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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

check out their facebook page here

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

check out their facebook page here

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

Chloe in the Garden | Udon Thani | Thailand

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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

Opening Hours

10:300am – 10:00 pm Every Day

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

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

Dose Espresso | Udon Thani | Thailand

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This is popular spot for the morning breakfast and coffee lovers (both foreigners and Thai) with their early opening hours, great selection of breakfasts (thai and western) and top quality coffee!

Opening at 7am in the morning also gives them the advantage to get the early bird crowd as most places generally open around 8pm onwards.

But it’s not just a morning place either, there’s a great selection of meals avaiable for you right up until 6pm – including some tasy looking sandwiches, pastas, smoothies, thai dishes and a number of other crafty/modern fusion dishes I’m unable to name without refrencing the menu.

This place was one of my first stops a year or so back when I paid my first visit here and was out on my “good coffee hunt” walk. The place isn’t so visible from the street, as it’s tucked away in the corner of a plaza/car park, so you’ll most likely need your google maps open to locate the place (I’ve included the map below as well). Even once you’ve found the place – it hasn’t got the huge frontage or “WOW” factor entrance you’d expect from a quality place like Dose, but once you enter, it has all the good signs of a quality cafe.

There’s a good selection of tables and chairs to choose from and probably seats around 30 people in total. The interior is well designed and certainly doesn’t have a cheap look, it’s got all the modern cafe touches to it, including the overall interior design of place, and in particular the lighting (which is what stood out for me). There’s the quality coffee machine warm and ready to make your fresh coffee, bags of freshly roasted coffee beans stacked on shelves around the cafe for sale, and of course, that beautiful smell of freshly roasted coffee when opening the front door – which told me I was gonna get a good coffee from these guys. Then there’s the little promo leaflets/banners located around the cafe which romote some of their popular dishes, and they all looked awesome! So I was also convinced I was going to get a quality meal here too.

The Coffee was bang on! The house blend has a great strength and flavour, both as an americano and as a cappuccino, and as a piccolo latte and as every other coffee I’ve tried in this place :-). The cup size is perfect too, for all the variations, for example the cappuccino cup isn’t huge like you find in some places, but enough to make you feel like you’ve had a cappucino and not a cafe macchiato and still with a good ratio of milk:coffee. But if the smaller coffee is what you’re after, they have the piccolo latte for you as well.

Another thing that stood out for me was their Iced Chocolate, so much so, I bought a bag of their own freshly ground/powdered coco to take home to make my own chocolate drinks!

The food here is very impressive, both in quality, selection/variet and price. There is a huge range of western dishes to choose from, and a great selection of Thai dishes as well. They also vary in price quite a lot giving you a good option of dishes to choose based on price. For example, you can get two poached eggs on toast with grilled tomato, for 99 baht OR you can go for a Salmon Eggs Benedict (or eggs florentine) for 255 baht. There’s a good range of Eggs Bendict to choose from ranging between 200 – 255 baht, including a spinach and mushroom version, ham and cheese version, and one or two others.

The poached eggs here were cooked perfectly, and the bread was that rustic sourdough type which for me is the perfect match with eggs. I’d say they’ve changed their bread supplier or selection since my first visit, as the photos I have on the salmon and poached eggs wasn’t the same bread I got the other day (which was a doughier more sourdough type bread).

From your 99 baht meals to your 255 baht meals, you really get what you pay for. At the higher price, you’re getting more expensive ingredients (and quality) and large portions.

One thing I probably should mention is their club sandwich, which, although I haven’t tried yet, look amazing and quite a big sandwich! I found it impressive because the sandwich looked delicious, and quite sizy, and had a price of 150 baht…might be my next meal here.

The Thai meals are around 130 – 200 baht, and the coffee is around 65 baht (65 baht for a cappucino/latte).

