My last visit to Pattaya I was turned onto a nice little restaurant on Soi Buakhao called Cafe Pitini. It is very popular with a few of my expat friends who live in Pattaya. It is a small restaurant known for serving a good selection of Western food at reasonable prices.
Cafe Pitini has an outdoor patio with a few tables that overlook Soi Buakhao. The inside isn’t very big, and can be quite busy at times, especially for dinner. Tables turn over fairly quickly and I never found myself waiting for a table any of the times I visited, though larger groups might be in for a wait at peak times.
I found the service to be quick, friendly, and attentive. The menu is mainly British fare, but the selection is extensive with sandwiches, panini, burgers, salads, and of course a selection of Thai food.
On my first visit, I decided to go with something light. I went for a salami and Paris ham sub sandwich with a side of potato salad. When my meal arrived, I was impressed. The sandwich is 10” and is a lot of food. The salami was some sort of local Thai concoction, unlike anything I’d seen, but it didn’t taste half bad. The sub was garnished with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and Italian dressing. The bread roll was light and soft, and tasted as if it was baked recently.
The potato salad was a gamble when I ordered it, I wasn’t expecting to like it. But it looked good and tasted just as nice. I could have had another helping.
Even though I was looking for a light meal, the food really filled me up. They sure didn’t skimp on the portions, plus that was a lot of bread. The total cost of the food was 195 THB. Which is not a bad price for what I received.
This isn’t going to rank up there as one of the best restaurants in Pattaya, but for cheap Western food, it is hard to beat. The cost/value proposition is part of what makes this a popular place for expats on a budget.
I revisited the café on several more occasions and was never disappointed by the food. As long as you have the right expectations going in – It’s good, cheap eats.
Cafe Pitini is located about half way between Soi 21 and Soi Made in Thailand on Soi Buakhao. There is a large ice cream cone sculpture situated on the roof, though it is partially obstructed by the telephone wires.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.