Strangely enough, there are many French restaurants on the two short main streets of Mae Haad and Chocolat is one of three that I know off. Looking for a change of pace from the surprisingly mediocre Thai food in the little town I took a chance at Chocolat. I said, I took a chance because Mae Haad being off the main beach, Sairee, is rather empty and all the restaurants are equally dormant, making it difficult to judge their popularity by the size of the crowd in it. The restaurant has a nice feel to it with a 1960's style salon sporting an original vintage phonograph and a collection of French music on 33 rpm vinyl records. My companions and I were only the second table in the whole place. I went for the "plat du jour" which is chicken breast on tagliatelle and blue cheese sauce while my dive buddies ordered other pasta dishes. The one Belgian in our party was surprised at the good selection of Belgian beers available. The cook, a genuine Frenchmen, did good; we wiped our dishes clean, had desserts, a few more drinks, chit chat a bit and walked away with our taste bud on full approval.
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