Thanon Naresdamri, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan.
This restaurant specializes in seafood and Thai dishes.
The food is good, prepared the way it should be in Thailand. It is wise, if you're with a few people, to order a few dishes, for example, one per person and then share those dishes together. This way you eat more varied and you get a better idea of the Thai cuisine.
The service is good and reasonably fast. Chao Lay is big, very big, but usually you have food on your table within fifteen minutes; and also what you have ordered. Because it is so big, the service is not very personal. Communication with the kitchen takes place with walkie-talkies. If you want to order more food later, like almost everywhere in Thailand it is no problem.
The restaurant is located at the beginning of a dead end street, and you need to walk along the kitchen, go upstairs, and then you are inside. The entrance is not very nice. But once you're up, you're in a very large, efficient restaurant, that is almost entirely above the sea. It is often very busy, but try to get a place near the water. Even if it is busy, the staff is not trying to get you out again as soon as possible. The tables are spacious, the seats reasonable, you can hold it there for a few hours.
The kitchen is below the restaurant, so you can not see it. In front of the kitchen, next to the entrance, are large containers with fresh fish, shrimps, and so on. So you see what you can eat.
This restaurant is not cheap. That is because of its location and because seafood in Thailand is expensive. We usually pay about THB 500 for the food, drinks not included.
We have visited this restaurant for eight years, every time we were in Hua Hin. Our last visit was in January 2009. We have not been there in 2010 because there was a line of people waiting for a table, and we don't want to wait in such a row.
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