Good food is found everywhere in Thailand and Pattaya is no exception. This multi-cultural coastal city is a foodie’s delight and offers an ethnically diverse dining scene. A wealth of options await you –from street vendors to fine dining, not only seafood but specialty cuisine such as French, Tuscan, Swiss, Scandinavian, Indian and not to forget Thai. While in Pattaya, here are five restaurants you may wish to visit.
(Pattaya Beach Road, North Pattaya)
This dynamic and stylish restaurant boasts a show kitchen concept and individually themed dining spaces. The interiors are an interesting mix of oriental art and a sophisticated colour scheme. The main highlight is the open cooking stations where chefs cook up tasty Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Mediterranean fare to order. The Moroccan-themed bar has a walk-through wine cellar and is a great place to enjoy pre- and post-dinner drinks.
(504/517 Soi 17 (Soi VC) Moo 10 | Nongprue, Banglamung South Pattaya)
The restaurant, tucked away in a soi behind the Walking Street, Voterra is favoured by both locals and tourists. A favourite destination for Italian fare, the restaurant has a Tuscan owner with decades of culinary experience to his credit. The highlight of the dishes is that all flavours stay fresh and original. Don’t forget to try out the home made specialties, such as spaghetti tratoria, pizza margherita and wild boar with black olive. You can also choose from a range of fine wine from Tuscany.
(Soi 3, Jomtien Beach Road)
One of the recent arrivals on the restaurant scenes in Pattaya, the eatery has taken the culinary world by storm. Subtly decorated in modern style, the spacious restaurant offers both International and a few classic Thai and Scandinavian dishes. The menu, though small, covers all tastes. Try the Akvavit special burgers with bacon, cheese and Jalapeno chilli pepper, all served with fries. The homemade soup too has many takers – try the French onion, and creamy lobster, and crab bisque. Also on offer are a range of salads, the favourite being Caesar (with Chicken, Bacon and Parmesan).
(306/63 Chateau Dale Plaza, Thappraya Road)
The restaurant has been a popular dining out venue for both locals and holiday makers since 1996. Bruno’s offers European cuisine along with local popular fare. The signature dishes include parmesan cream soup, pan-seared scallops, and twice-cooked Australian lamb rack. The restaurant also has a walk-in wine cellar boasting a wide selection of labels, mostly from the Old World, and some top-shelf labels from across the globe.
(352/104 Moo 12 | Nongprue, Banglamung)
The restaurant is located in a two-storey house and serves sumptuous French fare. The décor, complete with wood panelling, red counter and big glass windows, gives a rustic feel. The delicious food and excellent service only enhances the atmosphere. The a-la-carte and daily special menus feature Nicoise salad, onion soup, stuffed mussels, boeuf bourguignon and delicacies such as duck foie gras and rabbit stew.