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Thai Tune Coffee Bar | Udon Thani | Thailand

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These guys are in my top 5 coffee joints in Udon Thani, and with a name like “coffee bar” you’d normally expect nothing less than average right? Sadly that’s not always the case…however these guys live up to the name. The coffee here is truely exceptional, and you’ll figure that out just from walking in the front door. The selection of roasted coffee beans on the front counter, a dedicated page on the menu for their different types of coffee and the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans as you walk in the door. If you’re not feeling like a coffee before arriving, you probably will after a good couple of minutes taking in the smell of the freshly ground coffee’s being poured out by the barista.

It’s the coffee that I remember about this place, and it’s still one of the main reasons I visit this place most mornings.

This place was the first cafe stop on my first visit to Udon Thani back in May 2018. You can view the blog post Here. Not bad landing at this place for my first coffee in Udon Thani! But with a name like “Coffee Bar”, you would want the coffee to be at least average…and these guys a WELL above average.

What I noticed in my more recent visits to this cafe is their large selection of food on the menu. I’m not sure if this menu existed on my first visit here…maybe it did and I was just thirsty for my coffee, so I never looked, but either way, it’s only something I recently noticed.

For those looking for Western dishes, I wouldn’t say this is “must” visit, however there are western dishes on here like the “club sandwich”.

What I found more impressive about this menu was the common range of Thai dishes on here that had a little twist to them…in that they’re cooked or prepared in a way you might not be so used to. For example the “Gang Kiew Wan Gai” or “Thai Green Curry with Chicken” which is served with a fillet of crispy fried chicken. Then there’s also your familiar dishes like the “Phad Krapow”, which is prepared much like you’re probably used to, but using quality breast chicken, a good portion, and great flavour. I can’t speak for the whole menu on offer at Thai Tune Coffee Bar, but from what I have tasted, the food is really impressive, well priced, and good portions. Her’s what I have tasted so far.

  • Phad Krapow
  • Tuna Salad
  • Gang Kiew Wan Gai
  • And of course…many coffee’s

The club sandwich is definitely on the list to try and a number of other dishes as well.

So yeah, for me this place is all about the coffee, but having seen and tried their recent food menu, I’d also receommend coming here to check out there food menu.

Here’s what I love about Thai Tune Coffee Bar in short.

  • Quality and well priced coffee
  • Cute outdoor court yard
  • Comfortable seating options and aircondioned
  • Large variety of food and coffee options
  • Opens at 9am

What are the prices like?

Around ฿100-฿120 a meal.

฿60 for a hot cappuccino or other coffee.

Where are they located?

212 214 Prajak Sillapakhom Road, Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Make sure to check out the map to be sure (map below).

Opening Hours

Everyday: 8: 00-21: 00

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 6/10
    Location - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee - 10/10
8.4/10

T-Time Cafe & Restaurant | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Another cafe in Udon Thani serving up a great coffee, delicious food and a VERY inviting space to chill out while you sit back and enjoy whatever you’re ordering.

If you’re not aware of this places existance, then you’ll probably never find it…unless you’re a local. It’s not on any of the common streets you might be strolling down while visiting or touring Udon Thani, and that can be a good thing. Being out of the hustle and bustle of the main city centre, they’ve been able to build this place on a good block of land that’s away from all the traffic, making it quiet, peaceful and giving it the space it needs for its large dining space, with an outdoor garden that’s clearly visibly while dining inside with it’s green/glass house style building.

The place isn’t what I’d call hidden, in fact it stands out quite well from the street, but it’s just not a main street of Udon Thani, so you won’t find it on a common stroll.

Words that came to mind when walking in to this place were light, airy, spacious, organic, healthy, bliss….it’s really welcoming! Features that make this place so…well all those words I just mentioned…are the large glass windows/walls that allow you see out into the garden and greenery, giving it that greenhouse feel. There’s a large indoor area designed to seat at least 30 people and the all the tables are nicely spaced out. Outside there’s a terrace/patio that runs around the cafe with a few tables and chairs should you choose to sit out in the garden area.

I started my morning with a coffee…first things first! I had no expectations on this place, as I literally came across it while searching for another cafe (which I’m still yet to find), and after riding around blocks and blocks, I still couldn’t find it, and then I passed this place. So I had no idea what the quality of coffee or food was like, I’d read no reviews, seen no photos, it was a complete “hit or miss” type moment.

