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A whole year has passed. Restaurants have arisen and restaurants have fallen, a mirror of the economic situation perhaps? Will things get better? Seeing restaurants with no customers is not healthy for restaurateurs.

I scribbled down a list of memorable restaurants we reviewed during 2018 and there were many. The first item of interest was just how many of our better hotels/resorts have excellent restaurants. Answer – a lot!

We remain impressed with the Royal Cliff’s Grill Room and their Maharani Indian.

However, I have picked out some more free-standing restaurants for honorable mentions, as this is where you can find some amazing places to eat.

At the cheaper end of dining, AEC has kept its standards high and its prices low. It has to be the number one in budget eating. AEC Restaurant, Chaiya­pornvittee Road (1.5 km from Sukhumvit Road), open 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., on-street parking at the front, telephone: 089 245 7088.

Another which continues to impress is Kung and Pinky, well cooked, large portions and Sunday Roasts are a sell-out. Kung and Pinky (off Siam Country Club on the right, look for the signpost), open 8.30 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. six days (closed Thursdays), with Sunday roasts noon till 2 p.m., telephone 087 043 3905 for directions.

Somsak(di) has great food and Somsak is the elder statesman in Thai/Euro restaurants. The largest menu in town. Ignore the spelling. Look for the towel over the shoulder. Pattaya Soi 1, tel 038 428 987.

Indian food, and there appears to be a new one every week, (have Indian Tailors changed direction?) but Ali Baba remains top for the Dining Out team. They will also cook to order, important for those who don’t want too much spiciness. Ali Baba Tandoori and Curry Restaurant, 1/13-14 Central Pattaya Road, Pattaya City, telephone 038 361 620 or 038 429 626, fax 038 414 464.

Terminal 21 seems to be the new dining dimension. When we were there we ate at Marino’s at Pan Pan on the third floor and were very impressed with the pizza by the meter food and the service.

Another of our ‘special’ restaurants is Nong Bistro. The front of house staff are just so welcoming, and the kitchen brigade so pleasant and obliging. This restaurant can hold its head high and is up there with some of the haut cuisine Pattaya restaurants. But not only high standards, Nong Bistro is very much cheaper, making for an outstanding dining out. Do go, you will not be disappointed. Nong Bistro, 99/6-7, Sirisa Building, Soi Siam Country Club, Moo 6, (about 50 meters past Soi 13 and on your right), email: [email protected], telephone: 038 115 701, mobile: 082 131 3411, GPS 12.9368, 100.9287. Open six days (closed Mondays), 1 p.m. till 11 p.m. Plenty of parking in front of the restaurant.

So to one of my top two restaurants. Yupins at Jomtien Complex continues to get better and better. Innovative menu, happy staff and a good selection of inexpensive wines. Dining area enlarged makes it even better. Tel 087 062 9672.

And where do I go when I give myself a treat? Casa Pascal. A professional restaurateur doing what he does best. Pascal has encyclopedic knowledge of food who can tell you the difference between a fillet and a filet. Prices certainly not over the top. Casa Pascal, 485/M10, Pattaya Second Road, (small soi next Ruen Thai and opposite the Avani 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

Now, I am aware of other top Pattaya restaurants, so why are they not in this list? Simply because we did not eat there during the 12 months. If you want your favorite restaurant to feature, give it a nudge.