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The Hit And Run Restaurant "review" Thread

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16 hours ago, opporna said:

I'm not sure what the green sauce is, but I'd like to know. Seems like it has some yoghurt in it? Not sure. It's quite sour and spicy--lovely to me. My other favorite Indian place Aroma/Colors has it too.

 

I have no idea if he made the wrap better for me. I just mentioned what he said in the interest of full disclosure. I'm guessing the one I got is just what they serve--it really was nice. The actual 'tortilla' was amazing, flaky like a pastry. I would love a Mexican burrito with a wrapper like that. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it again.

The bread was paratha bread so I would not compare it to any corn or flour tortilla. It is a little flaky but has a similar taste to a butter naan to me. I have also tried their butter chicken wrap and it was VERY good, however I did not care for the orange tandori souce that was in it, the curry was good enough on it own I thought.  They also gave me a discount as it was listed at 120 but they charged me 80 plus water 15b. I find it funny how they word it as an indian burrito here but that does paint a picture to the non-indian market, as they call them Kathi rolls in india. I will be going regularly. 

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Tried the Pattaya Seafood lunch buffet at the Hilton’s “Edge” restaurant.

฿650 including service and vat.

Great service, friendly staff, good value.

Calling it a “seafood lunch” is something of stretch, but they did have a pretty wide variety of food. Grilled and steamed shrimp and crab was good, okay sushi counter, nice salad & fruit bar, nice bread bar, okay pizzas, several good pasta dishes including a great spinach lasagna. Good roast chicken and the the best ham I can remember having in Thailand.

It would have been a decent value had it stopped there, but the highlight was the dessert bar. Nice variety and quality, including several surprisingly good flavors of ice cream, including a great semi-tart mango and and interesting sweet-potato.

The latte I had was disappointing, but overall a great meal.

Nice weather on the terrace with a great view. Total for three all-in was ฿2,140

Hope to try the TexMex Monday...

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Abunawas Indian and Arabic restaurant

Soi "Arab" South Pattaya

I've tried a number of places on Soi "Arab" over the years, but this was the first time at Abunawas.

I was inspired to try it by this youtube video.

 

 

(An odd thing about the video is that they got a keema dish served with potatoes though that doesn't exist on the menu which is with peas instead.)

 

Anyway, I was in the mood for Arabic food rather than Indian so I ordered hummus (100), roti bread (30), and Maqloba Chicken (200). 

 

The hummus was rather a small portion bordered with thin sliced tomatoes and topped with a rich dollop of something I can't identify. I would normally expect tahini or olive oil but it wasn't that. The Arabic word for it is on the menu but I forgot the word and didn't look it up when I was there. Anyway, the quality and flavor were good.

 

The Indian bread was very large and very excellent. Note typical Arabic bread was not included with the hummus and there isn't even Arabic bread or pita on the menu, but I enjoyed the Indian bread with it very much. 

 

It was my first experience specifically with an Arabic Maqloba dish anywhere. It seemed to fit this wiki description closely enough, with a large portion of rice and chicken that had vegetables in it, sliced potatoes and eggplant. There were also some welcome whole spices in the dish, namely cardamom.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maqluba

 

Unlike the video I wasn't offered any free popadums but there was a very good and spicy green chutney and some raw vegetables.

 

The spicy chutney was appreciated because the rice dish was more bland than I usually like but I assume authentic. 

 

Overall I was very happy with the meal and would return to try other dishes, Arabic and Indian. The prices for the Indian dishes looked a tad high but as this place seems to be into larger portions perhaps that compensates.

 

I will add that many long term locals seem to like Layla Indian and Arabic restaurant on the same soi closer to walking street specifically for Indian food. I haven't tried the Indian food there though as I order their Egyptian lamb soup with bread in it (Fatta) when I'm there. 

 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293919-d4471842-Reviews-Layla-Pattaya_Chonburi_Province.html

 

 

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Crown of India

2nd road

North Pattaya

 

I have been there before when they opened but I had heard it had changed so decided on another try.

 

This is a rather higher priced Indian restaurant but they no longer have plus plus as they used to. They are on eatigo.com. 50 percent slots for early lunch only. Many slots at 30 percent though.

 

So I had

 

Tangri kebab

4 small sized chicken legs mild spice marinated in yogurt cooked in tandoor.

Very tasty but considering how cheap chicken is it seemed they went out of their way to serve the smallest possible pieces.

260

 

Dal tadka

The classic yellow Dal generous portion served in a metal bucket.

I had asked three times for them to make it very spicy. Surprise. Surprise. It was not. The white man's burden at Indian restaurants. It was tasty though and not bland.

140

 

Keema minced meat paratha

OK

140

 

Acceptable value with eatigo.

 

There he wrote.

