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Lunch on South Pattaya Road


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I am attending classes near TukCom, and make lunch my main meal in that area. While most of my classmates eat at the food court on the ground floor of TukCom, I like to explore (and get away from my classmates for an hour).

 

Week 1

 

On the first day, I didn’t want to venture far from class, as I had spent some time shopping. Based on a review I saw in the Bangkok Post, I decided to go to S&P, which is located on the second floor (the entry floor) of TukCom.

 

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S&P is relatively inexpensive. It has an excellent bakery. I have had the custard eclairs and an almond brownie from the bakery, and both were excellent. The restaurant menu and food is rather pedestrian. They serve all-day breakfast. It’s on the level with a Denny’s (in the U.S.). I have had two meals at S&P. I had a shrimp won ton soup (80 baht) on a day I was sick. It was very simple, but actually was good, and did the trick on making me feel better. I also have had the chicken and gravy over rice (105 baht). Very simple as well, but a little on the plain side.

 

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On the second day, I went to Diamond Coffee House, on the south side of South Pattaya Road, getting close to Third Road. The restaurant is notable for a constant waterfall on the front windows.

 

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The service at Diamond Coffee House is extremely slow. I was the only person in the restaurant and it took 30 minutes from ordering to food delivery. I went back to get a latte on another morning, and that took about 15 minutes. Despite the slow service, the food is very good. I had a chicken peanut curry (150 baht). It was well-spiced (not too hot) and was delicious.

 

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On the third day, I went to Irene’s Coffee Shop, located on Soi Chayada, I believe (this is at the corner of the first soi north as you walk up Third Road from South Pattaya Road, and the first soi east of Third Road as you walk on South Pattaya Road). It is located next to the L.K. Pavillion serviced apartments.

 

This is a nice coffee shop. It is not air-conditioned, but they have some fans, and it is well-ventilated. It has free wi-fi.

 

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They have a menu with lots of western food. The manager tried to sell me on some English pies, but I ordered some Thai food instead: pork vegetable soup and vegetable spring rolls. It was very satisfying. With an iced tea, it cost 225 baht.

 

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And this week’s winner, which merited a second visit, is Cucumber, located on the north side of South Pattaya Road, west of TukCom, and across the street from the large beauty salon supply store. Cucumber is upscale, particularly in comparison with the surrounding restaurants on South Pattaya Road. It is a very attractive restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and a fantastic view of South Pattaya Road.

 

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On my first visit, I had beef tofu soup (220 baht), as I was still sick. It was great.

On my second visit, I had chicken satay and panang curry beef. With an iced tea, I think this cost about 420 baht.

 

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I think you can tell this was good grub. Cucumber is a little expensive, but it is well worth the price. I will return when I deserve a treat.

Read more about the adventures of zaphodbeeblebrox in Rayong at www.zaphod.pattaya-blogs.com

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Cool report and some nice pics too thanks.

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Thanks for your time and effort , i have eaten at Cucumber and i found it pretty expensive for what you got !! but as i say you never know till you have tried it once !!

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Thanks for your time and effort , i have eaten at Cucumber and i found it pretty expensive for what you got !! but as i say you never know till you have tried it once !!

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It's definitely pretty close to western pricing. The chicken satay I think was 85 baht, and I thought it was reasonably priced. Vegetable spring rolls were 120 baht, and I thought they were expensive for what you got.

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thanks mate i recognise cucumber but never been there . will give it a visit next time i'm in town.

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Great idea for a post an ongoing restaurant review,look forward to hearing and seeing more reports about other establishments :Party1:

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Here’s week 2 reviews. In this set, I had lunch at some of the inexpensive restaurants located just south of Tuk Com. A lot of restaurants have relocated to this gourmet ghetto located on an unnamed soi, between Soi Day and Night 1 and Soi Day and Night 2, north of Soi 16, and surrounding the Flamingo hotel.

 

Looking south on Soi Flamingo towards Soi 16. The first intersection with the unnamed soi features a great restaurant at each of the four corners. Good eats can be found here.

 

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The Dolphin The Dolphin restaurant is located on the unnamed soi closer to Soi Day and Night 1. It is a Norwegian-owned restaurant attached to the TB Mansion (yeah, the hotel could use a new name). It amazes me how these hole-in-the-wall restaurants can offer such a huge menu. It was a Monday, and I usually order a smaller lunch after the weekend. Had the chicken penang curry. The curry sauce was fantastic, no doubt about it. I would prefer some green peas and potatoes thrown in, but, this was a tasty and light lunch. With a water, the total was 110 baht. Maybe a little expensive for the portion size, but very, very tasty. I would definitely return.

 

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Grottino Bakery This is a Swiss coffee house/bakery/deli located at the corner of the unnamed soi and Soi Flamingo. While its menu is geared mostly for breakfast and coffee, they offer a nice selection of deli meats and cheeses for insertion into their wonderful breads as sandwiches. I had a simple ham sandwich, and it was very good. Of course, the bread is what made the sandwich: a beautifully crunchy, warm, good-smelling sandwich roll. With a coke, the total cost was 115 baht.

 

I’m not a cake eater, but their cakes did look absolutely wonderful. Grottino Bakery opens at 7:30 a.m. and I may roll by in the morning for some coffee and a pastry.

