This was a nice little surprise! New cafe in Khao Suan Kwang with a modern, bright, spacious dining area both inside and out and a good selection of food and drinks. We were actually on our way to our favourite cafe in this area called “Thaiban Cafe” (blog post coming soon) when we passed this new place, which must have been open for only a week or two.
I’m mostly drawn into new cafes and restaurants when they stand out, look inviting and you can see effort and attention in the overall design, layout and appearance of cafe. It makes sense really – if they put that much effort into the building itself, they’re generally gonna do the same with whatever is coming out of the kitchen as well (Ok…not all….but most). So decision was made. We stopped short of our usual trip to Thaiban Cafe to checkout out Baan Hao Cafe & Bistro.
You naturally start winding down as soon as soon as you open the door to this place. It’s walls are large glass windows that allow you to see all the farm land and nature around outside…very nice views! The window walls and high ceilings is what makes this place so spacious and bright…but not not too bright or glary, with the wood and black colours used for the interior and furnishings, it tones the place down a little and gives it a chill vibe. It’s also well airconditioned inside so it’s a great place to escape the Udon Thani heat as well.
There’s a good selection of seating options both inside and out, including couches and coffee tables (which is what we chose), wooden benches and stools that run along the window / glass walls, and proper square dining tables and chairs as well. Outside there’s also a large number of seats and tables available, so it’s highly unlikely you wouldn’t ever find a seat in this place, or even your preferred seat. The traffic passing through here is very minimal, in fact I think the maximum number of people I’ve ever seen in a cafe around here at the same time is no more than 10, and that’s also around the lunch time period. On Weekends it will probably be busier as you get the crowds going to/coming from Khon Kaen Zoo (it’s about 5 km further down the road).
They offer pretty much everything to fill your hunger/thirst including Thai meals, coffee, tea, smoothies and beer/spirits (yes there’s a small bar as well). There’s also a nice acoustic guitar standing in one of the corners…I forgot to ask them if the guests could pick it up and have a bit of a strum…will have to ask them next time.
Prices are very reasonable, but that’s nothing special in this area. I think most places around this area never top 100 baht for a meal unless you order something special, for example I ordered the Phad Krapow with Shrimp and then asked for Extra Shrimp (10 to be exact), and my meal came to about 100 baht.
I have to say the shrimp weren’t the best I’ve had, but that’s also to be expected here. Having spent a lot of time in Hua Hin (on the seaside) I was pretty spoilt with my selection of quality seafood. Here however (in the Country), seafood isn’t as common, and often when you do find it, the quality isn’t as good as the bigger cities. This is mainly due to the fact that to get quality seafood, the price would need to go up, and a lot of people either don’t have the budget to spending 150 baht or more on a single meal every day, or they just simply see it as over priced, particularly when you get get a great Phad Khrapow Chicken or Pork here for around 35 baht. Anyway, The dish was still really tasty (as far as a phad krapow goes), and it was well worth what I paid for it…had I paid Hua Hin or Bangkok prices, I probably would have been a little dissapoitned. My partner had the Phad Krapow Seafood (includes calamari as well as shrimp) and the calamari was really good, so perhaps I should have ordered that one.
Here’s a few key features about this place
- Great ambiance and seating options – Making you feel welcome and comfortable
- Good WiFi
- Has coffee and food AND beer so I know I don’t need to go anywhere else once arriving here
- Great views and very peaceful
Anyway, it’s not a 5 start restaurant, but they don’t pose to be, and with the cheap prices you couldn’t expect 5 star quality either. The prices were around 60 – 70 baht a dish.
All in all, it’s great to have seen and visited this place, and I’ll definitely be coming back. I’m going to give this place a pretty good rating…mainly because it ticks all boxes (in a “pass” kinda way…not “exceptional”.
What were the main things you liked about the place?
- The style of the cafe – modern but yet great country views (like a modern country house)
- Prices – definitely on the cheap side
- Selection of Food/Drinks – Food and drinks including coffee and beer
What are the prices like?
Around ฿60- ฿70 a meal.
Where are they located?
Turn off the main road that links Khon Kaen and Udon Thani in Khao Suan Kwang towards the Khon Kaen Zoo. About half a kilometer down on your left…there it is!
139 หมู่ 11, 40280 Ban Khao Suan Kwang, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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check out their facebook page here
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