**Alter Wirt CLOSED IN 2018**
The “Dark Side” conjures up mysterious thoughts in the imaginations of people who come to Pattaya but the reality is, the area in the east of the city, is a pleasant and acceptable place to live or to have an afternoon of evening out.
This German restaurant resides in Soi Khao Noi, which is very much in what is classed as the dark side of town.
However, if you venture along this long road, you will discover that it offers much of what is available in the city centre but more often than not, it is more affordable.
For instance there are some quality bars, restaurants, pizza shops, book stores, coffee shops, beauty salons, massage shops and of course the good old convenience stores.
All that is missing is the Go Go Bars of Walking Street or LK Metro. It is of course quieter, with some excellent long term accommodation at affordable prices to be found, which is why it attracts many expats.
John, who owns the restaurant is from Munich in Germany and informs us that Alter Wirt roughly translates to “Old Laird” or “Old Landlord”.
He moved to Thailand in 2009 but settled in Pattaya in 2016, when he opened the restaurant. His partner known as Ploy, hails from Bangkok and moved to Pattaya with John.
This quaint restaurant is open at the front with outdoor seating available. The premises sits back slightly from the road, so eating outside, is actually a pleasant experience here.
It has a tiled floor with wooden effect walls, an array of fans to maintain a cool temperature and a TV, which displays anything from news, music videos or sporting events.
Background music is often put on and will either be of a Bavarian style or international, depending on the customers who are dining at the time.
The business employs five staff to ensure diners are served efficiently and in a friendly manner. John is an excellent host and is more than happy to sit down and chat with his customers about almost anything, although he is passionate when it comes to discussing food.
The restaurant can seat between 40 and 50 people at any given time, with their clientele origination from all over the world.
John takes great pride when it comes to food preparation and insists on only using fresh ingredients wherever possible. He is not a fan of frozen or packet foods, so much of what is on sale on the menu, is 100% natural and fresh. There is a strong German influence on the bill of fare but there is something for everyone. Let’s take a look at their extensive menu and see what is available.
Commencing with the starters, you may select from Gulaschsuppe scharf, which is a goulash beef soup that originated in Hungary. How about Obazda mit Brez´n oder Brot, a Bavarian cheese delicacy. There are a number of other appetisers including daily specials, which are advertised within the restaurant.
They provide many salads such as Kartoffelsalat, a potato based salad and Wurst Salat, which is a delicious Bavarian sausage salad.
The main courses are varied with items such as meatloaf, Nürnberger Bratwürste, a Bavarian sausage based dish with cabbage and potatoes. Or maybe Currywurst, which is a tasty sausage cooked in curry sauce and served with French fries.
Then it gets interesting. For those who like spicy foods, see if you can handle their Thaiburger, made from top quality beef but is very spicy and not for the faint-hearted.
Then they have the Whopper Burger, made from 100% Australian beef, adorned with cheese and salad and accompanied by fries. Staying on the theme of imported meats, they do an excellent Argentinian Rib-eye, garnished with salad and served with fries.
Back on the German theme, you could choose Schweinebraten, a form of roast pork, cabbage and potatoes. An escalope of pork, chicken steak, sirloin steak and assorted other offerings can be found on this highly interesting and varied menu. Finish off your meal with banana cake, a German iced coffee, banana split or check out their daily specials.
Before we end discussing the food available, we have to mention two specialities that are extremely popular at Alter Wirt. One is a knuckle of pork, that resembles a lamb shank but is significantly larger. This is an item that many customers cannot see beyond and the flavour is to die for.
And last but not least, you can eat for free if you can successfully devour their gigantic burger and fries. To put it in perspective, this monster burger is more suited for four people or more but if you can finish it alone, in one sitting, you can have it free of charge.
Again some thought has been given to their drinks menu, for they offer draught beers, a good selection of imported European beers and lagers, including quality German offerings. You will also find spirits, wines, shots, soft drinks and teas and coffees.
They have a a special offer on some draught beers, such as buy three and the fourth is complete free of charge. Ask the staff for more information.
Parking is available on the street for cars and motorbikes. You can order via the Door to Door service online and have your meal delivered.
They specialise in home baking, offering a selection on cakes (check the specials every day). They also are famous for baking birthday cakes. Simply ask one of the staff for details.
All over Pattaya, you will find restaurants offering Indian, British, Thai or American style food, and although there is nothing wrong with that at all, it is always nice to savour something different. Alter Wirt could be what you are looking for. Variety is the spice of life as they say.
They have many five star reviews on their Facebook page but the best way to determine how good a venue is, is to visit and sample what is on offer yourself.