 

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On 2/24/2019 at 2:46 PM, Jingthing said:

Abunawas Indian and Arabic restaurant

Soi "Arab" South Pattaya

Jingthing, I was walking in the Soi Arab area yesterday, along Thappraya/2nd Road up towards the hill, and I noticed that there were a ton of Indian restaurants offering thalis at 150 baht. I must have seen a dozen such places. It was a bit more complicated, many offered veggie thalis for 120 and non-veggie for 149, but you get the idea. In addition, some offered non-veggie thalis for 150ish saying they were 'buffet' or 'all you can eat' style, whereas the single serving ones were 120ish baht.

 

Faced with such a huge selection I chose none, but if you have any knowledge of how to select well from the plethora of choices I'd be all ears.

 

For Indian I usually go to the buffet at Aroma/Colors in North Pattaya for 200 baht, but I'd like to expand my horizons. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Good question, but I'm not big on Thalis though.

 

I can say this though --

 

Many places have thalis that aren't even on the menu. Just ask.

 

Non-veg is always more expensive than veg.

 

"Unlimited" means they will bring refills if you want.

 

"Buffet" usually doesn't literally mean a buffet in the western sense. It's similar to unlimited but keep in mind some or many places will only serve "buffet" to groups. 

 

Specific ideas.

 

This place offers a piece of tandoori chicken with their non-veg. thali. That's welcome and unusual.

 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293919-d12385859-Reviews-Lovely_Indian_Restaurant-Pattaya_Chonburi_Province.html

 

Years ago I liked the veg thalis here but haven't been lately 

 

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293919-d3808215-Reviews-Indian_Touch_1_RESTAURANT-Pattaya_Chonburi_Province.html

 

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Simon's Israeli Restaurant

Soi Buakow Market (not the Pattaya Tai one)

Sadly, this wonderful restaurant appears to be closed.

The door is locked with a chain, the tables have been removed, and there is no sign on the door about refurbishment. 

There are three other Israeli restaurants in the neighborhood (including the hotel synagogue one that is actually Kosher) but Simon's is a real loss. 

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On 2/25/2019 at 11:48 AM, mogandave said:

Tried the Tex-Mex lunch buffet (฿580 net) at the Hilton this afternoon, and my review is almost identical to the seafood lunch review the other day, in that the Tex-Mex portion was disappointing, but everything else was great. Fish and ground-beef soft tacos were pretty good, as was the pepper corn salad and the chorizo, bean and cheese “wet burritos”. The guacamole was plentiful and something of a highlight. Variety of fresh salsa, none were very good. A few varieties of “salmon ceviche” that were interesting, but salmon being a cold water fish is not caught in either Mexico or Texas, so not sure what that was about. Ceviche is usually made from trigger fish which are junk-fish.

 

Good salad bar, good bread, great roast chicken and Ham and several pasta and Thai dishes that looked good but that I didn’t try.

 

Again, the dessert bar was outstanding, with the standouts being a blueberry cheesecake that could actually be classified as NY style, and Thai-Tea ice cream. The variety on the desert bar changed significantly from the other day.

 

Total for three was ฿1,880 out the door.

 

Sure was a lot of those Chinese that don’t spend any money having lunch there...

 

I'm sorry, but that is nonsense.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceviche

 

You perhaps speak of some U.S variation.

 

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37 minutes ago, Yellowtail said:

And perhaps you know not of what you speak. 

 

DIdn't see Salmon listed on your wiki link...

 

Did I mention Salmon?

 

I know a thing or two about Ceviche....being South American. How about you?

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4 minutes ago, KneeDeep said:

 

Did I mention Salmon?

 

I know a thing or two about Ceviche....being South American. How about you?

To be clear, I was reviewing a Mexican buffet, and last time I looked, Mexico was in North America. I grew up In SoCal and have been to Mexico hundreds of times going back to camping and fishing with my family in the sixties. That said, I will admit that my experience with ceviche is limited, and I will bow to your greater knowledge on the topic.

 

So given your superior intellect and broader experience,  have you ever caught Salmon in Mexico or South America or even heard of Salmon ceviche in Mexico or South America?

 

 

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15 minutes ago, Yellowtail said:

To be clear, I was reviewing a Mexican buffet, and last time I looked, Mexico was in North America. I grew up In SoCal and have been to Mexico hundreds of times going back to camping and fishing with my family in the sixties. That said, I will admit that my experience with ceviche is limited, and I will bow to your greater knowledge on the topic.

 

So given your superior intellect and broader experience,  have you ever caught Salmon in Mexico or South America or even heard of Salmon ceviche in Mexico or South America?

 

 

 

Mexico is not part of South America. 🙂

 

No, I've never eaten Salmon Ceviche and anyway I was referring to your Trigger fish comment. So perhaps you misunderstood.

 

Edit: On second thoughts, I may have sampled Salmon in the ceviche here; http://mangosperu.com

But don't quote me on it. 🙂

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