The menu looked pretty impressive, there was a good selection of coffee’s and teas to choose from, so that was positive, and then a heap of food options as well if I was feeling hungry after. The menu has a good selection of Thai dishes available, and a few options for those looking for a western Breakfast. The owner and staff were friendly enough to let me taste test a fish and chips option they will be adding to the menu soon as well (you can see in photos below)….and WOW…that’s something to wait for! The fish batter was so airy/fluffy/pillowy (whatever you call it, but you know what I mean)…but from what I tasted, it’s definitely worthy of being on the menu!

Prices were really good – around 100 baht for a quality phad krapow with a fried egg.

My girfriend and I have been here a few times now, at least once a week we visit here, so we’ve tried a few things on their menu now including

  • Coffee
  • Pinacolada Mocktail
  • Phad Krapow (Chicken and Pork)
  • Tom Yum Khung
  • Fish and Chips (sampler)

Without writing too many paragraphs more on this place – here’s what I love about T-Time Cafe in short.

  • Quiet and peaceful location
  • Outdoor garden and hanging plants that give it that organic oasis feel
  • Good prices
  • Great Coffee and Food
  • Opens at 9am (OK, not super early, but still not bad, I don’t think they would be getting any customers out in this location if they opened earlier)

What are the prices like?

Around ฿80-฿120 a meal.

Where are they located?

96 Pracha Uthit Road, Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani 41000

Make sure to check out the map to be sure (map below).

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday: 9: 00–17: 00
Saturday: Closed

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 8/10
    Location - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Coffee - 8/10
8.4/10

Thaiban Cafe | Khao Suan Kwang | Khon Kaen – Udon Thani | Thailand

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What a hidden gem this place is…and it really is “hidden”! Unless you were heading to the Khon Kaen zoo, you’d probably never know this place existed (unless you did a Facebook search or you’re reading this post :-)).

That’s exactly how I found this place actually…on my way to Khon Kaen Zoo! I wasn’t too keen on the zoo, the weather was WAY too hot, and walking round all day in it, wasn’t on my list, however it does have (what looks to be) a great waterpark inside…and so a few of us thought we’d spend the in the water park to keep cool in the hot weather.

Driving up to Zoo you’ll drive past this place…and it will stand out, as it’s the most modern and inviting place in the whole area. At first glance I was like “wow, check out this place…I never new this was here”. The place looked awesome from the outside, really modern, well designed…it just had “that look” of a great café (if you know what I mean). Initially I thought it was probably just one of those sweet/dessert cafes that serves sweet toast etc. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find a great coffee or some familiar western dishes out this way cause I was certain I would’ve heard of them otherwise.

So a late lunch after the waterpark was decided! We were heading here.

Well lunch came around pretty quickly, in about 10 minutes actually, as when we got to the Zoo, we found out the waterpark was closed for renovations. So that was that! We certainly weren’t walking around the zoo in this hear, so back in the car and off to check out this new café.

Just parking the car in the car park you can see these guys have really prime piece of land for this area…it’s very open sits up a little higher than the land around it, so have almost a perfect 360 view around the place. The views, peace and quiet of the location is enough alone to come and spend some time here.

So anyway, it was time to head inside and see what sweet toast, sweet drinks or bingsu they had on offer. The first thing I noticed as I walked in was a few standup promotional menus with big photos of Pizza, French Fries, Cappuccinos and other western comfort goodies. So now I was REALLY confused as to why I had never heard of this place…I mean it’s literally the only place with this much farang (foreign) food within a 30KM radius! I remained skeptical right up until I could taste the food and coffee for myself, as it just seemed weird to have such a great looking café, airconditioned, great views, and serving out some of my favourite western dishes next door to our little village.

Well it WAS ALL quality…Drinks and Food! I’m even starting to order extra food to take home with me (frozen / premade meals) to eat at home!

So anyway, this first visit was over 8 months ago. It’s only now I’m writing this post as the blog has been pretty quiet over the Covid-19 period and living on the farm.

This place is my number #1 local café! By “local”, I’m actually meaning between Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. I’ve been to most of the towns that sit between Udon Thani and Khon Kaen, and there’s some quality food and coffee coming out of these small towns, but none of them tick all the boxes like this place does. Here’s a quick look at what makes this place such a great and comfortable place to visit.

