It took us a while but we eventually got round to trying Paul’s Restaurant on White Sand beach after giving up on ever finding good Thai food, let alone good, non-Italian, European food on White Sands. But fortune favours the adventurous and if you can manage to walk 10 minutes from the main tourist strip ,up the hill at the south end of the beach to Top Resort, it’s here that you’ll find Paul’s Restaurant. We’ve known the owner, Paul for a long time, he was one of the original partners in the well known Crust bakery in Klong Prao and my partner ‘Mam’ has the claim to fame of being his first customer there. But, mainly we didn’t bother going there because I was under the impression that his restaurant did mostly German food, so we foolishly didn’t try it.
But I’m very glad we did.
The restaurant has indoor seating, which is rarely used in High Season, and an outdoor terrace with great sunset sea views. It’s not a big place, seating outside for 20 or so diners at a time, and so is often full. Paul is German, half his menu is German food. But the majority of people go there for the Thai food which is as delicious as you’ll find on the island. The emphasis is on quality. Portions are large and prices are on a par with other good restaurants. Nothing extortionate and definitely value for money. Paul is a bit of a perfectionist, and this can be seen in his eye for details when it comes to decor, presentation of food and not so subtly pointing out to diners what they should really be eating.
If you like your restaurateurs to be hands on, attentive and come with a wicked, wry sense of humour in addition to turning out good food, then you’ll enjoy your meal at Paul’s even more.
Recently we’ve tried both the German and Thai food, all washed down with imported Erdinger & Weihenstephaner wheat beers, which make a refreshing change from Chang & Singha. The restaurant is open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner seven days a week.
Whether you’re looking for good Thai food or because you fancy some more recognisable German/European dishes, put it on your ‘To Eat At’ list. You won’t be disappointed.
Price: $$ – $$$
These photos aren’t great, taken with my phone at night after a few beers – not a combination that’s going to result in award winning pics. So see Paul’s Facebook Page for far better photos
Location: On the cliff top at Top Resort, White Sand beach. Follow the path from the Top Resort parking area, ( directly opposite White Elephant Bar ) walk up past a couple of bungalows to the restaurant. There is indoor and outdoor seating, go there early to grab a table with a great panoramic sunset view.
These restaurant reviews are just my thoughts on a place at the time I visited. I’ll mention if I know the owner well or get any freebies. But for the most of the time I am happy to play tourist and don’t mention this site at all. Obviously it isn’t possible to sample every dish on the menu and the type of food you have for lunch will differ to evening. In addition, owners and more importantly chefs, can change and your experience may differ from mine. If it does, post a comment below.