The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

January 20, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok seem to be increasing in numbers each year. In Thailand a Kathoey or katoey is a transgender woman or an effeminate gay male. Many Thai people perceive that a kathoey actually belongs to a third gender.

Sit near the entrance at 6 pm.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

They usually start to arrive from 6 pm on, it’s rather entertaining seeing them arrive with an exaggerated walk & almost always stroking their hair.

Would you know the difference?

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

 LadyBoys often look and act more ladylike than the ladies! Everything is exaggerated, particularly walking, where they look like they are on a constant catwalk. There is a more pronounced swaying of the hips, more elegant posture (particularly when seated), excessively flicking and fidgeting with their hair and over-applied make-up.

This was actually in Phuket.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

However he is a well known face around Nana Plaza, let’s just call him “Secrets”. 🙂

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

Most LadyBoys are much taller than the girls & after living in Thailand for many years they are easy to spot. Ladyboys do not just exaggerate their femininity; they exaggerate everything! Every word and action is excessively flamboyant. This makes them stand out from the crowd because Thai culture is such that women (even those working in beer bars and go-gos) are usually quite reserved.

Definitely NOT LadyBoys.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

Gary & Brad are from Townsville & I’m in the middle & have lived in Pattaya for 7 years. However my first visit to Nana Plaza was 23 years ago in 1996.

 What a knockout..

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok By far the best looking LadyBoy I have ever seen was in Pattaya. My two Aussie friends Dennis & Nick were absolutely stunned. 🙂

All the action is here in Nana Plaza.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok Without a doubt this is the best adult entertainment precinct in Bangkok.

Hello boys…..

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok Wow! what nice group of lads. 🙂

The boys from Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok Thanks for visiting my LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok photo blog.

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Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

January 19, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya at Trattoria Pizzeria Toscana is a delightful experience. TripAdvisor obviously agree with a rating of 45 out of 1,111 Restaurants in Pattaya. Owner & chef Luca Marchetti is originally from Pracchiola, a tiny village in the mountains to the north of Tuscany.

Flashback to 2006

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

The original restaurant was on the block where the Holiday Inn is now situated.

Here’s to old times in 2006

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

The restaurant was much smaller & more intimate, in fact I preferred the atmosphere to the current location which seats over 700 people.

Pizza with parma ham.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Definitely one of my favourites.

Fettuccine is absolutely delicious.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Of course they serve every kind of pasta & pizza imaginable.

Memories of 2012

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Dinner & red wine with Irina from Ukraine.

Take your pick

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya It all looks so good, Toscana’s menu is huge.

There are several sections of the restaurant

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya This is my preferred area to dine.

What a fearsome sight this is.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya The big fellow Luca with a knife in his hand should be avoided at all cost. 🙂

Lots of stock in the cold room.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Luca operates his own organic and sustainable farm not far from Pattaya where he grows his own vegetables,  rears free-range chickens, rabbits, ducks, pigeons, guinea fowl, wild boar, goats, sheep, pigs and cows. No processed food, no growth hormones, no chemicals, no problem. 🙂

Another pizza

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Notice the anchovies on the side, delicious.

The boys from Oz in 2014

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Lenny, yours truly & my brother Warren. Sadly we lost Lenny early 2016 after losing a battle with cancer, RIP.

Seafood anyone?

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Toscana has recently opened a new seafood section in the front garden.

Lots of wine, mainly ITALIAN.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Quite a few wines available y the glass.

A very friendly waitress in 2014.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya As you can see I’m not a person who misses a photo opportunity. 🙂

Dinner with friends January 2019

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya From the left we have May, Alex, Hamish & Gary.

Hamish’s favourite

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Beef carpaccio tasted as good as it looked.

May chose the Baby Clams aka Pippies.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya This is the same dish she had on New Years Eve.

Thanks for visiting my Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya photo blog.

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Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

January 17, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok, The first store of DEAN & DELUCA was launched in 1977 in New York’s Soho district, USA, serving gourmet food, gourmet coffee, a wide range of beverages, and specialty items, which included premium-imported wines, delicacies, and kitchen utensils.

Lots of delicious pastries

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

This & the previous photo is from EmQuartier. 

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

 Dean & Deluca also offer a  fast food delivery to your home or office. This photo is from the EmQuartier  shopping mall.

Delicious clam chowder

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

TripAdvisor rating is #1,067 of 1,154 Restaurants in Bangkok.

MahaNakhon CUBE

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

This branch of Dean & Deluca is inside the cube & connects to the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain & is adjacent to the Mahanakhon Tower.

