Back to the last parts of my Thailand trip! On the last two days, we left Bangkok for the sunny beach town of Pattaya, also notoriously well-known for its steamy nightlife. But I'm not gonna talk about suntanning or Agogo bars (hell no), but instead bring you to possibly the best place for high tea in Pattaya!
Located along the bustling beach boardwalk, the Hilton hotel was built on top of the spanking new CentralFestival mall. Barely 3 months old (when I was there), some of the hotel restaurants were not even in operations yet!
I initially suggested finding a cafe inside the mall for tea break, but my parents obviously had other plans!
Being the hotel's residential buffet restaurant, Edge also had an ala carte menu with tea options. Using natural wood as theme, the interior design was stylishly modern with ultra high ceiling and plush armchairs. Besides us, there was only one other Caucasian at teatime, quietly writing her own diary of sort. Loved the tranquility!
Of course if you were the sunshine type, go for the alfresco dining area where you could have an awesome view of the entire stretch of Pattaya beach.
Sauce Platter, Complimentary Bread Basket
I loved how the Thais were meticulous with the pairing of dips for almost all their dishes. And yes, the bread assortment was fantastic. You got warmed herbalicious foccacia, salted crackers, chewy breadsticks and doughy walnut loafs. I can munch through a whole basket by myself!
By the way, prices shown in the menu were inclusive of all taxes, a pleasant surprise we realised only after payment!
Hot Latte (฿130), Iced Cappuccino (฿130)
Coffee at only SGD6.50 in this kind of environment? You must be kidding me! And these weren't of slipshod quality either! A word of caution though, iced drinks were served with a shot of sugar syrup while hot ones were served with a shot of warm water. So be careful not to accidentally sweeten or dilute your drinks!
Oriental Salad with Tempura Prawn (฿150)
Served with bacon bits, mix of shitake and enoki mushrooms and two lightly battered prawns, this was one salad I could comfortably live by!
Fried Prawn Wrapped in Egg Noodles (฿150), Phad Thai (฿250)
Served piping hot, the fine noodle strands were wonderfully crispy, enclosing a crunchy fresh prawn. Pairing it with mango cubes struck the balance chord for sweet and savoury!
No doubt, the other was an upmarket rendition of rice noodles, but nonetheless very well done with a fluffy omelette on the outside.
Total bill for three was ฿940 ~SGD47.00, definitely worth it for the kind of settings, quality and service we enjoyed. A darn memorable experience, I only wished I got more afternoons to laze around!
While you are there, do explore the hotel a little further and be wowed by the futuristic lobby. Then head for the outdoor lounge with comfy beds in the middle of water pools, watching the sun sets with a martini in hand.
Who needs Infinity Pool when you have a view like this?