OPENED seven months ago, the four-star Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort has quickly found favour with tourists and business travellers alike thanks to its warm and personal service, stylish design, and carefully considered range of amenities, including, amongst them, a fully-equipped meeting centre, a lagoon-style pool with slides and a climbing wall (the kids love it), and its gem of a casual dining venue, Molten.
In charge of the kitchen is Patraphon 'Tony' Rareong, a talented Thai chef whose past experience includes seven years spent working at popular grill restaurants in New York. He was also part of the opening team of the renowned Tables restaurant at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, and prior to taking on his current position, three months ago, worked as a consultant chef for Sansiri, at the property developer's Escape Khao Yai project.
He's not kidding. Molten's menu is divided between appetizers, soups, salads, steaks, burgers and sandwiches, homemade curries, fish, meat and poultry selections, pizza and pasta, wok fried delights, and desserts. And all are offered at prices that won't break the bank.
The signature Classic Caesar Salad (B180) is a highlight, featuring sliced chicken breast, fresh bacon, and crisp romaine lettuce drizzled with a homemade sauce made from egg yolk, extra virgin olive oil, anchovies, garlic, Tabasco Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. We also loved the Pork Knuckle (B490), a monster of a portion, served on a chopping board alongside sweetcorn and fried potatoes, and whose crispy skin and tender meat is simply bursting with flavour.
Other highlights include the Lamb Rack (B440), served with sautéed potatoes and gravy; Pork chop (B280), served with mash and sautéed veggies; and, for something more local, Phad Thai (B180), traditional wok-fried noodles with prawns, egg, chives, bean sprouts and peanuts.
Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort, 463/100, Moo 9 Pattaya Second Rd., Nhongprue Banglamung
Tel: 038 769 688 www.mercure.com