  • Good Wifi
  • Great, modern, spacious design with large windows that look out to the countryside
  • Airconditioned
  • Thai and Western Food (Homemade pizzas and pies too!)
  • Great prices
  • Really nice outdoor area with nice views

I love the design of this place, both inside and out. The inside has that modern industrial ‘look and feel’ to it, with black painted steel, red brick, and cement rendered walls (raw concrete look, not painted or coloured cement). So yeah, the colours are a little dark, but that matches nicely with the huge glass windows on all sides that let all the light in and brighten the place up.

There’s probably enough tables and chairs to sit around 15 people.

The outdoor area is really inviting…I find myself out there a lot! Even on the hot days, there’s something draggin me outside to sit along one of the benches that overlook the countryside, and then 20 mins later I find myself sweating and wondering what the hell I’m doing outside…but there’s a good number of fans outside you can turn on to cool you down a little, and like I said, it’s just real inviting and got great views.

So the food and coffee…

Let’s start with the coffee, as that always comes first for me, and many times I come here just for that! The coffee is awesome, and easily the best (alongside one other coffee I like in Khumpurapee “Kim’s Cafe”) I can find between Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.

The food is great, and CHEAP too! But CHEAP certainly isn’t reflected in the quality, in fact it’s the opposite! I love my shrimp/prawns, and since leaving Hua Hin it can be difficult to find quality shrimp out in the country (sometimes you’re lucky to find shrimp at all). When I ordered my Phad Kapow with EXTRA shrimp, I was pretty impressed with the serving and quality of shrimp…definitely not common to find this quality in the country towns. So that dish alone (along with the coffee) was enough to  convince me that this place could be my second home.

I think whatever you’re after whether it be food, a coffee, a cool drink or even a beer…you’ll this place is a MUST stop if you find yourself out this way.

What are the prices like?

Around ฿60- ฿100 for a general Thai dish.

Where are they located?

If you’re heading North (to Udon Thani), you take a RIGHT into Khao Suan Kwang (literally on the border of Khon Kaen and Udon Thani)…follow that road all the way down to the railway. At the end (the railway), take LEFT….follow that road all the way to the end, and you end up alongside the railway crossing…take a RIGHT (across the railway)….and follow that road about another 200 meters and you’ll see the café on your left side.

Make sure to check out the map to be sure (map below).

Opening Hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00
Monday: Closed

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
9.3/10

Bann Hao cafe’ | Cafe – Bar – Bistro | Khao Suan Kwang | Khon Kaen – Udon Thani | Thailand

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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

Opening Hours

No information sorry.

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
9.3/10

Brick House Inn | Udon Thani | Thailand

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The Brick House Inn probably needs no introduction. Even for the first time tourists in Udon Thani, you’ll most likely be passing by this place if you’re visiting the touristy areas.

This bar/restaurant/cafe sits on Samphan Thamit Alley one of the most popular streets for bars, hotels and restaurants (for foreigners anyway), so if you’re looking for a western meal, western style accomodation, or a lively bar to hang out at, you’ll probably end up here at some stage!

The Brick House Inn stands out amongst the other places along this street, well it does for me anyway. It drew me in on my first walk down this street, there’s something about the style of the place that make it really inviting. It could be the stained glass used around the place, the open vintage wooden windows, or just the fact that it’s all opened up so you can can see everyone happily eating/drinking away, but it’s got character and liveliness to it, and it’s always got a decent crowd in there.

It’s definitely got a vintage type feel to it, a very brick/wooden look (very “puby”), and the bar area adds that extra touch. The bar is also pretty inviting, maybe it’s the booze sitting behind the counter, or the huge selection of craft beers on offer, but it’s got a very traditional style to it (wooden bench, wooden stools), and then modern lighting above and below it which really lights it up, and with the range of drinks these guys have on their menu, so they should be putting focus on the bar! I’ll come back to the drinks in a bit.

The front area of this place is is all opened up, in fact the whole place is actually – I don’t think there’s air-con here, as the windows/doors are always open letting the fresh breeze pass though. The front area is one of the more popular spots for people during the day, it seems to be where most people sit to drink or eat, and it also has a lot of dining space. It’s all under cover, so if it’s raining you’ll stay dry, and if it’s hot, you’ll stay cool in the shade…great little spot!

