Even if you’re not staying at one of these luxurious Pattaya resorts, you can still take advantage of some of the amazing F&B outlets each has to offer
Sala Rim Nam: In late 2016 the Marriott Pattaya became rebranded as the Avani Pattaya Resort & Spa, and the 298-room resort underwent a US$5-million refurbishment, which included upgrading its F&B outlets. So fans of Sala Rim Nam, the open-air Thai restaurant that remains part of the resort’s dining line-up, should definitely make a return visit (as should anyone else seeking fine Thai cuisine in a beautiful setting). The 80-seat restaurant is an open-air wooden sala, encircled by lotus ponds and tropical flora. Standout dishes include: the Massaman Chicken Curry; the Choo Chee Salmon (Norwegian salmon steak topped, with creamy, mild red curry); the Pla Kapong Thod Samun Prai (deep fried sea bass fillet, with Thai herbs); and the Talay Phad Char (wok fried seafood, with chili, garlic, kaffir lime, fresh peppercorn and sweet basil).
NOTE: Every Friday evening Sala Rim Nam offers an exclusive ‘Moonlight Dining’ experience—from 7pm to 10pm—wherein all diners will receive a 20 percent discount off their bill.
Ginger & Lime: Strategically placed floor mats lead you through the “jungle path” to the Thai Village-styled Ginger & Lime restaurant at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Each evening, from 6pm till 11pm, this sleek, chic, and thoroughly modern restaurant presents an expansive ‘Asian & Thai Buffet’. There’s plenty of room as the spacious interior has seating for 282 customers—240 outside, 42 inside, plus 2 private rooms.
The recently expanded culinary buffet selection now include shrimp, mussels, rock lobster, lamb, pizza, and more, with a varied choice of savoury and tangy dips, plus a salad station with garden-fresh produce. At the four Teppanyaki stations you can watch the entertaining chefs showing off their skills as they prepare the items you have chosen—chicken, pork, fish, beef, etc. Or perhaps you’d prefer a favourite spicy Thai dish such as Som Tam or Tom Yum Kung? Whichever, be sure to leave room for dessert, featuring crème brûlée, crepe Suzette, ice cream, or fresh fruits.
Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar: The mammoth 474-room property known as the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, established four decades ago, is a Pattaya landmark. The hotel underwent extensive renovations in 2011 but still retains a solid link to the past, especially at the Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar, one of the dozen dining outlets visitors can choose from here. The beautiful dark wood interior—much of it intricately hand-carved by Thai craftsmen—is both warm and welcoming.
Executive Chef Walter Thenisch—a native of Switzerland but a resident in Thailand for over 30 years—helms the kitchen. Choice appetizers include the Pacific Scallop Carpaccio, and the delicious Escalope of Duck Foie Gras, served with tomato, fig, and drizzled with a maple syrup, balsamic glaze. For mains try the Grilled Australian Beef Tenderloin with River Prawn—an elaborately constructed dish served with a five colour coleslaw salad.
The Bay International Skewers Restaurant: The parcel of land on which the Dusit Thani Pattaya rests has a beautiful spit of land that juts out in to Pattaya Bay, providing lots of sea breezes and some pretty sweet views as well. This is where The Bay International Skewers Restaurant is located—right beside the saltwater swimming pool—and diners can choose to sit indoors or on the shaded outdoor terrace that overlooks the pool and the bay. The restaurant used to be the hotel’s signature Italian eatery, but back in March a new dining concept was introduced in which almost everything on the menu (at least 85 percent the chef admits) is served on skewers—whether metal, wooden or otherwise. Even the signature Caesar Salad arrives on a pike, as do most of the desserts.
The fare as well has a new concept, showcasing four specific types of cuisine: Indian, Thai, Western, and Chinese. Diners can start with the Thai Tom Yum Kung Grilled Prawn served on a lemongrass skewer, followed by the colossal, and appropriately named Messy Monster. This “hamburger on a skewer” arrives at the table on a hanging metal rod—broken down into sections (bun above cheese, above lettuce, above patty, and so on). It’s enough for two people and is definitely an Instagram-worthy conversation piece.
NOTE: The restaurant is closed on Sundays, and on Friday and Saturday evenings a Grill & Buffet dinner is served from 6:30pm till 10pm.
Havana Bar & Terrazzo: In the beachfront Bay Tower of the Holiday Inn Pattaya, diners have a choice of two ground floor restaurants that, in reality, are one. The Havana Bar & Terrazzo presents diners with a mix of modern Italian cuisine and Western favourites. The Havana Bar is a split-level Cuban-inspired indoor bar and restaurant, with seating for 80 persons. The low-lit interior features large leather couches, a pool table, a long wooden bar, medieval chandeliers, and a mid-sized humidor filled with cigars for purchase. The menu, meanwhile, lists plenty of wines by the glass or bottle, as well as a selection of craft beer. The hearty fare on offer includes the excellent Farm Fresh Burger, which comes piled high with goat cheese, rocket salad, mushrooms, roasted red capsicum, and topped with special garlic mayo, served alongside fries and coleslaw. Another great menu choice is the cheesy Chicken Parmigiana, a very recent addition.
By contrast, outdoor terrace seating (80 persons) is available at the appropriately named Terrazzo restaurant, which allows diners a view of the passing parade on busy Beach Road. Here the specialty is thin crust wood-fired oven pizzas, and there are many to choose from. Try the Porto Fino pizza for a combination of tomato sauce—they don’t skimp on it—mozzarella, cooked ham, and prawns. Both restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with entertainment nightly (including a jazz and blues band every Friday and Saturday).
Infiniti: Set on Phratamnak Hill, a 10-minute drive from Pattaya’s bustling centre, the InterContinental Pattaya Resort—formerly the Sheraton Pattaya Resort—has both an ideal location and several ideal F&B outlets to lure in diners. The resort’s al fresco Infiniti restaurant, which specializes in grilled seafood, presents guests with a wide-ranging array of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine prepared in the wood oven or on the char grill.
Signature dishes include: Seabass Carpaccio with avocado purée, salsa verde and wild rocket; Fried Mini Blue Crab Cakes with caponata, caper aioli and avocado salsa; Roasted Calamari with black ink lentils and mushrooms cream; and the slow-cooked Short Rib with asparagus and roasted carrot purée. Desserts are just as spectacular, and include Salted Caramel Budino with chocolate, cookie crumbs, and whipped cream, and Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée with berry and mint salad, and vanilla ice cream. In addition, a live band performs on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday evenings.