A good part of the Patong Beach Road runs adjacent to parking places and pavement. But at the junction of Bangla Road the beachfront restaurants and hotels begin and stretch on until Loma Park.
It takes a brave entrepreneur to operate a restaurant on this extremely competitive patch. One such restaurant is The Beach – one of the very few Patong restaurants where you can get sand between your toes as you dine.
Where Is It?
If coming from Bangla Road, pass Impiana Resort & Spa on your left, then Thara Patong which is on your right and take the first road (or soi) left down to the beach. The Beach Restaurant is the last on the left.
Alternatively, stroll down the beach and you’ll easily find it.
The Beach has 45 tables in total, both inside and al fresco. The walls are lined with aquariums, lending a distinct fishy feel to the place. Overhead fans twirl and hum while brick columns add an Italian touch.
Faux-batik tablecloths introduce an oriental taste and the never-ending rhythm of the waves and passersby give it a real and enjoyable beachside-holiday feel. Chunky furniture and tiled floors bring it all back to earth with a bump.
The Beach is definitely and undeniably aimed at holidaymakers. Make no mistake, this is no Escoffier territory; the restaurant has its feet planted firmly in the sand and as such does a great job, with cheerful and attentive staff members, middle-of-the-road canned music (think Eagles, Phil Collins etc) rolling waves and a wholly unpretentious setup.
A small bar stands at the entrance, while the open-sided arrangement is pleasing and cool. Also open for lunch, this place is really a ‘what-you-make-it’ setup in that it is all things to all men.
The house red is available by glass, carafe and bottle at a reasonable price. On the list are seven white wines from Chile, Argentina, Australia and Italy as well as six choices of red wine from the same sources – also fairly reasonably priced in a country with the second-highest wine taxes in the world.
As to be expected at a beachside venue, the cocktails menu is especially vivid with all the usual colourful suspects – margaritas, mai tais, bloody Marys and the inevitable sex on the beach – cocktail, that is...
Not many restaurants in Patong have a photo-menu as attractive and as well done as The Beach’s. Here, you can choose from German, British, Italian, Mexican, and of course Thai food. The range is astounding and if suspicions of lack of focus come up they’re immediately abated by a sampling of whole grilled fish, mixed salad, and chicken tacos.
A professionally prepared club sandwich with fries is also very palatable – and all this is washed down by a couple of glasses of house red. Predictably, seafood is the specialty of the house and a wide range of lobster, prawns, crab, ‘shells’ and exotically prepared fish is available.
All in all, The Beach delivers solid and enjoyable fare and the wide selection is in itself a commendable reason to dine or lunch there.
Attentive and busy, The Beach’s service did a good job the evening we were there.
The Beach Seafood & Restaurant
- Location: 49 Soi Loma – Patong Beach.
- Tel: 081 537 3795