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Pattaya Daily News

05 August 2008 :: 23:08:05 pm 2185

The Orangery by The Sea

Takes Fine Dining to a New Dimension Pattaya‘s latest fine dining venue, "The Orangery by the Sea", is a welcome addition to swell the ranks of upmarket dining establishments in this fair city. Of impeccable pedigree, the new Orangery owes much to its parent restaurant in Bangkok‘s exclusive Siam Paragon Shopping Mall. The new Orangery is similarly placed, having pride of place in the new Avenue Shopping Mall, Pattaya 2nd Road as the Anchor Restaurant for the Avenue‘s Lifestyle Centre.
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Located on two floors, the “The Orangery by the Sea” can cater to absolutely every taste imaginable. There is a splendid sun deck outside, giving a panoramic view over the shopping mall and the adjacent Pattaya 2nd Road, with a wine bar on hand. Inside, the casual chairs and tables surround the 5 kitchens and cocktail bar to create a luxurious ambiance. The six-fold menu, adapted from the parent Siam Paragon Orangery, can literally satisfy the most discerning gastronomic tastes, with six premium international cuisines including:

– Blue Elephant Thai/ Asian cuisine
– The Ceder Lebanese / Mediterranean cuisine
– Dino by Mes Amis Italian / French cuisine and patisserie
– Little China Chinese cuisine by Lin Fa, Siam City Hotel
– Red Pepper Indian cuisine by Rang Mahal
– Japanese Delight Japanese cuisine by Siam City Hotel
After checking out the lush, verdant surroundings of the restaurant, which included exotic plant displays, a hanging garden reminiscent of Babylon and flower blooms, with the brand name evidenced by several genuine orange trees, soon to be in full bloom, the PDN Review Team sat down to sample some of the fabulous five-star cuisine.

We were intent on getting a comprehensive appreciation of the gastronomic delights, so we went cross-cultural and sampled nearly every cuisine on offer.

We started with the cocktails, where we sampled the mocktail, non-alcohol “Orangery by the Sea”: Orange juice, Passion fruit juice, Lemon juice (Bt165);

Margarita: Tequila, Triplesec, Lime juice & Syrup;

Orangery Zombie: Rum, Dark Rum, Apricot brandy, passion juice and mixed fruit juice;

Mai Tai: Rum, Dark Rum, Gold rum and mixed fruit juice and

Pina Colada: Rum, Malibu, Fresh pineapple and coconut cream (all at Bt165).

Then, just to make sure we had a representative sample we all tasted the Orangery special cocktail – RainBow: Grenadine, Kalua, Cream de Menthe, Blue Curacao, Gariano, Brandy, Triplesec (Bt250).

Feeling sufficiently loosened up, we then sampled an entrée, where everyone, apart from me, had the Japanese Maki Sushi – California Maki 6 pieces (Bt240), which consisted of a succulent garnish of raw shrimp on a bed of cubes of vinegar-flavoured cold rice. I was determined to take advantage of the broad starter choice by having a taste of the Indian cuisine, where I tried the rich and creamy Dal Makhnia (Bt150), Black lentils simmered overnight and laced with cream and butter, accompanied by the Butter Naan (Bt75) the specialty layered Indian bread made in the clay oven from refined flour topped with butter. Next, I sampled the truly delicious Lebanese Cheese Puff Deep Fried Pastry filled with 3 kinds of cheese (Bt185), accompanied by a rich mint sauce.
It was then into the Main Course. One of the team sampled the French cuisine, choosing the Rosemary Roasted Spring Chicken & Duchesse potato (Bt380): Spring Chicken marinade with Rosemary & Fresh Herbs served with a rich, creamy mushroom sauce.

That was pronounced delicious when everyone asked to sample a taste.

Another team member went Chinese, choosing the Casserole of Stewed Beef “Hong Kong” Style served with Baked Rice. Another triumph of the culinary art, succulent meat contrasting with the tender, but piquant rice.

Italian cuisine was by far the favourite choice of the team.

Another team member plumped for the Spaghetti alla Marinara (Bt480): Spaghetti with Seafood & White Wine Sauce; again very well received.

Another of our team chose Fettuccine con Salmone Affumicato & Uova di Salmone Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon & Salmon Roe, which again was circulated to be enjoyed by all.

I also chose to sample my favourite Italian cuisine, going for a vegetarian Lasagna al forno con Melanzane, in a creamy tomato based sauce.

This was light and delicious layers of pasta interspaced with creamy-rich aubergines. Superb.

I was the only team member to sample the desserts and I inevitable chose the crepe Suzette, after all it was the signature dessert with Cointreau, the orange liqueur, poured over the sumptuously soft crepe, to the accompaniment of an orange sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Judging by the satisfied looks on the faces of all the team members, I think I can safely say that we all thoroughly enjoyed our sojourn at Pattaya’s latest and some might say the trendiest dining emporium. Our only disappointment was that because of the rain we were unable to sit under the stars and absorb the ambiance of the sun deck, with its infinity pools and orange trees. Still, our gracious host, Ms Tukta, the Orangery’s genial Marketing Manager, made us very welcome in the sumptuous, but casual surroundings of the Garden Hall.

The Orangery by the Sea caters to all tastes with its versatility of seating arrangements and makes the perfect dining venue at any time.

It is great for a couple to enjoy an evening’s relaxation after visiting the cinema, or just to come for a post-twilight drink and snack, or full dining experience, for example.

It would be equally welcome to family members, who need to de-stress after a hectic shopping session at the Avenue’s many clothes shops or the Village supermarket, especially at lunchtime.

As far as no-alcohol drinking family members go, The Orangery has an absolutely fabulous range of smoothies and fruit juices and many of the dishes are child-friendly.

However, The Orangery by the Sea is particularly well-equipped to handle the business fraternity, having functional private rooms with a sound system and faxing facilities, perfect for, business lunches, executive functions or briefings and simply superb for relaxing business conferences. To this end, the management have instituted an inducement scheme for corporate guests who dine at the Orangery. Each group of 10 persons will be entitled to the following promotions: those who eat from the ‘Recommended menu’ receive a free Orangery Club Card & Bt1,000 Voucher for their next dining experience; alternatively, those who choose the A La Carte menu receive a free 15% discount & an Orangery Club Card. Pretty good inducements, I think you’ll agree.

By far the best appreciation of all that The Orangery by the Sea has to offer, however, can only really be had by going along and basking in its ambiance for yourselves. Do so, it’s an experience you won’t regret and will recall fondly long after.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : DCman   Category : Eating

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