An evening at the Casa – with Pascal and Kim

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It is hard to believe that the Casa Pascal restaurant is now 11 years old, especially when I can personally remember the opening.  However, 11 years it is, at the same location next to Ruen Thai in the soi opposite the Dicey Reilly’s Pub in front of the Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa.

In those 11 years, subtle improvements have been made, with the latest being the al fresco dining area outside, but the pleasant up-market ambience remains the same, the epitome of good taste, with large tables, comfortable carver chairs, quality glassware and napery.  It has that difficult to describe feeling called “class”.

Table setting.Table setting.

To celebrate the 11 years, Pascal and Kim put on a special dinner menu, and Madame and I were fortunate to be invited.  Ask around the local gourmet groups and you will find that Pascal Schnyder is almost universally known as the most creative chef in Pattaya.

Cappuccino.Cappuccino.

The evening began with a small cocktail party, and friendships were renewed, or new ones were made.  It was good to see Fredi Schaub (Bruno’s restaurant) there as well.  An evening at Casa Pascal is always ‘special’.  Helping ensure that everything went smoothly was Pascal’s wife Kim Schnyder, as she does every evening in the front of house, while Pascal ensures the kitchen also runs smoothly!

True to his reputation, Pascal’s starter was a chicken liver and port wine mousse on a mulled wine syrup with a fig and raisin chutney.  The digestive juices were soon circulating after those different flavors and textures.

Pascal followed up the starter with a cappuccino of Cepes mushroom cream soup, smooth and this prepared the stomach for the next course which was a prawn and pork ravioli on a spicy tomato salsa.  A completely different taste sensation.

At that stage it was time for a breather and a palate refresher and the passion fruit and mint sherbet primed the taste buds for the upcoming mains.

Ravioli.Ravioli.

The choice of main courses included a citrus fruits and coriander marinated swordfish fillet on green asparagus and red onion marmalade with hazelnut potatoes, or lamb cutlets with roasted garlic gravy, potato gratin and grilled Mediterranean vegetables.  Madame had gone with the fish, whilst I chose the lamb cutlets.  We also sampled each other’s choice, and the thick swordfish fillet was remarkable in its retained moistness and the red onion marmalade did not overpower the fish.  I really enjoyed it.  My two lamb cutlets were also juicy, and Madame enjoyed it as well as I did.  Two wonderful main dishes.

Again a little breather was called for before the dessert confection, emptying one’s wine glass (we were drinking an Italian San Giovese red) and thinking about the road home.

After congratulations and goodbyes to Pascal and Kim, the guests at the 11th anniversary left fully replete, and undoubtedly all will be returning at some time in the future, and long before the 12th anniversary.  And if you haven’t experienced the Casa Pascal restaurant, then you should.  I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Main lamb chops.Main lamb chops.

Six years ago, I wrote, “The success of Casa Pascal is only through Pascal and Kim’s attention to detail that this restaurant has consistently performed so well in the competitive culinary stakes.  Make no mistake, Casa Pascal is very firmly in the Dining Out Team’s top three, and has been so for many years, since it opened on March 17, 2001.”  Highest recommendation possible.

Casa Pascal, 485/M10, Pattaya Second Road (small soi, next to Ruen Thai and opposite the Marriott Hotel’s Dicey Reilly’s Pub) Pattaya City, telephone for reservation 038 723 660, email [email protected]  Secure parking.  Breakfast and Lunch Buffet from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. dinner 6 p.m. until late.

Main swordfish.Main swordfish.