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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Baan Issara Thai Seafood Restaurant - Seaside, Hua-Hin

Baan Issara Thai Seafood Restaurant - Seaside, Hua-Hin



Overall Score  7.5/10
Taste   4/5
Ambiance  4/5
Service  2/5
Value   2/5


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The Baan Itsara is a simple Thai Seafood restaurant resided within an old seaside house in Hua-Hin.  Just hearing the name, at first I thought this was a restaurant inside a resort.  Too bad this shore wasn’t a beach that we could take a walk on; it was a drop off to the rocky shore.  I arrived there at about 2pm and the whole was still crowded.  The Baan Itsara serves tourists and locals throughout the day until late night.  So, you can come to the restaurant whenever suits you.  




My friends said that the food was delicious but the portion was too small.  Pricing was odd.  Dishes mainly averaged between 100 - 150 Baht but a Fish menu would cost more than 300 Baht (even the simplest fish).  We didn’t know why the pricing was like that.  At Baan Itsara, you can find all the common Thai Seafood dishes like any other restaurants in Hua-Hin.  





With the restaurant full of customers, the first dish was served shortly after we ordered.  It was the Thai omelet with crabmeat; fried to a nice golden brown with the puffy crispiness.  As we enjoy the omelet, our dishes were coming one after another.  The kitchen of Baan Itsara was fast.  Second dish was Tod Mun Goong (Crispy fried shrimp balls), six small pieces for 140 Baht.  For this price, we should have gotten much larger pieces.  I feel like I am in a tourist trap; I could find many Seafood restaurants in Bangkok serving this menu at larger portion at cheaper price.  And, the taste was ordinary.  


The third menu was the highlight of Baan Itsara @ Hua Hin – Hoi Shell Pad Sauce Horapa, Scallops (or your choice of seafood) in the green basil sauce.  I have never seen anything like this before, interesting menu; surprisingly delicious with the jasmine rice.  Fourth menu was the Muek Pad Kai Kem or Squid stir-fried with salted eggs.  Coming to the table, it looked mouth-watering with the lots of sauce.  This one was super delicious but the portion was too little otherwise I would have given full points for this menu.        

Fifth dish was the Stir-fried asparagus with shrimp, which was plain boring; it had the common soy flavor and the shrimps were small.  Sixth dish was the Tom Yum with Grouper.  I liked this soup a lot.  It had intense flavors of spicy and sour.  The fish was nice and fresh, greatly enjoyable with the tasteful broth.  Seventh dish was the oyster stir-fried in thick brown gravy (Or-Suan).  Baan Itsara @ Hua-Hin prepared this menu perfectly; good flavor with lots of eggs and oysters.  This one surely earned the full points.  Last one was the Crabmeat with yellow curry (Puu Pad Pong Karee), nothing special; look and taste ordinary.    




The bill totaled to 1,710 Baht for 7 people.  It may seem cheap but I felt that we get enough for the price.  We all agreed that the portion was too small.  Overall, the dishes of Baan Itsara were tasty, more delicious than many seafood restaurants I have gone to.  The food was quite fast but I don’t know why it took so long to get the check (about 20 minutes).  Anyways – if any of you go to Hua Hin, go check out this spot and come back to tell me about your experience.  


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