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.
I prefer to sit upstairs.
Opposite the Mike Hotel in 2nd road, +66 33 036 369.
Now for the food
On my first visit in 2017 I ordered two of my favourite dishes, salmon caviar & Unagi or Japanese eel.
Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants
Hard to fault the food at this noisy authentic Japanese restaurant.
How good is this?
Is it any wonder this is now one of my favourite restaurants along with Genki in Soi 4North Pattaya.
Is there a better beer than Asahi?
I don’t think so, the Belgium beers are great but my pick is Asahi. 🙂
Fabulous colour combination
And what a taste, perfect.
Salmon Caviar washed down with Asahi.
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.
The restaurant is two floors, upstairs is better.
Have I convinced you?
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.
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.
An 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
Having said that, there is certainly a great choice of quality meat products here.
Rib Eye grass fed Aussie beef
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.
Enjoy a coffee while you shop, quite a good liquor section here as well.
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.
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
In the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, San Gimignanowas 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
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?
Most people outside of South America have not heard of this fabulous city which currently has an estimated population of 420,000 people. The GreaterFlorianopolis 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.
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.
Active Volcano Kagoshima Japan Sakurajimahad 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.
One 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
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.
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.
This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history. It seemed like Groundhog day. 🙂
Surfers Paradise Party Animals
Surfers Paradise Party Animals, 1992 was just another year of fun & games on the beautiful Gold Coast. I was certainly among the main party hosts, I had a great home for entertaining & I loved have lots of beautiful girls around.
Some of the usual suspects.
Naturally when there were pretty girls around the competition between the guys was fierce. 🙂
A rose between two thorns, I don’t think so. 🙂
I guess there is no need to say I was enjoying life to the max.
Occasionally some of the girls would relax in the spa.
Naturally I always had my camera ready.
These girls loved nature
And Dr Evil was always there with the camera. 🙂
Roslyn & Jill looking good
I remember spending some “quality time” with both these lovely ladies.
Jill & Sharon
Another “daily double” I’m happy to say, (that just means I bonked them both. 🙂 )we saw a show that night at Jupiters casino, I think it was Barry Humphries.
Andre Buzek dentist extraordinaire, (I don’t think so)
Sadly my great mate lost his life soon after in a car crash in Cuba.
Girl of the year Kelly Davis
I was lucky enough to spend a few months on & off with this lovely lady.
Here we are on New Years Eve
Naturally Harley is locked & loaded once again. 🙂
Big Steve Bristow (son of Tim) & Greg Johnston.
Now in 2018 Greg lives in Pattaya & runs a bar on the dark side, & Steve still lives on the Gold Coast.
The late great Paul Allen, a Surfers Paradise icon.
Talking about icons…………
Daryl Beattie is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, those bikes however all belonged to Mick Doohan the living legend who won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships. The guy in the middle is a legend in his own lunch time, my good mate Ross Kennedy aka “Shoeless Joe”.
Talking about legends…
Here I am giving my boat a good wash. 🙂
A good looking bunch of babes
It was Xmas day 1992 and we all had a great lunch at my home in 106 Upton St Bundall. My main squeeze at the time was Kelly 2nd from the right, & my occasional squeeze was Jill standing beside her. 🙂
Another night another dinner at Upton St
Harley & his gay flatmate naturally came dressed in their army outfits. 🙂 Tat’s Kandice on the left & Nicola on the right.
That night produced one of my favourite photos
This is a true classic.
Another classic from 1992
Lyn Goss & Roslyn provided the glamour & Tony Murphy & I contributed with a truck load of style. 🙂
Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect place to live for a guy like me. Good friends & great restaurants, what more could I want? Plus a reasonably short plane ride to many outstanding locations. Above is the incredible view from my Markland apartment on the 20th floor.
Part of my personal online photo albums, as opposed to my FiveStarVagabond travel blog.
Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene
Filipino Flashback Manila Bar Scene started for me way back in 1980 as you can see from the above photo. I returned in 1987 & 1997 but have not been back there since.
