On my first night in Hua Hin, I didn’t want to make the trip from the Amari Hotel into town and was looking for dinner options in walking distance. When my plans to spend the evening at the Cicada market faltered (it’s closed on weeknights), I found a little pizzeria on the side of the road that looked very inviting, called La Botte!
After two weeks of Thai food, a pizza sounded very good to me and the huge wood fired oven was a good sign to get an authentic pizza, something certainly not a given in South East Asia! The restaurant is on the main beach road near the Cicada market. It’s set back from the road enough to make it quiet and with some trees around the property, it’s a nice setting. The menu has a good selection of pasta and pizza and my heart was set on the pizza with a glass of wine.
The wine and some bruschetta as appetizer arrived pretty quickly. The bread and tomatoes were fresh and a good starter for the meal. The pizza arrived a short while after I had finished my appetizer – that’s unusually good timing. In many, even upscale restaurants across Asia the food will arrive at random, so getting the starter and main course in the right order is worth mentioning! The pizza, had a nice, thin crust with generous toppings and just the right amount of cheese! It was generous in size and tasted very good, so I ended up finishing it (when I probably shouldn’t have). Ordering a pizza can be a hit-and-miss in Thailand, but between the woodfired oven and the capable chef, I got one of the better pizza I’ve had in Thailand.
Considering the above average service and pizza and the moderate prices, the La Botte is a good choice for pizza when in Hua Hin. I enjoyed my dinner and would go there again when in Hua Hin. It’s walking distance from the Amari Hotel Hua Hin and ibis hotel Hua Hin and right next door to the popular Cicada market. If any of those places are on your itinerary for Hua Hin, you should give La Botte a try!