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Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

February 5, 2018 by David Herd | 2 Comments

Thailand or Osaka, where am I?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants which are so authentic you will think you are in Osaka. There are several branches in Bangkok & one in Pattaya, the Asoke branch is ranked by TripAdvisor # 866 of 10,352 restaurants in Bangkok.

Pattaya branch

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

I prefer to sit upstairs.

Location

ShakarikiOpposite the Mike Hotel in 2nd road, +66 33 036 369.

Now for the food

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsOn my first visit in 2017 I ordered two of my favourite dishes, salmon caviar & Unagi or Japanese eel.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsHard to fault the food at this noisy authentic Japanese restaurant.

How good is this?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsIs it any wonder this is now one of my favourite restaurants along with Genki in Soi 4 North Pattaya.

Is there a better beer than Asahi?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

I don’t think so, the Belgium beers are great but my pick is Asahi. 🙂

Fabulous colour combination

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsAnd what a taste, perfect.

Salmon Caviar washed down with Asahi.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

As good as it gets. Plus they have a special on liquor, all you can drink in 90 minutes for B299.

Home delivery is a great idea.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

The restaurant is two floors, upstairs is better.

Have I convinced you?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Just trust me & try out this great little hole in the wall & you will feel like you have been transported to Osaka. In fact follow THE LINK for one of my Osaka photo blogs.

Meanwhile thanks for visiting my Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants photo blog. I will be back in Japan in May 2018, here is my agenda.

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Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant

February 3, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Excellent food at Genki

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant located in Soi 4 North Pattaya is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Pattaya. Lucky for me it’s only a short 5 minute walk from my condo. 🙂

Outdoor seating

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantOutdoor seating plus a private room for around 16 people.

Rarely do you see a Farang here.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantCustomers are mainly Japanese, rarely do you see a Farang. (Foreigner)

Gyoza comes fried or steamed

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantPriced at B90 or $3.60 AUD.

My Australian friend Viv Kennelly

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantLike myself Viv really enjoys his food.

 Salmon Caviar

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantOne of my favourite dishes at B300 or $12 AUD.

Same dish as above.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantProbably prepared by a different chef. Both come with the sheets of seaweed to make a delicious sandwich. 

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantThe omelette is so light it melts in your mouth. 🙂

 This guy was the boss.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantI believe he has gone back to Japan & the standard seems to have dropped slightly.

I’m not to keen on prawn heads in my miso soup.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantOh well I guess it improves the flavour. 🙂

More Aussie friends

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantHamish & Matt both have pretty good appetites.

Here is a funny story, Matt runs a factory in the motor industry with 60 or 70 staff, naturally he is on a very good wage. The clincher is however, on top of his wage he gets a hardship allowance for living in Pattaya. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Thanks for visiting my Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant photo blog.

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Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

February 2, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

A terrific restaurant

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food & service, located in Soi 13/1 it only seats around 16 people so booking for dinner is essential. TripAdvisor rating is #16 of 948 Restaurants in Pattaya, phone 038 710 355.

The sate chicken above is the best I have ever tasted, great value at B160.

Miso soup

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

The soup seems to change daily, this Miso was very good indeed as was the French Onion which I enjoyed on my first visit 6 weeks ago.

Stuffed sausage was soooo good.

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodThis is a Swiss restaurant offering both excellent European & Thai food, it has quickly become one of my favourite Pattaya restaurants.

A few outside seats for pre dinner drinks

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

Sit here and watch the world go by. 🙂 Photo credit Evil Penevil 2016.

“Duck was delicous.”

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodThere are so many choices on the menu, it’s hard to know where to start. 🙂

Large selection of cheese

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodI rarely have room for cheese after 2 courses of excellent food.

Pasta with Gruyere cheese

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

Here is a tip for you, like many restaurants in Thailand they have a problem with serving the main course too quickly after the entre. One evening I asked twice to not serve my pasta until 15 minutes after my soup. The problem was they simply left it under the lamp to keep it warm. Naturally when it was served the pasta on top was burnt and hard. I did eat the tender part underneath & mentioned it too the chef. Quick as a flash he removed it from the bill which I thought was very professional. (Not the dish shown above).

This has happened on 2 occasions so in future I won’t order the 2nd course until I finish the 1st, which I do at most other restaurants.

 French Onion Soup

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodI can describe it in one word, “perfect”. 🙂

Very good lunch

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

I have not eaten brawn for years, my late father used to love it. 🙂

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

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The Bistro is now one of my favourite spots for lunch as it is never crowded like the evenings are.

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodTwo Aussie friends, Hamish Elton on the left & George Hoult. George did enjoy the food he just always looks unhappy. 🙂

Location

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

Thanks for visiting my Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food photo blog.

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Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket

February 1, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Villa Market is here

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket & a cinema complex are just some of the facilities at the 2nd Rd shopping complex.  The Robin Hood tavern which is part of the Retox group run by Simon Peatfield is also here on the 2nd floor.

 Villa Market

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketAn excellent supermarket with lots of imported products including Australian beef. I do however prefer to shop at Big C Extra in Pattaya Klang for my meat.

Villa Market butcher

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketHaving said that, there is certainly a great choice of quality meat products here.

Rib Eye grass fed Aussie beef 

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket

A very good price at B306 or $12 AUD, very good flavour but a little tough, overall good value for the price.

Coffee shop inside Villa Market.

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketEnjoy a coffee while you shop, quite a good liquor section here as well. 

Wine Connection

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketExcellent liquor store however I noticed today it was not open till 5 pm.

Very good range from around the world

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketI’m a great fan of their restaurants in Bangkok & Samui, sadly they seem reluctant to come to Pattaya.

