Opal Restaurant and Bakery
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OPAL is somewhat of a jewel in the crown of Jomtien.
Situated just off the beach, its long rows of green tables spread out along the front to offer cuisine from nearly every part of the globe.
It’s not really Thai, not really European, not really Chinese; there’s just a little bit of everything.
And rather than being a Jack of all trades, what they do, they do well.
You can kick-start the day with an American breakfast for 50 baht, German food is tucked away to the back of the menu, and there’s a beefy Thai selection.
We chose mixed vegetables (60 baht), fried rice with tuna (40 baht, sausage and fish mixes are other options), and bee horn with gravy, or prawn wantons with veg (50 baht).
Drinks were cold coffee and a watermelon smoothie (both 30 baht).
Service is in English and comes with a fork-in-the-right-place attention to detail – you even get a red rose on your table, while green shrubs mask some of the street traders from view.
The vegetables were excellent, as was the fried tuna, but the prawn wantons seemed to be missing something – namely prawns.
There are good quality rooms on offer here from 500 baht and as it’s situated towards the busy end of Jomtien, there’s always something going on.
Even if you don’t stay there, Opal offers great value food, and it’s hard to grumble when your bill is less than 200 baht.