The indoor (center) area has some more tables and chairs scattered around the place, but the bar is the feature in this zone. There’s a good space around the bar, probably 7-8 stools around the bar, but could have 10 or or me people standing.

Behind the bar you’ve got a pool table and darts board – and they’ve given this area it’s own space, so you don’t have to worry about interupting people sitting down while taking a shot a pool, as it’s clear from all the dining area. For thos who love a game of pool, the table here’s pretty good too, balls roll really well (fast) on it, and it’s a decent size too. It uses the proper billiard style pockets though so it’s a little more difficult to sink the balls in.

Then there’s the back area of the place – another great little feature of this pub. It’s a small outdoor courtyard with a garden and a few tables. This is a nice spot in the afternoon as well, as it’s well shaded and feel very “fresh”.

This place has it all, I mean ALL! Let me just list a few things that you might like about this place.

  • Breakfast (and coffee) – all the popular breakfasts to choose from including an Eggs Benedict (my fav)
  • Western Food – A LOT of it, and quality too. I can remember the whole menu, but here’s a huge range to choose from here.
  • Thai Food – Again, not sure how many Thai dishes they have, but my girlfriend had a phad krapow moo and tasted great!
  • Large dining area – A heap of dining options – front outside area, inside are, bar area, back area.
  • Bar area – Well every bar has a bar area I guess, but this bar is a true pub bar, much like an Irish pub.
  • Pool Table
  • Craft beer, local beer, wine, cider…The selection is huge, a whole 2-3 pages just on beers and ciders. They’ve also got San Miguel light here on tap (which is soemthing different), and the prices a pretty reasonable. One drink I found quite impressive (price wise) was the Hoegarden Rose – 125 baht fo a half pint.
  • Outdoor courtyard
  • Sports/TV

I think that’s about it, but you probably get the idea.

So back to food menu! You can get everything from Burgers, steaks, breakfasts (American, Eggs beendict…and more), Mexican…I didn’t get through the whole menu before choosing my breakfast, but I doubt there won’t be something you can’t find on the menu. I haven’t tried one of their burgers, but I’ve heard they’re one of the bets in town, so if you’re a burger fan, this place is probably a good bet!

I would normally order an Eggs Bendict from anywhere serving it up on the menu, but I’d had one the day before so figured I’d go for Club Sandwich. The club was huge, and tasted delicious. This club stood out among outher clubs as there was a strong tasting quality cheese used (cheddar I think) instead of the stock standard 7/11 cheese slices. The rest of the ingredients seemed really fresh as well, and they didn’t skimp on ingredients – good amount of chicked, egg, salad and serving of thick cut fries. As long as chips are crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle, I’ll be pretty happy. But these chips where the thick cut fries….and normally I don’t like these as they tend to not be cooked all the way through, so they’re a little tough in the center. These were done really well, and had the crunchy outside and soft center that I love.

The drinks menu might leave you sitting there deciding what to order for 5-10 minutes, there’s so much to choose from, it’s hard to decide which one to order. I had a San Miguel Light, a Red Wine, Little Creatures IPA and sip or 4 of my girlfriends Hoegarden Rose. The craft beers aren’t cheap, but that’s just normal here – the price was the same you’d pay at any other place selling craft beer. I think the crafty’s started at around 225 baht and went up from there. Actually my Little Creatures may have been one of the rare cheaper options and around 195…anyway…much the same.

Look….if you’re in Udon Thani and not sure of places to go – I think this is a must, you’ll be sure to find something you like whether it be food or drink here, and it’s a really nice place to sit and relax as well. You’re in a great spot as well, cause you can always pop into one of the many other bars before or after your visit here, as well as Central Plaza and UD Town both 5 minutes walk.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • The bar – just the style of it…I like it.
  • Entertainment. They’ve got sports on the TV’s, a pool table, and darts, so a good choice of entertainment.
  • The variety of food and drinks – so much to choose from for any time of day, and I always love a place with craft beers on the menu.
  • The location – it’s on the main bar street, but also only 5 minutes walk to Central Plaza and UD Town

What are the prices like?

