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.

Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd

November 17, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Excellent low cost Italian food

Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd

Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd

Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd is surrounded by Italian & German restaurants however it still remains one of the most popular restaurants in the street. TripAdvisor rating is #16 of 1,084 Restaurants in Pattaya.

Lets start with the Bruschetta. 

Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd The anchovies were my favourite followed the Parma ham.

Bruschetta is an antipasto from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Variations may include toppings of tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese. Wikipedia

A good looking salad.

Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd In fact you will find it hard to get a more colourful dish than this one. 🙂

Ain’t love grande?

Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd Here we have a middle aged Italian gentleman with his much younger Thai girlfriend, as they say in the classics, you gotta Thailand. 🙂

As you would expect the pasta was excellent.

Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd Right opposite is another favourite Italian restaurant Bella Italia. Their main branch is in 2nd road near Soi 6. For lots more information just follow THIS LINK.

The above Pasta alla Boscaiola, or “’Woodman’s Pasta”, is a classic Italian dish that typically combines mushrooms, pancetta, parmesan and cream to create an earthy, creamy sauce.

Lekerle is almost next door.

Great Pattaya German Restaurant

Lekerle is another one of many very good restaurants in the lively busy Soi, excellent German food. Just follow THIS LINK.

Sit inside or outside

Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd Personally I prefer to be inside with the aircon. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my Grottino Soi 33 Naklua Rd  photo blog.

A-One hotel on Beach Road

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Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time

November 2, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Three days dining October 2018

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time

Eleven thousand restaurants

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time, dining in Bangkok can be rather confusing, because there are just so many good places to eat. Having said that, I must point out that even after living in Thailand for seven years 90% of my diet is western style food.

The Hass Bistro

Eleven thousand restaurants Avocados are one of my favourite things to eat & drink in a smoothie. This simple little cafe is in Klang Avenue which runs off Sukhumvit midway between Thong lo & Phrom Phong BTS stations.

Lets take a closer look.

Eleven thousand restaurants Chicken, cheese & tomato between 2 halves of avocado.

Yuna Japanese Restaurant and Bar

Eleven thousand restaurants  Located near the Grand Swiss hotel in soi 11/1 Nana. Food & service are good with  a rather authentic Japanese atmosphere.

Eleven thousand restaurants such little time but I’m really trying. 🙂

Eleven thousand restaurants The food above + a glass of house wine was total of B920 or $38 Aud or $28 USD. I’m still on my avocado push, notice the tasty serve above with creme cheese. 🙂

Oh no! Not more avocado. 🙂

Eleven thousand restaurants

Of course there is always more when you are addicted to this wonderful fruit. Follow THIS LINK for the many benefits of avocado.

Want a closer look at this great breakfast?

Eleven thousand restaurants Presented by the Bangkok Baking Company at the JW Marriot on Sukhumvit.

Here is a YouTube video on the many benefits of avocado. Just follow THIS LINK.

El Mercado is El Magnifico.

Eleven thousand restaurants Much more than a grocery store & delicatessen. My photo blog for lots more information can be found on THIS LINK.

This is what I chose for lunch.

Eleven thousand restaurants Cultivated in Cancale, in the beautiful Bay of Mont St Michel, Brittany region of France, The Special de Cancale this a slightly acidic oyster loved for its taste of iodine, its firm flesh, light nutty flavor.

Book your Bangkok hotel through THIS LINK for a great discount, plus you can pay later & cancel free of charge if you wish.

For over 20 years I have been enjoying Oxtail stew at the Busstop in Soi 4 Nana.

Eleven thousand restaurants We used to get double the size for 1/2 the price, oh well I guess that’s just inflation. 🙂

This was the size in 2016.

Soi 4 Bus Stop (3) As you can clearly see the size is shrinking.

Pirate Chambre 

Eleven thousand restaurants It’s a little hard to find the restaurant’s entrance located on the 3rd floor of the Maneeya Centre building, which directly links to BTS Chit Lom at the Siam end.  The slow cooked lamb shank is absolutely delicious, more photos on THIS LINK.

Lets not forget Wine Connection.

Eleven thousand restaurants Spanish style Gambas is my favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Finally farewell from Starbucks at EmQuartier 

Eleven thousand restaurants I’m at one of their outlets nearly every day. Thanks for visiting my Eleven thousand restaurants photo blog.

