Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant is a wonderful dining experience particularly on Sunday. It is in direct competition with the fabulous Mantra at the Amari hotel. Further on in this review I will endeavour to make comparisons between the two.
Fresh seafood is of course the star of the show, however there are many more special offerings guaranteed to delight you.
An impressive choice of Oysters
There are 4 or 5 variety to choose, mainly from France.
My first course
Oysters, crab, prawns, caviar & fresh white bread, I always find it difficult to get past the seafood counter. 🙂
Did I mention caviar?
Certainly one of my favourite delicacies, salmon Roe.
Lots of sushi & sashimi
As I said before, it’s hard to get past the fresh seafood. 🙂
Too much sushi is never enough. 🙂
I travel to Japan every year and the Hilton sushi is certainly high quality.
Catering for smokers & those who want to get closer to the view.
Funnily enough the six baskets contain 6 different variety of Chinese buns, a little bit of overkill I feel. I would much prefer to see some Shumei & prawn dumplings similar to what’s on the menu at the Mantra.
BBQ seafood station
You really need a big appetite to cope with this fabulous buffet.
This is one of my favourite photos from Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant.
No matter what you fancy it is all here. 🙂
The bread here is excellent.
An excellent cheese selection
Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant I was at Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant on Sunday February 19, & sadly I overindulged & could not fit in any cheese. 🙂
An amazing choice of deserts to finish.
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I have given a lot of thought to which is the best buffet, the Hilton (with the salmon caviar) or the Mantra (with the Alaskan crab), & the verdict is Mantra by a short 1/2 crab claw. 🙂
However I have noticed they now serve the clawless variety of Alaskan crab, please Mantra bring back the claws. 🙂
Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand are everywhere in the city, many tourists who visit think Walking Street is the only entertainment area, however they couldn’t be more wrong. This post is designed to show you some other areas where you can find some good bars, from back street down & dirty beer bars to up market sky bars.
Soi 7 & Soi 8 run parallel between Beach Rd & 2nd Rd, the photo shows Soi 8 near the Beach Rd corner. Always plenty of action in these two streets, lots of bars, restaurants & hotels mainly in Soi 8.
Location Soi 6 to Soi 8
Jump on a Baht bus at 2nd Rd for a 5 minute trip, cost B10.
These two bars just happen to have been my local drinking holes for the last 15 years. Billabong was the Cherry bar until it was taken over in 2016, I don’t go there much now because of a particularly rude cashier who does not know how to treat regular customers properly. Consequently Atlantic Bar is collecting all my spare cash, the staff are much friendlier as well.
The Atlantic Bar opens at 6 pm until very late and is opposite Central Marina shopping mall.
Billabong 2 formally the Cherry Bar.
On the corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd, they have a good band that starts playing at 9 pm.
Soi 6 to the Atlantic Bar & Drinking St.
We are currently focusing on North Pattaya & will check out Walking St & LK Metro later.
There are around 25 bars here & these days in 2017 most of the time they seem fairly quiet. Then again I’m rarely out late at night so things may well kick on around midnight.
One very good idea in place here is that all bars play the same music rather than compete with each other as most other Pattaya bars seem to do.
From Drinking St to Soi 29 & 33 Naklua,
This area is very lively at night.
Soi 33 Naklua is a very good street
Further north through the Dolphin roundabout & 150 meters along is Soi 33. There are a few good beer bars but the big attraction for me are some excellent restaurants, Leckerle on the right is German, Grottino also on the right and Bella Italia opposite.
24 Beer bars Naklua Rd
Wongamat beach-side bars
One bar is lay back & casual, & one is upmarket & classy.
A perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer or two by the beach.
Perhaps you want to go a little more upmarket?
The Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel is arguably the classiest bar in Pattaya. Happy hour is 5 to 7 pm on a good selection of beer cocktails & wine.
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Western style bars on Beach Road NOW CLOSED FOR RE-DEVELOPEMENT.
Staring in North Pattaya we have Tavern By the Sea which is part of the Amari Hotel. Happy hour every night from 5 to 7 pm. NOW CLOSED FOR RE-DEVELOPEMENT.
Follow the dotted line to find lots of good bars, LK Metro & Soi Buakhao is where the locals go to drink. They tend to leave Walking St to the tourists. LK Metro is the L shape street where i-Rovers is.
LK Metro is jammed packed with bars.
One of the busiest bars areas in Pattaya.
Kåres Party Bar
There is no better happy hour in Pattaya for beer drinkers.
Sportman’s pub Soi 13
On of Pattaya’s most popular pubs, food is excellent. This is one of my favourite places for breakfast & Sunday buffet lunch.
There are hundreds of go go bars, beer bars, strip shows & restaurants. However my main purpose for publishing this Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog is to show you there are many other interesting places to visit in this vibrant city.
