For some reason it has taken all this time to go and review one of our favourite Thai restaurants. So at last this week we went along to visit Pattaya Seafood which is located in Jomtien on Thepprasit Road.
If you like authentic Thai food, especially fresh Fish and Seafood dishes, then this is the place to be. Owner Khun Muai has been running Pattaya Seafood for just over 5 years and has gained a reputation for using a balance of flavours (spicy, sour, sweet, salty and bitter) with the freshest of ingredients in her great tasting Thai recipes. Here customers, both Thai and falang (of which there are many) can enjoy a great feast with generous portions of not only Fish and Seafood but also authentic North Eastern (Esarn) and Chinese style recipes, all of which come at an amazingly low price. The open style restaurant itself is quite basic and non-fussy, with solid wooden tables and comfortable benches (which seats around 100 customers) plus the odd scattering of plants, pottery, fish tanks and water features discreetly placed about the spacious canopied area. But it is the food that one comes to Pattaya Seafood for and that what it serves expertly every day (except for the 26th of each month) from 11am until 11pm, good honest to goodness plates full of top quality food. As dishes are all cooked to order there is very little waiting time as the service is first class.
The menu is quite impressive, with an emphasis on freshly prepared stir fried, baked, grilled or steamed Fish and Seafood dishes. First off, we recommend trying one of the delicious spicy Somtam Salads as a perfect accompaniment to go with any dish. And there’s quite a variety to choose from, (all freshly prepared by Khun Pan) such as Somtam made either with Carrot, Corn, Mango, Mixed Fruit and Crab or the classic Green Papaya recipe for 45 baht a portion. Going through the menu there is a great choice of Seafood, such as Crab, Squid, Oysters, Mussels, Clams and (Sea and River) Shrimps, ranging from 100-350 baht. Whole Fish dishes range from 35 baht per 100 grams. There’s a good selection of Thai Soups (Gaeng) served with Seafood, Fish and Meat. The classic Tom Yam Khung (Spicy Shrimp Soup) costs 120 baht.
If you like mild and fragrant soups then try Gang Juid Towhoo Moo Sap (80 baht) a very satisfying recipe which consists of Minced Pork, Vegetables, Lettuce and Tofu. There’s a variety of Curries (red and green) and Fried Rice dishes, mixed with a choice of Crab, Shrimp or Meat from 60 to 250 baht. Sample some of the traditional North Eastern (Esarn) dishes with very distinctive tastes such as Yam (hot and sour salads) with Larb made from minced Pork, Chicken or Duck for 70 baht. Plus very tasty Esarn style spicy Sausages at 80 baht and Khao Neow (Sticky Rice) a unique and tasty variety of starchy Rice (10 baht).
We tried a cross section of popular Seafood and Fish dishes from the menu. As is typical of Thai cuisine, all the dishes came randomly. Somtam Poo, which is Green Papaya with Salted Black Crab, which is quite spicy but good; Tod Man Khung (120 baht) delicate tasting fried minced Shrimp Cakes in a light batter with a choice of dips such as Nam Prik (a fiery Chilli sauce) or fruity Plum sauce; Excellent Stir Fried Giant Sea Shrimps with Black Mushrooms, Spring Onion and Chilli (250 baht); A very tasty Thai-Chinese Vegetable dish with Snow Peas, Cauliflower, Chinese Mushrooms, Asparagus, Onion and Carrot. We also tried a delicious tasting whole baked white flaky fish dish called Pla Krapong Rad Nam Pla served with an extremely tangy Mango Salad and finally a plate full of succulent Crab Claws cooked in a mild Curry Sauce (300 baht). Served with perfectly cooked Boiled Rice this was indeed a wonderful feast!
Pattaya Seafood is highly recommended and can be Khun Muai announced that in about 5 months she will be relocating the restaurant about 300 meters up the road to even bigger premises. Telephone: 086 149 6767 or 081 761 3236.