If you feel like taking a two hour drive South from Bangkok and chilling out by the sea there’s a Cool Breeze in Hua Hin. Drive down Soi 55, take a right at the end past the small Chinese temple and 150 metres later along the narrow road you will find the charming Cool Breeze tapas restaurant. It is not the typical tapas bar you will find in the bodegas of the Andalucian region of Southern Spain where the dishes are laid out under glass counter tops but it makes a welcome change from the cheap and cheerful daily plethora of Thai street food.
On the small roadside terrace there are a few tables where you can chill with a glass of wine, select a tapas or two and watch the walkers. Or go inside to a more formal dining area which leads out to a cosy little cottagey garden or even up the old wooden staircase to the second floor balcony over the road.
This area of Hua Hin has retained its rustic old fishing village atmosphere and the wooden Thai shops and restaurants are well cared for.
The menu is not extensive with approximately 30 to 40 dishes but you can be sure that your order will be freshly made and served without delay. The English owner Vaughan Parkes goes to the markets every day to buy the freshest of ingredients and his wife runs the kitchen while he gives the customers a warm welcome. Nothing is too much trouble and the food is tasty and appetizing. Try the the asparagus and Manchego cheese wrapped in Serrano ham served with crusty baguette. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I drank a few glasses of South African Mont Clair red because the wine farm is near my home in Cape Town, it’s reasonably priced for wine in Thailand and I drink it regularly. But there are plenty of others to choose from plus local beers and spirits. Vaughan even makes Sangria if you want to pretend you are in Spain.
After a totally relaxing couple of hours in congenial surroundings I simply had no resistance to handing over my wallet. I’ll be back again on my next visit to Hua HIn.