Where to find the best Sunday Roast Dinner in Pattaya
By Terrence Collins
I was sad to read in the Daily Mail newspaper recently, that the tradition of sitting down for a Sunday Roast Dinner with the family is dying out in the UK, with families preferring to play video games on the TV and ordering takeaways instead.
Since becoming an expat some 15+ years ago, I learnt to appreciate some of the finer things of being brought up in Britain and being British and apart from Christmas time in the UK, there’s nothing more near and dear to me than about being British than sitting down for a traditional Sunday Roast dinner with all the trimmings and a pint of Guinness. Ok well the later is Irish I suppose but that’s my perfect Sunday “in a nutshell” and by seeing so many restaurants packed for Sunday dinner, it seems I’m not alone.
Even the Thai girlfriends seem to have taken a liking to a good roast dinner and why not?
Even the Thai girlfriends seem to have taken a liking to a good roast dinner and why not? Although most Thais I’ve encountered do not appreciate the stuffing and gravy the beloved Yorkshire puddings are a bit hit, my wife smothers hers in apple sauce, bless her.
I know most people will have differing opinions as I believe they mostly choose the particular roast dinner most like the one their mothers’ used to make: The roast dinner they grew up on. In my opinion its the “Ultimate Comfort Food” for us British, apart from maybe a good fry up for breakfast, which I will write about: “Where to find the best breakfast in Pattaya” in another article, coming soon.
So with Christmas time soon to be upon us, I thought I should write about where to find “The Great British Roast Dinner” as these restaurants will certainly be good options for Christmas dinner as well.
In no particular order, here are my top picks for a great Sunday Roast in Pattaya.
The Punch & Judy
The Punch & Judy located off Thepprasit road soi 8, really has to be one of my favorite places for Sunday lunch as it comes with all the trimmings and really tastes home cooked, everything being cooked from scratch.
It’s the delicious mix of sage and onion stuffing and pork sausage meat that really makes this particular establishment stand out from the competition.
With roast lamb normally being my favorite, I surprising always opt for chicken at the P&J as they seem to really excel at roasting their chicken. It’s a healthy portion with different cuts of the chicken, which is nice, as there is nothing worse than a breast guy getting leg or a thigh guy getting breast. No I haven’t drifted off topic to go go bars on walking street, but did I mention the stuffing, which is really the highlight for me ? It’s the delicious mix of sage and onion stuffing and pork sausage meat that really makes this particular establishment stand out from the competition.
The first time I enjoyed a Sunday dinner at P&J I remember thinking to myself, that someone has put a lot of time and effort into getting this right. So well done to whoever created this masterpiece of a Sunday Roast.
The Sportsman on soi 13 off beach or second road
Now The Sportsman’s concept is a traditional British carvery with a choice of soups for starters and an as “eat as much as you like” policy that is exceptional value for money for those with or without a big appetite. Saying that, I should also mention that just because it’s a “eat til you drop” concept, quality has not been compromised. This is a restaurant were you get both Quality and Quantity
This is a restaurant were you get both Quality and Quantity
A choice of no less than six meats are available at the counter and you are welcome to try them all, the honey roasted ham is a real favorite of mine and I often order the Sunday roast dinner via “Door 2 Door” delivery service, and what a generous serving they give you, wow, impossible for me to finish! So I always leave my favorite “the ham” until the next day for sandwiches, not forgetting plenty of mustard. If that wasn’t enough, they also offer all the trimmings like sage and onion stuffing, pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon) plus a homemade steak and kidney pie.
The Sportsman as the name suggests is also a great venue to watch football, rugby or whatever sporting event is on at that particular day you choose to visit.
As well as being one of my favorite places in Jomtien for full Engligh breakfast, Simple Simon’s also does a very good roast dinner on a Sunday with a choice of beef, lamb, chicken & pork, served with all the trimmings at very reasonable prices.
It’s very hard to leave this establishment without picking up a few treats from back home.
It also has a delicatessen offering everything you could possibly crave from the UK, scotch eggs, corned beef as well as great bacon, gammon and a selection of sausages, so it’s very hard to leave this establishment without picking up a few treats from back home.
The Mediterranean located near Lake Maprachan
Now this little gem of a restaurant, located over the other side of Sukhumvit road (commonly known as the “Darkside”) has a concept that will certainly appeal to any “Yorkshire Pudding” fans out there.
The roast diner comes served in a giant Yorkshire pudding
As the roast diner comes served in a giant Yorkshire pudding, almost as big as the plate it is on, which is ideal for capturing and soaking up all that lovely thick gravy.
Once again everything is cooked from scratch and the outdoor seating and children’s swimming pool area (which is free for guest to use) makes an attractive alternative from the air con British pub style restaurants, especially for diners with young children. So if you are with the family in the Lake Mapracan area on a Sunday, be sure to stop by for lunch, they also have some great beers on draft and a pretty good selection of affordable wines.
The Ritz in Jomtien
Pattaya has often been described as a town where you can get everything and anything for a price, but this restaurant offers Sunday roast dinners every night of the week except Sunday. So if you happen to miss your Sunday lunch one week or you just get a craving, this is a really good place to get your fix.
The Ritz does stand out from the rest, as it offers 3 courses for 340 THB!
It’s located in Jomtien complex in the boys town area, but everyone is welcome and the staff are really helpful and friendly. Nothing is too much trouble for them, an extra bowl of gravy, no problem, extra stuffing, no problem, extra well done roast potatoes, you get my drift?
I really didn’t want to mention pricing in this article, as I find it hard to put a value on a good roast diner, every restaurant in this article in my mind offers great quality, quantity, service and value for money but The Ritz does stand out from the rest, as it offers 3 courses for 340 THB!
And believe me the roast diner here is as good if not better than all the competition.For starters they do an amazing chicken liver pate plus various soups and salads and for dessert the lemon cheesecake is an absolute winner, in a kind of “school dinners” kind of fashion.Maybe not acceptable to fine dining crowd, but I just cannot get enough of the stuff ! They also have numerous other pies and puddings from which to choose dessert.
Getting back to the main course itself there’s a choice of lamb, chicken, beef and pork or you can have a mixed plate for an extra 50 THB. The serving is very generous, so much so that the vegetables come on a separate plate. I find the lamb, pork and gravy in “The Ritz” probably the best in town.
It’s that good!
Café Des Amis
Now this isn’t a Sunday roast dinner establishment as such, but the popular fine dining restaurant “Café Des Amis” used to have on its menu a roast lamb dinner that was so good, I feel it deserves a mention.
Everything once again is cooked from scratch, which is quite an undertaking for a single roast dinner, so best to order in advance when making the reservation. You get your very own joint of roasted lamb rump, nicely marbled and cooked to your liking, served with two Yorkshire puddings, Brussels sprouts and roast potatoes cooked in duck’s fat, peas, carrots etc.
This is a fine dining version of a roast lamb dinner and they really do a great job at Café Dez Amis. So much so that it is impossible to book for Christmas dinner, as the same regular clientele come back year after year, so unless someone “pops his clogs” (I’m only joking) or they manage to extend the seating arrangements somehow, you will have to book for Christmas Eve or New Years Eve instead.
I would imagine with all the above establishments, you are guaranteed to have a great traditional Christmas Diner, but they are popular restaurants, so I would advise you book early!