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27 July 2009 :: 23:07:03 pm 2381

Cafe de Jomtien Expands its Menu

The Cafe de Jomtien, which has now been open for 6 weeks, is gradually increasing its clientele as more locals begin to hear about it. This especially with its nightly live music, which is unobtrusive and sets just the right tone in which to enjoy your meal.
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The take-away service is also proving very popular as there is nothing to compare in the neighbourhood. The restaurant is constantly upgrading its menu; some of the latest additions include a most delicious selection of sorbets and delectable, mouth-watering chocolate cheesecake, which must be tasted to be believed. This week will see far more European dishes on the menu, which is bound to be popular, both among the drop-in customers as well as the farang partners of the Thai ladies and gents who use the take-away service, currently predominantly Thai.

We recently had the pleasure of further sampling a few of the many delights on the menu. The staff of Cafe de Jomtien really go out of their way to make the presentation of the dishes highly appetising. My partner started with Boiled Rice Soup with Pork and Chicken, (Bt60) which she said had a variety of tastes that literally broke on the tongue. She really enjoyed this dish. This was followed by the Fried Clams with Chilli Sauce (Bt80), served on a vegetable leaf base, accompanied by boiled rice and various vegetables. This came very artistically presented and the meat of the clams was plump and succulent, well contrasted with the sharpness of the chillies. This was likewise well received and the portions were generous and filling.

My partner felt like a change from wine, so she had a Banana Milk Shake, one of the many milk shakes on the menu. This was rich and creamy; just how fruit milk shakes should be. She finished her light meal with one of the new home-made sorbets, mango, in this case. For those who are not familiar with sorbets, you have a genuine treat in store. They currently come in a variety of flavours, including mango, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, orange, pineapple and mixed fruit. The home-made sorbets are the speciality of one of Cafe de Jomtien’s new European chef and are rich, wholesome, intensely satisfying and truly delicious. They make equally good palate cleansers or sweets. They are a must for everyone to try, after which you are certain to become addicted!


sorbet pineapple

mix sorbet

sorbet mango

sorbet Mixed

sorbet mango

sorbet lemon

mango and orange

Being vegetarian, I went for the Chef’s Salad with a Mixed Vegetable and Cheese Omelette (Bt120), plus French fries (Bt80). This came well presented and is on a par with any omelette you can find in the city, and a lot better than some. It was light and literally stuffed with tasty vegetables, a very good lunch or dinner option for those who fancy a change from meat or fish. The Chef’s Salad was again well presented, containing cheese, eggs, and again a generous portion of crisp salad items. Very filling and refreshing. This would normally be Bt109, and includes ham, which, of course I didn’t eat.


American Breakfast

ChefSalad

I couldn’t resist a glass of the house wine, a very presentable Italian red –Bosca dei Cirmiola – Vino Rosso. Not too heady and just the right balance to accompany my omelette, though it would have gone equally well with the fish or meat dishes. If you fancy white, the white house wine is also Italian – Montecelli – Bianco; both house wines are Bt110 a glass. Cafe de Jomtien also has a very respectable collection of other, non-house wines for your delectation.


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Needless to say, having once tasted one of the sorbets, I had to go for the whole range (not all at one time, you understand, but over a week’s sorbet tasting), which at Bt50 a go, is very reasonable, considering how tasty they are. Now I have tasted all the sorbet flavours and am spoilt for choice. They were all equally good, the particular flavour being up to you, as they say. I also couldn’t resist the offer of the Chocolate Cheese Cake. My, oh my! Now this is verging on the spectacular, but demands a brisk run up the road following it, lest you put on pounds! It was truly scrumptious, light yet rich and creamy, (if that’s not a contradiction), with a crisp biscuit base and cream-cherry topping. Very moorish, but also very naughty! There is also a Chocolate Cheese dessert on the menu, which also looks delicious – I can’t wait to taste it, but sadly, that must wait for another occasion.


chocolat cheese

cholat cheese cake

As I said previously, the Western side of the menu is currently being expanded. The American breakfast, (Bt150) a new addition, is rather good with two eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, and tomatoes, with toast jam and tea/coffee. The first new addition to the Western menu, which I’m told is excellent by my meat-eating friends, is the Home-Made Cottage Pie, with pork, served with mixed vegetables and real ‘Bisto’ gravy, as good as ‘mother makes it’ and very affordable at Bt155.There is a fine selection of other snacks, including club sandwiches, toasted and other sandwich options, including tina, ham, cheese and chocken, mostly at Bt95.


ham cheese sandwich

scrambled Egg

Tuna sandwich

Tuna salad

Omelette

macaroni

Although the menu upgrade will be advertised on the PDN website, you really need to bring your family and friends along to taste the new and old delights, especially when the full Western menu is put on later this week. This also applies if you want a business lunch or dinner as there is a special air-conditioned section, perfect for the business meeting, or that intimate occasion. Cafe de Jomtien goes from strength to strength, come and see for yourselves.


chef salad

club sandwich

Spaghetti

Spaghetti
Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Eating

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