It is amazing just how many good, small, tucked away little restaurants that there are in Pattaya. Kung and Pinky is one of those, over on the ‘Dark side’. The ladies, Kung in the kitchen and Pinky front of house, had been in the CC bar on Soi Siam Country Club for many years, but the death of the owner prompted the ladies to branch out on their own.
Staying on the Dark Side, they have established themselves in a small restaurant on an unmarked soi off Siam Country Club, just after the Bali Resort and just before Tui’s Place on the right side outbound and about 1 km from the large intersection controlled by traffic lights. Look up high for the Kung and Pinky sign!
About 30 meters down the small soi, an even smaller soi on the left leads to the restaurant about 20 meters down and on your left.
The restaurant is in a single shop-house with four tables outside (but under cover) and five tables indoors (air-conditioned) down one side and a long sit-up bar on the other. The kitchen is at the far end. The place is clean and new.
The menu is surprisingly comprehensive, but then when you look at the prices, it is even more amazing. This is not an expensive venue. The cuisine is mainly European, but there are a many pages of Thai dishes as well.
The staff are very friendly and you are made welcome from the first time you are greeted by Pinky and are seated. Beers are the drink of the day, though you can buy wine by the glass, but don’t expect a Chateau Neuf du Pape.
While perusing the menu, an overflowing basket of sauces and condiments is brought to the table – all tastes are catered for.
The menu begins with breakfasts (B. 100-150) and followed by their “Super Burgers” (B. 120-150) and Omelettes (UK spelling) at B. 125.
Pastas are up next with spaghetti and lasagna (B. 140-190) including a goulash soup at the top end. Pies are B. 180 with the usual range of fillings.
Knowing the British penchant for Indian food, Kung offers a choice such as Balti, Chicken Tikka Masala and Vindaloo all at B. 250.
Mains, and there are plenty, include fish and chips (B. 240) and a salmon steak at the same price and a Lamb shank (B. 320).
Continuing on there are several pork dishes also generally around B. 240 and steaks (250 gm) at B. 290. There are even pizzas (B. 250-350) – there seems to be no end to Kung’s talents in the kitchen.
That was just the European menu, there are also four pages of Thai items (B. 80-100).
We began with a weiner schnitzel and a fish and chips (a Euro standard). Portion sizes were generous, in fact more than generous. I had the weiner schnitzel and there were two decent sized fillets on the plate. Madame had the fish and chips that was served on a large plate, which was filled to overflowing. Kung is a good cook and assured me that the fish was dory.
I have added a couple of customer reviews from the internet, so you can see that our review agrees with other customers:
“First visit today. Very nice air conditioned restaurant / bar. Friendly service and excellent food at a very reasonable price. We will certainly be back.”
“Lovely little restaurant run by the famous Kung and Pinky. Formerly of CC Bar. Kung is a great little chef. Sunday lunch great value for money. Try her curry too – highly recommended.”
Kung and Pinky does not claim to be fine dining in any way, but is offering inexpensive well cooked food, with large portions in a very clean establishment. Well worth the visit if you are on the ‘Dark side’. Directions again – down Siam Country Club Road and about one km past the traffic lights, on the right is the Bali Resort and after that a sharp right turn next to Tui’s Place and follow the signs.
Kung and Pinky, open 8.30 a.m. until 9.30 p.m. seven days, with Sunday roasts noon till 2 p.m., telephone 087 043 3905, plenty of on-street parking.