Firepork Thailand is a new Korean barbecue restaurant under the Robin Hood Tavern at The Avenue Shopping Plaza on 2nd Road. The premises had previously been occupied by a branch of Au Bon Pain. Firepork had only been open a few days when I ate there last week.
It's specialized in grilled pork, namely samgyupsal gui (grilled pork belly), a very popular dish in Korea. If you don't like or can't eat pork belly, there's no point in going to Firepork as there isn't much else on the menu.
As soon as I stepped in, before I even sat down, the attractive hostess showed me the menu and explained it was limited because Firepork was still in its early days. I could choose between grilled pork belly or grilled pork neck as main dishes along with some appetizers and sides, maybe ten dishes in all. That was it. She said they would be adding more dishes in time.
I like grilled pork belly and hadn't eaten any for a very long time, so Firepork's limited menu was no problem for me. I chose the full version, which included vegetables, dipping sauces, etc., for 395 baht. My can of Coke Zero was 40 baht.
The restaurant itself has been done up very nicely. It's spacious and well-lit, two important factors in my eyes. It looked to me as if quality furnishings and fittings had been used, not stuff from IKEA or Home Depot. The reason new restaurants. hotels, rental condos, bars, etc., start looking so shabby so fast is that hospitality-grade furnishings and equipment which can stand up to harsh treatment, haven't been used
The staff was very friendly and welcoming. I was their ONLY customer the entire time I was there between 10 and 11 pm. I have a feeling that unless Firepork can attract South Korean tourists in Pattaya, it is really going to struggle to attract customers. It's too specialized to attract a broad customer base.
You certainly won't lack for choice from their bar.
Here's how it works at Firepork. Each table has an electric stone grill.
As accompaniments to the grilled pork belly, diners get vegetables (mushrooms, onion. asparagus); dipping sauces and condiments; a bowl of kimchi; Asian-style "salad;" and a plate of lettuce leaves to use as wrappers for the dressed-up pork belly.
A waitress did the grilling for me. That is standard operating procedure in Korean restaurants, although there are some where the diners do the grilling themselves.
The piece of pork belly had been grilled in the kitchen and arrived at the table ready to be finished along with the raw vegetables. It was a substantial chunk, more calories than should be consumed at one sitting.
Bottom line: Good grilled pork belly, but too much fatty content and too many calories for one person. That dish needs two or more diners. I won't order it again as a solo diner. And if Firepork doesn't add more variety to its menu, there won't be any point in going back.
Edited by Evil Penevil, 17 January 2018 - 12:06 AM.