 24 hour fitness

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Not to sure who is going to turn up at 4 am. 🙂

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket There certainly are many Starbucks in Pattaya which suits me fine.

The latest restaurant to open,

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Recently opened & on my list to try soon.

Beerfest

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Right next d0or to Firepork, it used to be located on 2nd Rd near Big C,

Pork Knuckle

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Here is Nathan Corbert doing battle with the knuckle. Before he retired in 2013 Nathan was 11 times the Muay Thai world champion in 3 different weight divisions.

The Avenue is worth a visit

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket There are lots more shops including banks & real estate offices.

Thanks for visiting my Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket photo blog.

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Secret cities worth visiting

January 29, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Interesting travel suggestions

Secret cities worth visiting

Secret cities worth visiting Secret cities worth visiting, well actually they are not all cities & not all secret, but they are all worth visiting. These are places mostly off the beaten track, places that many people may not have heard of.

Above is The lovely French village of Breil-sur-Roya which is particularly known for trout fishing. The Roya river runs through town and is open to trout anglers from March to September. Located in the mountains near the Italian border just north of the French Riviera.

Breil-sur-Roya

Secret cities worth visiting French and Italian rail lines run through Breil so it is very easy to travel anywhere. There is a great market every Friday at Ventimiglia on the border 30 minutes drive or 20 minutes by train from Breil.

Talking about Italy

Secret cities worth visiting In the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, San Gimignano was a stopping point for Catholic pilgrims on their way to Rome and the Vatican, as it sits on the medieval Via Francigena.  The city’s development was also improved by the trade of agricultural products from the fertile neighbouring hills, in particular saffron, used in both cooking and dyeing cloth and Vernaccia wine, said to inspire popes and poets.

Secret cities worth visiting include San Gimignano

Secret cities worth visiting  

San Gimignano is famous for its Medieval village architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form “an unforgettable skyline”

 Have you ever heard of Florianopolis?

Secret cities worth visitingMost people outside of South America have not heard of this fabulous city which currently has an estimated population of 420,000 people. The Greater Florianopolis Metro area is home to about 1 million people. Florianopolis is a wonderful Brazilian city which should go on the bucket list for anyone intending to visit this wonderful country.

Friendly people who love to party.

Secret cities worth visiting January 11, 2009. Newsweek placed Florianópolis in the “Ten most dynamic cities of the world” list in 2006. Veja magazine, a Brazilian publication, named the city as “the best place to live in Brazil.

 Kagoshima Japan 

290c6fab-610c-4e33-bfce-51e4a16f12cb (1) Active Volcano Kagoshima Japan Sakurajima had been peaceful since 2013 until July 2016, then suddenly plumes of smoke, cracks of lighting and a flow of lava came bellowing out of Japan’s Mount Sakruajima in July 2016. Located in a scenic bay on the southern island of Kyushu, this 1,117 meter high volcano has been a sleeping giant for the past three years prior to this fiery spectacle. The incident took place at 12:02 am on Tuesday at the mountain’s Showa crater, which resulted in a 5,000 meter high column of ash – but officials say no fatalities have been reported. Credit to STACY LIBERATORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  Read about it here.

Fabulous food

37214528876_fe8ca2eb4c_cOne of the many reasons I visit Japan often is the fabulous food. A village near the railway station is called Kagomma Furusato Yataimura. There are about 25 small restaurants that seat only 8 or 10 people.

 Forster Tuncurry east coast Australia

51d2bd0e-6c11-4969-a12f-3da1f7c61000 A population of over 18,000 people it is a holiday destination for many Sydney people who are only a 4 hour drive away.

A great area for fishing & boating.

Secret cities worth visiting 

At the Northern tip of the Great Lakes, these twin towns are where Wallis Lake meets the ocean. The twin townships are surrounded by National Parks and feature majestic headlands and long secluded beaches. Boating, fishing, diving, paddling, cruises, whale watching and coastal walks combine with galleries, unique shopping and award-winning restaurants to create an experience rich coastal destination.

Mae Pim Gulf of Thailand

Secret cities worth visiting  Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim on the gulf of Thailand is only ninety minutes by car east of Pattaya, and 2 hours south of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand and clean water, and so quiet and peaceful.

Secret cities worth visiting

Secret cities worth visitingLots of great Thai food & seafood in Mae Pim.

Thanks for checking out my Secret cities worth visiting photo blog, drop me a line if you need any information.

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Pattaya Beach Road fast food

January 26, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Building the Bay beside Soi 6

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

Pattaya Beach Road fast food at the newly developed Bay shopping complex. Popular at night for live music & cold beer. Starbucks is one of my regular beach haunts.

From my condo.

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodTaken from my condo at Markland in Soi 1, just a short walk to the Bay.

Right opposite the beach.

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodSo glad they preserved this magnificent tree in front of the shops.

It’s finally finished. 

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

The finished product sits between Soi 5 & Soi 6, you can clearly see the North Shore condo building in Soi 5.

Of course Soi 6 is the wildest street in Pattaya, at night it really goes mad. To see what I mean just follow THIS LINK.

First tennants

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodStarbucks & McDonald’s were the first, who would have guessed. 🙂 Now Boots chemist are there & soon a large Korean shop will open.

I’m a regular at Starbucks for breakfast, here you can see the lovely Starbucks girls presenting me with a croissant & candle on my birthday.

Beergarden 

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodNothings happens here through the day however it fires up when the sun goes down.

Here they come.

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodCustomers start to arrive, plenty of cold beer here to keep everybody happy.

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodReminds me a little of the “pop up” Yatai restaurants in Fukuoka.

This post highlights the interesting things I see on Beach Road every day, just follow THIS LINK.

Solo artist.

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodThis guy was very good so I hung around for while to hear him play. It’s only a five minute walk home for me.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Beach Road fast food photo blog.

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