, ratatouille: 380 baht. Located on Soi Panaid Chiang (Yumem) close to Big C Extra in Central Pattaya. See http://www.froggyfrenchbistro.com for more info or call 086 150 3481.
Havana Bar & Terrazzo introduces 4 brand new pizza toppings which are a must try at your next visit to this one and only chic retro Cuban Bar and Restaurant in Pattaya. New choices include Surf & Turf, Seafood Dream, Mediterranean Lamb and Blue Cheese Potato. Havana Bar & Terrazzo serves the most famous signature pizzas, original Italian style with thin and crispy base, home-made tomato sauce with fresh quality toppings. Experience a wide selection of over 20 of your favorite toppings and enjoy daily promotions with live music every Friday and Saturday. Havana Bar & Terrazzo is located on Beach Road, North Pattaya next to Holiday Inn Pattaya. For more information and reservations please call 038 725555 or visit www.dining-experience .com/pattaya and www.facebook.com/HavanaBar.Pattaya.
Mata Hari Restaurant offers a selection of gourmet food just arrived from the North Sea: Dover sole, baby turbot, raw herring, and from Holland the famous Dutch smoked baby eel. Asian food? Try Mata Hari’s new special: Nasi Rames: a Dutch Indonesian Colonial favourite which consists of many different delicious dishes on one plate. Mata Hari Restaurant is located on Thappraya Road in Pattaya. For more information or reservations call 038 259 799, email louis @mataharirestaurant.com or go to the restaurant at: www.mataharirestaurant.com
The Tavern by the Sea Restaurant introduces the following daily promotions: Monday Curry Night features the tastiest curries, naan bread and salad buffet for just 399 baht net per person. BBQ Grill Buffet every Wednesday at 499 baht net per person. Weekly carvery on Thursday’s from 18.30 - 22.00 featuring the chef’s mouthwatering selection of carvings and desserts for just 499 baht net per person. Saturday is Seafood Buffet BBQ night for 650 baht net per person. Watch all the live sports on the widescreen TV’s and take advantage of the great menu options. Tavern by the Sea Restaurant is located on the north end of Beach Road (part of the Amari Orchid Resort). For more information call 038 418 419.
Eat to the Beat at Starz Diner located at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya between 2nd Road and Beach Road, Central Pattaya. Named for its eclectic collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and show kitchen, Starz Diner is Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya’s all-day dining restaurant located on the ground floor serving up authentic Thai-Chinese, Japanese, Californian and Italian cuisine. Enjoy free flow drinks and a whole spit roast pig on Saturdays for baht 950++ per person and Sundays baht 750++ per person. Show time for live music is from 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. For more information call 038 428 755-9 or go to http://pattaya.hardrockhotels.net.
The Beach Club Restaurant of the Pullman Pattaya Aisawan invites you to enjoy the “Trilogy” promotion every Monday night by selecting one delicious meat or fish item from beef, lamb, chicken, snapper or prawn and having them cooked in three styles and served together on one plate. A vegetarian alternative is also available. “Trilogy” also comes with a wide variety of starters, salads and desserts. Take advantage of this new adventurous experience for only 799 baht - or include a bottle of assorted wine at 999 baht net. On Thursday’s enjoy the diversity of a Japanese buffet starting with salads and assorted sushi and sashimi, spiced up with fiery, nose tingling Wasabi. Discover Japan’s hot dishes with garlic fried rice, grilled beef rolls with mushroom, steamed tofu with soy sauce and more. Move on to the timeless taste of Japan with assorted Shabu Shabu, Tempura and Yakisoba. Later savor an almost endless line of surprising desserts. Every Thursday for only 799 baht per person. For more information or reservation, please call 038 411 9408.
Flare restaurant at the Hilton Pattaya Hotel offers a sophisticated, contemporary and truly memorable dining experience in opulent surroundings and with wonderful views. The Flare restaurant is open from 6.30 p.m. - 11.30 p.m. every day. Fridays feature roasted aged Australian rib at THB 999 net (Ladies cut) and THB 1,111 net (Gents cut). Saturdays offer a 4 course set menu with such delicious items as Pacific oysters, Atlantic salmon, Japanese sea scallops and Porterhouse steak. Cost for 6 guests THB 15,000 net (book 2 days in advance). Edge restaurant meanwhile is an all day pan Asian dining venue that caters to a variety of tastes in a relaxed atmosphere. Come and try the amazing 7 days 7 themes lunch menu featuring sushi, tortillas and other rolls on Mondays, Pizza and Pasta on Tuesdays, Sandwiches and Burgers on Wednesdays, Asian noodles on Thursdays and Pattaya seafood on Fridays. All menus at just 350 baht net per person served from 12 noon - 2:30 p.m. Sundays also feature a Sunday Brunch for THB 1,200 net per guest, with a wine menu at 700 baht, from 12 noon - 3:30 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000.
Throughout December, indulge in a specialty menu at the Peak Chinese Restaurant featuring the most talked about monkfish dishes such as grilled monkfish with black pepper sauce & egg noodles with red chilli, yellow & green bell pepper, shallot & button mushrooms at THB 650; steamed monkfish, Cantonese style with black mushroom, spring onion, pickled Chinese cabbage, red chilli & cashew nuts with soya sauce at THB 650; baked monkfish with tofu in a casserole with mixed Chinese herbs, spring onion, coriander root, young ginger & young garlic at THB 680 and stir-fried monkfish, Shanghai style with three colour capsicums, red onion, sweet carrot, button mushrooms & Shanghai sauce at THB 680. The Peak seats 80 and is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, next to the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For reservations and more information please call 038 425 611 to 7, ext. 2276.