Around ฿200 (average) for a meal here. Some breakys are around ฿160, and as you go up to your more substantial / larger meals, they go above the ฿200. Beers are well priced here, particularly if you’re getting one on tap, From memory they have San Miguel light on tap for ฿90 a glass (half pint). The craft beers start around ฿225 and go up.

Where are they located?

It’s the main touristy road that has a lot of the bars and hotels and runs alongside the Central Plaza.

12/2 Samphan Thamit Alley, Mak Khaeng Sub-district, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Opening Hours

7:00am – 12:00am Every Day

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
9.3/10

89 Upper | Udon Thani | Thailand

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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.

  • Location
  • Ambiance
  • Quality of Food (obviously)
  • Price

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

Opening Hours

5:00pm – 12:00am Every Day

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Food Quality - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
9/10

แดกโล๊ด | Beef Buffet | Udon Thani | Thailand

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A BBQ Beef Buffet with QUALITY Beef!

Their menu promotes Thai/French beef, so I’m not actually sure what that means, whether the meat comes from France and they prepare it Thai Style, Or the beef comes from Thailand, but aged or prepared French style…I’d probably say the latter. Either way, this is some of the best beef I’ve had here in Thailand that’s not Australian or New Zealand beef.

This place was on the radar for a while. I pass by it most times in Udon Thani when visiting UD town (a large and popular shopping and restaurant area alongside the train station). It’s not hard to miss, with all the lighting going on bright colours used on and around the buildings, it really stands out. If you walk close by to it, you also can’t miss the smell of the fresh meat roasting away on the outdoor BBQ’s. There’s also a craft beer shed that opens up next door to the place as well, it may be all part of the one palce, I’m not sure, as it was closed due to the Buddha holiday (so no serving of alcohol).

I was on my way for a Sushi Buffet but figured I’d stop by this BBQ joint and check out their menu “just for a look”. It was pretty impressive with the selection of meats and seafood on the menu, and we could see all the BBQ’s already cooking up what looked to be quality T-Bone steaks, other cuts of beef, seafood, and heap of other stuff, it all looked great!

They had a few buffet options to choose from, the main two selections being ฿399 and ฿499  (per person). The ฿399 buffet had a heap of meat your could choose from and seemed like the more popular option. The ฿499 may have a had a few more selection/cuts of meat to choose from, but not much, but I think you got an extra full steak (T-Bone) included. The ฿399 buffet came with a full T-Bone steak to share between two, and for an extra 100 baht you could buy another full steak. Anyway, this was the same price as our Sushi Buffet and was something different, so figured we’d eat for the evening.

We chose the indoor area to sit as it was a little warm outside and the indoor seating area had these great rangehood type vaccums sitting above your BBQ to suck up all the smoke. There also seemed to be more room on the table inside than the outside tables. The indoor area seats around 30 people, and the outdoor area about the same as well.

We ordered ฿399 buffet and that included

  • A full size T-Bone steak to share between the two of us
  • Unlimited selection of meats and other food
  • Service – the staff would come and help with your BBQ if they saw something over cooking or the flames started to pipe up a bit
  • An Ice Cream for dessert.

Take note – don’t order too much if you’re not going to eat it, as they charge you ฿100 per 100gms of left over food. We had a little left and it was all good, so they aren’t too strict on this rule, but I’m sure if you had 2-3 small plates of food un-touched they’d probably make you pay for it.

The t-Bone steak was probably the best, but the other cuts of beef were truely delicious as well, and nice and soft. Now I’m no steak cooking expert, but my steak came out nice and soft and full of flavour. I’m sure if you’re good at cooking your steaks, you could do a pretty good job of all of this. There wasn’t a piece of beef here that was too tough, or bland, it was all so fresh and didn’t seem like yesterdays cow (like most other places do around here).

The seafood was top quality here too, in fact I would rate the seafood up there among the best seafood buffets I’ve been too in Thailand as well. There’s not a huge selection of seafood, but all of it was good quality, for example the shrimp were were a good size, huge in fact, and really fresh – they had that really meaty texture, and not rubbery.

