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“Very good breakfast”
Review of Casa Pascal

Casa Pascal
Ranked #11 of 925 Restaurants in Pattaya
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $75
Cuisines: Swiss, French, European, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Casual Fine Dining. Setting culinary standards in Pattaya since 2001.
Pattaya, Thailand
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6 reviews
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“Very good breakfast”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Great place to have a good break to start in a great day. Fresh bread, good coffee and a very friendly atmosphere

Visited October 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Probably the best brunch buffet for the price in Pattaya”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

I eat at the Apex Buffet all the time and I prefer it for the better price and the larger selection. This breakfast/lunch buffet probably falls into the category of more of a finer dining type brunch and for 185baht +vat (about 200baht) when I went in Sept 2012, it's very reasonably priced for that category.

Differences are that you are in a nice air con restaurant as opposed to Apex which is open air. This place has more richer saucier foods too if that's something that appeals to you for breakfast. I guess it's a bit more of the euro spanish type brunch. The best thing about this buffet is they have an omelet bar where they will cook eggs to order with your choice of ingredients. Also grilled back bacon, pork, chicken, and sausage to order as I recall. They will also cook pancakes and waffles to order. You have several different types of fresh bread and crousants. Muesli, juice, coffee, dessert etc. etc.. There were 4 or 5 different hot dishes that I was not familiar with but they were all pretty good. Some a bit saucy, some a bit spicey, some a bit bland, all very tasty.

I would recommend this place for more of a special brunch. Maybe your last day in Pattaya or you want to treat someone special. That kind of thing. For the price it's pretty good value if you want something a bit special but not pricey. You could also just bring an appetite in your sandals and shorts just looking for a decent breakfast and nothing more and feel at home (this is anything goes Pattaya after all).

  • Visited September 2012
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Melbourne
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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“All things considered Casa Pascal is still the best”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

I have dined at Casa Pascal many, many times and I will be the first to concede that not every dish has been perfect over the past five years. This used to the be the case when Pascal was not present in the kitchen. However, he has recently installed a Sous Chef an excellent foreign Swiss chef who in my opinion has addressed some of the inconsistency issues that plague many restaurants in this situation.

If you haven't been to Casa Pascal for a while then do visit again and see what has changed. There are some fantastic new service staff, several of who speak English, Swiss and Thai! This has improved the service team even further and I suspect reduced any misunderstandings.

The menu at Casa Pascal is extensive, and offers something for everyone. The Thai food is perhaps overpriced, but everything else I believe is a fair price for the quality and the standard of service. And unlike other restaurants in Pattaya, all menus are published on the excellent website and kept up to date. Anyone complaining about the prices being too high needs to do their homework first and consider everything.

And there is also an excellent four course gourmet dinner menu (again on the website) which offers fantastic value for money, including Flamed beef medallions cooked at your table for 875 baht or about 1000 baht including service and vat.

What I really admire about Pascal and his restaurant is that he is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is available in Pattaya. Last month for example they had a fantastic Chanterelle special with these mushrooms arriving weekly from Holland. I tried the Chanterelle Pappardelle pasta entree size for 220 baht. It was excellent, and again - this is another example of quality and unique produce being used by Pascal which you won't find anywhere else.

Last week I 'accidentally' ordered a whole Sea Bass baked in a salt crust and prepared (filleted at your table). I didn't realize it was a whole fish and I only managed to eat half of it. It was absolutely superb, and at 590 baht ++ was great value. You could easily share this dish with two persons and be completely satisfied!

You also need to consider the other gestures that are made by Pascal such as the free limousine pickup in Pattaya, the bonus point card system which gives you effectively 10% towards another visit after 7 visits, the generous 'unlimited' free bread and dips and amuse bouche offered to each guest. The bathrooms are kitted out with an extensive range of free toiletries and you are offered a cold towel on arrival. I can't think of any other restaurant in Pattaya that is so generous!

He has also started getting extra large Fine De Claire oysters in from France, which are truly superb especially if you order them on a Friday or Saturday night (they arrive on Friday evening).

I understand he will soon be offering a range of special imported fish dishes in September, something not available elsewhere in Pattaya.

Pascal is always innovating and pushing the envelope and has a passion and drive for food that is completely absent from other popular restaurateurs in Pattaya that are stuck in the same rut.

Casa Pascal is the only restaurant in Pattaya (and I've dined at all the top restaurants extensively) where I am quite often delighted with the dishes. Some of the special and unusual dishes include the roasted pork hock which is huge and almost impossible for one person to eat.

The portion sizes on the main meals are very generous and are normally served with a choice of potato 'any way' i.e. fries, gratin, mashed etc and vegetables.

