K-Hotel is almost directly opposite to notorious and seductive Paradise complex, with all its noise, drama and trade, yet is a haven of quiet civilisation and good cuisine on the Austrian model. Though the young girl greeter on the street was a bit glum and unenthusiastic, we walked through the narrow gate, along a path under trees and came to a patio set with a few tables under umbrellas in the open air, completely insulated from the hubbub of the street.
The menu was enormous and comprehensive, with lots of real meat (imported beef, for example), sausages, cold cuts and more, and a mouth-watering (and ultimately and sadly, rejected) collection of desserts.
I had a spectacular plate of cold cuts to start while my companion had Austrian sausage and potatoes (main course dimensions). He followed with boeuf Bourgignon and I had meat in a creamy sauce with a kind of potato pancake. We had a good bottle of Australian wine and could hardly finish our main courses, let alone tackle the puddings.
We had an absolutely charming and hilarious waitress who confessed to being regarded as a bit crazy, but she was helpful and friendly and responsive and the overall service was quite excellent. We spent 3,400 Baht (GBP70; US$110 approx) for the two of us (including two G&Ts) - reasonable for the quality and ambience, though quite expensive for the general location.
There's a hotel as well, with (we gathered) sensibly-priced rooms. It's an option worth exploring if you fancy being right in the middle of Patong's vivid nightlife, but slightly protected and removed by the lovely garden environment.
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