If you like your steak, and you’re in Udon Thani, I definitely recommend coming by this place for an evening. The location is perfect as well, cause you can pop over the road either before or after your meal and check out the local markets, or even sit and listen to some live music in UD town.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • The RangeHoods (or ducted fans/vaccumes) – first place I’ve been t with these. The only thing I don’t like about Thai/Korean BBQ’s is the smoke and steam going in your eyes and can also leave me feeling hot. You don’t get that here!
  • The BEEEEFFFF! Great quality beef for a buffet – I was thinking for a buffet the meat would be pretty average, but nope – if you’re feeling hungry, you can really get your moneys worth here, the beef is really good and I think you’d pay much more buying your own from a market and cooking it at home.
  • Location – sits right next to UD Town and only 5 minutes walk to Central Plaza, Massage Shops and Bars.

What are the prices like?

Great for what you get. Like I said, I think you’d pay more to get this quality of steak and the same portions (unlimited) to cook at home!

Where are they located?

310/1 Thongyai Rd, Mak Khaeng Sub-district, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Opening Hours

10:00am – 12:00am Every Day

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Food Quality - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
8.8/10

Brown Coffee | Siem Reap | Cambodia

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Brown Coffee was the cafe I visited most in Siem Reap as it has pretty much everything you’d want at a cafe, including.

  • Large dininding/seating area
  • Good prices
  • Good quality food and great variety
  • Great coffee
  • Wifi

That’s not to say it has the best of all of the above, but it’s good to know when going to cafe it’s gonna tick all the boxes for what you might want or need. I actually did a bit of write up on this place already in my blog post – Best Restaurant, Bars and Cafe’s in Siem Reap .

Brown Coffee has two crafes in Siem Reap:

  • One called “Brown Coffee (Roastery)” which is what this post will be mainly about
  • and another called “Bron Coffee (Treeline)” – which sits along the river and probably has better views, however I found there was a much better food menu at the Roastery branch.

In the day, you could easily miss this place, as it’s basically hidden in a jungle…well…mini jungle anyway. This jungle type outdoor area really ads to the vibe and ambiance of the place, as it sits on a busy corner, but with the vines and trees all growing around and over it, it closes it off a little and makes it feel a little more private. It also make for a great outdoor dining/sitting area – very realxing. You don’t feel too closed in by all of this greenery either, the place has Hug full height windows for walls – so there’s a llot of room for light to enter as well.

The Roastery branch is the bigger of the two, although only have a single floor (the other branch has two floors), it’s a HUGE space, and you’ve got a few areas to choose from. The main entrance area with couch type seating and low tables…more an area to sit back and chill out. A room off to the left as you enter, which has good size tables and chairs seating four people per table, and these more like dining chairs so probably better for eating or setting up your notebook. Then another main area (at the back of the ordering counter) which is the largets area and has a mix of couch type seating and dinig tables and chairs. Everything is well space out, so your table isn’t banging up again the table to you.

The outdoor area is nice and relaxing as well – as mentioned above – it’s quite relaxing with all the greenery around.

The menu has a great selection of drinks available, including all my favourite coffees (Cappucino, Latte, Americano), smoothies and other sweet drinks. The smoothies were delicious, fresha nd quite filling. I thought I’d try the Blueberry smoothie before ordering my main meal, but by the time I’d finished my smoothie, I wasn’t feeling that hungry so ended sharing my main dish with my partner.

The coffee is right up there! I wouldn’t say the best Siem Reap, but I’d give it an 8 outta 10.

I tried the coffee at both of the branches, and that was one thing that was the same. I probably had over 20 coffee’s between the two branches, so I visited here quite a bit. I also tried a few other meals here as well, all from the Roastery Branch though, including.

Roast Salmon on Avacodo and Bread

Chicken Wings

OK, as writing down those points I thought there was a few more hahaha, but that’s it – but I think I ordered the Eggs Benedict a number of times,was just too delicious!

The Roastery Branch still had a great selection of food, and it all looked delicious, but more afternoon food me. You should check out their menu anyway, the Treeline branch menu is online – you can view it here. But like I said, the Roastery branch has a different menu, and it’s not online, so I can’t share it with you sorry.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • They open early, at 6:30am
  • It had everything. I’d probably say one of the best breakfasts in Siem Reap, but everything else was really good as well, including food, smoothies, coffee and prices.
  • Ambiance – The layout and design of the place. I loved the jungle feel and greenery all around the place
  • The Eggs Benedict! One of the best Eggs Benedict I’ve had – and tried two versions here, the “mini” eggs benedict, and the normal eggs benedict, both were delicious and well priced.
  • Prices – again not the cheapest – but it’s not always about beeing the cheapest for me…it’s about value for money (getting what you pay for). I felt I got more than what I paid for here every time, great service, and REALLY good food. Price for food here is VERY cheap in my opinion.

