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Hua Hin

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Hua Hin

Hua Hin suffers from a dearth of Thai restaurants, while for western food you'll be set -- with ample choice from Italian and Austrian to German and French. The restaurants that serve Thai food are usually expensive and the food is not great.

There are noodle shops and local eateries, but you have to walk some distance from the tourist areas to find them, and deal with the language barrier. The best of these can be found around the northern end of Phetkasem and all along Dechanuchit. Noodle restaurants and shops selling regular Thai dishes, cooked to order, are set up in shop houses all along the road. There are also a number of local food shops along the southern end of Phetkasem heading out of town.

There are a number of seafood restaurants on the seafront, and it tends to be good, but over-priced. The night market, located on Dechanuchit, is in the centre of town. Nowadays it is more of a tourist market than a food market, but there are still some good food stalls selling local foods at reasonable prices. This is a good choice if you just want to browse and pick up local delights which take your fancy. Seafood is the main thing on offer, but there are also other Thai dishes and kanom (sweets) available. The market is open from about 6pm. The authentic Thai restaurants are usually a better choice than the bland fare on offer at the more expensive restaurants in town. Prices for dishes served at local restaurants will vary from 20 to 50 Baht.

The Moon Terrace is in a prime location for seafood, just on the sea front on Naretdamri Road. While it markets itself as a romantic restaurant, set on the sea front beside the pier, the food is good and the service is of a high standard, but the atmosphere didn't lend itself to the most romantic of evenings. The dining is close to restaurants on either side. The prices are steep, and the wine selection isn't great. This restaurant is recommended for a good feed, but ignore the romantic hype.

You'll find El Murphy's Restaurant right in the heart of the bar area on Soi Selakam, managed by the lively and vivacious Jonathan. The welcome is warm and the food is of a high standard. The menu ranges from British breakfasts, through American classics to tex-mex. The prices are reasonable and the service is quick. You get a good selection of beers and wines and, if it is your bag, some live music. Sports are broadcast on the many screens and you will never have a dull moment here.

Da Mario Restaurant is a sea front restaurant with a wood fire pizza oven and a great ambience. However prices are a little steep and the restaurant is located out of the tourist hub. Service is good and the menu is (Italian) extensive. The pizzas are good and it is refreshing to see the chef working in front of you, however the pasta was a touch on the dry side. The restaurant is clean and well decorated.

On the Thai side of things, Up 2 U is a new restaurant with a fairly extensive Thai menu. It is located opposite the All Nations Guest House on Dechanuchit Road. The locations means that it is quiet, it is two streets away from the main tourist drag, however, if you are after a quiet Thai meal, this is a good selection. The owner is friendly but the service staff have limited English. Prices are expensive for Thai dishes, but the food is good and portions are generous.

The Monsoon is a very romantic restaurant with traditional Thai furnishings. There is a mixed menu with western dishes and some Thai dishes. The soft furnishings and low lights give the perfect romantic atmosphere. The food is good, without being spectacular, but the service is impeccable. Prices are a bit steep, but in the context of Hua Hin they are reasonable. Dishes range from 100-300 Baht.

Located on the sea front, but without and sea view, the Old Germany Restaurant serves German food at reasonable prices. Set right in the heart of the cheap accommodation area on Naretdamri Road this established restaurant offers a friendly welcome, good service and good food. You can watch most German sports and drink good German beer here. There are also some over-priced Thai dishes on the menu, but the chef is certainly not a great Thai chef.

The Orchid is located at the Fulay Hotel on Naretdamri Road. It offers French/Thai fusion food and other classical western dishes. The setting is great and the design of the restaurant has been completed to a high standard. The wooden decor is definitely a change on the culinary scene in Hua Hin. The food is pleasant, but a touch expensive, but the service is good and the welcome is friendly.

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