Alibaba Tandoori and Curry Restaurant
Alibaba’s restaurant is one of the most established and popular establishments in Pattaya, it is not just a premier Indian restaurant but a premier restaurant, period.
For those who have never ventured across its threshold, Alibaba has an enviable location on Central Pattaya Road and very close to Beach Road.
The exterior is reminiscent of a stone cave invoking thoughts of the famous Ali Baba and the forty thieves legend. Although you do not have to utter “Open Sesame” to the doorman resplendent in his Indian Groom’s costume before being ushered upstairs.
Entering into the first floor dining area the first thing of notice is the opulent decor with low ceilings decorated in Gold. Although the restaurant is large, seating over 200 people, the overall impression is one of intimate dining and the comfortable booths reinforce this.
The menu is designed to be simple to understand and offers some mouth watering selections that differ slightly from normal Indian fare. It is probably advisable to go along with your waiter’s suggestions as they are friendly and knowledgeable about their chef’s creations.
All the usual suspects do make an appearance on the menu, with the addition of a few stunning surprises worth serious consideration.
All the usual suspects are to be found from Onion Bhaji’s to Samosas and Pakoras, perhaps try Alibaba’s rendition of Fish Fingers for something a little different.
This is something that Alibaba should be good at as it features in their actual name. And the restaurant does not disappoint. There are a vast selection of sumptuous Tandoori platters to choose from but my advice is to go for one of the specialty offerings.
Alibaba 20 Thieves is a mixed Tandoori selection for two people, it includes meats, seafood, vegetables and cheese. Or if your party is slightly larger opt for the Alibaba 40 Thieves platter, this is a fantastic mixed dish of chicken, lamb, fish, prawn, vegetables and cottage cheese all cooked in the on-site Tandoor oven.
If you have a more simple pallet then all the old favourite curries are on offer using classic recipes and fresh ingredients. Simply delicious, proving there is nothing wrong with tried and proven dishes.
Not everybody has the addition of a Thali on their menus and basically it is a tray (thali) filled up with selected tasters of small portions of food.
The Shakari Tali is a vegetarian option where selected vegetarian dishes are chosen to provide an exciting mixture of tantalising titbits for consumption. If you select a Masahari Thali then meat and fish are also included. Both Thali’s include some sort of bread offering.
Whatever your taste buds prefer, Alibaba Tandoori and Curry Restaurant has something for everybody. Sit in the opulence of the air-conditioned dining rooms, relax and let some of the old Arabian Night’s atmosphere pamper you, Shazam.