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“Massive disappointment” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Admiral Bar & Grill

The Admiral Bar & Grill
Ranked #111 of 605 Restaurants in Hua Hin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, European, Steakhouse, Thai, Scandinavian
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Massive disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

Well after reading the reviews of this place I have to say our experience wasn't the best.
The thought of cooking your own steak at the table seemed a different idea so we gave it a go.
I guess the fact that there was only 1 other couple in here at 8.30 in the evening should have told us something.

So we ordered a couple of beers and starters to set us up for the main event. The bruschetta needed salt and more garlic, and the calamari and Aoli needed more garlic.

So we ordered the ribeye steak. The arrival of the dish was quite spectacular and looked great as the boards containing the steak sizzling on a hot stone arrived.

The steak cut chips were shall we say in short supply and the side of fried onions were tiny. To be fair the chimichuri sauce and smokey sauce were nice if in short supply.

I was always under the impression that a ribeye steak had a certain amount of fat on it which all aids with flavour and the cooking as it renders down. However the meat we were presented with was more like a mini topside joint. No fat at all so was sticking to the stone. We weren't sure whether to slice the meat into strips and flash cook or try and let the stone do the cooking.
The knives are not the best when it comes to slicing tough meat.

As the chips were all served together while the steak was trying to cook there just didn't seem an ideal rest time for the meat as all good steaks should have. What this led to was a steak that was dry and tough.
Not the experience we were looking for.
With hind sight which is a wonderful thing having 2x 300 degree hot stones a few inches from you during you meal when the air temperature is already 30+ was not the best idea we ever had. It was a hot one.

All this for only 2000bht. Yes 2000bht.

We won't be back as it wasn't for us. If you want a good steak there are other places in town that can provide a good one. I suggest you find one.

Real shame.

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Thank Mad_Man_Yorkshire
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RoyalOakBKK, General Manager at The Admiral Bar & Grill, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you very much for your review. My name is Seamus I am the General Manager for the Admiral, Urban Fuzion and the Deck. Customer feed back is always welcome and helpful in order to improve our guest experience. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to the Admiral Bar & Grill. As you mentioned we have had many positive reviews both on trip adviser and in person in the restaurant and have had little negative feed back so far.

The portions of sauce and condiments we serve with our steaks are a standard portion but please feel free to ask our staff for additional sauce if required. In regards to the steak and the hot stone all of our beef in sourced from suppliers in Bangkok and are premium imported grass fed Black Angus cuts from Australia. And you are correct that a Rib eye has more fat around and through the cut of beef than a tenderloin or a rump which adds to flavor and makes the meat juicer, which ours do so I am a little confused on this point as we only trim some of the fat from the outside.

One of the great things about serving a steak on the stone grill is that a traditional resting period while cooking a steak is not necessary because as you cook it you are slicing it in to small bit size portions and after it is cooked no further cutting is required and the juices are sealed in the steak by searing it on the hot stone. The stones come out of our specially designed ovens at approximately 330 degrees Celsius meaning that it will sear and cook small pieces of meat very quickly to the desired temperature although a large thick cut of steak will not cook all the way through to well done in the time that it takes to eat your meal.

We offer a range of different cuisines including Thai, Scandinavian, Pasta, Pizza and Western Main courses. I hope that we will be able to welcome you back to the Admiral or Urban Fuzion (our sports bar and Gourmet Burger restaurant) next door in the future.

Regards,
Seamus Jacobs
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“great staff, great food and great tim”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

there is many places in hua hin where you can eat. but not many places where you get great steaks, and a service this good. its 100% a placei will visit again.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fck2000
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
“Great stone beef in the heart of the Royal City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

Enjoy a really good stone beef at Admiral Bar & Grill in Hua Hin - don´t forget the redwine:-) The friendly staff will serve you the best way.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank M0rtenL2014
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
Level Contributor
4 reviews
“A real gourmet restaurant with hot stone grills and great Scandinavian sandwiches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

i had a lovely three-course meal in The Admiral. As a vegetarian, I don't usually eat at steak houses, but on this occasion was dragged in by an expat friend in Hua Hin. Anyway, the manager was very kind and actually designed me a special vegetarian hot stone grill. The hot stone is 300 degrees and cooks your food right in front of you on the table - it's one of the restaurant's signature dishes, usually done with beef or tuna steak.
My friend (a Swedish guy) had a Scandinavian open sandwich called a smoor brod (correct spelling?!) with akvavit, a special schnapps that Swedes apparently love to drink with this sandwich. Anyway, he was overflowing with praise for the restaurant and even said it was the best smoor brod he's had outside of Sweden!
So, top marks all round. It's clear from the quality and presentation of the food that some real connoisseurs are behind this place. Will definitely drop in again for one of their veggie sandwiches.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EmilyYts
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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359 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Just Renovated and with new better menu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Lived in Hua Hin for 7 years and have been to the Admirals many times and Always enjoyed the food here. Now it opened again after a few months of useful renovations. The Place looks much better than Before and the menu still have our old favorites like Stjerneskrud fried fish with shrimps in an excellent sauce and also the Herrings which for us Swedish people are called Sill and we can get a Snaps to it if we like! Two kinds of Aquavit are availble Norwegeian Line and Ikeas Swedish Aquavit both are very taste and served as it should chilled. Whats new in the menu are Wagyu New Zeeland meat cooked by yourself on a very very hot stone! A different way to serve food but its ok even if you have to do most of the cooking yourself. Mine was a Wagyu Rump. I actually thought it should be a sirlion but it looked more like a tenderlion. The helpful New Zeeland Manager did confirm it to be a Rump which I still doubt but not complain about as it was very tender and tasteful for a very resonable cost of THB 650,a steal in my opinion. And we are very happy to see that this restaurant now have a manager as this would prevent the staff from hanging around in the front of the outside seating chatting in a casual and sometimes to high voice. The new manager is really needed and seemed to us to be everywhere and also very helpful and caring all the time. I was for example approching the restaurant on chruches as I had an accident in my right leg and there he was giving me a helping hand without knowing that I was on my way to his restaurant! That is service! Thanks again!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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