All-day dining plus coffee, cake, and more
Although most of Pattaya’s “action” can be found along the main drags of Beach Road and Second Road, if you travel north past the Dolphin Roundabout you’ll come across a somewhat quieter strip known as Naklua Road where a surprising number of cool restaurants and cafés have popped up over the past few years. The Coffee Club—which opened along this strip in late 2013—integrates both those categories, and offers a friendly and flavourful oasis of calm; whether you just want a latte and some Wi-Fi or a full meal.
Started in 1989, The Coffee Club is an Australian company that has expanded internationally over the past few decades. The Pattaya branch—one of many in Thailand—offers comfortable indoor and outdoor seating (97 persons, over two floors), and a menu that includes brunch favourites, Thai specialties, and plenty of sweets—in both dessert and drink form.
If you start with the restaurant’s signature hot Latte or Cappuccino (B115 each), you’ll be pleased to know that The Coffee Club uses UTZ certified coffee—a program that supports sustainable farming practices. Or, if you prefer something cool to begin with, try the Signature Iced Coffee (B150) which adds to the mix a scoop of sweet vanilla ice cream.
The main menu features a wide range of snacks, including a tempting Rueben Sandwich (B280), but the kitchen also handles Thai food deftly and the yummy Pad Thai (B165) makes a great main course. These classic Thai-style fried noodles come with your choice of chicken, pork, or prawn (B180), and the dish arrives attractively plated with the meat and noodles carefully tucked into a banana leaf pouch and the ground peanuts, chives, bean sprouts, and lime on the side.
For heartier fare try the spicy Beef Massaman Curry (B590), a Southern Thai favourite. Here a thick and juicy medallion of imported beef—cooked to your preference—is topped with fragrant curry, liberally sprinkled with cashews, and served alongside potatoes, shallots, and steamed jasmine rice. It’s a delicious and filling main course with a spicy zing.
Hopefully you’ll have saved room for dessert, or perhaps you’re just interested in stopping by for coffee and cake. Either way, the menu’s trio of signature desserts is bound to please any sweet tooth. The new Salted Caramel Banana and Cinnamon Ricotta Pancake (B240) features pancakes smothered in salted caramel sauce, with roasted banana and cinnamon ricotta cheese. Equally tempting is the Red Velvet (B230), where three cut triangles of delicious red velvet cake are served alongside fresh fruit, strawberry yoghurt parfait, and strawberry lychee ice cream. Finally, chocolate lovers won’t be able to resist the Mocha Assiette (B230) which combines double chocolate espresso cheesecake, chocolate esperesso brûlée, mocha cream, and dark chocolate ice cream.
by Bruce Scott
The Coffee Club–Pattaya
668/28, Soi Naklua 13/5
Tel: 092 248 6900
Open daily: 6:30am-10pm