TripAdvisor rating is #688 of 11,154 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Attractive decor at the Cube.

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

The coffee here is excellent.

 Central Embassy branch

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Not quite as spectacular than some of the other branches.

The blue look at Siam Discovery

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Rather spectacular wouldn’t you agree?

Totally unique as many of the shops at Discovery are.

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Siam Discovery have tried very hard to be different, check out THIS LINK for more.

Farewell from EmQuartier

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Thanks for visiting my Gourmet food coffee Bangkok photo blog.

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Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC 2019

January 17, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC 2019 is still serving fabulous food, I was there in 2008 & my good friend Hamish Elton paid them a visit on my recommendation in January 2019. He was accompanied by Rob & Sarah Dew & the bill came to $330 for a 2 course dinner plus a bottle of wine.

A huge collection of aged beef

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC

Located at the entrance just to get you in the right frame of mind as you enter this iconic New York restaurant. Located just steps from the dazzling lights of Broadway and the pulsing energy of Times Square, Gallagher’s Steakhouse takes its rightful place at the very heart of New York City.

For over 90 years, this is where the city’s sports teams have announced their wins, where celebrities take their bows, and where Wall Street titans toast their deals.

Lets start with some oysters

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC

Hamish thought they were so good he actually ordered another serving. 🙂

Delicious Manhattan clam chowder

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC

  I’m totally envious, I wish I could have been there.

How good does this steak look?

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC Check out THIS LINK for my 2008 visit.

Charcoal with your steak sir?

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC My mouth is watering just looking at this hunk of beef. 🙂

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC Hamish has visited great restaurants all over the world, & in his opinion & mine also, Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC is certainly the best restaurant for a terrific steak.

Has not changed much since 2008

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC The renovated a few years ago but from this photo it has not changed too much.

The happy crew.

Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC Thanks for visiting my Gallagher’s Steakhouse NYC photo blog.

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MBK food court Bangkok

January 17, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

MBK food court Bangkok

MBK food court Bangkok

MBK food court Bangkok is a popular destination among visitors & locals. The MBK mall is like a giant, air conditioned indoor market. The extensive food court offers street food prices with the luxury of being indoors. Food Island is essentially a large square of vendors, with plenty of seating.

Lobster 30% discount

MBK food court Bangkok

Apart from the busy food court there are many specialty restaurants offering all kinds of cuisines.

Anyone for pepper?

MBK food court Bangkok

The hardest part is deciding where to eat. 🙂

Japanese is always popular.

MBK food court Bangkok

In fact there are 53,000 Japanese people living in Bangkok. 

The Beef Master

MBK food court Bangkok

 Ranked 1,668 from 11,154 restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor.

 Talking about beef

MBK food court Bangkok $76 USD a kilo for the American Tomahawk & $52 USD for the Australian, both are way over my budget. 🙂

Time for a desert?

MBK food court Bangkok It’s always time for a desert. 🙂

Can’t read the language.

MBK food court Bangkok But it sure looks like more sweets to add on the calories.

Here is my choice of desert.

MBK food court Bangkok Mango & sticky rice is an iconic Thailand desert.

Thanks for visiting my MBK food court Bangkok photo blog.

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Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

January 14, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok is Thailand’s tallest building featuring a glass floor 314 metres above the busy streets of Bangkok. A two-tiered observation tower is part of the complex that also hosts Bangkok’s highest rooftop bar and a 63-square metre glass tray floor. I visited with Brad Robbins, my friend from Townsville Australia, his girlfriend Por & her daughter Pang.

WOW! What an amazing building.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Quite breathtaking as you can clearly see.

Let’s buy our tickets.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok The price is rather high, B850 or $26 USD for adults & B250 or $7.80 USD for children & seniors, & guess what? I’m a senior, YIPPEE!

How about this view?

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok The golden dome is the State tower with the famous Sirocco sky bar.

Across the Chao Phraya river is Iconsiam

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Which is a large shopping mall, which opened to the public on 10 November 2018, as well as hotels and residences. 

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok The terrible haze covering Bangkok really effects the photo quality. I’ll visit again when the sky is blue.

The view is still spectactular

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Imagine what it will be like on a beautiful fine day.

Elevator or the final 3 floors.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Going up was very fast, 74 floors in 50 seconds. Going down King Power set a trap for you, they force you to walk through 4 or 5 floors of shops, to make matters worse the exit on each floor is not clearly marked, so it is very difficult to get out of the building. 

The famous glass floor.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok You must take off your shoes & wear soft covers.

Not for the faint hearted.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok If you suffer from vertigo the glass floor is not for you. 🙂

The highest point.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Refreshments are available from the shop.

