The former Bite Me Bistro has reincarnated itself as The Bite in the same premises near the corner of Third Road and Soi Lengkee. When the original closed its doors in January this year, many diners mourned its passing, as Bite Me had occupied a unique niche in the Pattaya restaurant scene.
Like its predecessor . The Bite punches way above its price class in serving top-notch food at bargain prices. The menu hasn't changed much since the Bite Me days. It's still largely Mediterranean food, often modern takes on classic dishes and international favorites. The ingredients are high-quality and fresh, with a lot of care taken in the preparation of each meal.
One new twist is that a handful of Thai dishes have been added to the menu, which gives Thais who aren't enthusiastic about Western food another option.
When The Bite picked up Bite Me's dropped baton two months ago, many wondered if it would be able to regain the culinary heights it once held. To a large extent, it has. There may be some details left to iron out, but by and large, it's back to where it once was.
A few nights, two friends and I had dinner at The Bite. Two of us chose the three-course set menu, while the third had a garden salad and tom yum goong (sour and spicy lemongrass soup). He had the seared fresh tuna salad as his starter and I had the arancini balls with bacon, rice and cream cheese as mine.
We both had the steamed sea bass as our main course. It was served on a bed of linguine with a tomato, pernod and white wine sauce. We topped off the meal with a personal favorite of mine, bread-and-butter pudding with vanilla sauce.
No complaints about the food from any of us. It was all made from quality ingredients prepared and cooked well. The salad was great value-for-money; a plate of top-quality vegetables and not just a pile of lettuce.
Sea brass is a delicately flavored fish and it's easy for a sauce or accompaniment to overwhelm it. The sauce with the linguine was subtle and it didn't swamp the natural taste of the fish. The linguine was cooked as it should be, al dente. Too often in Thailand Western pasta is overcooked. The bread-and-butter pudding wasn't cloyingly sweet and the vanilla sauce was probably the best I've had in Pattaya. Very good job on that one! Portion sizes were fine. As my friend said, "I'm sure not hungry anymore."
Bottom line: There are places in Pattaya where you can certainly get more food for your money, but I doubt there's anywhere in town that serves an equivalent amount in that price range that's as good.
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