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.

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Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya

Excellent food & wine at a reasonable price,

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya

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 brûlée, 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 $31 AUD, & Angus the bull B850 or $40 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

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya

Thanks for visiting my Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya photo blog. I have also had the pleasure of dining in several of their Bangkok restaurants as well as Koh Samui.

Here are some more posts to check out 

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

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For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.               

 
 
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That’s all folks

1g Duck

 

Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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