Horn Grill is an attractive L-shaped steakhouse straddling the corner of Koktanod and Kata roads in southern Kata. With 140 covers it’s no small affair yet the restaurant’s façade and entrance lends it an intimate look. Inside, plush Chesterfield wall sofas complement New Orleans’ style tables and chairs along with French design influences, photos of European landmarks on the walls, and even a baby grand piano used nightly by a resident jazz duo.
The main air-conditioned dining section spills out into a fan-cooled garden patio area that is a pretty cool place to enjoy a quality Australian steak on a starry night.
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And steak is what Horn Grill is fundamentally about: Australian Angus beef is a great favourite here but of course you can also enjoy lamb, veal, chicken, fish, and even vegetarian dishes and all feature in many incarnations on the extensive menu. After a quick perusal of the menu it soon becomes obvious that Horn Grill is no fly-by-night operation – proof being that it has been open for nearly ten years and has a sizeable number of regular return customers.
With smartly dressed wait staff members utilizing an electronic ordering system, your requests are well taken care of and our waiter Sunny with his excellent English certainly deserves mention as his service and attention was impeccable.
For starters we tuck into pan-grilled scallops and pancetta in Pernod sauce served with garlic bread (345 baht) along with a green and avocado salad with prawns (315 baht) and choose from the 48-label wine list (a large wine cooler dominates the main dining area).
It’s all very well done with excellent scallops and a good choice of salad sauces. Mains consist of charcoal-grilled Angus tenderloin steak (945 baht) and deep-fried cod filet with Cajun and garlic cream sauce served with mashed potatoes and spinach mousse (435 baht). Both dishes are top rate and merit praise for their flavours and choice textures. Obviously, the prices reflect the quality but it should be mentioned that Horn Grill does not charge the ubiquitous 17% government and VAT tax so it all levels out economically.
Horn Grill is justifiably popular and the wait staff sometimes number up to 40 in High Season when the restaurant is busy night after night. It can get a little frenetic but Horn Grill, with its acoustic jazz (piano and sax) and experienced staff members have the collective know-how to competently handle diners arriving in numbers. The only shadow over this meat-lovers’ setup is finding a parking space in the area. It’s recommended to head down to Kata Beach by the Karon Municipality building (200 metres away opposite Kata Beach Resort) where you’ll find a place to leave your car.
Horn Grill Steakhouse
- Opening Hours: daily from 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: On the T-junction of Kata and Koktanod roads, south Kata
- Tel: 076 285 173