Review: Pu Pen Seafood restaurant (Jomtien, Thailand)

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Seafood aficionados staying in the Pattaya (Chon Buri) area should definitely skip the usual tourist traps and head straight over to Pu Pen right on Jomtien beach, where quality and quantity rival each other. We make a point of it to have at least one meal there, whenever we’re in the neighborhood. I’ll tell you why.

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Over the past father’s day holiday weekend we’ve spent some time in beach side resort town Pattaya, and visited two very different seafood restaurants, both excellent for very different reasons. The first one is Pu Pen in neighboring Jomtien. When you head over to Jomtien Beach from Pattaya, it is located all the way at the end of beach road. This map shows you exactly where it is.

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Surprisingly, Pu Pen is not at all geared towards tourists and caters mainly to a Thai customers. It has a huge parking lot, which hints to the size of the operation. The restaurant is massive and packed to the gills (pun intended) every time we’ve visited. Nevertheless, they have been able to squeeze us in every time, without having made a reservation.

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Pu Pen has an extensive menu of fish and seafood dishes. A new addition upon this visit was sushi, which was a pleasant surprise we happily indulged in. Dishes are brought over to your table as soon as they are ready. In no time we found our table covered in grilled squid, a sushi boat, oysters, calamari, fried fish and New Zealand mussels.

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Pu Pen is not a restaurant for fine dining or for a romantic get-together. But for an evening of extremely fresh, high quality seafood to your heart’s desire at a reasonable price, I cannot imagine a better choice. Highly recommended.

Our keptang came to 1540 baht (about EUR 40) for two (absolutely stuffed) people, which seems a good reference.

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