This occasion was a revisit to a first class restaurant located in South Pattaya, El Paso Steakhouse!
Indeed, we reviewed El Paso when it first opened in 2008. So, this was a return journey to see how things are faring. No fears, as this wonderful diner on the north end of South Pattaya Road (located between CAT Telecom and Shell Petrol Station) with parking space during the evening still maintains a welcoming high quality of service and fine menu for discerning guests. At this Texan ‘wild west’ city themed venue, experienced Norwegian restaurateur, Torstein offers an impressive assortment of quality meat and fish dishes, plus Norwegian and Thai cuisine. It is named after the city where Torstein ran a restaurant a few years ago.
The streamlined menu consists of Appetizers from 95 baht for Garlic Cheese Bread to 185 baht for a superior Shrimp Cocktail. Homemade Soups from 140 baht for Creamy Cauliflower or Broccoli, to 165 baht for Goulash. El Paso offers international dishes from 130 baht for a Hamburger Sandwich (130 baht), 275 baht for Spaghetti Bolognese or Carbonara, to extremely good (Australian) Lamb Chops with Mint Sauce and Pan Fried Potatoes or try Surf and Turf –Tenderloin Steak and Rock Lobster, both at 475 baht! Fish includes traditional beer batter North Sea Cod and Chips (425 baht) or 445 baht for either poached Norwegian Salmon or Cod with Bacon and Shrimps. Main attractions of course are the Steaks! A choice of different size cuts of quality Tenderloin, Entrecote, Rib Eye, Filet and T-Bone from 395 to 850 baht for imported New Zealand meat. Portions are generous and served with perfectly cooked Vegetables and choice of Potatoes and Sauces.
Interesting good value set 3 course meals available each week for 395 baht.
Try authentic Thai recipes such as popular Tom Yam Khung/Spicy Shrimp Soup (225 baht).
We tried two Appetizers: a Shrimp Cocktail (185 baht); filled with mixed Salad and 10 large and extremely good (marinated) fresh water Shrimps with a delicate tasting Marie Rose Sauce, served with light and crunchy Toast. Another typical Norwegian starter is delicious slices of Norwegian Smoked Salmon, covering creamy Scrambled Eggs and Chives on Toast (175 baht).
We had to try the Steaks, so first was a house specialty, Pork Fillet Oscar (395 baht). Tender Pork Fillet medallions topped with Shrimps, plus Baked Potato and exceedingly tasty (Bearnaise and Tomato puree based) Chorong Sauce. Then another Steak, this time, 200 grams of Beef Tenderloin (395 baht) with Pepper Sauce and veggie trimmings. We also sampled two Fish dishes, an excellent cut of Salmon Steak with Pickled Cucumber and Boiled Potato and a first rate Cod Filet with a creamy White Sauce, Bacon and Shrimps.
Finally, we devoured two devilishly enticing desserts, Chocolate Mouse with Cream (225 baht) and Caramel Custard with Cream (165 baht), ending a very satisfying dining experience.
A fine selection of international wines available around 1,000 baht a bottle. House wine (French) at 115 baht a glass.
All prices quoted include taxes. Located at 124/49 South Pattaya Road. Open every day from 1pm to 11pm. Telephone: 084 781 0648.