What are the prices like?

Coffee is on par with most other places around Siem Reap – $2.25 from memory, so not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either, and it’s really good quality coffee too. The food is amazing cheap for the quality and portions you get – I paid around $3.50 for my eggs benedict and I left feeling well full.

Where are they located?

Roastery Branch – National Road No. 6 Ta Phul Village, Siem Reap, 17252, Cambodia – MAP

Trelline Branch – Street 23 corner Street Achar Sva, Wat Bo Rd, village, Cambodia – MAP

Opening Hours

6:30am – 9:00 pm Every Day

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 8/10
    Location - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Food Quality - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Coffee Quality - 9/10
8.8/10

Eights a Day | Khon Kaen | Thailand

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Back Again, and happy to be. I knew this was a rockin coffee stop, but I’d never had one of these guys toasties here, so figured I’d write another short post about my latest visit here – which includes the toasty test!

I’ve been to this place at least 10 times for my morning coffee, but not until recently had stopped here for one of the food menu options. Todays post is all about their toasties, but they have some good sweets on offer as well.

Living in the country  (well…kinda) it takes me around 45-60 minutes to get to either Udon Thani or Khon Kaen, so the early morning coffee is generally done using “Eggs on Toast” own home coffee equipment. My visits to the cafe’s around town now happen a little later in the day, and when my hunger is kicking in.

Today was a Khon Kaen day and I was REALLY feeling like a toasty (I’d just had one from Kim’s Cafe the other day – perhaps that’s what amped the craving). I remembered these guys and their toasties menu and was hoping they still had the selection I saw a few months back.

They had the toasty selection I was familar with, and more! They’d built on their selection of toasties available a few months back to a “create your own toasty” menu. They still have their original menu of toasties for the indecisive people, but if you know how you like your toastie….just ask for it…select your ingredients, and the chef gets working in the kitchen for you!

My toastie today was pretty standard, mainly because they’d ran out of Avacodo. I’m an indecisive person and like to choose something straight from the menu, and so asked for their chicken and avacodo sandwich…but nope! Had to organise my own toasty from their “create your own” menu. So I opted for the the Chicken Breast, Tomato and Lettuce Toasty.

The presentation is awesome…Thick toast (not 7/11 bread – good whole wheat toast), but pressed enough and toasted so it’s got that brown crisp flatness on top, but not too squished so it looks like a McDonals cheeseburger. The ingerdients inside are so BRIGHT, and fresh lookin, not flat and burnt like they’ve been toasted with the bread. And then there’s this secret sauce that adds the flavour to the whole sandwich. But if you’re one of those that wants the standard Mayo and Ketchup – they got that on the table for you too – just pour it in your sandwich.

The taste was delicious – and yeah I’m sure a lot had to do with the sauce, cause you put chicken, tomato and lettuce on their own, it’s a pretty average sanga right? But my toasty needed no introduction at all the avilable additional sauces, it was perfect as is!

I ordered another toasty. I had to 🙂 So without the avo, I ordered Chiken, Lettuce, annnndd EGG! You know my whole time in Thailand I haven’t ordered a sandwich with Egg sincce yesterday at Kim’s Cafe.

My problem now is, moving onto other place to try their food when I already know these guys have everything I want in a morning cafe!

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • I’ve always loved the coffee here – it’s one of the best in Khon Kaen in my opinion
  • The layout and design of the place. A lot of space including a second floor and an outdoor garden with a pond (and enormous fish)
  • The TOASTIES!!!! on this visit anyway

What are the prices like?

Pretty good, coffee’s are around 55 baht, Toasties 69 baht…makes you feel like they got the check wrong when you’re leaving.

Where are they located?

