This authentic Chinese restaurant is situated on Pattaya Second Road just before the junction with Soi 6/1. Despite its English name, the sign is written in Chinese only, making it difficult to locate if you are looking for the name “Fu Man Lou” above the entrance.
However, there is a prominent banner over the venue’s doorway that is written in red and yellow Chinese writing. When you are next to it, you are there.
There are visa shops, massage parlours, convenience stores, bars and hotels all within walking distance of the restaurant. Taxis and taxi motorbike stands are located in the vicinity for your benefit.
The owner/manager Mr. Chong, arrived in Pattaya in 2007, from Beijing in China.
Fu Man Lou’s can cater for around 80 customers at any given time. The restaurant is air conditioned and has large ceiling fans to assist in maintaining cool temperatures for their customers.
The ground floor is in two sections and it has an upper floor for when it gets busy. The decor is based on traditional Chinese ornaments and wall coverings, with wooden tables and comfortable chairs, ranging from intimate offerings to larger tables for groups of people.
The first thing you will encounter when you enter this eating house, is the aroma of assorted genuine Chinese cuisine. It is unmistakable and your mouth is almost watering at the thought of sampling the many dishes on offer.
Once you have been shown to your seat, you are presented with a comprehensive menu, containing authentic Chinese food. It is far removed from what your typical British style Chinese menu offers for example.
Starting with soups, you can select from such items as clear shark’s fin soup,clear tail hook fin soup or how about various birds nest offerings such as pink, white, coconut or papaya varieties.
They offer a great selection of sea food from black pepper crab, eggs with crab, steamed shrimp, garlic shrimp, crispy salt and pepper shrimp, fan baked crab, steamed scallops in garlic, hot and sour fish dishes, raw oysters or onion ginger crab. The list is infinite when it comes to seafood.
Maybe you would like to sample one of their specially prepared salmon dishes, curried shrimps or lemon fish, as the menu extends further.
Mr. Chong highly recommended the Beijing roast duck or for the more adventurous amongst you, why not try the griddled bullfrog? Curried or braised chicken can be found on this extensive menu, along with a vast selection of pork dishes, braised trotters, pepper fried belly and ribs.
There are many beef dishes on offer too along with lamb delicacies. There are numerous vegetable based foods for customers to select from if that is what you fancy.
The menu has something for everyone. Take your time and peruse each page until you find that dish you desire.
Like all good restaurants, Fu Man Lou’s offers a variety of beers, spirits and wines. Teas and coffees are available along with soft drinks too.
There are 16 friendly staff, who will welcome you and ensure you are looked after from the minute you arrive till you leave.
There is parking on the street and the restaurant sits on one of Pattaya’s main baht bus routes, so getting there cannot be easier.
Although the restaurants main customer base lies very much with the Chinese tourists market, they are keen to attract westerners too. The food is delicious and smells amazing, so pop in and sample their bona fide cuisine with its roots very much set in Beijing.