The sage advice “If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it” must have been taken by Kannikar and Ib Ottesen many years ago, and they have learned it well. Their Jomtien Boathouse has withstood the vagaries of time, retaining the friendly ambience and the same comprehensive menu.
All long stay expats know how to find the Jomtien Boathouse, being on Jomtien Beach Road on the corner of Soi 8. Plenty of parking on both sides of Beach Road, so no problems there either.
The restaurant is on ground level looking out towards the bay, below the Boathouse Hotel (which has 24 guest rooms). The Boathouse restaurant is in two sections, an outer (street-side) but covered area with a sit-up bar at one end, and an inner section which can be closed off and contains the stage for the Boathouse musical evenings, including “Elvis” on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Tables and chairs tend towards the ‘rustic’ but are comfortable enough.
The menu has retained the photographic display, making choice so much easier. Many restaurateurs forget that not everyone speaks English, and with the Boathouse under Danish management you will often hear the ‘dulcet’ tones of Denmark, and on our evening we were entertained by “Elvis Ib”.
The menu begins with Appetizers (B. 110-195) which includes items such as NZ mussels (B. 220) at the top end. Starters are (B. 190-230) with salmon top of the list.
The next section is labeled “Dinners” with most under B. 400, followed by a page of Brochettes (B. 395-495). On our previous review I mentioned that these were not really skewers, but were more like swords. It is the same today.
Western dishes include fish and chips (B.290), Canadian lobster (B.690) and Australian beef sirloin also B. 690.
The western menu does not end there either, with Tapas (chicken, shrimp, salmon) B. 250-385.
With the strong Scandinavian connection there are some dedicated Scandinavian dishes, and of course there are all the Thai favorites as well (B. 160-395), so Thai partners are also catered for.
And so the children do not feel left out, there are children’s meals as well (B. 250), followed by daytime sandwiches and burgers, making this restaurant close to catering for everyone including families. Sandwiches and burgers are B. 180-195.
Pizzas have been a staple and that carries on to today. We had the honor of being the first to try a Krapow pizza and it was Kapow! If you don’t like spicy food, give the Krapow pizza a miss, you have been warned, but there are plenty of other non-spicy pizzas (B. 250-295) for you to enjoy.
It had been some time since our last visit and there was nothing “broken”, so nothing to “fix”. It was a most enjoyable evening, and with Ib Ottesen playing soft easy music (with some numbers in Danish for the Danish diners), a visit to the Jomtien Boathouse was a most pleasant evening. You have our guarantee. And if you are an Elvis fan you will become a regular.
The Jomtien Boathouse, Jomtien Beach Road (corner Soi 8), telephone 038 756 698, fax 038 756 144, email [email protected] , website www.jomtien-boathouse.com. Open seven days, 8 a.m. until 12 midnight. Breakfast from 8 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. until late. Entertainment by “Elvis Arthur” on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings, and booking is recommended as Elvis is very popular. Plenty of on street parking. (Photos by Marisa Corness)