Tucked away in a really narrow sidestreet of Naklua Soi 18 in a one storey row house, is a small Austrian restaurant. Just about 6 tables on the porch, this is a classic family operation, which has been around for almost 30 years, previously in a more favoured location on the main soi close to Naklua Rd., until the rent there has been suddenly doubled. The owner is a very friendly, smiling low key Austrian gentleman, but it is really the thai wife who runs the place with iron discipline. German is spoken here and you will not see any tourists, there is a small town vibe around the place, a welcomed rarity in Pattaya. Just one table free, which was a good sign. There is a daily menu board on the wall, has probably been there for years, don’t expect it to change next week. Time has stopped here - also regarding the prices - long ago. As the Tuesday menu happened to be schnitzel including a vegetable soup, salad and coffee or ice cream at 230 Baht (!} we both ordered it - with modest expectations. Probably one of the longest waits followed I ever had in a resturant, but it was more than worth it. I will never understand why it took them about 45 minutes to bring out the soup, but when it arrived rich with potatoes, it was clear this was real home made food like at you grandma’s table. The authetic wiener schitzel was huge, the meat tender and juicy, the ‘bratkartoffel’ freshly out of a sizzling pan. Although very hungry, none of us could finish it, which kind of explains why the local family of neighborhood dogs - they are all related we were told - are having serious weight issues. Nice portion of crispy fresh salad with a traditional vinegar dressing. Even the ice cream was surprising quality, with some chocolat topping, all in all one of the best meals I had in Pattaya in months and at an incredible price. Big thumbs up and recommemdation, will be back to try more. Thai food also available and looked equally good.
Check bin: Menu 230,-, Chang 70,- Baht - out of this world value!
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