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Pattaya Daily News

28 May 2009 :: 23:05:16 pm 2367

Cafe de Jomtien a New Concept in Dining

Jomtien has a new restaurant - Café de Jomtien, so called because it combines the best aspects of Thai and European food and entertainment. Located in what will soon become the new heart of Jomtien, Soi Mayday (Chaiyapreuk 1), after The Grand Opening on June 9, it will be open all night, until dawn.
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The new restaurant will have a casual, open-air, French café-style atmosphere, which will be particularly welcoming to late night revellers, being somewhere they can drop into, or even stay until dawn, on their way home from enjoying downtown entertainments as Soi Mayday is the thoroughfare for Sattahip, Rayong and Chonburi. Soi Mayday is at the centre of approximately 20 condo & housing estates, which currently lack a dining and entertainment facility of this nature. The area is also scheduled for further development by the Pattaya City Council and Tourist Authority of Thailand, which has plans to make it the new holiday venue of the region.

Café de Jomtien will have the following unique features:
–  convivial Thai-French cafe atmosphere;
–  extensive opening hours from 11am-6am;
–  a wide variety of Thai and European dishes, moderately priced with good portions;
–  a good selection of quality wines;
–  live band;
–  classical Thai dance;
–  take-away menu and delivery service
–  select air-con dining for business dining, parties and meetings
–  free Wi-Fi.

The food itself is cooked by an expert in Thai cuisine, with a leaning towards classic Thai and Esarn cuisine. The chef, Ms Jharoon Thongsawat, from Prachinburi, has 16-years of culinary experience under her belt, working all that time for the Laemchabang Hotel Group. She is skilled in Thai, Chinese and European cuisine and has trained many sous-chefs, three of whom she is training at the moment.

The Thai menu is extremely varied, including fish, sea food, non-spicy, spicy, Thai curry, salads, Tom Yam, soups, rice dishes, noodles, egg and Esarn food.

Another attractive new feature of the restaurant is its delivery service and take-away menu, which features recommended set combinations of authentic Thai cuisine.

Frequently, foreigners, especially, come to Thailand and expect to sample the world-famous Thai fare, but often become confused at the similarly-named dishes. To prevent this, the take-away menu recommends combinations of mild, medium spicy and spicy dishes in 10 individual sets. This way, lovers of Thai food not only get the chance to taste the authentic Thai dishes, but also learn to eat Thai-style, where the assembled diners partake altogether from a variety of dishes.

The take-away/home-delivery menu will be available from 11am to 6am, within an intitial radius from Thepprasit Road to Nah Jomtien and comes highly recommended for parties, especially impromptu birthday parties.

The European cuisine at the moment is only snacks, but in a short while will be considerably extended. I personally partook of a toasted egg-salad sandwich with French Fries and side salad, which was very tasty and filling.

I accompanied my toasted sandwich with a glass of the Café de Jomtien house wine, a Monticelli Rosa, which was very pleasant. The wine list features a variety of extremely good wines from France, Italy, Australia and Chile.

The wines will appeal especially to business people who can use the select air-con restaurant facilities for a variety of business and entertainment purposes, as well as making use of the free Wi-Fi if they should need it.

The business-partner owners of the Café de Jomtien are Ms Sirithanon, a teacher-businesswoman from Bangkok and Mr. Richard White from the UK who has extensive experience in the hospitality, entertainment and media industries. Ms Sirithanon, recognising the need for the staff to speak English, is personally teaching them English for Entertaining, so customers can be assured of swift ordering and no misunderstandings. Another unique feature is that all the staff are present or past students of Ms Sirithanon.

The restaurant has had a variety of tenants over the 12 years that Ms Sirithanon has owned it. However, she has now decided to take over the running of the restaurant personally, especially since the last tenant felt they couldn’t continue due to financial constraints produced by the current economic downturn. Ms Sirithanon is totally confident, however, that the popular nature of the new restaurant’s concept will enable it to weather any and all future economic adversities.

Both business partners appreciate the value of quality live music and they intend to make it a regular feature of the restaurant. Mr. Richard said they will be specifically avoiding the talentless performer singing along to poor quality karaoke backing tracks, which is so prevalent in Pattaya.

They are looking forward to welcoming a host of new customers to the restaurant, whom they are certain will appreciate its unique character and ambiance.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Eating

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