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This little gem is just a couple of kms north of the Glasshouse, I had an Aussie pie at this quaint little lay-back beach bar at Na Jomtien. The pie & the red wine was Ok, the beer was cold, perhaps the service left a bit to be desired, but totally in keeping with the casual atmosphere, certainly no complaints from anyone in our group.
As well as Aussie pies they specialise in wood fired pizzas plus many other interesting dishes.
Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.
This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the 2nd half of 2016.
Another birthday rolls around July 7.
Loving Pattaya life 2016 has seen me spend all year here, the quietest travel year I have had this century. I over spent in the last 2 or 3 years so I thought I should pull my horns in. 🙂
I spent 5 days in Koh Samui in June, 2 weeks in Australia in August and a great trip to Japan in October.
Some of the usual suspects
Greg, Hamish & John helped me celebrate at the Mantra.
A year living in Pattaya seems like about 6 months, time just seems to fly.
Great beach shot August 4th at 7am
All the boats are waiting for the hordes of Chinese tourists.
And here they come in their thousands
The busses roll into Beach Road of a morning and the tourists flock to the boats.
Tony & Nikki Murphy at Signature Steak & Seafood.
The Murphy’s spent a week in Pattaya then 3 nights in Mae Pim before flying back to Australia.
Visitors from San Diego
It was great to catch up with Paul, Eileen, Parker & Elle in Pattaya as part of their 9 week Asian holiday with included Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Koh Samet & Danang.
I have decided to meet them in Las Vegas next June before staying for a week or so at their home in San Diego. I have also promised myself a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon plus a few days in Central America, maybe Belize or Panama depending on my research? Finally a few days in Tokyo on the way home.
Seagulls in Pattaya?
Here is a sculpture on Beach Rd showing a flock of seagulls, yet to this day I have never seen a seagull in Pattaya. 🙂
Here comes the rain
I love seeing the black clouds roll in over Pattaya.
Steve is a great mate of Larry’s from the Gold Coast. Terrific news for movie goers which vastly overshadows the recent Brangelina bullshit, the “odd couple” Larry Krausz & Steven Reade have been signed by BangBros, the largest porn studio in the world, to star in a remake of the 1988 movie Twins, which stared Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. See if you can pick who will play DeVito. 🙂
The more thigs change the more they stay the same
After many years the Cherry bar on Soi 3 & 2nd Rd has been sold and is now Billabong 2.
And the beat goes on.
When can we have some fun?
Every night you go out in Pattaya the fun starts.
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Opened in September at the “Bay” which is between Soi 5 & 6 on Beach Rd.
Good coffee & happy staff
They are the first to open at the Bay, next will be McDonalds.
Stunning November sunset
So many great sunsets from myy balcony.
My new home
On November 1st after 4.5 years I moved from the 17th floor in Markland to the 20th, does that mean I coming up in the world?
The usual suspects
Jim’s Burgers is a great place for a casul dinner with friends, I’m with Hamish, Jonathon & Matt.
Lots of varieties & you can order small or large.
One of my massage girls
Used to be a waitress in Chamiko in Soi 3, now she works at a massage parlour in Soi 3 & sometines gives me a reasonable foot massage.
Spectacular clouds over Koh Larn
These days I seem to be obbsessed with taking photos of clouds & sunsets. 🙂
October in Japan
I m with my friend Kayo in a Spanish restaurant in Tokyo. I purchased a two week ticket on the Shinkansen or bullet train, then after 3 nights in Tokyo I travelled to 6 interesting Japanese cities, includung Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Nagasaki & Fukuoka.
I arrived back in Pattaya on Ocober 28th & the following day my good friend Larry Krausz was rushed to Bangkok Pattaya hospital after suffering a major stroke, now 5 weeks later on December 5th he is still in a serious condition in the intensive care ward.
Ross & Bryce arrive from Australia
The boys came over for a few days to visit Larry.
After a couple of cold beers at Centara Grand a Pattaya cop working security wanted to throw us out. I lay the blame 100% on Pothole aka John David Martin who was dressed like a local bum & showing off his silly tatoos After a couple of cold beers at Centara Grand and a Pattaya cop working security wanted to throw us out. I lay the blame 100% on Pothole aka John David Martin who was dressed like a local bum & showing off his silly tatoos. 🙂
Pothole & sons + Kayo.
Tate is Pothole’s eldest son, he arrived in Thailand from Australia to celebrate Xmas & to meet his 2 half brothers Tyrone & Tiger. Notice for some strange reason known only to Pothole, all his children including daughter Tamara have to have a first name starting with the letter T. Just another one of his many offbeat strange quirks. 🙂 The lovely Japanese girl in the photo is my friend Kayo from Tokyo.
Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand have improved out of sight since I was last there in 2007. There are so many great choices now, here are a few I have no hesitation in recommending. We hit the jackpot on our first evening when we dined at Il Duomo which is rated 3 out of 154 by TripAdvisor.
A very interesting guy who enjoyed having a chat. There was one very nice touch, we ordered a main course each and asked for extra plates as we wanted to share the meals. We were pleasantly surprised when they actually served us both half portions separately, we didn’t need to do it ourselves, very classy indeed. Apart from that the food was exceptional.
Located at the Amari hotelTripAdvisor only rate it 13 out of 154 restaurants in Chaweng. Al I can say if there are 12 better restaurants then Samui dining is in great shape. Lovely decor, great food and excellent service. Once again the price was reasonable and they also had a red wine from Chile on special.
My favourite, they also have several in Bangkok although the Silom branch is the only one I have been to. The best garlic prawns I have had in 20 years, I have had them both at Samui & Bangkok & they are perfect.
Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui
We only spent 4 nights in Samui and chose to eat here twice.
The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.
I saw two Coffee club restaurants, one in Central Festival and one in the main street opposite the Ark Bar. Very good eggs Benedict and coffee.
Located at Bophut beach this was really a good little cafe for lunch, the avocado & bacon baguette was perfect and the staff were really friendly.
Lots of choices on the main street.
There are many restaurants offering fresh seafood and lots of sports bars offering good pub food. Sadly we only had four days to sample the Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand, however I guarantee I shall return.
Lots of fresh seafood
In the nine years since I was in Samui I can’t believe the incredible improvement in the restaurant scene, the choices are endless.
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Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya has been my favourite restaurant since it opened about 10 years ago. Sunday brunch is amazing allowing you to sample food from seven different kitchens. My number one dish is Alaskan crab and oysters from France.
Sashimi and Sushi
As I said there are seven kitchens to choose from, however I rarely get past the seafood, sashimi and dim sum. 🙂
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya October 2012
I’m even stuck on the seafood in this photo blog. 🙂
Dim Sum station
Dim Sum has always been one of my favourite cuisines, the Peking Duck rolls at the mantra are to die for.
Bring on the duck
Not everyone is happy with the duck
Dim Sum washed down with cold sake.
The Mantra is part of the fabulous Amari hotel and the food, service and décor is world class.
This gorgeous lady is the public relations manager at the Mantra, she always makes sure we all have a wonderful dining experience. We always seem to spend Xmas and birthdays at this great restaurant.
From the Chinese kitchen
Beef fillet steak with Cantonese onion sauce just melts in your mouth.
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya Xmas day 2013
All the usual suspects celebrate Xmas at the Mantra.
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya Xmas Day 2014
Here we are again celebrating Xmas. I’m with Brendan Daley who is GM at the Mantra, and a Sydney boy as well. Brendan has left the Amari & I have not met the new manager.
Looking towards the sushi & seafood
The décor is simply stunning, is it any wonder so many of my friends think this is the number one restaurant in Pattaya?
The food at the Mantra is presented beautiful, we often take over three hours to enjoy the Sunday brunch.
Wood fired Pizza
They even have a pizza oven. The à la carte servings are smaller at Sunday lunch, the idea is to encourage customers to sample many dishes on the menu. As you can see casual dress is acceptable on Sundays compared to dinner 7 nights per week when you are expected to dress a little more formally.
Mantra Restaurant Pattaya July 7 2015
Another birthday, another Mantra celebration.
A cake and a hat, both birthday gifts from the Mantra.
Like most Thai ladies she has a nickname we can pronounce, Beer.
We have had some big groups at Sunday brunch over the years.
pièce de résistance
It has to be the wonderful seafood which I usually wash down with cold sake. The brunch (B.1,690) opens at 11 a.m. and operates until 3 p.m every Sunday, so take your time, wander through the stations, enjoy a glass of wine (the free flow wine buffet is B.1,490)
Of course those prices were in 2013, now in 2017 brunch is B1,990 & free flow wine is B1750.
Birthday for Hamish
July 21st 2014 and we celebrate Hamish turning 46.
Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.
This building on the left was the town hall until 1997 and is now the Bay discovery centre. The building on the right is the Five Star Stanford Hotel which is the number one spot to stay in Glenelg & perhaps the whole of Adelaide, use this link for a great room rate.
Old Glenelg church
The name Glenelg is noteworthy for being apalindrome.
The Glenelg Marina
There a quite a selection of restaurants at the marina and car parking is available in the basement.
Denis Young and I have been friends since I lived in Adelaide in 1973, strangely we have hardly changed at all. 🙂
A very good place for breakfast, which is rated number 2 restaurant in Glenelg by Tripadvisor.
Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok opened in March 2015 & I’m blown away by the amazing food hall at this new shopping mall opposite the Emporium. I never thought I would say it but Bangkok now rivals Tokyo with the highest quality food presentation in the world.
Street Food Fair
Everything I saw was simply top quality.
Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok food hall
There are dozens of restaurants, offices, event halls and a nice atrium garden featuring a waterfall. There’s direct access from Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain and walkway to the original Emporium mall across the road.
au bon pain
One of my favourite coffee chains, I often have breakfast at the Pattaya branch, a bacon & egg croissant & a medium latte.
Wonderful liquor store
Way back in the 80s I owned a liquor in Sydney, it looked nothing like this. 🙂
Harrods at Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok
No, we are not in London, we are in Bangkok.
The choices of restaurants and coffee shops is mind boggling.
Wine I love you
What a great name for a restaurant, as well as the indoor area there is a terrace that overlooks downtown Bangkok, they offer Asian and Western choices for appetisers & mains, catering to a variety of tastes, all at very affordable prices.
I wanted to order the lamb shank but they were sold out, when I remarked “but it’s only 12.15,” the waitress informed me they only get 4 shanks each day and we have been opened since 10 am. When I think about it it probably ensures they always have fresh produce to serve.
Amazing EmQuartier Bangkok
Wine I love you at Amazing EmQuartier Bangkok is one of many restaurants with wonderful décor.
Meerkats on guard
Part of the nice garden area where people can relax and kids can play.
Did I mention the guard dog?
EmQuartier has its very own guard dog.
The garden at Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok
It really is a pleasure exploring this wonderful new mall.
Oysters at Crab and Claw, 7th Floor Helix Building.
Lobsters, New England Clam Chowder and a good selection of oysters (Kumamoto, Calm Cove, Royal, etc…) and fresh home-made pasta. Lots of choices at this popular establishment. The lobster roll is Crab & Claw’s signature dish, however it will set you back around B1000.
They have recently opened at Siam Paragon as well.
Entrée at Crab and Claw
An interesting dish featuring a crab with little black hamburger rolls and a crab filling. Although it was a little light on the crab, tasty but I would not order again. A very good selection of (expensive) Oysters from all over the world, average price between B500 & B600 for 3.
Sospel village near Monte Carlo is a small town situated about 15km inland from the coastal resort of Menton & close to the French border with Italy. We were based in Breil Sur Roya just a short drive through the mountains.
Briel Sur Roya to Sospel & Monte Carlo
A short drive to the coast.
This small medieval town feels almost Italian in character, maybe because it was part of Italy until 1860.
Relaxing in the town square
Sospel became prosperous in the 13th century when an important salt trading route between Nice and Turin passed through the town and those using the route paid tolls to use the bridge across the Bévéra river.
Houses along the riverbanks
The streets of the old town contain numerous attractive medieval houses, many with decorative painted facades.
The tower in the centre of the fortified bridge was originally the toll gate for the mules using the trade route. A bridge has stood here since at least the 13th century, although it is likely the original version was built of wood. In 1522 the wooden bridge was replaced by a stone version, much as we see it today.
Viaduct beside the village
You can spend many days exploring the beautiful part of France.
Coffee with Deborah
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Saorge beautiful French village was classed as one of the “40 most beautiful villages of France”. The main village streets traverse narrowly between the buildings at very different levels, with smaller streets and steps leading up and down between them. The view from anywhere in the village is spectacular, looking outward to snow-capped mountains in the middle distance (into May and June) and the deep gorge and rushing white-water river below.
Road to Saorge
The region belonged to the old County of Nice. From 1388 to 1860 Saorge was part of Sardinia-Piedmont when it was ceded to France. In June 1793 the armies of the First French Republic and Sardinia clashed here. In the Battle of Saorgio on 24–28 April 1794, the French wrested the town from the Piedmontese. The town was returned to Sardinia-Piedmont after the overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Saorge beautiful French village
Saorge is 11 km north of Breil Sur Roya where we were based. There are so many interesting French & Italian villages in this particular area, you can spend weeks exploring these fabulous part of Europe.
Bath house or wash house?
Whichever one it is or was I can guarantee it is old, very old. 🙂
The tall solid stone houses date from the 15th-17th centuries and line the narrow steep cobbled street that climb up through the village.
Narrow streets & Alleys
Exploring the village is straightforward as the village mostly follows one long street that climbs the hill through Saorge, with lots of smaller alleys climbing the hill to either side.
My travel buddies
Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONiell from the Gold Coast in Australia spent a couple of weeks with me exploring the French & Italian villages, French Riviera & the Cinque Terre. My best travel tip for this area is to base yourself in the central village of Breil Sur Roya, from here you can easily reach all the wonderful surrounding villages similar to Saorge.
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