PAN PAN (Suk 33)
More down-market from the stratospheric Angelini, is Pan Pan. This place really packs them in, including Italian tour groups.
This is an easy place to find. Just get off the BTS at Phrom Pong station and head for the side of Sukhumvit Road that is on the other side to the Emporium shopping centre.
On the corner in the UTC building is the Londoner Tavern (more on that in Around the Pubs) and just a few metres down Soi 33 on the right hand side you come to a pair of Italian eateries, one of which is Pan Pan.
Once again, it has the traditional Italian carte, but the more modern influences are hard to find here. Maybe that is why the Italian tour groups like the place so much!
I have had good fish dishes here and some exquisite NZ lamb but at a price! Pan Pan does quite nice and reasonably priced pasta dishes and their seafood tortellini is a signature dish.
For entree, main course and dessert expect to pay 650 baht per person, and once again the wine selection will determine if your night out is going to be in cash or an Amex job.
On our last visit we enjoyed a nice Pinot Noir from the Marist Brothers of the Napa Valley in California, priced at 710 baht.
I can recommend this place, but because it is so popular I would suggest booking ahead.
An Italian restaurant should have a name like "Marios" or "Angelos" which should have been my first clue to not eat here. Nothing "Italian" about this place - no checkered table cloths, no
empty wine bottles with candles in them, no Italian ambience at all. The soup, described as minestrone, was actually a cabbage soup and tasteless. The pasta was undercooked - why ? when a child can cook pasta. No bread basket offered or served, no butter, service very slow
and prices very high for what you got. We actually ate more, outside this restaurant, from a 30 B food cart on the street ! Yes, the Thai clientele seemed to enjoy the food but then, what do Thais know about Italian food ? It has been weeks since our visit but I still have not forgiven my companion for recomending this "wanna be Italian" eatery.
I must add the fact that I owned/operated 3 Italian restaurants in the US. The lowest cost, bad neighborhood , no parking nearby, place was head and shoulders above this make believe Italian place.
Favorite Dish: Favorite dish " You must be joking ! Everything we ordered, and viewed others ordering, was really, really, bad.
Cheap pizzas where it is guaranteed the lasses will get your order wrong. So a surprise with every meal.
This tends to be more of a shovel something in with your mates from work when you don’t want to be messing around with posh nosh. A lunchtime or an evening "fuel up before you kick on" sort of place.
Standard pizzas and pastas, and a few Thairiations on the toppings, and chilli levels. Pizza when you want Dominoes or Pizza Hut prices but you don’t want to sit in an international bland sausage machine environment. Don’t worry too much about the service, they try their best!
And there are usually groups of Thais in there having a ball and enjoying eating together...