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

October 22, 2018 by David Herd

Put iO on your list.

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya can be found at IO Italian Osteria, take the long escalator from gate 2 to the top & the restaurant is on the right hand side towards the other end of the building.

Sit inside or out, your choice.

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya My choice is inside but many people prefer to watch the passing parade.

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya Very interesting decor.

Mushroom Bruschetta

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya This dish was absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to go back and have more. 🙂

Garganelli, a braised lamb ragout

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya Very nice but not as good as the Bruschetta. 🙂

Nice open Kitchen

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya You can sit on the high stools, and I mean really high and watch watch the guys do their thing.

Be careful leaving the restaurant….

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall You may run into this dangerous looking warrior. 🙂

My friend Mark.

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya By shear coincidence my friend Mark Yagalla was dining in the outside area. Like myself he is thrilled with the whole concept of Terminal 21. Living at Naklua means it’s a very short distance for him to travel. 

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya Other branches are n Bangkok & Singapore. TripAdvisor rate the Bangkok branch #65 of 11,114 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Many thanks for visiting my Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya photo blog. To see how this fabulous mall was created from the start just follow THIS LINK.

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Bella Italia very good Italian food

September 28, 2018 by David Herd

A very good value restaurant

Bella Italia very good Italian food

Bella Italia very good Italian food

Bella Italia very good Italian food at a reasonable price. Two locations with the same menu. One in 2nd Road near Soi 6 & the other Naklua Soi 33. There is a wood fired pizza oven on the right as you enter the restaurant.

Enter from 2nd Rd,

Bella Italia very good Italian food A large outdoor dining area keeps the smokers happy I guess.

Much better to dine inside with the air conditioning.

Bella Italia very good Italian food Service here is always very good along with the food.

A perfect entre to share

Bella Italia very good Italian food

Melon & Prosciutto, Bella Bella. 🙂

My Italian friend from Australia Roland Bonici.

Bella Italia very good Italian food Roland is a well known Sydney barrister who loves all types of food, especially Italia. 🙂

Pasta to die for

Bella Italia very good Italian food The pasta is excellent as you would expect.

As was the salmon

Bella Italia very good Italian food Lots of variety at Bella Italia very good Italian food.

How about some Italian sausage?

Bella Italia very good Italian food As you can see this restaurant is a lot more than just pasta & pizza. 🙂

Bella Italia very good Italian food is very popular with the locals.

Bella Italia very good Italian food The main branch in 2nd Rd is usually quite busy.

Oh well, why not finish an ice cream sunday?

Bella Italia very good Italian food Sadly I do have a sweet tooth. 🙂

A nice group of friends

Bella Italia very good Italian food On the right is Sally Hashtag with her husband Wayne, & on the left is Hamish Elton & his girlfriend May.

Thanks for visiting my Bella Italia very good Italian food photo blog.

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The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

September 22, 2018 by David Herd

Lots of action in Soi 3 North Pattaya 

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya, this lively Soi has a lot to offer tourists & locals alike. Living in Soi 1 as I do means I’m a regular in Soi 3. At the end is Honey 2 massage, 2nd Road & Central Marina.

Lots of Thai street food.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Lots of these interesting little shops have recently opened in 2018.

Melodies Bar & guesthouse

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Quite popular with a few Aussies who live in my condo building, Markland in Soi 1.

Diagonally opposite is a very good low price restaurant called 3 Zab.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya I regularly eat here on my way home from the Atlantic Bar.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Noodles & chicken or pork at 3 Zab for B60 or $2.50 AUD.

Soi 3 from my balcony at Markland

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya [email protected] is the tall hotel on the left & on the right is MyTT Beach Hotel, a very nice hotel that opened early 2018 & is part of the A-One group of hotels.

Another A-One hotel next door to MyTT.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Sadly the A-One hotels have no regard for their neighbours, they often play music far too loud into the early hours of the morning, plus allow their staff to park 30 or 40 motorbikes on the footpath forcing people to walk on the road. Total arrogance.

Most streets in Pattaya have at least one 7 Eleven. 🙂

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya There are massage parlours next door & opposite.

