Pattaya Restaurant in Mount Pleasant

My husband and I recently had a hunkering for Thai food.  We’re both from “Up North” and had a variety of fabulous Thai restaurants to choose from.  Here in Charleston we feel a bit more limited in our choices for ethnic fare, so we approached Pattaya with a bit of hesitation.

First trip was with our two boys – which can always be a challenge.  But with the unpretentious and relaxed diner setting, we immediately felt like this was a place we could plop our two overtired monsters (really, this was one of those rough nights) for a quick meal without getting angry stares from tables around us.  No angry stares (maybe it was because they were mesmerized by the Angry Birds games they were playing on our iPhones – gasp!)….just a quiet, yummy meal.   We started with chicken and beef satay with an amazing peanut sauce, then my husband and I enjoyed Pad Thai (mine tofu, his chicken) and the boys each a heaping (and I mean heaping) bowl of their own chicken and rice soup (their soup was awesome – I had the leftovers for lunch the next day).  My Pad Thai was flavorful and stood right up against  Basil’s.  The only thing mine was missing (which they promptly brought) was lime wedges and extra cilantro – but that’s my thing.  We left knowing we’d be back soon for more.

Enter last weekend, when we went ventured back with my dad.  Although it was later in the evening we were greeted again with a set of friendly staff.  There are so many amazing Vietnamese and Thai dishes to choose from I didn’t know which one to pick.  My dad encouraged me to try a Thai salad, saying the Thai beef salads he’s had in the past are amazing.  Out of the six Thai salads you can choose, I decided upon the Prawn Salad (Plar Kung) – which consists of lime juice, shallots, romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, onion, green onions, and cilantro.   For many of the dishes at Pattaya, you can choose the level of “kick” or spice in the dish, between Medium, Spicy or Hot.  Being a self-proclaimed lover of spicy foods, but still leery I may take it too far, I chose the Spicy category (middle of the road in heat, so I thought).

 

Pattaya Prawn Salad

Pattaya Prawn Salad

 

You can see that the salad I got was beautiful – and flavorful!  The lime juice dressing is out of this world – but the HEAT this salad had was off the charts!  Although I LOVED this salad and would absolutely order it again, I will without hesitation order the Medium spice next time.  I probably drank two cups of water just to quell the flames in my mouth.  But on a scale of 1 to 10 in taste this guy was a 9!

The dishes Pattaya offer cater to anyone and everyone – you have a variety of beef, pork, chicken, duck, seafood and vegetarian options to choose from.  From veggie salad to noodle salad, soups to steamed rice dishes, curries, noodles and Thai barbecues – I think you’d be hard pressed not to find something you’d like here.

We’ll definitely be back again.  Visit Pattaya at 607-C Johnnie Dodds Blvd (same plaza as Eco Fitness and River Bowl) 843-856-1808.  They’re open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.  Closed Sundays.

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