Pan Pan for lunch
by Miss Terry Diner
The Dining Out Team was approached the
other day by a businessman who likes to take clients out to lunch. He did have
two or three favorites, but was looking for another suggestion. After all, there
are six working lunch days of the week. He was also based in Jomtien, so we
decided we would try the very well established Pan Pan as a lunchtime venue.
Pan Pan, which is almost at the T-junction between Thappraya and Thepprasit
Roads, has been a very popular restaurant in Jomtien for many years. It is
visited by scores of people from Bangkok every weekend, and has remained one of
the most successful Italian restaurants in Pattaya.
Walking in to the restaurant, you are immediately struck by the European
ambience. The salmon pink walls and the salmon pink tablecloths, the terracotta
tiled floor, the draped windows - it all fits. The tables are set so that you
can have an intimate lunch for two, or a board meeting with 20 quite easily.
Dotted throughout the restaurant are plant pots with tall ‘Happy Plants’
flourishing. The sign of a happy restaurant. There are also other dining areas,
including an al fresco section at the rear of the building and some outside
tables at the front. The choice is yours, and there are plenty of them.
The menu is stable, and there has been very little movement (if any) since our
last visit a couple of years ago. Antipasti head the bill, as befits an Italian
restaurant and these were priced between B. 90 for the Bruschetta with tomato
and garlic and B. 480 at the top end for a large plate of Parma ham and melon
served with pizza bread, which would feed more than one lunchtime diner.
Soups and Pasta are the next section and range B. 130-340 with the traditional
Minestrone at the lower end and a Spaghetti alla Tarantina with prawns, clams
and mussels at the top end.
Salads next (B. 90-280) with the salmon with glass lettuce, onions, eggs and
olives sounding very conducive towards a great salad.
Main courses (B. 240-390) and Pizzas (B. 160-370) has something for everyone
including a Gambari al cognac (prawns sautéed in a casserole with brandy) and a
very interesting four cheese pizza (mozzarella, gorgonzola, camembert and
The back page of the menu has beverages, with a large carafe of house wine only
B. 420 (Italian naturally, red or white) and beers are B. 120-130 for large
bottles. As it was a lunchtime Dining Out, we stuck with soda water and Perrier
As I have always been a fan of Italian Minestrone soup, I began with that. Pan
Pan’s variety was a very filling soup, stacked with many vegetables, and the
Parmesan dispenser on the table just added to the flavor. We also ordered a
basket of pizza bread to go with the soup, which it did perfectly.
For mains, I had ordered the Scaloppine al Limone, which had delightfully thinly
sliced pork in the lemon sauce. I also added a generous sprinkle of Parmesan to
this one too. Light and flavorsome.
Madame had ordered a Tortellini with tomato sauce, and again this was not a
heavy dish, and just enough to ease any lunchtime hunger pangs.
We did not order desserts, as this was a working lunch, but Madame said that her
coffee was “lovely, very hot and tasty”. Italians are famous for their coffees
If you are looking for a lunchtime venue, you can add Pan Pan to your list. Even
though Italian cuisine can be on the heavy side, there are plenty of light meal
choices on the menu. The Scaloppine al Limone was just right for lunch and not
too heavy. We left replete, but not so weighed down that we could not work that
afternoon, or required a siesta. (No wine with lunch probably helped there!)
Pan Pan, Thappraya Road (just up from the Thepprasit T junction), telephone 038
251 874, email kataparks @yahoo.com. With the popularity of this restaurant it
is probably best to book in the evenings. Secure parking outside and at the rear
of the building. Open every day 9.30 a.m. until 10.30 p.m.
Spicy Crab and Scallop Soup
This is a lovely soup to serve as a starter for any meal.
It is an interesting and very easy to prepare soup with the ginger giving
the spicy tang. It is not a quick soup, however, as it is necessary to let
the soup stand to take on the subtle flavours. If you do not have a can of
chicken soup, you can substitute 400 ml of chicken stock. If you wish, you
can add other seafood items such as calamari to the broth.
Place scallops and butter in a saucepan and gently sauté for 2 minutes. Remove
scallops and set aside.
Place all remaining ingredients, other than crabs, in the pan and simmer covered
for 10 minutes. Allow to stand for one hour, then remove the bay leaf, add the
scallops and crabmeat and bring up to heat and then serve immediately.
shelled) 1 cup
Ginger finely chopped 1 tbspn
Lime juice from
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