I couldn’t believe the prices of this place when checking out the menu out the front!
Looking at this place from outside is liking looking at a mansion – that’s been well designed with its placement of windows and lighting so you can see the elegant staircase, high ceilings and hanging schandeleirs all from the street. It’s so elegant and “high-so”, it may actualy turn some people away, because just by looking at the place, you’ll be thinking you’re rocking up to a 5 star resaurant (or 3 star michelin) and paying top prices.
Well the appearnace, layout, ambience and seating options are all 5 stars, however the prices came at a bit of a shock, as they were much lower than what I was expecting, in fact lower than a lot of small cafe’s around (which I think are already pretty cheap). There’s meals like Som Tum for 59 baht (which is not much more than I pay for the street food version), Chicken steak with French Fries and Fried Rice for 119 baht, hamburgers for around 140 baht, coffee for 55 baht….just take a look through the photos, that’ll give you a good idea.
I’m no expert on restaurant planning, layout or menu placement, but I do find a restaurant that proudly shows there menu out the front (with the prices), has generally got nothing to hide – “here’s our food, here’s our prices, and we’re proud of it” – is what it tells me. Rocking up to restaurant with just a 5 word description of their meals and no prices tells me “you’re overpriced and to shy to tell me what’s really in the meal”.
Whether it be because they have great prices, or high prices but top quality food, if you’re confident on your pricing and food, then there should be no reason to hide it.
The place is absolutely stunning, and more so of the evening. You really feel like you’re dining in a 5 star restaurant or turning up to an elegant wedding receiption. When entering the place, you first walk through an archways with vines/plants all grown over it and this leads into an outdoor area with a fountain, some table and chairs and really nice garden with a swing chair which I’m guessing is for those that want to take a few snaps while they’re here.
When you enter the door, the first section area has huge ceilieings with schandeliers hanging from them and has a few couch/lounge type seating areas to choose from. Moving further out the back, the place becomes a little less “glamoury” or “rich” and has more “normal” height ceiling with more “normal” style table and chairs. The place is huge though, easily capable of seating over 60 or 70 people.
It’s very white and bright, and definitely has a “rich” feeling to it, so if you’re looking for a more cozy, warm, chill place to hang out in, this wouldn’t be the place and might make you feel a little “out of your element”.
So the place is stunning, and the prices are ridiculously cheap (for a place like this) – but what’s the quality like?
Well my first meal here was a dessert, the popular Bingsu! I wouldn’t call myself a Bingsu lover, but it’s an interesting dessert and I find the freshness of the fruit and the fluffyness of the icecream/ice shavings is what makes a good Bingu. The Fruit fresh (Mango) and the icrecream was really fluffy, so it tasted pretty good to me! The mango was fresh (and as it should be in Thailand – not too hard to find a fresh a mango) and the presentation was above average! Serving size? – Very good portions…..easily enough for 2 people – price: 200 baht.
The other meal we had on first visit was the Chicken Steak – which comes with French Fries and a fried rice. The French fries were great, crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, however there were a good 20% that were a bit soft, and I don’t like my french fries soft on the outside, so a bit of “cross” there. What I did love about the fries however were they seemed home made/cut, not your Mcains packet deep fried fries.
The chicken steak was delicious – a great herb topping and marinade for the flavour (leon and herbs), so I didn’t need to add any condiments to it, and the fried rice was actually pretty good too…OK, a fried rice is a fried rice, but it wasn’t just a plane tasteless fried rice, it was like you’d get if ordering a vegetable/chicken fried rice from a good thai restaurant, and normally you might pay 50 baht for this alone…and here I was paying 119 baht for a wChicken Steak, With fries, and fried rice..not bad right?
What were the main things you liked about the place?
- The SHOCK! The place is absolutely stunning and had this marked down as a “special night out”. But you could come here any night…EVERY night!
- The Prices – incredible prices!! Great value!
- Outdoor garden and pond/water feature
- The appearance of the place from out the front – HUGE and very impressive!
- Variety of food on the meun – good selection of desserts, thai meals, and western favourites like burgers etc.
What are the prices like?
Prices are great considering the overall dining experience and quality of food. Similar to what you might pay at a standard cafe.
Where are they located?
88 102ถนน Surathak, Tambon Ban Lueam, Amphoe Mueang Udon Thani, Chang Wat Udon Thani 41000
10:300am – 10:00 pm Every Day
check out their facebook page here
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