There are many Indian restaurants in Pattaya, Thailand and with an increasing number of visitors from the Indian sub-continent to the resort, that number appears to be growing.
But there are many stories and reports of disappointed customers – with many of these venues being described as “tourist traps”.
One spot I have discovered that provides superb cooking and a varied menu at reasonable prices is Abunawas Restaurant.
Located on “Soi Arab”, or Soi 16 as it`s properly called, it is right in the heart of the Arabic & Indian community.
Walk to the the bottom end of 2nd Road (south of South Pattaya Road) and turn right into Soi 16 (at the well-known landmark The VC Hotel) you will find the restaurant just a few minutes walk, on the left hand side of Soi 16.
It is a wide-fronted venue with a seated terrace outside and is actually called ABUNAWAS RESTAURANT & HOTEL
(The hotel is above the restaurant)
For further clarification, Soi 16 directly connects 2nd Road with Walking Street.
Inside, it has a spacious layout with many red-leather seats, several of which are formed into booth style seating.
The air con is excellent, keeping you cool while selecting your hot & spicy food options.
I went in the middle of a weekday afternoon, so no need to book and the restaurant was fairly quiet,
with just a few customers, who seemed to be having “business” discussions over their meal.
The Thai female waiting staff were not overly friendly, but they were efficient enough and they did warm a little by the time I`d finished my meal.
The menu is extensive, with pictures of most dishes, making your choice easier.
Plenty for meat-eaters and vegetarians.
And they serve not just Indian food, but Pakistani, Arabic and the obligatory Thai food.
I chose Keema Matar (minced lamb & peas) at 280 baht. And a potato curry (150 baht) and roti bread (30 baht)
A bottle of mineral water was 20 baht.
The potato curry, especially, was absolutely gorgeous – quite garlicky, with a depth of flavour & “tight” consistency binding the perfectly cooked potatoes.
Certainly the best potato curry I have ever eaten anywhere.
I asked one of the waitresses where the chef originated from, and she told me he was from Nepal. Boy, could he cook!
A very nice touch was the complimentary green sauce/dip with sliced cucumber & spring onions, but beware, the dip is quite hot!
All in all, the food is very good.
It`s not cheap for Indian food in Pattaya, but I rate it as extremely good value, as the quality is high.
Do make the extra effort to check Abunawas Restaurant out when you are in Pattaya. You will discover a real gem.
Thanks to YouTuber “Steff`s Thailand Travel” and his friend Varun for helping me unearth this restaurant when he did a YouTube video of it.
Steff is a great guy from Belgium and his unbiased reviews are un-sponsored / payment free from the venue.
Steff rated it 9.5 out of 10 on his visit.
You can see Steff`s YouTube video of Abunawas Restaurant in Pattaye here.
PRO TIP: for us “westerners”, remember to read the menu “back to front” as the Arab custom is to read right to left.
Footnote: Keema Matar is a delicious blend of minced meat and peas sauteed in a thick mixture of stimulating flavours.
Key Ingredients: lamb meat (minced), green peas (shelled), ghee, onions, ginger & garlic paste, tomatoes,
cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, black cardamom (seeds), bay leaves,
coriander powder, turmeric, chilli powder & freshly chopped & ripped coriander leaves.
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