Hong Kong celebrity chef Harlan Goldstein is lending his culinary talents to Thailand, opening Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort Food for Friends near Pattaya’s Cosy Beach.
The restaurant serves comfort food that Goldstein has sampled in his 38 years of travels around the world as a chef. The menu encompasses Spanish, Italian, Mexican and Japanese favourites, and even one or two Thaiinspired dishes.
“The idea is to make you feel relaxed and welcome,” he says.
Pledging high quality and standards, he insists on perfection and is involved with every aspect of the business, from the conception of the idea to the menu design and staff selection and training.
Goldstein has also selfpublished two cookbooks, “Harlan’s Undressed Dinner Collection” and “The Gold Collection by Harlan Goldstein”.
After successfully opening three restaurants on Hong Kong’s Lyndhurst Terrace – EeDaLe, Mamasita’s Cantina and My Thai Thai – Goldstein decided last year to open his first in Thailand.
His story began in the kitchen of his uncle’s New York City restaurant. At age 14, his career kicked off with a training placement in a Florida kitchen, and soon after he shipped off for a formal apprenticeship at the prestigious Montreaux Palace Hotel in Switzerland.
There, he worked alongside 80 Frenchspeaking chefs and returned to several prestigious roles back in the United States.
At 28 he was appointed executive chef at ShangriLa’s China World Hotel in Beijing, beginning his culinary foray into Asia, which also included a fruitful two years in Bangkok to study Thai cuisine.
After bringing fine dining to Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Marina Club, he established the club’s reputation among tycoons and prominent entrepreneurs. The club renamed its main restaurant Harlan’s.
Goldstein’s dream of opening his own restaurant was realised when, in 2004, he opened Harlan’s at IFC. The restaurant gained rapid renown and quickly paved the way for the opening of three more offvenue concepts at IFC: H One, The Box and G Bar.
Find out more at www.ComfortByHarlan.com.