Possibly one of the best all round restuarants in Udon Thani. By “all round”, I mean it rates high in pretty much every category I care about when I go out for a meal, and those are.
- Quality of Food (obviously)
Service isn’t actually on my list, mainly because I don’t like to waited on – as long as I don’t wait more than 30 minutes for my meal, I’m pretty happy. There’s nothing worse when you’re over waited on and you’ve just taken a huge moutful of that delicious meal when the waiter comes overs and asks you “is everything ok” (Bllurhh mmerh prrhhh – speaking with mouth full) 🙂 And this place had it just right, enough attention to get you what you want when you needed it, but never felt like an interuption…so I guess I do care about service somewhat…and this place has got it just right.
This was my second visit here, although I’d probably visit a little more often if I lived in the city as it’s a great “go to” spot when you’re indecisive. For me it’s one of those places I can go no matter what mood I’m in or what food I’m feeling like – they have it all…even if it’s just to chill out with a glass of red and listen to the live music.
89 Upper sits on the upperdeck of the UD Town complex, and has a nice private feel to it as it above business down below markets and bars) etc. and the imterior designer has done good job with the lighting and design playing a big part to feel you get in this place. The whole design and layout VERY spacious with high ceilings and a very “wooden” interior which high glass windows that make up the walls around the place.
The seating is very generous and comfortable, you have almost a whole soga chair to yourself. I could sit in those couches for a good 2 hours and still not feel aggitated.
There’s normally a live band or singer that starts around 7-8pm, and as I said, the selection of music was great. Not sleepy, not too rocky…just fun, relaxing and enjoyable. Both singers/bands that played while we were there also had great voices.
So I think that covers the “ambiance” then. I’ve given this place 10/10 for this as they really have nailed the whole comfort and entertainment side of things here.
The menu! That was the first thing I wanted to look at when coming up here for the first time, and although I read a review somehwere that the menu was too small – I think it’s actually perfect. It certainly wasn’t small, but yes, it may not have had as many items as some other restaurants have – but it covered a good range of food, and made it easy to choose. I find menus with 20 or so pages to much to look at and gives me too many chocies and I start to think too much. 89 Upper has Beef Steaks (Australian Rib Eye, and more), Salmon, other Seafood, pizzas, pastas, Thai meals…there’s’a actually quite a good selection there…perhaps the only common thing I didn’t see on the menu was a Hamburger…but I could be wrong…but I don’t remember seeing one.
The other great thing about this place is the drinks menu, they’ve got a GREAT and BIG selection of wines to choose from, and also a heap of CRAFT BEER!!! They even do paddles of craft beer so you can get 5 or so smaller glasses served on a wodden paddle for mixing it up and doing a bit of beer tasting. I would normally be jumping straight on the craft beer train, but I got a bit carried away the night before so beer wasn’t really my friend this day. But if you like your craft beer, the paddles here are 500 baht.
So time to move onto the quality of food.
It’s well above average that’s for sure, although both times I’ve been here I’ve had red meat (first time the Grilled Lamb Rack, and second time Australian Beef Rib Eye), and I always get my hopes up when ordering beef from a good restaurant here in Thailand…but it’s just not up to same quality I’m used to back home (Australia). I don’t ever expect the steak here to be the same as back home – but when you’re paying around 800 baht for a steak, I have my expectations up that I could be gettig served up that delicious tender steak i grew up with. In saying that – I don’t think the steak was no good, actually much better than majority of other good restaurants..and great value for money. So if you’re after some lamb or steak – it’s definitely better than you’ll find at most other places – but still not what I call a 5 star steak.
One thing I did love about the steaks and lamb shanks was that you get a selection of 3 different sauces to go with it (peppercorn..and i forget the other two) so you can mix up the flavours a bit. One other thing I should mention is that both times they cooked the meat just right. When we ordered the Grilled Lamb Rack, we asked one piece to be medium rare, and other medium / well, and both were cooked just right!
The other things we’ve tried here are:
- Grilled Lamb Rack (Comes with two pieces)
- Australian Rib Eye Steak
- Red Wine (absolutely delicious)
- Pizza (Nice and thin with a crispy base, quality prosciutto and other ingredients as well)
- French Fries (Nice thick cut fries – crunchy on the outside, like a pillow in the center…perfect!)
- Phad Kee Maw – They nailed this dish, the flavours that came out of this dish were incredible! Seafood (shrimp, muscles & calamari) mixed with Thai basil and chilli mixed in with pasta/spaghetti Loved it!
- Crispy spinach and cheese spring rolls
- Mussels – I can’t remember the name on the menu, they’re not plain mussels, they’re like a work of art. They have a heap of topping and other flavours on top including some cheese (I think)….anyway, they were delicious!
In all the list above, there wasn’t one thing that I didn’t enjoy and all the dishes were great value for money.
89 Upper isn’t what I’d call a “cheap” restaurant, but then if you’re always looking for the cheap meal, you can’t expect to always get quality either. The prices here are really well matched for the quality of food and portions you get here. The wine selection is not the run of the mill stuff either, they have a good selection of quality wines from a lot of the popular wine regions around the world, and they have great live music to enjoy while you chill out and relax…all in all…money well spent!
What were the main things you liked about the place?
- I think what I like most about 89 Upper is the ambiance, comfort & live music/entertainment, just such a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend an evening.
- Location – I think anyplace that sits in or right next to UD town has a prime spot. This complex really has everything from bars, markets, live music and even a huge Villa Market! It’s also probably one of the nicest looking outdoor type plazas in Udon Thani.
- Value for money – Like I said, it’s not the cheapest option, but I’d be surprised if you left feeling you didn’t get what you paid for.
- Their selection of wines and beers – perhaps the largest range/selection in any restaurant or bar I’ve been to in Udon Thani.
Note: 89 Upper also run a Wine Cellar shop down stairs towards the Villa Market, and if you buy your wine from there, you’re able to bring it with you to their restaurant upstairs and I think you’ll get it for a couple’a hundred baht cheaper.
What are the prices like?
Really well priced for the whole dining experience and quality of food.
To give you an idea of prices:
- Pizza was about ฿350 (for a proscioutto one – the margharitta would be cheaper)
- Rib Eye Steak was ฿790 from memory
- Pad Kee Maw about ฿200
- French Fries ฿180
Those are about the only meals I can remember the prices for. But I think on average you’re looking at between ฿200 – ฿300 for a normal dish, and around ฿400-฿600 for something a little more special like your salmons, some seafood dishes, and other meats. Then the steak and lamb which is between ฿600-฿800.
Where are they located?
In UD Town – if you’re facing the live stage (where the bands play) it’s just off to the right over the lawn/grass area on the upper floor.
99/9 ศูนย์การค้า ยูดีทาวน์ ถนน Thongyai Rd, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000
5:00pm – 12:00am Every Day
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