All in all, a fantastic cafe and restaurant. Next stop will be their recently opened “Dose Factory” which is another branch off of Dose Espresso, but focuses more on the afternoons and evening meals with their opening hours being 10:30am – 10:00pm and have some amazing looking pizzas I’m looking forward to trying out. I have actually been here a couple of times, but just for a coffee, but will write more on this place once I check out some of their food.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • Opening Hours (opens early) – 7:00
  • The style and ambiance of the cafe – the selection of lighting is what stood out the most.
  • The quality of coffee – one of the best here in Udon Thani (so far – still a lot more places to check out here).
  • Great selection of Western Breakfast dishes including about 4 variations of the Eggs Benedict – and all served with perfectly poached eggs and good quality bread/toast
  • The staff – friendly and great service – ability to attend to your table without hasseling you too much or taking your plate away too early 🙂

What are the prices like?

Very well priced menu – with some cheaper options, and more expensive options if you’re looking to endulge a little.

Where are they located?

106 40 Srisuk Soi 4, Tambon Mak Khaeng, Amphoe Mueang Udon Thani, Chang Wat Udon Thani 41000

Opening Hours

7:000am – 6:00 pm Everyday 

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 7.5/10
    Location - 7.5/10
  • 9/10
    Price - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Food Quality - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee Quality - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
9.1/10

Wolf’s Den | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Probably the most “Chill” bar/cafe in Udon Thani, and easily one of my favourites!

The place is probably best of the evening, for ambiance anyway. The entrance has a heap of vines hanging over the front of it that hang almost to the ground, making it not such an easy place to find from street of a day, but of an evening, the lighting makes this place really stand out – it’s what got me in here for the first time. Behind the vines there’s some nice yellow fairy lights and the cafe is well lit up that makes it look intriguing, and a place you just have to check out (even it’s just a “poke ya head in” to take a look).

Just before entering the cafe, there’s an outside kitchen where all the cooking happens. It actually works well cause it keeps the place nice and cool inside and adds to the whole “intriguing” look of the place…I mean, you start to walk up, and then see this outdoor kitchen, and you take in the smell coming from it, and it just makes you more interested – it’s like a cafe sales funnel 🙂

The inside has two levels, the main ground floor with 2 lounge type areas/tables, and a long table 6-7 seater table with steel type chairs where you can sit with a big group of friendsfor a party or night out, but is also is a popular spot for the people wanting to set their laptops up and work away from. I opted for the lounge area first time, but this area the second – you know – mix it up a little.

The upstairs area has around 6 tables and probably seats around 15 people. And then there’s the outside area with 2-3 tables but isn’t the most popular spot right now as the weather is quite hot here (35 degrees most days with a “feels like” of 45 degrees).

The design, furniture, music and lighting of this place is what makes it so chill. I’m a huge fan of lighting, and find that a large majority of places in in Thailand use the fluresetn lighting which just makes the price to bright and white. The lighting here is really warm, dim, and yellow and got that “mellow yellow” thing on, so not too bright, but enough to see the food your eating or read a book.

The couches here are too much to give up…if you’re in a relaxed mood and looking to just lay back and chillout, they’ll invite you in and it’ll be hard to get off them and go home. They’re chesterfield style lounges and quite big and roomy, so a lot of space to lean back and stretch out. And then there’s the soft chill lounge music playing in the background…Angus and Julia Stone style – in fact one or two of the songs I think were Angus and Julia Stone…and so yeah…you might be lucky not to full asleep in the place if you’ve stolled in after a hard days work!

The food and drinks here are more than I could ask for! A selection to please almost anyone, including:

  • Pizzas (starting from around 175 baht)
  • Hamburgers
  • Thai Dishes (but not your standard – very impressive and creative versions of your favourites – ranging between around 100 – 180 baht)
  • Desserts (of course)
  • A good beer selection (all around 90 baht)
  • A great coffee selection (and quality too – around 65 baht for a coffee)

Quality and price is great – definitely value for money – in my opinion you get more calue than you spend here!

All in all, a fantastic cafe, chill bar, and restaurant – I think it covers all three of these quite well and it’s becoming a bit of “local” for me.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

  • The vines covering the front of the cafe
  • The lighting
  • The design and architecture of the place – a little industrial, but warm and cozy feeling as well
  • Price matched with the quality of food
  • The music – nice and relaxing, but not boring.

