Hua Hin is a place to get away from it all, the sweltering sidewalks, the 9-to-5 grind, the heaving foot traffic. It’s about bottling up the confines of daily life and pitching them into the sea, forgetting your troubles at least for a long weekend. The subtle sound of waves and the swishing salt wind have almost mystical properties, emotionally cleansing, nostalgic, and romantic in equal parts, and there’s no better way to take it all in than with a fine meal, a glass of wine, and good company at Rim Talay Bar & Grill, the Dusit Thani Hua Hin’s stunning seaside restaurant.
A short drive from the centre of town, closer to Klai Kang Won Palace, Rim Talay occupies a beachfront terrace that’s as much promenade as it is restaurant. In the centre is a semi-covered Thai-style pavilion, where diners can enjoy alfresco breezes, but with the security of a roof and overhead lighting. In this space is an open kitchen, offering snapshots of the chefs in action as they char-grill fresh seafood and premium cuts of meat, fire and sizzle included. On one side of the pavilion the dining space abuts a pond, and on the other diners sit next to the sea. Few venues in town can boast such an idyllic setting, but it’s not just the ambiance that attracts diners here.
Owing to its location, Rim Talay specializes in succulent fresh seafood. On Saturdays, swing by for a barbecue buffet feast. Prawns, lobsters, shellfish, crabs, a full slate of fresh fish, and more, as well as quality meats, including New Zealand lamb and US beef sirloin, get the grill treatment, plus there’s a deep salad bar (B1450). Fill up on the grilled goodies, but don’t skip the dessert buffet that comes with the dinner, either. You won’t go wrong ordering á la carte, with a range of East-meets-West dishes. There’s also a solid selection of tapas to choose from, although it’s probably best to order the “top ten tapas,” served individually or on a combo platter, either choice made for sharing with friends, family, or a loved one over a glass of wine.
The restaurant offers buy-one-get-one cocktails for women on its Tuesday ladies’ night, from 7pm until 9pm. It’s as fine an excuse as any to visit with friends, although you would do just as well with the company of one, drinking in the sweet sea views and, like the name of the palace down the road, being far removed from worries.
Rim Talay Bar & Grill
Dusit Thani Hua Hin, 1349 Phet Kasem Rd | 0 3252 0009 | dusit.com/dusitthani/huahin | Mon-Sat 6pm-10.30pm, closed Sun except high season