THE latest newcomer to Hua Hin’s fast-growing international dining out scene brings an exquisite taste of Spain to Khao Takiab.
Owned by the same group behind Zafran Authentic Indian Dining (read our review online at www.bit.ly/1OruFyT), and operated by Chef Nacho Leon, a Segovia (north of Madrid) native with over 20 years of international experience, the new restaurant has been built from the ground up to offer two distinct dining experiences.
Venture up the flight of stairs tucked around the back of the restaurant and you’ll then find El Patio – a rooftop lounge bar serving a wide variety of tapas, as well as classic and innovative cocktails. From the comfort of wicker sofas, you can expect to enjoy great views of Hua Hin’s famous rolling hills, and you may even spy a train trundling past on the nearby railway. It’s a great spot to enjoy sundowners or an aperitif or two with friends.
While we didn’t get chance to see the full menu when we visited the restaurant last month (it was still at the printers), we did get to sample some of the dishes. And what we had was delicious – particularly the Slow-cooked beef cheek; Boquerones (white anchovies) served atop roasted peppers and crispy bread, and a hearty serving of Cold cuts, which included slices of the famous Pata Negra (Black hoof pig). We also liked Chef Nacho’s take on the classic Crema Catalana, the Spanish version of crème brulée, served here in a clay pot and proving sweet and rich and deliciously moreish.
We also liked the fact we could wash all this down with genuine Spanish mineral water, particular as it was the renowned VCH Barcelona – which is naturally carbonated and has a unique, slightly salty taste – as well as Spanish beers like Estrella Damm (B220), and wines by the glass starting at just B180.
Good value comes as standard at Plaza Mayor, with starters ranging in price from just B200++ to B300++, and mains from B400++ to B500++. Tapas, meanwhile, starts at just B165++ (inclusive of a glass of wine).
1/463 Soi Moobaan Takiab Hua Hin, Takiab Rd. Open daily 5pm till midnight (last orders for food at 10.30pm).
Tel: 032 536 308 www.facebook.com/spanishrestaurantinhuahin