IF you’re looking for a great place to enjoy a beachside seafood meal with your friends or family, Oceans Restaurant at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya should be your first port of call.
Located overlooking the beach at the front of the resort, which is renowned for its ‘Lost World’ theme that blends towering wooden columns and rock-clad walls with colossal contemporary works of art, the restaurant offers casual dining in a vibrant setting that’s bolstered by great views of the sea as well as the resort’s tropical jungle gardens and pool.
Guests can sit outdoors on the shaded wooden terrace where a large open kitchen highlights chefs hard at work preparing all kinds of deep sea bounty, international snacks, Asian favourites, and healthy salads.
Heading up the culinary team at the resort is Executive Chef Colin Grant, a Scotland national who, prior to joining the resort and taking on the immense culinary operation – eight restaurants and bars! – spent many years refining his craft at top hotels and restaurants around the world.
“Creating a menu is a fantastically underrated art,” says the chef, “one that requires not only a magnitude of diverse experience but also the understanding of what a customer wants and is prepared to pay.”
Scan the offerings and you’ll find that the chef doesn’t mince his words. There’s a dish on the menu to suit every taste – all provided at great value for money.
Highly recommended to start proceedings are Chilled avocado soup with prawns (B170) and Lebanese flat bread chicken pizza (B390 – a promotional dish throughout July).
Moving onto mains, Seared tuna loin (B370) is a great option, coming crusted with sesame seeds and served with sliced sweet strawberries and crushed walnuts on a bed of baby spinach. The Seafood combo platter (B600) is also a highlight, boasting a generous serving of steamed prawns, slipper lobsters and mussels, served with salad or fries. If you want a more luxurious treat, the Steamed Canadian lobster (B1,700) is also available for you to indulge in.
If you prefer your meat from the land, the Grilled lamb loin (B380) is not to be missed, featuring choice cuts of meat served with roasted zucchini, micro leaves, flat bread chips and mustard herb dressing. Equally as tasty are the Asian favourites (try the Indian butter chicken with garlic nan; and Chinese braised beef noodle soup) and pizzas, including a superb Calzone (folded pizza), filled with salami, chorizo, mushrooms, olives, chilli flakes and mozzarella (B380).
Alongside its great atmosphere and high quality food, Oceans completes the dining experience with friendly, efficient and knowledgeable service. In short, it’s a great place to enjoy a meal on any occasion.
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Soi 18 Naklua, North Pattaya Open 10am-6pm (Full take-away menu available) ☎ 038 301 234 :centarahotelsresort.com