The biggest of them all is Honey 2.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

One of the many body to body massage palaces in North Pattaya.

A word of caution, 90% of customers are from India. 🙂

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping MallThat’s why I always recommend my friends go to the one opposite the Atlantic bar.

Sabai body massage

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping MallNext door to the Sabai Resort in 2nd Rd & opposite the Atlantic Bar.

Looking from the Atlantic Bar.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

This is the view I get from my seat in the bar where I am a regular.

Opposite Soi 3 & Honey 2 is Central Marina.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

An excellent shopping mall that will suffer a downturn when Terminal 21 opens on October 19th. Thanks for visiting my Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya photo blog.

Karaoke Bar

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Always lots of babes inviting you in for a drink, however for me karaoke is similar to water torture. 🙂

Soi 3 beer bars

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya This is 2010, big Steve Reade from Surfers Paradise with a cute 18 yo babe celebrating her birthday. Of the left in the silly outfit is Pothole Bin Ladin aka John Martin.

Flashback to 2010

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Here I am out of control at Jasmine’s bar, This is 2010 & the bars were jumping. Now in late 2018 many have closed down.

A happy farewell from the motorbike taxi boys.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya A great way to get around Pattaya for 50 or 60 Baht, only problem is they are not always sober. 🙂

Here is a little video I took in Soi 3 in 2015.

Pattaya hotel & condo building boom.

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

September 2, 2018 by David Herd

A unique dining experience.

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality, add to this craft beers, excellent wines, creative cocktails with funky music & crazy staff, you wind up with a fabulous  and unique Pattaya restaurant venue that is rapidly gathering a cult following. 

The 56-year-old  started out as a young boy in his uncle’s New York restaurant and worked his way up to the kitchen of the three Michelin-starred La Francaise in Chicago, eventually coming to Asia as the executive chef at Shangri-La’s China World Hotel in Beijing. He is pictured here with Wayne & Sally Schmidt from Australia who are enjoying an extended world trip including several magic months in Thailand.

My friend Mark Yagalla

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality Mark discovered this gem of a restaurant hidden away on a side street on Pratumnak Hill & has become a regular visitor. As you can see Mark loves Harlan’s Bloody Marys. 

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

The master in his kitchen

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality Harlan seems to be forever on the move, either preparing his creations in the small open kitchen to circumnavigating the restaurant like a force of nature.  Constantly carrying his camera (phone) in one hand & usually a cold beer in the other. 🙂

He occasionally pauses to ring the bell

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Thus signalling a round of tequila shots for everyone in the room including his friends drinking outside on the veranda.

Here they come……

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You may get a little confused at this rather unique venue, I found myself wondering if I was at a restaurant or a private party.

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

Our table was having a birthday party

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality Som celebrated her 23rd birthday in style.

Three gorgeous ladies from our table.

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality Som, Sally & May.

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

The host is never out of sight. 🙂

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality It seems more like a party to Harlan than a business. 🙂

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

What about the food you cry????

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality Sorry it took me so long to mention the fine fare. 🙂 For our Sunday there was a set menu giving 5 choices of food from around the world. Cuban, Italian, Thai, Argentinian & Mexican ranging from B600 to B1000. Whichever one you chose included a variety of excellent entres & desert.

The sliders above were one of the entres & were absolutely delicious, thankfully Hamish has banned bread from his diet so I ate his as well as mine.

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

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From the top right we have the Argentinian Steak at B998 which literally melted in your mouth, it was huge & I imaging they made zero on it. Next is the Mexican battered fish, sorry to say I was disappointed with it, not much fish & batter too thick, please forgive me Harlan. Next the Italian spaghetti with prawns, & finally the Cuban chicken. (I should have ordered this or the Cuban Chicken) 

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Finally the magnificent desert.

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality This was soooo bloody good. 🙂

Keep that booze coming baby…

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality The food price is very reasonably given the quality & flare, the money maker for Harlan would certainly be the booze.

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

Here is Harlan relaxing with a friend.

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality What a fabulous mural, try getting away with that in Australia or America, sad but true.

Here am I relaxing with a small cock.

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality Or rooster, call it what you may. 🙂

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

Dare I say a rose between two thorns?

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality Sorry, what a stupid thing to say. Both girls Som & May are young & beautiful. 