What are the prices like?

I think you get more than you pay for here. I’ve taken some snaps of the food menu with prices – so let me know what you think!

Where are they located?

43 / 33-34 Si Suk Road, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Opening Hours

11:000am – 10:00 pm Everyday (Closed on Wednesday)

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

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

A-One Restaurant | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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A taste of Italy with my Eggs on Toast this morning – a recipe I’ve never tried before, but sounded very interesting!

I was walking the main beach road through Ao Nang and checking the menu’s of the cafe’s for a good breaky. There was quite a lot on offer, and all the popular one’s I was looking for, like egg benedict, american breakfast, eggs on toast (any style). There certainly wasn’t a lack of good breakfasts around here, but when I read the menu of A-One Restaurant, a particular dish stood out that made me stop and have to try.

It’s actually a variation of one of my favourites, the Eggs Benedict, however think of the hollandaise sauce swapped with pesto, and the ham/bacon swapped with Italian Parma ham, and the base was a homemade English muffin. I love my Italian food, and love a good Eggs Benedict, and so I was sold just on this one dish.

The restaurant itself seems to be quite popular in the area, as often when passing by of an evening, there always seems to be a good crowd, and it occupies a nice large space of land facing out over the beach, with both and undercover (partly indoor area) and a large outdoor area as well. The place would have to seat around 80 people or so, it’s really got a lot of space. However this “passing by” was always of an evening, so wasn’t so sure how these guys would cater for the morning people.

A-One is more a restaurant than a cafe, however they do have the all day breakfasts and server coffee – it’s just not the cozy cafe you might be looking for if you wanted to chill and read a book or your laptop for an hour or so – it’s definitely more of a restaurant than anything else – hence the name “A-One Restaurant”.

So back to my poached eggs with parma ham, pesto sauce, on a homemade english muffin. Well – it was impressive, really impressive! In fact I may just prefer this over an Eggs Benedict or and Eggs Florentine (with salmon), but this could just be because it’s something new and different, but the combination works a treat!

The eggs were cooked to perfect, solid / cooked egg white and runny yoke that dribbles over the muffin and soaks into it adding to the texture. The Parma ham was cooked to be a little crisp, but not too crispy, just on some of the edges. Was good quality parma ham too, strong taste/flavour and worked well with the italian pesto touch as well. The pesto sauce seemed to be home made, not something that comes out of the jar, but I can’t be sure, either way, it was delicious. And the muffin – the perfect base! Nice and spongy, warm, and bit of a solid texture too, making it quite filling, which I found perfect (not too light so it left me still hungry afterwards).

Price was 200 baht for this dish, which I thought was really good considering the fresh Italian ingredients used to create it. You can pay this and more for a normal Eggs Benedict that uses bacon.

I can only speak for this one dish unfortunately, but the experience was really good and the rest of the menu looks impressive. A lot of things to choose from including western dishes and thai, a good 50/50 between the too I’d say. And the prices were very reasonable when you factor in location, quality of food, and overall ambiance of the place.

I think to best experience this place would be of the evening. I’ve seen this place lit up at night and it really stands out amongst a lot of the other restaurants in the evening. Nice dim garden lightening, with some water features and nice lawn area around the restaurant.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Quality food – in particular the poached eggs with pesto
  • Outdoor garden and pond/water feature
  • The view – being one the beach front

What are the prices like?

Very reasonable considering the quality ingredients and the location. I paid 200 baht for my meal.

Where are they located?

On the main beach road, about 50 meters from the Holiday Inn (heading west).

A-One Restaurant
79/1 Moo.3 Nopparatthara Beach Rd., Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81180

Opening Hours

9:000am – 10:30 pm Every Day

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 9/10
    Location - 9/10
  • 7.5/10
    Price - 7.5/10
  • 9/10
    Food Quality - 9/10
8.5/10

SeaBreeze Cafe & Bistro | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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I am really impressed with this place, and it’s just the place I’ve been looking for since arriving in Ao Nang.

