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Weighing in with good food

Friday 17 February 2012, 11:12AM

Jackie, left, and Pukkie are the friendly faces of Anchor Inn.

Jackie, left, and Pukkie are the friendly faces of Anchor Inn.

Anchor Inn restaurant co-owners, Orathai “Pukkie” Leelateep and Makkachai “Jackie” Seangchat, have spent the last 15 or so years working to constantly improve the menu of their Chalong eatery.

The Anchor Inn attracts many expats from the area, and its location on the Chalong pier road means its also in the perfect location for dive instructors and accompanying tourists.

The restaurant is co-owned by Sea Bees Diving, who operate next door, and the eatery provides many meals for its hard-working employees, plus many other dive instructors in the area.

The restaurant first opened in 1989 with six tables.

These days it is a bustling hangout with 20 tables, including an upstairs area.
It is surrounded by trees and has a thatched roof, something Jackie loves because
he is a huge nature fan.

The couple learned to cook Thai food from a young age, then asked for
help from their Westerner friends to perfect their European-food cooking. Pukkie says cooking is an “exciting adventure” for her.

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Anchor Inn is known for its large serving sizes, particularly the salads, of which leftovers are virtually guaranteed. Their dressings, including a mayonnaise one and a mustard one, are both highly-rated by customers, but the recipes are “top secret”, says Jackie.

The menu is extensive, with both Thai and European options, plus various
snacks. Salads, including a greek salad pita pocket for B150, range in price
from B70 to B150.

International mains are B200 up, while lasagne (B200), carbonara (B110) and pizza (B200) are also included on the menu.

The restaurant also offers a 15 per cent discount to Rawai Naiharn Business Association cardholders.

 Anchor Inn, 1/3 Moo 9, Viset Rd (on Chalong pier road, next to Sea Bees
Diving), 076 28 1329.

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