There’s something intrinsically different about family run restaurants. Could it be a heightened sense of unity among staff members or a fluidity of service that a “normal” business lacks? Whatever it may be, S&G in Patong possesses this mysterious quality, perhaps without even knowing it.
Unobtrusive, easy to pass by on a busy walking street, but ultimately delivering the goods, S&G epitomizes the best of middle-range Patong eateries.
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Where Is It?
Just off the Beach Road on the unimaginatively named Soi Post Office. Think of MacDonald’s and you’ll be in the direct area.
This soi is a no-traffic zone so if you are driving, look for a parking space on the beach side of the main one-way drag (and good luck to you) and grab it when you can.
The restaurant’s sign is easy to spot, and it is only a few metres down on the left of the soi.
Pretty basic, with table-height wall mirrors extending down both sides of this shophouse-sized eatery. The restaurant features light green tablecloths, somewhat stark overhead lighting and a small awning outside where diners can people-watch as they eat.
S&G’s décor is certainly not its strong point, although it has excellent ventilation from overhead and wall fans, even outside under the awning.
At the far end waitresses and cooks busy themselves – it’s very transparent and unpretentious but all the better for it.
The early evening atmosphere at S&G is made up of tourist families with children of various ages. Diners are mostly Scandinavians and central Europeans; it’s bustling but not noisy, busy but not hectic, friendly but not intimate. If you are determined to eat here try to go early or reserve a table as when we left at 7. 45pm there was not a free place in the 45-seater house, although the families by then had been replaced by groups of young adults.
If S&G is this full every night then it says something immensely positive about the food, service and delivery. Prerecorded piano music tinkles away in the distant background but is really surplus to requirements. S&G has regular, repeat customers who have come to trust this eatery for its dependable, inexpensive yet wholesome food rather than its atmosphere.
No bottles available; just chilled Italian red and white table wine served by the glass (80 baht). A large Singha Beer is 120 baht while small bottles of Chang, Heineken, and Singha all go for 60 baht each. There are no cocktails although you can get some spirits from the tiny corner bar. Just don’t expect to sit at it!
The main reason that S&G is so busy is because of its hearty and unpretentious fare. A mixed salad goes for 60 baht and is easily enough for two. Tuna, beef, and chicken salads are 120 baht while all soups are 60 baht. An extremely generous portion of fish and chips (with a mixed salad) is 220 baht and comes absolutely piping hot while an excellent, spanking fresh and piquant pla nueng manao (whole steamed fish with lemon) costs 350 baht and a portion of rice just 15 baht.
While some of these prices may seem steep compared to a “normal” Thai restaurant, they are laughably cheap for Patong. A pla nueng manao around the corner in a hotel restaurant will easily cost twice as much. No wonder the place is packed out. As for Thai food at S&G, all the usual suspects are there; phad Thai, fried rice, sweet and sour fish and pork.
There are eight waitresses at S&G and all are competent and efficient. But don’t expect extreme intimacy from the wait staff – they’re far too busy for that, yet certainly not too busy to share the famous Thai smile with diners. The level of spoken English is good.
- Location: Soi Post Office, off the Beach Road by MacDonald’s, Patong.
- Tel: 076 340 151