What I find most with the popular tourist beach spots in Thailand is they’re flooded with 2 types of restaurants.

  1. Those marketed to the foreigner and focus a lot on western food, and thai food (dulled down in flavour for the non-thais).
  2. Expensive seafood / thai restaurants offering the “unique” and/or “traditional” thai experience, and you end up paying for the whole boutiqueness of the restaurant and fanciness of the food which isn’t always “true” thai anyway.

Don’t get me wrong, I love both of these places, but at least once during the day I want to find just a “normal” low key cafe/restaurant that still has comfortable space, offers good thai food and not necessarily fancy or in huge portions…just a simple phad krapow – and perhaps a coffee or beer.

This place has nailed it! A very clean and modern looking cafe, but not with all the frills. They do great traditional thai meals, with TRUE thai taste, and good portions too. They even have a few western dishes on the menu as well for you too choose from, and there will be more coming soon (so the owner tells me). In fact I got to try one of her chicken wraps which will be appearing on the menu soon.

So what have tried here?

  • Chicken wrap with french fries
    FANTASTIC!! I asked for a healthy version and so it came without mayo, and just simply made of fresh (marinated) breast chicken strips and salad in a tortilla wrap. The french fries were the thin shoe string fries and pretty crispy. I had a small bowl of ketchup and mayo to add to the wrap if I needed to or dip my fries in.
  • Laab Ghai Tort (deep fried chicken balls with thai spices and herbs)
    WOW! How frickin tasty!!!! These are balls of absolute goodness…and flavour…wow the flavour! The moment you bite into them the thai herbs and spices are released into your mouth and the flavour is incredible!
  • Phad krapow (chicken and seafood)
    Great Phad Krapow! I can’t rave about this, because I’ve tried so many good one’s, but had a lot of boring ones as well. This certainly is an above average Phad Krapow, and the ingredients quality as well. I had a sliced chicken version, and a seafood version. For the prices (which are pretty cheap) I wasn’t expecting the best seafood, but for what you pay you get good quality ingredients, a great flavour, and good portion.
  • Interesting fried rice dish (forget the name of it)
  • Cappuccino & Iced Coffee
    The cappuccino I prefered over the iced coffee, and it could have been because of having more milk. I’m pretty picky about my coffee, and I wouldn’t put this on the top of my list for quality coffee in Ao Nang, but it is above average, and only 50 baht. Put it this way, I order one every time I go there, it’s definitely a good coffee – just not what I’d call the best.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Clean and fresh feeling cafe
  • SUPER friendly staff and the eagerness for them to please the customer
  • Quality – WOW, so good to get a quality thai meal at closer to normal prices
  • Prices (very well priced and quite cheap)
  • The view – being one the beach front

What are the prices like?

They’d be some of the best you’ll find along the beach front in Ao Nang (possibly THE best)

Where are they located?

On the main beach road, about 200 meters from the Holiday Inn (heading west).

Sea Breeze Cafe & Bistro
4203, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81180

Opening Hours

10:000 am – 8:00 pm Every Day

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 9/10
    Location - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Food Quality - 8.5/10
  • 7/10
    Coffee Quality - 7/10
8.6/10

Lion & Shark | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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Cafe with a view! This place is a hidden gem in the Ao Nang area, and although not easy to notice walking by on the main street, it’s become pretty popular for the coffee and healthy breakfast lovers.

This cafe sits up on a second floor with an open lounge/balcony area where you can plonk yourself down on a cushion and take in the great mountain view of Ao Nang bay. It even has a cool little entrance where you literally walk up a steel ladder to enter…BUT…there is a more familiar method of entering as well, which involves walking up the hill a little more and simply walk straight in.

The whole upstairs area is open allowing the breeze to pass through, and because it’s well covered/shaded, even in the middle of a hot day, it’s quite fresh and peaceful upstairs so no need for the dry air of air-conditioners.

The cafe is very inviting and from the moment you walk in, you feel like you’re in a cozy chillout lounge room where all you want to do is sit back, relax, and maybe even have a little snooze 🙂

It’s always been nice and quiet too when I’ve been here. Other than the coffee machine grinding in the background, and a few people talking quietly amongst themselves, you really have your own little space here and a place to fully relax over a good cuppa’ or tasty dish from their food menu.

