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    Mukdahan Farang Eatery

    G'Day everybody. I have heard [roundabout way] that there is a very good restaurant in Mukdahan that serves Farang food from an understandable menu. Any comments and / or directions of how to get there would be appreciated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEP View Post
    G'Day everybody. I have heard [roundabout way] that there is a very good restaurant in Mukdahan that serves Farang food from an understandable menu. Any comments and / or directions of how to get there would be appreciated?

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    PEP,
    I was at this restaurant in Dec last year. Very nice setup with a swimming pool overlooking the Mekong River. Directions to get there are easy. From the riverside markets (starting at the ferry terminal) just drive downstream along the same road as the market and after about 4 or 5 kms just as you think you are going into the bush you will see a sign in english for steak house or B and B. Turn left there and go as far as you can without getting wet and its on the left. You cant miss it as it is a huge flash building. Just walk through the big glass doors or walk around the house to the pool area. Prices are reasonable and food very good.
    Enjoy

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    Question mukdahan restuarant

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEP View Post
    G'Day everybody. I have heard [roundabout way] that there is a very good restaurant in Mukdahan that serves Farang food from an understandable menu. Any comments and / or directions of how to get there would be appreciated?

    PEP {Not from Phuket}

    PEP,
    I was at this restaurant in Dec last year. Very nice setup with a swimming pool overlooking the Mekong River. Directions to get there are easy. From the riverside markets (starting at the ferry terminal) just drive downstream along the same road as the market and after about 4 or 5 kms just as you think you are going into the bush you will see a sign in english for steak house or B and B. Turn left there and go as far as you can without getting wet and its on the left. You cant miss it as it is a huge flash building. Just walk through the big glass doors or walk around the house to the pool area. Prices are reasonable and food very good.
    Enjoy

    Thanks SEZZO,
    I have visited the Markets previously so with your directions should be able to get there OK.
    I have only had brief reports about the menu. Any details? Obviously you hava been there. Is it worth the drive up there. Not interested in the swimming pool!

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    Mukdahan Manor, Waterfront Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

    I'm sure we had a report about it on TD, but I'll be buggered if I can find the place.

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    Looks pretty good that.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I'm sure we had a report about it on TD
    We have, I remember seeing the photos of it, probably have to try searches with the word Mukdahan spelt wrong

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    I thought Sabang went there, but I looked in his excellent Mukdahan / Roi Et thread and it wasn't there.

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    I think Memock stayed there

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    Quote Originally Posted by palexxxx View Post
    Gday Peter,

    Yes that is the place. Looking forward to going there for a feed again when I am back permanently in Dec this year. Great food and great outlook.

    Carl

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    Looks like a nice place. Any tried the food there?

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    i thought mukdahan was full of ganja and guns?

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    And parents wanting to sell their almond skinned, high cheekboned daughters.

    All in all not a bad place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    I thought Sabang went there, but I looked in his excellent Mukdahan / Roi Et thread and it wasn't there.
    Na mate, but thanks for the flattery you smooth talker you.
    http://teakdoor.com/north-east-thail...nd-roi-et.html (Mukdahan and Roi Et)

    I'm determined to go there when I'm next in Muk. I tried to go there once before, but twattishly looked upriver rather than downstream for the place. When I finally get it right, I'll add it to the thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    I thought Sabang went there, but I looked in his excellent Mukdahan / Roi Et thread and it wasn't there.
    Na mate, but thanks for the flattery you smooth talker you.


    I'm determined to go there when I'm next in Muk. I tried to go there once before, but twattishly looked upriver rather than downstream for the place. When I finally get it right, I'll add it to the thread.
    This Restaurant is called The Waterfront-Song Fung Khong and is located in the B&B known as Mukdahan Manor. It's about 3kl south of the Indo-china market down the river road. This is the only true western food restaurant in Muk and was recently Awarded by The Governor of Mukdahan- The BEST RESTAURANT 2011. This was judged by the Health Department and city council Officials. As you will see in the Pictures it has a great Cocktail Bar which is fully stocked with a selection that isn't available anywhere for 100's of kilometers. It is the Best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoratChef View Post
    Looks like a nice place. Any tried the food there?
    I went there twice in Dec10/Jan11 when I was back home on holidays and both times the food and service was great and reasonably priced. I am moving back to Ubon in early Dec and will definately be back there for another feed.

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    Finally...

    ... made it here. Got lost again though, but at least I was headed in the right direction this time. Mukdahan Manor is indeed pretty much 3km south of the Indochine markets, along the river road. Squint, and look for this sign- because I managed to miss it.





    Mukdahan Manor is an upmarket B & B as well as housing a restaurant, and it certainly looks the part. 1200 bht gets you a velly nice room, and breakfast for two- which I would assume would be a rather robust brekkie rather than a couple of slices of toast, but I'll leave Don to confirm that. Decent website too-
    Mukdahan Manor, Waterfront Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

    As mine affable host Don has pointed out, The Waterfront restaurant won the Best Restaurant 2011 in Mukdahan. I guess it doesn't do any harm that the Provincial Governor, big bad Police chiefs, and other local dignitaries frequent the place- the kind of folk that have bodyguards. The day we popped in for lunch however, it was mercifully quiet. If you're looking for upmarket ambience and good western dining in Mukdahan, I'd say it's the only game in town actually.

    Nice place too- it's not hard to see why it has carved a niche amongst the Mukdahan heavyweights.







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    Now any place that holds aspirations to being upmarket Must have a well stocked bar. Ohh baby....