A great place for a party

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality I honestly can’t think of a better place in Pattaya for a party, if you have enough friends (and I don’t) just book out the whole restaurant & have a night you will never forget.

A triple treat

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality My great friend Hamish Elton (aka the selfie king) with two of his great friends Wayne & Sally Schmidt, clearly Wayne is punching way above his weight. 🙂

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

Eat me drink me

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality Kind of sums up the theme & atmosphere of this wonderful addition to Pattaya’s restaurant scene. Thank you for visiting my Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality photo blog, & thanks also to the 2 million other people visiting my site each year.

Hamish & May returned for dinner November 8th 2018

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

They live in Vision condo just an 11 minute walk away. I’m betting they didn’t walk. 🙂

The cost including one cocktail & 3 glasses of white wine was B2,800, or $85 USD.

  Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality   Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality   Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality Prawn Paella, Fish Taco & Sliced Pork in Tuna Cream Sauce, all delicious according to Hamish. 🙂

Location

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

378/531 Moo 12, Kasetsin Soi 2, Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand

Phone: +66 (0)80 937 3583

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 4pm – 11pm

Finally the last word is…….

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

Harlan Goldstein Food plus Personality

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Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

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. 

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Good Indian Food Pattaya 2nd Rd

August 23, 2018 by David Herd

Highly rated Indian restaurant

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya located in 2nd Rd just opposite the Royal Gardens shopping mall. I don’t often patronize Indian restaurants however the food at Zaika was very good so in future I will make an effort to visit other similar places.

Fairly mundane decor

Good Indian Food Pattaya In fact the upholstery on the booths looks like it needs a good shampoo. Otherwise it’s comfortable & compact.

Lets check out the food.

Good Indian Food Pattaya

I ordered a chicken curry not too spicy. 

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya Lets take a closer look at the Good Indian Food Pattaya. The curry was excellent and the long grain rice exceptional.

 Chicken Biryani

Good Indian Food Pattaya These  two photos I borrowed from TripAdvisor to let you see a couple more food samples.

Fish Tikka with Jasmine rice

Good Indian Food Pattaya

TripAdvisor rating is #27 of 1,091 Places to Eat in Pattaya  which seems a rather high rating, hard for me to judge after only one visit.

Located on 2nd Rd

Good Indian Food Pattaya Right opposite the Royal Gardens shopping mall. Their phone number is 038  488 958.

These prices are very low indeed.

Good Indian Food Pattaya They have a very busy home delivery service.

A huge selection

Good Indian Food Pattaya I certainly will be using the home delivery service.

Thanks for visiting my Good Indian Food Pattaya photo blog.

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Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

 

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Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

July 18, 2018 by David Herd

Renovated May 2018

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya is certainly one of my favourite restaurants. TripAdvisor rating is #22 of 1,025 Restaurants in Pattaya, however in my opinion it is in the top 10.

Perhaps a salad to start with.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Lots of choices at Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya.

The photo does not do it justice.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

The Oxtail soup is fantastic, I often drop in and have it for lunch, followed by a waffle of course. 🙂

Of course I sometime have the pancake instead of the waffle. 🙂

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya They are both delicious.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Dining with my friend Hamish & my brother Warren in May 2018 just after the renovation was completed.

The Tuesday night special.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Without a doubt they serve the best lamb shank in Pattaya, perhaps even the northern hemisphere.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya The new decor is attractive & modern. This was at 6.30 pm & I was the only customer. 🙂

In case you were wondering, here’s Patrick.

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He used to be a parachuter, now he is a biker. 🙂

Early May 2018 they gutted the restaurant.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya The finished product is excellent.

Here we are at the old restaurant.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya I’m with Greg Clee & Hamish Elton celebrating Hamish’s birthday in 2015. Notice the old fashioned decor?

Can you believe the size of this Tomahawk? 🙂

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya A whopping 1.5 kilo, I think Hamish could handle it. 🙂

A terrific dinner with friends.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya August 31st 2018, 3 Aussies, a Belgium & a Yankee.

Good food & nice people.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya From the left we have Dan Escamilla, Hamish Elton, David Herd, Sally Schmidt & Wayne Schmidt.