Finally we escape the King Power maze.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok You feel like quoting Martin Luther King “Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

That’s all folks

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Next Best Bar Pattaya

December 17, 2018 by David Herd

Soi 8 Pattaya party street

Next Best Bar Pattaya

Next Best Bar Pattaya

Next Best Bar Pattaya & Best bar are side by side in Soi 8 one of Pattaya’s best known party streets. If you want to be close to these bars right upstairs is the Baron Beach hotel, very convenient indeed.

Best bar has had same owner for over 25 years.

Next Best Bar Pattaya Owned named Sven who everyone calls Seven. 🙂

Best Bar Soi 8

Next Best Bar Pattaya A nice casual atmosphere with good service.

Next Best Bar Pattaya 

Next Best Bar PattayaRecently purchased right next door.

Next Best Bar Pattaya

Next Best Bar Pattaya Next Best Bar Pattaya or Best Bar, take your pick between the two. 🙂

The Usual suspects

Next Best Bar Pattaya From the left we have Hamish, myself, Por, Brad & Pete. As the Kinks sung in 1966, we were just lazing on a sunny afternoon. 🙂

 

BBQ lunch

Next Best Bar Pattaya Wild boar steak from a farm up country owned by Sven.

Best Bar Pattaya

Next Best Bar Pattaya From the left we have Sven aka Seven, his brother Pete who managers the bars & Hamish Elton who is a legend in his own lunchtime. 🙂

Hotel is right above the bars.

Next Best Bar Pattaya For an excellent room rate with free cancellation just book through THIS LINK.

Nice rooms at the Baron Beach Hotel.

Next Best Bar Pattaya Book now & pay later + free cancellation if you change your mind. Simply use THIS LINK & only pay around $50 AUD per night.

Fabulous mural

Next Best Bar Pattaya Hamish took this photo on his Google phone.

Farewell from Brad, David & Hamish.

Next Best Bar Pattaya Thanks for visiting my Next Best Bar Pattaya photo blog.

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New Friends Restaurants Shops 2018

December 5, 2018 by David Herd

The end of another eventful year.

New Friends Restaurants Shops  

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 2nd half of 2018, check THIS LINK for the first 6 months.

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New Friends Restaurants Shops 2018 in Pattaya & Bangkok & no trips out of the country which is rather unusual. One of my greatest pleasures apart from dining at a good restaurant is watching the sunsets & storms from my 20th floor condo on Beach Road Pattaya. The photo above is at Terminal 21 which opened October 19 & is a truly magnificent shopping mall. In fact you can follow the construction process on THIS LINK.

Drinks at the Atlantic Bar as usual.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Stingy & Chocolates otherwise known as Richard Blair & David Robertson are with a bunch of Thai ladies on August 27.

Still obsessed with Skechers.

New Friends Restaurants Shops They opened a new store at Central Marina so naturally I purchased anther 3 pair & a red hot price. 

My current collection.

New Friends Restaurants Shops I’m set for the next 5 years.

The beach restoration continues, check the progress on THIS LINK.

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Surprisingly the Thais have stuck with the job at hand for all of this year & the beach is looking great.

Atlantic Bar 70s party.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Here is Stefan & some of the girls. Here is a long history of my time at this great bar, just follow THIS LINK.

The whole gang are dressed to kill.

New Friends Restaurants Shops There is no doubt the Thais love dressing up for a party.

Fabulous new restaurant.

Thai MarchĂ© bon appetit Thai MarchĂ© bon appetit, a fabulous new addition to Pattaya’s restaurant scene. 

But wait, there’s more.

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya Wine Connection on Beach Rd Pattaya has finally arrived in our city by the bay. Opened November 28 2018 & a friend & I dined there the following day.

After all these years in Thailand I finally got to visit the Sanctuary of Truth.

New Friends Restaurants Shops On most of the forums the cheap Charlies complain about the 500 Baht entry fee, however in my opinion it certainly is worth it. Check it out on THIS LINK.

The ever changing Bangkok skyline.

New Friends Restaurants Shops What a fabulous city, I try to visit at least 3 or 4 times a year.

Fabulous Bangkok restaurant.

New Friends Restaurants Shops El Mercado is an experience not to be missed. Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time, dining in Bangkok can be rather confusing, because there are just so many good places to eat.  More info on THIS LINK.

I always visit the JW Marriott for breakfast.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Apart from having a 20% discount card the breakfast is fantastic.

Some names have changed at Nana Plaza

New Friends Restaurants Shops Plus they have added a roof. More photos on THIS LINK.

