Dinner at de Marmiet

With all the bars closed tonight, we wondered what our rep would do. We’ve just received this email from him.

“It’s a dry day because of local elections and I was at a loose end. I decided to bring my Sunday night roast dinner blowout forward to Saturday. To achieve this I went to de Marmiet which has recently opened in the small soi that leads from Soi V.C. to Yensabai Condo in South Pattaya.

The staff have stopped me a number of times when I’ve been using this cut through to Happy Boys and I decided I had to call in. I had the set menu (255B) and could not have wine as it’s a dry day. So I made do with a soda at 30B.

The service was good, the waiter spoke good English and the timing was just about right. Mind you, they were hardly under pressure – I was their only customer for most of the time. I had the soup to start (no choice). It was a thin sort of vegetable soup, but quite tasty. Then I went on and had the duck paté. This was flavoursome and a coarse cut. There was quite a large slice and it was quite rich. I couldn’t have eaten any more. For the main course I had pork fillet in a hunter sauce. 3 quite thick slices of pork were covered in a dark mushroom sauce. Plenty of taste, but somehow just missed the mark. The let down was the creme brulée for desert. The custard tasted OK, but the brown sugar on the top was just sprinkled, with no attempt to “brulée” it.

I came out very full, and had to go for a short walk to aid digestion. As I left I realised there had been a continual racket from wind chimes by the door. It had registered as annoying, but hadn’t really sunk in till the relief of leaving.

All in all a good meal, right price, but nothing special to differentiate it from the two other French/Belgian restaurants in the row. They need to establish a customer base and quickly, but I’m not too sure why people will go in there.”

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