    A Bar like that drives you to drink, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Two high scores achieved in this department. Firstly, I was in a white wine mood. Well, in Isaan you might just find a white, but it will pretty much always be a chardonnay, or something out of a bladder- and on tasting it, you generally wonder who's bladder. But to my pleasant surprise, they also had an Aussie riesling by the bottle- and that really hit the spot. They only sell wine by the bottle, so you'll get nothing out of a bladder here.

    After the meal, I went to the bar to have a chat with Don- he used to operate upmarket gaff's in the Gold Coast, so he's got quite the background in F&B. And there, winking at me, was a Cockburns tawny port! Now you rarely if ever see port out and about in Isaan, never mind a Cockburns. They slid down very nicely indeed, thank you. Back in my bad old days, I used to be nicknamed the port monsta. Carrying all this stock, upmarket bars feel well justified in charging thru' the nose, but not here- the port was a very reasonable 140bht for a proper Port measure- not a paltry liqueur measure like they fob you off with in so much of Thailand, and this Governors pleasure is more than half a measure. The riesling, well I forget, but that means it must have been quite reasonable- maybe Don can help me out if he reads this thread. Being close to the Friendship bridge certainly has it's benefits. Anyway, Waterfront passes the bar test with flying colors.

    But what about the Food?

    This is only the 'main page' of the menu. For a full menu, go to the website linked above- considerably more readable too. The fish menu should get you salivating. If you have a stubborn spouse or girlfriend, there is a Thai menu too.





    The first thing I noticed is it was quite reasonably priced, I mean for a nice place like this you would have to say it represents thoroughly decent value. If, like many an Aussie, you hanker after lamb from time to time and are stranded in remote Isaan, make a beeline here- Don takes particular pride in his lamb, as well he should being an Aussie. He shared with me his 'experience' trying lamb at a fairly well known Ubon eatery, and thats the thing- if you can even find lamb in a restaurant around here it's usually very mediocre, because they have no idea what to do with it (and gawd knows how long it has been in the freezer). My next trip (and I will return) I'll probably be heading up to feast on some lamb, but today I just wasn't in the mood strangely.

    We had a bit of an eclectic mix of dishes, and happily dabbled in each others food-

    The NZ greenlip mussels with melted mozzarella were delicious, as were the steamed Tassie scallops with a spicy sauce- the spicy sauce was particularly nice, just right on the spice side and with more of a 'gingery' characteristic than in equivalent sauces I've tried elsewhere. The smoked salmon w/ asparagaus and wasabi was quite sublime- really, one of the better ones that I have had. All exceedingly well matched with that riesling, of course.


    For mains, mrs ordered a ribeye and I ordered duck a l'orange. I'm feeling a bit sorry I took no shots of the food, but with the ambience of the place and Don's background in F&B I'm sure you will believe me that it was all well presented. The ribeye was certainly very nice and tasty- but my wife (who knows her steak) had a slightly quizzical look on her face when she tried it. I tried, and had to agree- the texture was more reminiscent of a sirloin than a ribeye. Whether that was a 'mix up', or whether we actually did try a 'ribeye with a sirloin like texture' really doesn't matter though- because it was still very good and cooked to perfection, so we weren't about to complain. The duck breast was nice too, but having tried many an orange sauce I prefer a sourer more 'citrusy' flavor- this was on the sweet side (although not cloyingly so like some awful versions). Anyway, it's a solid seller amongst an upmarket clientele- if the sauce was done 'my style' it would not sell anywhere near as well amongst the sweet toothed Thai. And I did enjoy it.

    So, thats it. Yes, I'll definitely be back- most definitely. Might even overnight there if he sells me on the breakfast. Next time I'll book, and come a bit better groomed than my unshaven self on the day- if the local dignitaries had been around (and they quite often are), I would have felt somewhat shamefaced. Don does a slow cooked lamb shank that particularly attracted my attention- and it would be a good idea to book and order these in advance.

    Basically, if you want to try good western food in a nice environment, it is here you should head to- there is nowhere else doing it on the same level in Mukda or nearby in Isaan. Even the four star hotels tend to do a sketchy job of western food, when you are in the Provinces. It certainly won't break the bank either, although of course if you want a big, kickass steak and a generous serve of lamb, you will pay more. But heck, it's worth it. The term upmarket applies, but not in a stuffy sense- it is quite informal. Think of it as a good bistro, perhaps. If Don is around (usually), I'm sure he'll be happy to discuss the food with you too, maybe even sell you some of that Port.
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    Luckily, I've got a gob full of English breakie, or I'd be seriously considering a drive out there post haste!

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    Was in Mukdahan for a night two days ago. Forgot about this place though.

    Did find a good place by the boulevard with nice Shrimp Tempura and icy cold beer though. Even had a waitress who was quite competent and showed signs of basic human intelligence. T'was quite surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao
    Even had a waitress who was quite competent and showed signs of basic human intelligence.
    Don't lie!

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    She was probably shipped in from Laos.

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    Sabang,

    You described this place perfectly as I had remembered it last dec/jan. We are back in Thailand permanently in 4 weeks so will make sure it is on the list of things to do with a few of the other guys from Khemarat.

    Thanks for the memories

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    ^ Good stuff Sezz, cheers. We live between Trakhan and Ubon. As you enter Trakhan from the Khemmarat side, there is a small farang place on the right called Pineapple, which is good for a beer and the mrs there does a particularly nice pepper sauce, so I guess you should have some grilled meat with that. No doubt I'll be seeing you down at NJoy one of these days too.

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    Sabang,

    I was told about the Pineapple place last week when a mate from Khemarat who is presently in Oz was visiting. I will have to drop in there one day. We are living about 3 kms outside Khemarat but will probably move to Ubon during the week for the young blokes schooling. I will drop you a line when I get back and maybe we can catch up for a coldie.

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