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“nice view pity about the food”
Review of Palace Restaurant

Palace Restaurant
Ranked #247 of 935 Restaurants in Pattaya
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Lebanese, Thai
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Pattaya, Thailand
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146 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“nice view pity about the food”
Reviewed October 9, 2011

Had lunch here; strange menu not at all like other Lebanese restaurants: few authentic dishes and a tendency to over cooked meats. No wine list just some beer. Service was OK but the view is nice. Won't be going again, quite disappointing.

  • Visited October 2011
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Si Racha, Thailand
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Average in Taste and portions small”
Reviewed September 29, 2011

I live in Pattaya and decided to try the Lebanese Palace restaurant one more time (my 2nd time). Again the entrees were on the small size (for the price) and the chicken shawarma did not have a good flavor and lacked the sauces to put on such as garlic- mayonaise. Instead the shawarma came with crappy dripping mayonais on it....I never had that on my chicken shawarma when I lived in the MIddle East. The best place for Middle Eastern food is at a local Arab restaurant at the corner of soi VC and South Pattaya Road...across from the Marina Hotel and Hotel VC. Great fresh Arab dishes and not as costly...but not the view.

Visited September 2011
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Thank William H
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
“Best Lebnese food tasted”
Reviewed September 24, 2011

The Restaurant Maintained its Authenticity of Lebnese food by the beach and the must important fact that amazed me is its HALAL range of food; the interior do look like a palace.and has bst shesha place in pattaya.

Visited July 2011
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Thank Enayet1989
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Authentic Lebanese Cuisine, Breathtaking View”
Reviewed June 3, 2011

This restaurant is on the 4th floor of the Central Festival Centre on Pattaya Beach Road, with an incredible view on the bay of Pattaya on the shaded patio. A good time to visit is around sunset, to be enjoyed with a typical Lebanese smoking pipe (shisha).

I was very surprised by the authenticity of the tastes I experienced there. If you are Lebanese, you will immediately recognize the menu, which resembles that of many Lebanese-owned restaurants around the world. Basically you have all the classic dishes one would expect (hot and cold mezza, grill, etc...) and the usual "international dishes" such as Escalope Cordon Bleu, Pastas, Steaks etc, which are usually less tasty and just there to accommodate a conservative guest at a large Lebanese (or arab) gathering. (Obviously I didnt try any of these "western" dishes, I was there for the Lebanese food). The meza is fairly varied and extensive, with for example at least 5 types of hummus, such as plain, beirut style (with garlic), with meat (qawarma), with pine nuts/seeds, etc... so you get an idea of the rest.

Now the best part is the authenticity of the tastes! Being in Thailand, I was expecting relatively bland tastes, which is what usually happens when a Lebanese restaurant is run by non-Lebanese, who usually dare not accentuate the tastes of respective dishes in order to not over do it.

So I was very glad/relieved to meet the Lebanese guys running the place as soon as I stepped in. My expectations were immediately raised and surprisingly met!

I ordered three dishes:

Tabouleh (parsley and couscous salad), about 150 Baht (5$)
Mixed Shawarma (Beef and Chicken) over bed of hummus, 220 Baht (7$)
Shish Taouk Sandwich (Chicken skewer rolled in Pita bread with veg + sesame sauce), forgot price, about 100-110 Baht (3.50$)

Yes, yes, and yes! They got it all right. I felt I was sitting on some terrace in Beirut watching the sunset over the Mediterranean sea!

The Tabbouleh was authentically Lebanese as it was had just a little couscous (which is a good thing!) and had enough lemon juice (too many restaurants around the world don't put enough lemon juice and serve a too dry tabbouleh)

The Shawarma over hummus was generous in size, and spot on for the taste, especially for the hummus.

And the Shish Taouk Pita roll was exactly that, a real shish taouk pita roll, steamy hot on the inside, with the fresh crunch of veggies and the slightly toasted pita wrap. I asked to hold the garlic sauce, and replace it with tarator (sesame sauce)... each bite was to die for.

I didn't take pictures of the plates, but the presentation is very appetizing, typically Lebanese, with small vegetable decorations etc...

Also pita bread can be ordered by the piece and is baked fresh on location, comes with the steam still fuming.

I'm getting hungry just by typing this so I'll stop with the Pro's.

As far as the Con's go, I state them to remain objective in my review, but they did not affect the overall very pleasant experience.

There are 3 cons.

The first is the lack of a delivery service, which is not that bad if you are checking this review to visit the place in person (recommended, especially to watch the sunset).

The second is the limited English of the Thai waiters. (They do nonetheless have a couple of Indian waiters as well who have a much better English). But despite this, there is always a waiter nearby simply waiting on you, and despite the language barrier, they are always standing at attention and hurrying with your requests. (For most Lebanese, service is almost as important as the food, and this restaurant got it right)

The third con is the lack of Lebanese Bakery items, such as Thyme pies (man'ouch zaatar), cheese pies, or meat pies (lahem baajine) and the many more variants. One would expect at least these three to be in the menu, especially since they obviously have a bread oven on location, where they make their fresh pita breads.

But like I said, despite these 3 minor hiccups (although I must admit that last one can be a deal breaker for some, especially for breakfast or brunch), the overall experience is relaxed and authentic.

Also attention to detail is appreciated, with a hot wet serviette to wash off after the meal, and a complementary small sweet tea in "Turkish Coffee" cups.

The bottom line is: Definitely the place to go for authentic Lebanse food in Pattaya, with western and Thai options to accommodate conservative guests, and a very nice view over the bay of Pattaya.

  • Visited June 2011
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Palace restaurant, the best lebanese restaurant in Thailand”
Reviewed April 26, 2011

Great restaurant. The first time i ever had Lebanese foods. I do agree with dennis the menu doesn't reflect the quality of the foods they serve.
The outside sitting area is the best if you just want to sit there with ur partner and enjoy the sunset, while enjoying the delicious foods.

  • Visited March 2011
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