Manilas’s famous Jeepneys
Jeepneys were originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II
The Duterte administration is demanding that any jeepneys in violation of updated regulations — including those built more than 15 years ago — are taken off the roads by Jan. 1, 2018. New rules on size, accessibility and engine quality could take thousands of vehicles out of service, as well as potentially endangering the livelihoods of drivers and others in the jeepney industry. The changes could also effectively mean the end of a Filipino design icon.
Known in the Philippines as the “King of the Road,” jeepneys are also renowned for having designs as loud as their roaring engines. Embracing a “more is better” philosophy, owners use vibrant colors and busy ornamentation to decorate their vehicles.
On the bus to Angeles City.
Accompanied by two Adelaide lads, Ron Gillette & Jim Cox. Jim eventually moved from Australia to Angeles City but I lost track of him 20 years ago.
Recovering at the beach
Just a small hangover to deal with.
Here is the cure
A Margarita & a fresh coconut. 🙂
Doug Ritchies & Jim Cox
Two old friends of mine from when I was living in Adelaide from 1972 to 1974.
Found myself a friend in Angeles City
These Filipino girls speak perfect English & really know how to look after you. 🙂
OK, back to Manila.
Outside nearly every shop lurks an armed guard, obviously there is a reason for this. 🙂
The Firehouse in 1987
I can’t believe 31 years have flashed by.
After all this time I understand the Firehouse is still going, and so am I. 🙂
What time can I start having fun?
And yes, I did take her home with me. 🙂
Can you blame me?
Am I missing work?
No way Jose.
Take a closer look at her hair
Very curly indeed, her father was a U.S. marine. (what a great face she has)
Can’t help being popular. 🙂
Is is me or the Pesos they are after? Remembering of course in those days I was a bit of a chick magnet. 🙂
Jump forward 10 years to 1997
Doug Ritchies at Brisbane airport Doug was a very tough Cockney.
Our first night in Manila
Let the games begin. 🙂
That’s Doug in the middle being swamped & I’m with Simone who was a friend of mine from the Gold Coast.
This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.
Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 gave me a welcome break from the relentless heat in Thailand. I offered to house sit & look after Sam the dog for my friends Tony & Nikki Murphy.
Melbas is still my favorite bar
Drinks with Geoff Robinson who traveled from Gosford on business.
Rebel without a cause
Grant Thompson taking his Harley for a spin to Mt Tambourine.
Fresh prawns from the trawler
The best in the world without a doubt.
Here is where you buy them.
located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.
Friends from the 80’s
At La Rustica with George Hoult & Steve Bates who are friends from Sydney in the 80’s.
George & his lovely Thai lady.
George was on his way to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays. La Rustica has been around forever & still serves very good food at the right price.
Flashback 30 years to November 1987
Here I am at La Rustica with Winnie & Allison in 1987, how time flies when you are having fun. I was lucky enough to have a fling with both of these ladies, Allison was only 18 at the time so I promised her the world & bought her an atlas. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant offers good food in a great seaside location on Wongamat beach. There’s a huge menu & my only complaint is the wine cost, like many other Pattaya restaurants they do not offer a glass of house wine for between B120 & B150. This oversight certainly costs them customers.
What a fabulous view
I prefer lunch over dinner for two reasons, the fabulous view & I find the wine far too expensive at night.
Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant
As you can see the beer prices are fine.
Let’s take a look at the food
My seafood pasta was very good indeed.
Scallop Mornay was excellent.
Just looking at this photo makes my mouth water. 🙂
As you can see, the food is beautifully presented.
One of the many interesting dishes on the extensive menu.
Chicken, onion rings, sweet corn , YUM!
By now you probably realize why this is a favorite Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant.
Spinach soup, what a great color.
Often a soup & a selection of entrees suits me better than a large main meal.
TripAdvisor rate Surf & Turf 111 out of 870 restaurants in Pattaya. I’m a little surprised there are only 870, I really thought there were more. On another subject I have never been a fan of food served on wooden plates, I just wonder whether are are as hygienic as normal plates?
Two visitors from Australia
Ross Kennedy & Bryce Mathews enjoying their first visit to Pattaya.
Looking south towards Pattaya, the high rise on the left is “The Cove”, an upmarket condo & the the other one is “Cape Dara”a 5 star hotel on the beach. For a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK.
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