Another Tuesday night dinner

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Half the table ordered the lamb shank. 🙂 From the right we have David Rose, Brendan Tate, Jessica, Hamish Elton, David Herd, Dan Escamilla & last but not least Possum. 🙂

One final look at the Tuesday special.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Lamb shank (French style) & potato au gratin. I only have one criticism of this fine restaurant, the house wine is far too expensive. Everything else is excellent, many thanks for visiting my Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya photo blog.

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Excellent Food Hikone Japan

June 18, 2018 by David Herd

Not much to see other than the castle.

Excellent Food Hikone Japan

Excellent Food Hikone Japan

Excellent Food Hikone Japan, which was a real bonus because there is not much more to see or do there. Located on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa west of Tokyo. I’m not too sure why I decided to end my trip in Hikone even though I was badly in need of a rest after a very hectic two weeks.

Things actually turned out fine, I saw the castle & had dinner at two excellent restaurants. The one pictured above is a delightful French restaurant called Apprenti.

Very good food

Excellent Food Hikone Japan After eating Japanese food every night for 2 weeks I decided to go French. I’m so glad I did, the food was terrific & the owners Hiromi & Masanori are absolutely delightful people. The terrine was top class, the onion soup very good, as was my main course the Duck Confit was cooked to perfection. Put this lovely little restaurant on your bucket list.

Delicious onion soup.

Excellent Food Hikone Japan Quite different to what I expected, very smooth & creamy. 

Duck confit was tender & tasty.

Excellent Food Hikone JapanBelow is a You Tube video on how to cook this excellent French dish.

Duck Confit – Bruno Albouze – THE REAL DEAL

Excellent Food Hikone Japan

Excellent Food Hikone Japan Ice cream & toffee to finish off a terrific meal. Apprenti is rated by TripAdvisor #68 of 551 Restaurants in Hikone.

The owners of Apprenti

Excellent Food Hikone JapanMasonari & his lovely wife Hiromi, they were so friendly & nice it made it a perfect dinner for me.

Uomaru was a busy noisy restaurant.

Excellent Food Hikone JapanGood food & atmosphere, very popular with the locals.

Avocado & sake to start proceedings. 

Excellent Food Hikone Japan I had been looking for grilled avocado the whole trip & this was the closest I got to it.

So simple to make.

How to Grill an Avocado

A taste to die for. 🙂

The chicken was perfect as was the sake.

Excellent Food Hikone JapanThe best chicken I have ever taste is at a Japanese Yakitori restaurant. Both restaurants featured in this photo blog were only a few minutes walk from my hotel. Hotel Sunroute Hikone is also only 4 minutes walk from the station, you can get a room for around $30 AUD if you book through THIS LINK.

Unlike the hotel chains that make you wait until 3 pm to check in, they allowed me to check in at noon.

A good bar next door to Uomaru

Excellent Food Hikone Japan I enjoyed a couple of cold beers before dinner.

Thanks for visiting my Excellent Food Hikone Japan photo blog.

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Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

May 8, 2018 by David Herd

So much seafood & such little time.

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Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 was a noisy affair as usual. There is a bandstand on the beach which blasts very ordinary music until the early hours of the morning. My condo is on the 20th floor 400 meters away & the sound hits me full blast even with the door closed. 🙂

Beach Road Pattaya

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 One of the bigger kitchens along Beach Road.

Prawns, crab & shell fish

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A good variety & freshly cooked.

 Big variety of meat including crocodile. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I’m surprised there is no snake or buffalo. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

One of the many stalls lined along Beach Road.

Here is my favourite shot

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A typical spontaneous Thai smile, no wonder we love living here.

Time for a mango shake

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018Another huge benefit of living in Thailand, the mangoes are wonderful.

OK, I’m confused…..

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I have no idea what these bamboo tubes are for.

Busy ladies here on Beach Road

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The festival runs for 5 nights and really draws the crowds.

I dined at the same place last year.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018In 2017 the food here was great so I decided to give it another whirl.

 Small but tasty

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 I chose 2 dishes from their signature menu, the one above was fine at B159 or $5 USD.

 This one not so good.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The calamari was as tough as an old boot & the filling was very average indeed. I would have been better off at one of the smaller stalls.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 photo blog.

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Pattaya Hilton

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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. 

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