Their coffee is up there with the best in Ao Nang I think, but the price is a little higher than others. I generally get a cappuccino or latte for 90 baht from here, but you can get a piccolo latte for 80 baht…so that probably gives you an overall idea of all their coffee prices. If not – take a look at the image gallery, I snapped one of the coffee menu in there. Although the prices might be a little higher here, the ambience and view you take in from this place is something most of the others don’t offer…so…consider that, and they don’t make you feel unwelcome if you want to just chill there for a couple of ours and only order a drink or two.

The food menu looks delicious, and although I’ve only ever been to this cafe for the coffee, I see a lot of early birds coming in here for a healthy breakfast after a bike ride or walk, or simply just to start the day after waking up. Their food menu has a good range to choose from, and it’s reasonably priced as well, and I wouldn’t say it’s either pricey or cheap – I’d say it’s pretty much on par most other places serving quality food around here.

The other thing I love about these guys is their opening hours. They open at 7:30am,  hence why it’s a great spot for me, because I’m generally wanting a coffee around 7am-8am and it can be hard to find a place open in a lot places around Thailand. These guys not only open early, but they do amazing coffee as well – so Lion & Shark is a favourite for me.

If you’re in the Ao Nang area – check em out! They’re well worth the stop.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Quality coffee
  • The view
  • The Ambiance – super chillout zone!
  • Powerpoints and good WiFi

What are the prices like?

Higher than others – but consider the ambiance and view that comes with it. I think it’s well priced for what you get.

Where are they located?

Probably best to check out the map – it’s not an easy one to find from the main street. Keep your eyes out for a second floor terrace and there is a small sign that hangs out the front that you can see from the street. But that’s about all you’ll see. You’ll need hang a right (if ya heading towards the beach) up the hill (a driveway) for a few meters and then enter in from the side.

Lion & Shark
247 3, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81180

Opening Hours

7:30am – 10pm Every Day

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 8/10
    Location - 8/10
  • 7.5/10
    Price - 7.5/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee Quality - 10/10
8.5/10

Meet Up Cafe | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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Serving up one of the best coffee’s in Krabi and at a fraction of the price to its competition!

Meet Up Cafe & Bistro might not be the easiest place to get to if you’re here visiting and don’t have your own wheels to get around, but in saying that, perhaps you like your morning walks, and if that’s the case, this place makes a perfect halfway stop, as it’s only about 2-3 KM’s from the beach strip.

I’ve already been around most of the cafe’s here in Ao Nang, and other than “Cafe 8.98” (which I blogged about on my last visit here) there guys are up there in the top when it comes to quality coffee. I’ve tried their Cappuccino, their Latte and their Iced Americano, and all had a perfect kick without being too strong, and true taste of quality. I’ve also tried a couple of their dishes (Thai Dishes) and they’re well priced and good quality. I wouldn’t rate the food 5 star, but it’s what you would expect from a standard “quality” Thai restaurant…so maybe 4 stars.

I hadn’t planned for a coffee stop on my first visit here, rather I was going for drive around the back of town to take a look at some different scenery to the beaches (where we were spending most of our time). The drive around here is really nice…it’s quiet, fresh and full of nature (greenery, hills, forest). The cafe feels a little bit the same, it’s got a very “green house” feel to it (being made with full height glass walls and wooden furniture), a very “organic” or “natural” feel. There’s plenty of space too and a few dining area to choose from including the main front of the cafe (inside), an outdoor area, and a large back indoor area (well large enough). I’d say the whole place could seat around 50 people or so. But the large space and seating areas doesn’t mean it’s busy, in fact it makes it feel really quiet and much less busy than your Coffee Clubs and other cafe’s in the city. All visits to this cafe there’s only ever been around 10 people, but with the large amount of space, it makes it feel like the place is all yours. It was low season on my visit here, so perhaps in high season it’s a little busier…I’m sure it is.

