Chinese dragons brought Third Road traffic to a halt June 7 as a parade celebrated the opening of the 88 Sichuan hot pot restaurant.
The brainchild of Liu Songbai of China, the new North Pattaya outlet at Third Road and Soi 6 is the second location to open in Thailand after Bangkok.
Tables are set up with single burners for groups to share, or individual burners for each person at a table of six.
The entire restaurant is decorated in authentic Chinese style and the vegetables and meats are chosen for their freshness, taste and authenticity for the spicy Sichuan cuisine.
Diners have two options for their Sichuan soup: spicy or really spicy. Guests choose the uncooked food to cook in the boiling stock and, once cooked, the meat and vegetables are dipped in mixtures of herbs and garlic.
Liu said he has witnessed the dramatic increase in Chinese tourists in Pattaya and wanted to give them a taste of home. However, he added, all nationalities are welcome, both tourists and residents.
88 Sichuan is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and its street address is 3/279-280 Moo 6, on Third Road near the traffic light reaching North Road. Call 063-456-2259 or 099-452-3673 for more information.