Paradise In The Suburbs.
There are a few instances in life where the guys in the suburbs of Pattaya have it better than those fellows who choose to spend their time solely between Sukhumvit and Beach Road. The Dao Cafe is one of those instances.
For those of you in the know, the Dao Cafe is the suburban French version of Pattaya's German-flavored Jade House in Jomtien Nivate... and quite a bit nicer. For those of you not in the know, Dao Cafe is...
(1) a restaurant
(2) a bar
(3) a pool
(4) a guest house / hotel
(5) a massage and spa facility
(6) a short-time gogo bar
To sum it all up, (1) the pizza at this place is among the best served in Pattaya... and about 100 baht less per pie than it's nearest competitor, (2) the bar serves beers for 50-60 baht and mixed drinks for 65-80 baht, (3) the pool is free to use if you are a customer and is one of the nicest pools you could hope to find in such a small space, (4) the guest house rooms are very very nice, (5) the spa offers a full range of services, and (6) the short-time gogo bar is filled with pretty girls who have a short-time bar fine price that is comparible to or less than Soi 6 prices.
Before you ask: I didn't make it to the GoGo bar... I just stuck my head in, looked around, and then came back home to read the review other people had posted. (Here is a restaurant review somebody else wrote. Here is another.)
First off, you have to find the place. You can either go up Soi Khao Noi (if you don't know where that is, give up now) until you get to Chatkaew Village, and turn left, and then drive up the hill until you see the place on your left, or you can drive up Soi Nerm Pleubwan, and just before you get to the gas station on your right, you drive down the soi there, back through the empty plaza, out the far side, and you see the place on your right. If you want better, you'll have to call the place (038-427-041) for directions.
The place is set up beautifully. The cafe and the gogo bar are together, but discretely separate: You have to walk back through an almost-hidden passageway to reach the bar; conversely you can walk around the outside of the restaurant, around the block to the dead-end street, and go in through the bar's own entrance.
As for the food, the pizza is fantastic... really fantastic. I had the Hawaiian pizza for 160 baht and it was piled high with toppings, and was perfect. (Pizzas range in price from 140 to 180 baht, and are about 16-18 inches in size.) Epril had a steak and fries for 200 baht which was unfortunately not very good... stick to the pizza. Sodas were 40 baht each.
Really though, the Dao bar is the perfect thing for the Pattaya suburbanite: A nice relaxing atmosphere sitting next to... or in... a wonderful pool, sipping drinks at half the price of the bars in the city, having a fantastic lunch, and then at one's leisure, moseying around the back to join the girls in the GoGo bar for some fun. What more do you need?
|CATZ||Covent Garden Complex, End of Walking Street|
|CHAMPAGNE||Off Soi Diana / Soi Buakhao|
|CLASSROOM||Soi Pattayaland 2, South Side|
|BOESCHE||Covent Garden Complex|
|COYOTEE||Soi Marine Disco|
|DOLLHOUSE||Behind the Walking Street Boxing Ring|
|HEAVEN ABOVE||Soi Diamond Complex South Side Rear Upstairs|
|KITTEN CLUB||Soi Pattayaland 2, North Side|
|LIVING DOLLS SHOWCASE||Halfway Down Walking Street, West Side|
|MANDARIN||Soi 6, South Side|
|MISTYS||Soi Pattayaland 2, South Side|
|SHARK||Covent Garden Complex, Second Floor|
|SPICY GIRLS||Soi Pattayaland 1, North Side|
|SUPERBABY AGOGO||Soi Diamond Complex, South Side, Rear|
|SUPERGIRL AGOGO||Soi Diamond Complex, North Side, Rear|
|TAHITIAN QUEEN 1||Beach Road, Near Soi 12|
|TAHITIAN QUEEN 2||Soi BJ on Walking Street|
|TIGER||Soi Diamond Complex, South Side, Upstairs|
|WHATS UP||Soi Beach Club, North Side|
|WINDMILL||Soi Diamond, South Side|