Wines by the glass are not cheap, but then this is Thailand where the government insists on over taxing wine as a luxury item to the detriment of the restaurant and tourism industry. So its always difficult to find well priced wine. However, the house wine at Casa Pascal has always been excellent and is chosen very carefully by Kim, Pascal's wife and maître d'.

On the wine list, I would like to see more affordable bottles of white wine in the 1200-1500 baht category, but its certainly very extensive.

In terms of the decor, yes it is a little 'old fashioned' but I prefer the euphemism 'classical'! But what exactly is wrong with it? The lighting is soft and subdued without being too dark like Mantra or Flare, the seats are very comfortable, the tables large and stable with plenty of room between tables (unlike Brunos) and the place is scrupulously clean. LED mood lighting was installed a few months ago which is a nice touch and creates a very nice atmosphere throughout the restaurant.

Casa Pascal is truly on its own in a class of it's own. It is truly unique and keeps the others on their toes. I would have no hesitation in recommending Casa Pascal as the best restaurant in Pattaya for all the reasons above, but overall because its the one restaurant I always feel like going back to. I try other restaurants but I always return to Casa Pascal, that to me is the sign of not just a good restaurant, but an outstanding one.

  • Visited August 2012
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Bangkok
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent service but average food and seriously overpriced”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

We visited this restaurant in May to celebrate our birthdays after reading so many good reviews about this in the local newspapers from ex-pat food critics. I now take these reviews with a pinch of salt. Either these critics are helping out an old friend almost like an 'old boys' club, or, the staff know who they are and provide plenty of freebies in return for a good mention.
Anyway, back to the review. This was our first visit here and I can honestly say that the service was 5 star. The staff were super polite and extra attentitive. They also had a good knowledge of the menu which makes a change for Pattaya. The decor of the place is very old fashioned, almost like a 1970s -1980s flashback and could really do with a bit of modernization. It is however, very well maintained.
First of all, the prices. This is by no means a cheap restaurant. They advertise fine dining and most certainly charge for it. Dont look at the menu here and think the price you see is what you are going to pay. The prices you see are also subject to 10% service charge and 7% tax which is added on top of the price stated on the menu. This is one of my pet hates and should be banned. If I go to a restaurant, the price I see is the price I want to pay, none of these devious techniques to extort extra cash out of unsuspecting customers. It is basically ripping off your customers.
For my starter I ordered a soup which was recommended in a local newspapers review. It was a Madras soup. The portion size was generous but it was underseasoned and lacking in any real flavour. It was also partly cold and partly hot, as if it had been microwaved or the chef had put hot soup in a cold bowl.
Following on from this I ordered a Wagyu beef steak which was served with a peppercorn sauce and roast potatoes. The steak was cooked to perfection but was spoilt by the extremely salty peppercorn sauce. The potatoes also looked like theyd been fried. It was dissapointing considering the price. The owner approaced me and asked me how everything was. I told him to which he said 'oh' and ran off to the kitchen, there was no apology or attempt to rectify it.
Dont get me wrong, the food wasnt bad by any means but I felt really hard done by considering this is meant to be fine dining and they certainly charge fine dining prices. The total bill came in at 5000baht for 2 people including 1 bottle of house red.
I cant give this place anymore than 3 stars and that was due to the exceptional service rather than the quality of food or value. Prices subject to 10% service charge and 7% Tax???? What a rip off, I just hope the staff recieve their deserved cut of the service charge!

  • Visited May 2012
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Casa_Pascal, Owner at Casa Pascal, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Mr. Reni Jarra Lad,

I would like to take this opportunity to take position to your comments.
Thank you for your positive, as well for your negative comments.

As their is no point of argument in somones taste of food, I can only, once agin, appologize for not having hit your expectations on your meal.
But for your comments, mentioned twice in your post, I need to ask you following:
Do you call all the other fine establishments like 5 star hotels down to 3 or 4 star hotels and restaurants which are charging the service charge and applicable VAT, not only in Thailand, but most places in Asia, a "rip off" ??? !!!
After all, our menus clearly indicate that these normal charges are applied. I would have not have any problems, if you would have left our place before you would call it a rip off place afterworth.

With kind regards,

Pascal Schnyder
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Sydney, Australia
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145 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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“Attentive staff”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Excellent ambience and wine list. The buffet has great fresh, tasty and tender meats. The service is excellent and the diner is made to feel welcome. The "house" wine is of an unexpectedly high standard and a feature of this restauarant is that excellent red and white is served by the glass as well as carafes of 150, 300 and 600 mls. The price of a 600ml is double that of a 300ml etc. This pricing could well be copied by other restaurants. The food is good but not excellent.
Well worth a visit.

  • Visited August 2012
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