I went to TRHT on Sunday looking to have the once-a-week roast dinner. The inside area was packed full at 2.30 p.m., not a single seat open and people standing with drinks in hand. But there were plenty of seats outside, probably because of the impending rain. Although I'm not a big fan of al fresco dining, I was more disappointed to find the roast dinners weren't available that Sunday. Whether it was due to staff shortages or other hassles, I don't know.
In fact, TRHT was using an abbreviated menu with about half of its usual offering:
That's not a bad idea at all when a restaurant is forced for any reason to operate on a limited basis. There's still plenty of choice, but customers won't have to constantly hear, "No hab" or wait for many minutes before the food arrives on the table. I had my heart set on a roast dinner and if it hadn't been for the heavy rain, I would have gone elsewhere.
I swallowed my disappointment and ordered the cottage pie.
It was excellent- a generous portion of minced meat topped with mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. Three pieces of warm French bread accompanied it.
It was made from quality ingredients cooked properly.
The mince mixture had a good beef-and-vegetable flavor, but was perhaps a bit bland. However, that what the condiment basket is for. Cottage pie isn't supposed to be a tongue-tingling dish and with Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco, you can add as much zip as you like.
No complaints on my part and I wouldn't hesitate to order it again. It 275 baht, it wasn't cheap, but the quality ingredients justified a premium price.
I went back again Wednesday night, not so much because I love TRHT, but The Avenue is five minutes from where I live and the Internet was down in my building. TRHT has free WiFi that's both strong and fast. The Internet is still down in my building and I'm filing this report from the Robin Hood. It's the WiFi rather than the food that is the immediate draw this time round.
Somewhat to my surprise, it was nearly empty at 8.00 p.m.
I stayed until nearly 1.00 a.m. and there weren't many customers the whole time. At one point, around 9.30 p.m., I was the ONLY customer.
Things picked up a smidgen when a group of twelve guys entered a half-hour later. They were still there when I left, eating and drinking heartily. Without them, the night would have been a real bust for TRHT.
Every other time I've been to the Robin Hood, it's had plenty of customers and the service staff really had to rush. Such are the vagaries of the bar/restaurant branch in Pattaya.
At least the lack of customers allowed me to get clear pics of the layout of the main inside area.
For my meal, I had the lamb burger for 395 baht. The longer Robin Hood menu was back on Wednesday.
The burger consisted of a 180-gram patty of Australian lamb, three slices of feta cheese, tomato and lettuce on a sesame bun.
The sides were thick-cut chips (they would be called potato wedges in the U.S.) and coleslaw. The menu said it was mint yogurt slaw, but that wasn't the case. The mint yogurt sauce came in a separate little dish and the coleslaw was doused with the usual mayonnaise-based dressing.
It was good, but not the most exciting burger I've had. The feta cheese and lamb went well together. I know imported lamb is expensive in Thailand, but 395 baht did seem a bit on the high side for what you got.
I ordered the bread-and-butter pudding for dessert along with a coffee latte.
Both were excellent. The bread-and-butter pudding was just like Grandma used to make.
Plenty of egg/cream mixture and butter and baked perfectly so it got a great topping of caramelized sugar but not too sweet. The cook had been a bit stingy regarding raisins, but so was my Grandma.
The custard sauce was also lovely, smooth, full-flavored and again, not too sweet. The pudding went for a very reasonable 140 baht. I would have liked to have had another portion, but that would have been overindulgence, so I'll post another picture instead. Less fattening!
Bottom line: So far I've been very happy with the food at the Robin Hood. It's not inexpensive, but the quality is higher than in a lot of places that serve English food.
Two other points: 1) I saw no evidence of any Bite Me Bistro dishes on the menu, but I was served Sunday by Apple, who used to work at Bite Me; and 2) smoking is not allowed inside. Half of the guys in the group of 12 went outside to smoke. If TRHT had been flexible on smoking, I'm sure they would have allowed them to smoke inside on a night with almost no other customers.