Linda’s Restaurant has been a culinary landmark in Jomtien for some time now and we were amazed when we realized, that we had never visited this popular neighborhood eatery before. This was rectified recently. Linda suggested we dined one Friday night as a Salsa Evening had been arranged and they always proved to be lively happenings.
The large terrace sparkles with convivial atmosphere and the cool interior offers a wealth of well-dressed tables, either on entrance level adjacent to the stage and dance floor or on the elevated zone with large picture windows and a cocktail bar.
Having ordered our wine–an excellent Cotes du Rhone, you could sit back and read through the extensive menu. Linda’s is open for breakfast with an abundance of choices from their Small Breakfast of strawberry yoghurt, fresh fruits, toast and jam to the Luxury Norwegian of smoked salmon, egg and caviar, Italian salad, waffles with strawberry jam and Norwegian brown cheese. The cost-cutting lunch menu offers a variety of plates such as grilled chicken leg, garden salad and French fries, Swedish hash, or Norwegian beef soup and thin crisp bread, to name a few. Also, budget-busting dinners can be had highlighting the likes of beef stroganoff, 300 grams of pork spare ribs, plus there are daily specials, omelet’s, hamburgers, baguettes and, of course, the famous Norwegian open sandwiches.
The majority of the menu is firmly set in the magnificent mountains and fjords of Norway with every conceivable Norwegian specialty and festive dish. Fish farming is the foundation of Norway’s coastal economy, a little surprise to find Linda’s menu bursting with the best fish and seafood. Global cuisine is not overlooked and, as you will learn from further reading, Australian rack of lamb and New Zealand T-bone steaks rub shoulders with schnitzel cordon bleu and Italian lasagna.
However, had already decided to delve into the delights of fiskesuppe (fish soup), bacalhau Noruega (salted dry cod), and Fiskekaker med stekt lok (fishcakes with fried onions and potato). The fish soup was a velvety concoction of cream, salmon, potato, and carrots. Portions here are enormous.
Aquavit-marinated salmon with mustard sauce was a wonderful dish accompanied by a cucumber-made pot full of mayonnaise, salad, and lemon; . Next to arrive was the Norwegian bacalao. A more than substantial piece of cod was served with olives, New Zealand mussels and accompanied by a rich tomato sauce. The snowy white cod fell in shards under my knife with the salty flavorings striking a vibrant note against the comfort of the tomato sauce. The fish cakes were definitely a different kettle of fish from the fish cakes that we cook at home. Made with fish, milk, eggs, and potato flour, the textural interplay produced a slightly looser version, but the flavors zinged through and, accompanied by the abundance of fried onions and potatoes.
For more information, visits; www.lindasrestaurant.com
Address: Linda’s Restaurant ,Thappraya Road, Jomtien, opposite the Jomtien Complex
Pattaya, Chonburi, 20150