Pattaya Daily News

18 August 2010 :: 17:08:55 pm 35637

Serene Dining at the Bali Hai Sunset Bar & Restaurant

Having been given an outstanding review by the Pattaya Daily News editor and several other friends, my husband and I chose to visit the Bali Hai Sunset Bar in South Pattaya recently. Situated at the base of Phratamnak Hill, overlooking the sea, the location truly affords guests a wondrous evening under the stars.
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We found the relatively secluded nature and unique surroundings to be one of the most enjoyable nights out we have had in Pattaya. Primarily the Sunset bar presents itself as a quaint seafood restaurant, tucked away from the madness that is the nearby Walking Street and set into the Phratamnak Hillside over-looking Pattaya Bay.

At first glance the restaurant come bar appears to be relatively small, however the presence of an outdoor  wooden deck overlooking the sea, perfectly complements the less popular but equally tasteful, expansive interior.

On our first visit to the Bali Hai Sunset Bar we were absolutely astonished at the unimpeded view of the sea that was on offer at the unique location and were extremely lucky to have been given front-row seats to the spectacular view.

Having been recommended the Seafood Bali Hai Sunset (a seafood basket including king prawns, squid, muscles and blue crab) I can honestly say, without embellishment, it was one of the best I have ever tasted anywhere, let alone in Pattaya. My husband, partial to a piece of steak, had the Fillet Mignon (imported beef fillet wrapped in premium quality bacon served with baked potato and a choice of vegetables). He remarked that the steak had been cooked to perfection (medium) and was of the highest quality, or more to the point, better than many others he has tasted in Thailand, including from supposedly more reputable establishments.

Special mention must be given to the Norwegian Smoked Salmon dish, served with an aside of Horseradish, which we both sampled and agree was absolutely delectable. Complementing the fine selection of food is a wide array of beverages to suit your tastes, including red & white wines, spirits, beer, an assortment of cocktails and numerous non-alcoholic drinks.

Other notable inclusions on a considerably vast menu include; salmon steak in a butter and lemon sauce, poached fillet of sole in an orange sauce, grilled breast of duck in plum sauce, New Zealand lamb chops in mint sauce and the popular Chateaubriand. All dishes come with your choice of vegetables, chips or salad, while a variety of traditional Thai dishes, salads and soups are also available.

Food and beverages aside, the restaurant management and staff were anything but relaxed in their workings, but their attentiveness and eagerness to please really was a refreshing change from the usual service presented in many of the nearby alternatives.

Even on our second visit to the Bali Hai Sunset Bar, for a birthday gathering, the staff managed admirable to cope with the increased workload that such an event entails, in particular the more than joyous group that we all were. This event was exquisitely catered for by the restaurants chef and featured a fully spread seafood buffet with a few extras thrown in for the meat and vegetable lovers in our gathering. All in attendance at the affair remarked of the quality of the food, attentive service and magnificent atmosphere.

Quite simply, if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing or possibly romantic evening under the stars, the Bali Hai Sunset Bar is absolutely perfect. The combination of an expansive well prepared menu and the unsurpassed seafront scenery afforded by the unique view of Pattaya Bay will undoubtedly leave a long lasting impression on you and your company for years to come.

If I was to give the Bali Hai Sunset Bar a traditional “star rating” I would have no trouble in handing it 4.5 stars, the reason for the dropped half a star would be the very limited parking afforded by the secluded location. Although for what you get on arrival a short walk really seems irrelevant, besides it is along the seafront and rather adds to the atmospheric build-up before your arrival.

Had our trip to Thailand been extended both my husband and I agree that we would have without a doubt returned for a third visit and will do so on our impending return to the area in October.

Dress codes are not strictly applied; however, going by our personal experience I would suggest that formal-casual attire would be the most appropriate while families and large gatherings are welcomed with a prior booking.

For further information on the Bali Hai Sunset Bar or to make a reservation, please contact Khun Cat on 087-772-2210 . Opening hours are 12:00-23:00 everyday of the week.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Eating

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