An Indian tourist looking for vegetarian or Jain food in Pattaya will not have to look far. Plenty of Indian vegetarian food is available in the main tourist areas of Pattaya’s Second Road – in and around Royal Garden Plaza or Central Festival Mall, and also near Bella Express Hotel on Central Road where Indian tour groups stay. In September 2017 there were a total of seven vegetarian Indian restaurants in this part of Pattaya. And five out of these can be said to be 100% pure vegetarian because of their exclusive vegetarian kitchens – The Dosa Hut, Saras, VT-Six, Govindam, and Tea Partner. The other two – Asmi and Chotivala are located next to their main veg & non-veg restaurants and may or may not have separate vegetarian kitchens. If you ask them, they will surely say that the kitchens are separate so it is for the customers to decide for themselves. I have been to all these seven restaurants and have written detailed articles on six of them. The most recent addition – ‘Tea Partner’ is located near Govindam and is easy to find if you wish to dine there. I will cover them later in this article. Here is what you need to know about these seven restaurants. Keep reading…
1. Saras Vegatarian (100% Veg)
Saras Vegetarian is perhaps the oldest Indian vegetarian restaurant in Pattaya. Quality-wise their food is top-notch and because of that it is a bit expensive as compared to others. That being said, Saras is the only Indian vegetarian restaurant in Pattaya where one can hope to find some authentic Indian Rajasthani and Gujarati flavours. As a bonus, they serve Makki Di Roti and Sarson Da Saag 365 days a year. The location of Saras is great – on the 3rd floor food court of Royal Garden Plaza. Read more about Saras Vegetarian Pattaya here.
2. Govindam Indian Vegetarian (100% Veg)
Govindam is one of the most popular Indian Vegetarian restaurants in Pattaya. It is located on Pattaya Central Road, close to Hotel Bella Express. The location is easy to find if you turn from Second Road into Central Road and then keep walking a few steps on the right side of the road. Coming from Bella Express to Second Road, you will find Govindam on the left side of the road. Govindam’s Royal Thali is a treat at just 180 THB. They also serve South Indian food and their service is friendly. Govindam remains busy till late at night and they have plans to keep the restaurant open up to 4.00am in the near future. Read more about Govindam Indian Vegetarian Restaurant here.
3. The Dosa Hut (100% Veg)
The Dosa Hut is well located (opposite Royal Garden Plaza on Second Road). Their menu is predominantly vegetarian but they also have North Indian curries and combo meals on their menu. The Dosa Hut opens early in the morning (8.30am) and hence is a great choice for an early South Indian breakfast. They serve around 20 varieties of dosa, and also South Indian desserts like Payasam and Kesari Bhat. The prices are very reasonable too. Read more about The Dosa Hut here.
4. VT-Six Indian Vegetarian (100% Veg)
VT-Six is a 100% pure Indian vegetarian restaurant located next to Central Festival Mall on Pattaya’s Second Road. VT-Six is also the cheapest Indian restaurant in Pattaya. Their food is good and service is quick and friendly. I love this restaurant but there is a small issue of them taking a holiday on one day in a month. VT-Six was also closed during September 2017 due to ‘non-availability’ of chefs. It doesn’t take much to look in just to confirm if they are open otherwise there are two other Indian vegetarian restaurants just across the road. The location of VT-Six is a bit tricky and you will need to read the directions in my article. Please read more about VT-Six Vegetarian here.
5. Asmi Indian Vegetarian
Asmi Indian Vegetarian is located opposite Central Festival Mall on Second Road, next to their main restaurant – Madras Darbar – which is an excellent restaurant for South Indian food. Madras Darbar serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food and Asmi is their pure vegetarian venture. I am not sure if Asmi has a separate kitchen but otherwise their prices are right and the menu is adequate. The quality of South Indian food at Asmi is good because obviously Madars Darbar people know South Indian food best. Compared to Chotivala (covered in the next paragraph), I will any day prefer Asmi because of their reasonable pricing and the quality of the food. Read more about Asmi Indian Vegetarian here.
6. Chotivala Indian Vegetarian
Chotivala, similar to Asmi, is a vegetarian restaurant located next to their main restaurant which serves both veg and non-veg food. This main restaurant was earlier called Naan & Curry and now that name has changed. Chotivala’s locaton is perfect, right opposite Central Festival Mall on Second Road. But in my experience the good part of Chotivala ends with their location. The food is expensive and the quality of food is not so good. I have been to Chotivala only once and did not feel the urge to visit them again. Read more about Chotivala Indian Vegetarian Restaurant here.
7. Tea Partner Indian Vegetarian
This one opened in 2017 and I have been there once to order a take-out on a rainy evening. I did not take pictures but their menu seemed to be ok with reasonable pricing. Tea Partner is located between Hotel Bella Express and Govindam, on the same side of the road. There are other Indian restaurants too next to Tea Partner but those are not vegetarian. So, as far as Indian restaurants are concerned, this part of Pattaya from Hotel Bella Express to the turn of Second Road seems to be pretty blessed. I think there are total of four Indian restaurants there including Govindam and Tea Partner. I will write more about Tea Partner after my next visit to Pattaya.