Lets go back to the Atlantic Bar.

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Right across the road is one of the soapy massage parlors. 🙂

Drinks at Atlantic with Mark Yagalla.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Mark of course is famous for a $50,000,000 Wall St Ponzi scheme. 🙂 

Some well known characters here.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Denise is not looking happy, next we have Pothole & Yogurt aka John Martin & Joergen Ulitza, & last but not least Allen from Melbourne who is married to Denise.

The Sabai Resort is diagonally opposite.

Popular with many friends of mine due to the great location. For a very good discount on a room just book on the hotel image.

Clinton from Brisbane.

New Friends Restaurants Shops On his way back to Brisbane from Poland he popped down to the Hilton for the Sunday buffet lunch.

You too can have bodies like this if you abuse them. 🙂

New Friends Restaurants Shops Stingy & Chocolates otherwise known as Richard Blair & David Robertson relax at the Sabai Resort.

It’s often hard to find an exciting new restaurant with unique food. One method I use is to send Chocolates, aka David Robertson along to try it, If he says it’s terrible & there is nothing on the menu he liked, you know you are on a winner.
 
That’s what happened recently at Thai Marche. 🙂
This is Ron Rigg from Hawaii

New Friends Restaurants Shops He loves visiting Thailand, a couple of days after this photo he flew to Chiang Mai for a 3 day visit.

Lets talk about home cooking.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Lamb shank imported from Australia. Check out the excellent butcher at Big C extra on THIS LINK.

I also buy Aussie lamb cutlets there.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Delicious when served with Gravox & roast vegetables. Or bubble & squeak as shown above. 🙂

My home made pumpkin soup is to die for. 🙂

New Friends Restaurants Shops Pumpkin is so cheap in Thailand, I make enough to last me 2 or 3 weeks.

Les Mcevoy from Perth dining at Leckerle.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Enjoying the fabulous crepe Suzette at Leckerle which is one of the best value for money restaurants in Pattaya.

The Pattaya sunsets are still the best I have ever seen.

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I also love watching the storms rolling in over the bay.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Same as before, you will see a lot more on THIS LINK.

My message for 2018 is quite simple…..

New Friends Restaurants Shops Surely that’s not asking too much. 🙂

Tye Critchlow

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Caught up with Tye Critchlow from California at the Atlantic bar, he is a fan of my photo blogs. Tye loves life in Pattaya & hopes to move here permanently.

Brad Robbins cooks up a storm.

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Brad just sold his law firm in Townsville & will be spending more time at Pattaya in his apartment on the 22 floor of my condo building. Dinner last night turned into a beer tasting & loud music festival. He is a great chef & a terrific host. After the beer I was forced to drink far too many red wines & am suffering for it today.   

NZ lamb shank with baked vegetables. 

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One of my favourite home cooked meals along with Aussie lamb cutlets.

Darren Loughman comes all the way from Ireland.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Darren promotes tourism through his website askaboutthailand. Here he is enjoying a drink at the Atlantic Bar.

Amazing view

New Friends Restaurants Shops Looking north from the sky bar at the Pattaya Hilton.

The usual suspects

New Friends Restaurants Shops Hamish Elton. Wayne Croker & David Herd on the shortest day December 21.

Potholes moment was photo bombed

New Friends Restaurants ShopsHis sons aka “the Squabblers” were celebrating a great result at the swimming carnival when the sinister face of Joergen aka Yogurt sneaked into the the shot. 

Bryan, Lyn & the grand kids.

New Friends Restaurants Shops My brother Bryan on Xmas day with the tribe.

Another family gathering on Boxing Day.

New Friends Restaurants ShopsTraditionally the Herd clan gather on Boxing day, this year Bryan was the host.

Pizza with a knife & fork. 🙂

New Friends Restaurants ShopsClaire Liccardo from Australia dropped into Pattaya for NYE so we had dinner at Bella Italia.

New Years Eve

New Friends Restaurants Shops My friend Mark Yagalla & I spent a quiet evening on my balcony drinking Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens

December 1, 2018 by David Herd

Beautiful tropical garden in the heart of Pattaya.

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AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens and pool area has a wonderful relaxing atmosphere. I remember staying at this hotel way back in 1998 whit was call the Royal Garden Resort. More recently it was the Marriott.

The main entrance from 2nd Rd.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardensThe property runs all the way to Beach Road & is adjacent to the Royal Garden Plaza shopping mall.