141/75 อดุลยารามซอย 5 ตัดกับ, Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen 40000

Opening Hours

6:30am – 4:30 pm Every Day

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Price - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee Quality - 10/10
9.4/10

Kim’s Cafe | Udon Thani | Thailand

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For a town that’s quite small, and what you would call a “country town” – it has it’s good selection of cafe’s to choose from. I’ve been to about three here so far, and all have designs and decor are like what I’d it find in a lot modern cafe’s in the larger cities like Kohn Kaen, Chiang Mai and even Bangkok…the town…Kumphawapi

Kim’s cafe would probably be my favourite cafe in this town (Kumphawapi) as it ticks all the boxes for me…ie.

  • Great ambiance
  • Quality coffee
  • Good WiFi
  • Great food

Great Ambiance

It was the whole style of the place that grabbed my attention at first. From the cafe itself (style and architecture), to the logo/sign, it just had everything that makes it look like a quality cafe and my kinda style for somewhere to sit and have a good coffee.

The cafe is the bottom floor of a two story traditional looking thai house. The top floor (which is not part of the cafe) is the traditional thai part, made of wood and all..well.. “thai lookin”. The bottom part has been renovated to be modern and funky using a red/brown brick and byfold doors that open the whole place up. It works well, as the place has a very natural/outdoor feel to it with plants/ferns hanging around different areas and raw/natural looking woodern tables and chairs. The main concrete wall that separates the cafe to it’s neighbour also has some street type retro art on it which ads to the whole style of this place.

Quality Coffee

The offee was “spot on” here for me, my favoutire (the cappuccino) was made just perfect. At 40 baht for a coffee, I was thinking they may be using some wholesale cheap priced beans that taste all burnt and flavourless…but the strength, flavour and overall quality was bang on! I was actually so impressed with the quality I had to check out where they got their beans from. They use Brew Planet for their beans which is a great coffee roaster in Khon Kaen, and also seem to be popular to other cafe’s across Thailand who use them for providing their coffee beans. I’ve been to their cafe before and they’re really up there!

Great WiFi

It’s not a neccessity for me, but it is a nice to have and does tick the final box. It’s always good to have a quality WiFi connection rather than using the Gigs up on your mobile plan.

Great Food

The cafe is full of great little cakes and bites that are home made and generally pretty healthy. I’ve tried the vegan cranberry cookies here (soft and chewy – really delicious). The chocolate brownie, which also seemes quite healthy – it wasn’t too sweet, so for me it was perfect as most desserts here are too sweet for my liking, but for the sweet tooth people out there, it might be a little too bland. Then last but certainly not least….one of the Toasted Sandwiches.

The toasted sandwiches were awesome! So fresh, full of flavour, healthy and at a really cheap price of 60 baht!

There’s two toasted sandwiches to choose from, including a Scrambled Egg, Chicken Breast & Lettuce Sandwich (with some home made sauce), and another similar sandwich but with Bacon instead of chicken. I actually can’t remember the latter sandwich but it was another scrambled egg sandwich with something else instead of chicken (I think) 🙂

Anyway, the sandwich I can talk about is the Scrambled Egg and Chicken Sandwich. The bread was super soft and spungy with a crisp toasted outside. The scrambled eggs were cooked to perfection! A little runny still, so not too dry, and a good portion too, easily two eggs in the sandwich. Then there was a sauce that added that kick of extra flavour, but didn’t kill the sandwich by overpowering it too much with flavour – it was a really delicious toasty and one I couldn’t just replicate at home.

The food menu isn’t huge, but it’s enough for a cafe in my opinion. I come here mainly for a coffee, and it’s always good to have SOME proper meals to choose from other than just cakes and sweets. This Kim’s cafe offers just that…a couple of toasties and approx 5 Thai meals.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • The coffee of course!
  • The ambiance – very relaxing, fresh and natural feel – like you’re sitting in an outdoor garden
  • Home made cakes and cookies – not the usual stuff you find in cafe’s – these have their own unique recipe and twist.

What are the prices like?

Everything is well priced here, cheap in fact. You could easily have a coffee and something to eat for around 100 baht here.

Where are they located?

37 หมู่ 10 ถ.จิตประสงค์ ต.กุมภวาปี อ.กุมภวาปี จ.อุดรธานี 41110 Kumphawapi

Opening Hours

10:300am – 5:00 pm Every Day

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 7/10
    Location - 7/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Coffee Quality - 8.5/10
8.9/10

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