There’s a good amount of staff working all the time too, so you get prompt service, and the preparation times for both food and coffee is pretty quick.

Price here for coffee is one of the cheapest as well in Ao Nang (for quality coffee anyway). There’s probably another 5 cafe’s around here that do an awesome coffee, and they all start from around 80 baht, and go up to around 120 baht, Bangkok prices basically. These guys do a coffee for around 65 baht.

Been here 3 times now, and probably be popping in here a few more times before we head off!

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Quality coffee
  • Price
  • Beautiful location and cafe
  • Good amount of power points and great WiFi

What are the prices like?

Pretty good, 65 baht for a quality coffee is something you can’t complain about.

Where are they located?

Probably best to check out the map – but here’s the address

Meetup Cafe & Bistro
323/1 ม5 ต อ่าวนาง | 81180 Ban Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

Opening Hours

10am – 9pm Every Day (except Mondays)

Closed on Monday

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 8.5/10
    Location - 8.5/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 9.5/10
    Coffee Quality - 9.5/10
  • 7.5/10
    Food Quality - 7.5/10
8.9/10

Anjana Coffee | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Another coffee roaster in Hua Hin!

Anjana – A coffee roaster, coffee machine supplier and Cafe just at the top of Hin Lhek Fai.

They’re certainly not new to Hua Hin (as they’ve been around for quite a while), but they were new to me today. They were actually recommended to me a couple of years back, and it was only today I decided to take a ride up their and check it out.

The shop itself has a nice outdoor area surrounded with plants and some water features, a main showroom area where you can see all their coffee machines, grinders, and coffee beans for sale, and then the cafe, which is an indoor air conditioned area able to to sit about 15 people.

I had a quick look through the shop to start with, and it was pretty impressive. A lot of quality coffee machines and grinders to choose from, and a good range as well (as far as price and quality goes). Most of the machines I thought were more suitable for a home or small cafe, but there’s some big beasts available as well. There was a HUGE selection of coffee beans, and all at very reasonable prices. I took a quick glance at a few bags and the prices were around 250 baht for a 500 gram bag, which is a very good price!

The cafe serves mainly drinks, however there are a few light snacks (sweets) to choose from that sit on the counter.

I ordered a cappuccino and a Mango smoothie. The cappuccino was definitely above average here and I’d say in the top 30% of coffee’s I’ve had in Hua Hin. A cappuccino can sometimes make any coffee taste good because the milk can hide the quality a little and so if it’s nice, thick, and creamy you might like the drink, but quality of coffee isn’t actually that good (eg. Starbucks – milk and syrup!). The quality of coffee really came through though, and that’s what I think makes a good cappuccino ie. being able to taste the quality of coffee in your cup and having a good kick to it.  The cost of a cappuccino here is 60 baht.

The mango smoothie was good as well – I’d asked for one without sugar and/or yogurt (I’m not sure if yogurt comes in it normally, but I asked for without anyway, as often they do), and the lady obviously listened well cause it was made perfect! The smoothie cups are pretty big too – definitely one of the larger sized smoothies I’ve ordered, and the cost is around 80 baht.

Overall I was pretty impressed the place and it actually exceeded my expectations before arriving here. It’s a damn good coffee, but still maybe a little out of the way for me to come just for a cup of coffee. It is worth the trip though if I’m gonna stock up on some coffee beans while I’m there as well though.

What did you like most about the place?

The freshly roasted beans – always love having a coffee from a place that roast their own beans.

What other features/facilities stood out?

The showroom – OK, it’s just another showroom, but it’s something to take a look at while you’re there.

What are the prices like?

Pretty good, 60 baht for a quality coffee is definitely a cheap coffee.

Where are they located?

Probably best to check out the map – but here’s the address

Anjana Coffee Roastery Hua-hin ( Coffee-Coffee Co.,Ltd.)
254 -254/1 M.15, Tambol: Hin Lhek Fai, Hua Hin Prachup Khiri Khan Thailand 77110

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 5/10
    Location - 5/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Food/Drink Quality - 8.5/10
7.8/10

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