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    PIC Kitchen & The Jazz Pit, Pattaya

    Beach Road Soi 5 is where you will find this place, in fact if you make it to Soi 5 it ain't hard to find at all because there is nothing there apart from this, a dentist and the Pattaya International Clinic, where I suppose a fairly fairly constant stream of young ladies come and have their venereal problems attended to. It seems a bit strange for an unpmarket Thai restaurant to name itself after a pox clinic, but thats Pattaya for you.



    As you can see it takes all the right cards, and so it should because it ain't cheap. Apart from this, it's a pretty unassuming entrance really. You can also see it opens for breaakfast and closes at midnight. Now why it would open for brekfast in Soi 5 beats me, but if you want to come here and enjoy there American breakfast for 280 Bht, be my guest. Personally, Canterbury tales brekkie for 85 Bht is fine for me.



    At least they've got their menu on the door so you know what you are letting yourself in for. Between the hours of 10 am and 4pm they offer a 20% discount on food.

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    As you walk through the gates, you are greeted by pavilions on three sides, set around a not unpleasant garden. The pavilion on your right is occupied by the Jazz Pit, a nice intimate little lounge where they play jazz every night between 8pm and midnight.



    I like the look of this place actually- nice and intimate. I get the idea that PIC- Jazz Pit attracts the comfortably affluent, rather than the Hi-So 'Look at me' crowd that prolly want to be seen at Mantra. The Princess is said to quite like it here, although maybe she went here once, couldn't stand it but they spread the rumour to drum up business. Anyway, I'll check this out one evening. I like a bit of live Jazz.

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    So the pavilions to the front and left are restaurants, one has standard table and chair seating for the culturally challenged or infirm, the other on the left has Thai style cushions on the floor, which is of course where we went.



    The service is OK, but in a very Thai way. There is a bell on your table and you beckon them with this, at the sound of which they come running at a dazzling snails pace. None of this vulgar interrupting your royal persona every few minutes western style here. I prefer this actually.

    So we sat down, got a beer organised and started looking at the menu. The first few minutes were spent discussing the prices, because Mrs was aghast, but I banned further talk of price after a while and we got down to ordering. The ventilation system was very good- ozone filters it said. Sort of describes the place- not showy or flash, but things are done right.

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    The Food

    Started off with a couple of deep fried thingies. One was a pork and crab meat cake wrapped in bean curd, which was nice and you could even taste the crab meat. The other was deep fried banana flower which we all agreed was very nice indeed, and you don't see on every Thai menu. Recommmend this one actually.



    The main course spread. That Isaan dish of vegies with dip got the wife rabitting about price again, she reckoned for 220 Bht (-20% remember) it was a pretty stingy serve, and the dip was actually a bit bland for our vulgar Isaan taste buds. The steamed shrimp with salt was of course very good- real tiger shrimp, and fresh. Now they don't bother telling you that on the menu, it is assumed. The duck and veg with gravy Chinesey style dish was very good I have to say, and a pretty good serve too. Maybe they needed to get rid of some duck. The mussles were OK too, and the menu does bother too tell you that the rice is of the finest Thai Jasmine variety. That washed down with two bottles of Tiger came to just under 1600 Baht, which is no bargain but I suppose not too bad.

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    Your Referance to it being a Pox Clinic, 21 years ago when I lived in Soi 4, it was the best "hospital" Pattaya had to offer. The Kitchen has not changed a bit in all that time. Cheers

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    Well in such a traditional upmarket Thai kind of establishment I was pleasantly startled to see some attractive nudies on the Hong Nam walls. I wonder if the Princess would approve?



    I certainly plan to come back here for a cultural Jazz night, but for the food, not so sure. If I have a visitor in town who I want to show some decent Thai food but not poison him or burn his dainty tonsils, I reckon Cabbages and Condoms with it's lovely gardens, commanding sea view and Farangised Thai food would prolly win the vote. That said, I'd rate the food here as better than CnC really.

    Worth a go if you're in town and used to paying Bangkok prices. English teachers, think again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Pom View Post
    Your Referance to it being a Pox Clinic, 21 years ago when I lived in Soi 4, it was the best "hospital" Pattaya had to offer. The Kitchen has not changed a bit in all that time. Cheers
    I knew it had been around for a while, but over twenty years is a long innings in Pattaya. Thats a good thing to be said for the place then. Thanks.
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    You are welcome!

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    I went to PIC once, I just can't get comfortable sitting on the floor trying to eat a meal, my legs are too long and not bendy enough, nice place and all that but not for me, although they have a proper seating area for normal people, or they used to have.

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    Looks like a nice place, but I can't sit on the floor like that.

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    One pavilion is normal tables and chairs.

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