Manhattans Restaurant & Bar: Open Monday to Saturday for dinner with fine dining in a great atmosphere. Offering Pattaya’s best steaks, seafood and an exciting a la carte menu. Set 3-course gourmet menu at THB 995- excl. VAT. Resident pianist in the restaurant every night. Call 038 259 790 for reservations and more information.
The Paulanergarten beer garden offers all your favourite German and Thai cuisines accompanied by imported beer from Munich. The menu boasts a wide range of foods for your dining pleasure including mouth watering desserts and a special selection of fine wines. Soak up the amazing sunset views from the 3rd floor location of the Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya (Beach Road side) as you dine. Call 081 866 7547, 082 790 1782 or go to www.paulaner-thailand.com
In December, The Bay Restaurant’s Chef Adrian W. O’Herlihy invites you to reminisce over the culinary highlights of 2011. Menu includes Cape Sante con Rucola e Pomodori Secchi with sea scallops with sun-dried tomato-arugula sauce, sautéed fragrant leaf spinach & rosemary roasted potatoes & aged balsamic vinegar at THB 690; Merluzzo Condito con Purè di Pastinaca, Scalogno Confit e Salsa al Vino Rosso with peppered cod fillet with parsnip puree, shallot confit and red wine sauce at THB 550; Coda di Rospo al Forno in Crosta di Prezzemolo con Spinaci e Limone with baked monkfish in a parsley crust with spinach & lemon at THB 730; Tonno Saltata con Ceci e Purea di Melanzane, Vinaigrette di Pomodoro with seared tuna with chickpea-eggplant puree, tomato vinaigrette at THB 560 and Pollo Cacciatore accompanied with braised chicken, Hunter’s Style with cremini mushrooms, fresh rosemary, capers & red wine at THB 450. Located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, next to the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya, The Bay also hosts a fabulous BBQ buffet dinner every Saturday evening. Seating is available for 200 in both interior and terrace settings. Opening hours are Monday to Sunday - 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information and reservations, please call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2270.
Casa Pascal fine dining restaurant offers a breakfast & lunch buffet every day from 08.00 - 14.00 hrs at 175 Baht + 7% VAT featuring freshly baked breads & croissants, breakfast items, salads, cold delicacies, smoked fish, BBQ grill on terrace, egg station, 8 hot dishes and soups and desserts and coffee & tea and juices. Dinner is a la carte from 18.00 hrs till late with culinary delights such as goose liver, imported seafood, the best steaks and much more. A gourmet 6-course set menu is also available. For reservations please call (038) 723-660 or 081-983-4182.
New and only at Moon River Pub! The After Work Club from 7 p.m. to midnight, offers guests a Western or Thai evening menu. Groups of 30 people may choose from the European and Thai all you can eat buffet (booking 1 day in advance). The all you can drink (wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, whiskey, tequila, etc.) counts for both offers. Price per person: 1,200 baht per person Sunday to Thursday or 1,500 baht per person Friday & Saturday. The Moon River Pub is located in front of the Thai Garden Resort, North Pattaya Road.
The Pattaya Players amateur dramatics society will be concluding its second-annual Christmas Pantomime production of “Cinderella” on December 9th at Le Café Royal in Pattayaland, and December 10th at the Bondi Beach Bar in Jomtien. This production features free admittance to the shows and tickets are not necessary. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis however, so you are encouraged to arrive early! For more information on venues and show times go to www.pattayaplayers.org.
Kids will have the chance to create unique Christmas gifts at Santa’s poolside workshop every Saturday and Sunday at the Hilton Hotel Pattaya. Lots of festive ideas and projects to do while the big kids enjoy tempting snacks and a cool drink at the pool, overlooking the ocean. Available every Saturday and Sunday on level 16 from 3rd to 24th December. From 10 a.m. until noon. For more information call 038 825 3008.
The Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya will be holding a 10th anniversary re-opening party from December 16-18 with special live music and events all weekend long. Groups lined up to appear include Modern Dog, Jet Set’er, Circle Green and many more. Group bottle packages are available on Friday and Saturday night at THB 1300 ++ baht that includes entrance for 4 people, or THB 1000 net including 3 drinks per person. Admission on Sunday is free of charge. For more information call 038 428 755-9 or visit www.pattaya.hardtockhotels.net.
Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes at the North Star Library every Saturday at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact John 083 005 3006 or North Star Library 038 716 755, www.thaisahajayoga.com
Come and enjoy the live music at the Jazz Pit Pub from 8 p.m. to midnight every day (except Tuesdays & Wednesdays). Listen to great music by Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitar players. If you play an instrument, you are welcome to come along and join in the jam sessions. The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374.
The modern-contemporary Holiday Inn Pattaya has been in operation for 2 years and is now ready for wedding parties of all styles, from a small cocktail reception to a Thai traditional wedding ceremony to a large function dinner for 300 guests. Holiday Inn Pattaya offers a professional team of event coordinators to work with each wedding couple’s requirements to strive to meet the individual needs. These services include the wedding menu, venue set up, theme and decoration, flower arrangements and many more. For the once in a lifetime experience on a couple’s precious day, let Holiday Inn Pattaya create your dream wedding to a reality. For more information please contact +66(0) 38 725 555 or visit www.holidayinn.com/pattaya.
Newly opened! For exquisite prêt a porter women’s apparel, jewelry and decorative accessories at unbelievably reasonable prices, visit Chuthathip Exclusive Dressmaker, located in the Pattaya Focus Shopping Arcade on Second Road opposite Pattaya Bowl/Ibis Hotel.