Entrance to Royal Garden Plaza is next door to Avani Resort.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Lots of interesting shops & a very good food court.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens reception 

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Has not changed much in 20 years. 🙂

Lounge bar off the foyer however the pool area is the main attraction.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens This lovely hotel is in a perfect location, TripAdvisor rate it number 10 out of 497 hotels in Pattaya. If you would like a very good discounted room rate with free cancellation & a pay later option, just book through THIS LINK.

The entrance from Beach Road

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Wander through this arch & enter the beautiful gardens.

Now we start seeing Thai architecture.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Plants & trees grow at a very rapid rate in Thailand as you can imagine.

A beautiful inviting pool

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens It has a pool bar as you cane see where you can sip a cocktail or a cold beer while you cool off. 🙂

It really feels like you are on a tropical island.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens You are surrounded by a fabulous tropical environment. 

My question is “where are the macaws”?

AVANI Pattaya Resort I took this photo in November 2012 when the property was run by the Marriott, they had 2 of these fabulous birds living in a cage in the gardens, however most of the time they were on a perch outside the cage. I wonder where they have gone?

All I could find were swans. 🙂

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Nowhere near as beautiful as the Macaws. 🙂

Lots of places to sit here.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens They serve Thai food in the garden at a very reasonable price for a five star hotel.

Table tennis & sun lounges

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Lots to do & a terrific shopping mall next door.

The rooms are excellent as you would expect.

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At the Beach Rd entrance there is a Benihana sake bar.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens A few shots of sake will get you in the mood to party. 🙂 

New Wine Connection

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya Turn left when you exit at Beach Road & 30 meters along is one of my favourite restaurants, the Wine Connection. It just opened on November 28 2018. See their fabulous on THIS LINK.

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Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya

November 30, 2018 by David Herd

Excellent food & wine at a reasonable price,

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Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya has finally arrived in our city by the bay. Opened November 28 2018 & a friend & I dined there the following day.

Welcome to Wine Connection

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya A nice warm welcome awaits your arrival. 🙂

Relaxed friendly atmosphere

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya The restaurant is quite large, I’m guessing it would seat 100 people.

This is what makes Wine Connection different & unique.

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya The wine cellar is part of the restaurant & you can browse & select your bottle to enjoy with dinner. As you can see there are wines from all over the world starting at a low B500 or $15 USD, which is good value in Thailand where wine prices are ridiculously high.

Australians are so lucky they can buy very good low price wine for $4 Aud or $3 USD. Just last year Coles took home the title of best wine under $20 from Australia and New Zealand at the Winestate Wine of the Year Awards, with their $5 James Busby Big & Bold Shiraz 2015.

Recently an $8 Aldi rose was named one of the best in the world — catch was you couldn’t get it in Australia.

However another Aldi wine has won big at the Melbourne International Wine competition & a bottle is going to set you back only $6.99! Here is a selection of their best wines for under $10 AUD.

The guys behind the bar are ready & eager to look after you.

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya We found all the staff here were eager to please & very friendly indeed.

Spanish Style Gambas.

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya My favourite dish at  Wine Connection, cooked to perfection. 🙂

Caesar salad was excellent.

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya The two entrees above are the perfect way to start a meal. 🙂

Duck Confit

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya Another excellent dish, Duck confit is duck that has been cured with salt and then gently cooked in its own fat. The duck emerges meltingly tender with a rich, slightly salty but mellow flavor—there’s nothing quite like it. Traditionally, the whole duck is used for confit.

La pièce de résistance

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya A 200 gram grilled Australian tenderloin cooked to perfection.

To finish I had the Cream Crème brûlée & my friend Ron Rigg from Hawaii had the chocolate cake.

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya Crème brĂ»lĂ©e, also known as burnt cream or Trinity cream, is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a texturally contrasting layer of hardened caramelized sugar. It is normally served slightly chilled; the heat from the caramelizing process tends to warm the custard producing a cool center. Wikipedia

Chocolate Lava Cake & ice cream.

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya Say no more. 🙂

Australian red wine

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya

Billy’s shadow shiraz is B650 or $27 AUD, & Angus the bull B850 or $35 AUD. Billy’s sells for $7 in Australia & Angus $19.

Lots of staff on hand tonight

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya Here is a story that fits the theory of “six degrees of separation”, Eugene Chew was here from Wine Connection head office in Bangkok & he generously gave us complimentary deserts.  We were chatting about various subjects & my friend Ron Riggs who lives in Hawaii told Eugene he grew up in Manchester Michigan. Here is the surprise, it turns out Eugene was also born & raised in Midland Michigan only 2 hours north of Manchester. 

Also he went to college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor which is only 30 minutes from Manchester, what are the odds? 🙂

Manchester to Midland

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