 

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Salt and Pepper Bistro This is a German and Thai cuisine restaurant, also located on the corner of the unnamed soi and Soi Flamingo. The Pakistani owner purchased the restaurant about 2 years ago, and moved it to this location. His Thai wife competently cooks the extensive menu. The restaurant serves as the gallery for Pattaya Mail cartoonist, M.J.B. I had the shrimp and asparagus in a garlic sauce. It was good, but I would have preferred a little more spice. The owner told me he farangized (did I just invent a new word?) the menu. Too bad, because Thai cooking is meant to be bold. I would probably stick to the German specialties if I were to return. This restaurant is very reasonably priced, and with a water, my bill came to 75 baht.

 

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Auguste Renoir This restaurant is connected to the Flamingo hotel and is located on Soi Flamingo, next to Salt and Pepper Bistro. The breakfast/lunch menu contains standard farang fare, while the dinner menu is a combination of Belgian, continental and Thai. The first thing I noticed when I approached the entrance was the wonderful sound of B.B. King. Seems like the owner has a preference for the blues, which earns a lot of respect in my book. I found the daytime menu a little mundane, but settled on a steak sandwich. The steak and the french fries were excellent. The cook came out and made sure everything was to my satisfaction. My lunch, with a coke, came out to 165 baht. There is outdoor café seating as well as a beautiful dining room. I must return for a dinner.

 

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Lots of penguin mannequins in this area. This one is across the street from Auguste Renoir. “What’s a penguin doing in the middle of a street?”, asks Mrs. Conclusion.

 

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Yes, the service is a little slow, hence, bells on each of the café tables.

 

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These two restaurants are also located at the corner of Soi Flamingo and the unnamed soi. Because they are only open for dinner, I did not review them here, but hope to pay them a visit some evening.

 

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I wanted to check out this restaurant, but suspected I might be disappointed if the wait staff did not dress down to the name of the restaurant.

 

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As a note, there have been some comments about the size of the portions that I consume. After two months living in LOS, I have lost 30 pounds. I have quite a bit more to go, but please consider that the meal you are seeing is my major meal for the day, and usually I only have time to drink coffee for breakfast, and my dinner portions are relatively small. I don’t snack and I get at least 1 hour of exercise each day. I am attending 6 hours of class, undergoing 1 hour of testing and teaching 2 hours of class each day. This doesn’t include homework and teaching preparation which I do at night and in the morning. At the end of a week, I am exhausted, and usually eat a larger lunch just to keep my energy up. Only three more weeks to go to graduation. And, I am feeling much better now that I no longer eat at fast food restaurants (imagine 3 years of Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me).

Read more about the adventures of zaphodbeeblebrox in Rayong at www.zaphod.pattaya-blogs.com

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This is the final installment of this restaurant review series. I have completed my classes in the TukCom area. I will be posting further restaurant reviews, but they will include all areas of Pattaya, and beyond, and also include dinner houses and breakfast joints. So, without further adieu,

 

 

Hot Pot, is a Japanese restaurant located on the first floor in the back of Tuk.Com. The primary focus is shabu shabu, but it has a deep Japanese menu, along with some dim sum favorites. I had roast duck noodle, steamed barbeque pork buns, and pork sui mai. The duck noodle was good, the steamed bun was adequate, and the sui mai was tasteless (actually, I haven’t found proper sui mai in Pattaya). I spent 200 baht with tip.

 

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I personally prefer baked pork buns. These char sui manapua are the best I’ve had, and come from Royal Bakery in Honolulu’s Chinatown. And, no, you can’t barfine the baker.

 

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Gossip Cafe is located in the lobby of the Day-Nite 2 Apartments on Soi Day-Night about two blocks south of Tuk.Com. I tried to stay away from open-air restaurants for lunch, because I usually was dressed in business attire for classes. This was an exception, and I was mildly surprised by just how good this cafe was. It’s very airy, with two sides of the cafe, being totally open (saw some cats running through the cafe, but am thankful they didn’t end up on the menu). My lunch was limited to fried rice and an iced tea. Both were among the best I have had in LOS. I spent 100 baht with tip. I will definitely return for some of the breakfast and schnitzel items on the menu.

 

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I don’t think I’d be wanting to sit under this model ship during an earthquake.

 

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The Frame Cafe is located on South Pattaya Road, just before you reach Friendship Market. I absolutely fell in love with the chaotic decor of this restaurant which was antique/classic farangiana (okay, I just invented another word). Bubble-gum machines, old radios, old toys, etc. are displayed all over the walls, ceilings, you name it. This is another open-air restaurant, and was slightly on the uncomfortable side for me, given my dress for the day.

 

I had chicken cordon bleu, which came with fries and a salad. With two iced teas and tip I spent 260 baht. This was my end-of-the-week splurge meal, and, although it was expensive, I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the meal. Frame Cafe is a great spot for coffee or tea and I will return next time I go to Friendship Market. The wait staff is attentive and very friendly.

 

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Yes, they also do framing, but I don’t think I would hire them to construct steps.

 

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Read more about the adventures of zaphodbeeblebrox in Rayong at www.zaphod.pattaya-blogs.com

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great report.. and same here too.. hungry now... food looks great... i love those sukiyaki kind of place..thanks...

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