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8 Bistro is a stylish fusion restaurant & bar near the main train station and Yamo Market in Korat. It opened in May 2015, and has become hugely popular in a short space of time, due to the unique menu, relaxed atmosphere and quality live music.
The bistro, bar and live music venue offers something new age in Korat's ever changing restaurant revolution. The kitchen is run by the same guys who do Hansa, the high end eatery in Korat's Old Town, as a new project with lots of exciting features.
It's not far from Hip Park, meaning that the bar scene of old is now being challenged with some cool and funky places that are in a more central location, near the train station, and a stone's throw from the Mall.
Inside the place has the urban chic feel of many of the new coffee shops that have cropped up all over town. A style that has now become synonymous with Korat's gastro scene. The brickwork and industrial décor give the place an almost Shoreditch feel, and the open interior with a mezzanine adds a nice European vibe to a well designed venue. On arrival, there are plenty of waitresses to see you to your table, all donning well branded 8 Bistro aprons.
The food menu is impressive because it is so different. It is handed to you on a clipboard, with a variety of sections, including salads, appetisers, Thai soups, other soups, mains (all with plenty of adjectives to give you help making your selection), puddings and a large drinks section.
We ordered the pulled pork nachos and mushroom soup, with garlic bread, which was a good lunch time feed, though I was a little jealous of some of the other orders I saw around the restaurant. The nachos had a slightly sweet BBQ sauce on them, which I would have rather been left off, but they came topped with shredded pulled pork, plenty of cheese - which had melted and then solidified perfectly - and jalapeños, with a sprinkle of Italian herbs on top. The mushroom soup was a little bland, but the garlic bread was a winner - you can't ever go wrong with garlic bread.
My eye is on the grilled Angus beef with mashed potato and sautéed vegetables with a pepper sauce next time for a nice dinner. The prices are more than we are used to in Korat, but for a decent cut of meat with a rare sauce and served in a different way, this place is worth a try. You will pay 300 plus for a main, but there is plenty to chose from and this should not be seen as an expensive place to eat, as you can take advantage of the lighter lunchtime menu.
For drinks, they have Paulaner on draught. There is also a selection of other premium beers and a large wine cellar. Ask what promotions they have on as they may be doing a special on draught beer. There is live music in the evenings, that is more upbeat than what is usually played in Hansa, with an acoustic guitar set starting from around 7:30pm, doing a medley of covers including a 90's indy set when we were there. They also host DJ nights and several other music evenings every now and then.
Overall, this place is perfect any time of the week for lunch or dinner with friends, work mates, dates or for the whole family.
The coffee is provided by Class Café.
8 Bistro info:
Open: 10:30am - midnight
Tel: 044 248 888
Please click for the 8 Bistro Facebook page.
Address: 9/8 Trok Saowtong, Mookamontri Road, Nai Muang, Korat, 30000
Directions: Leaving the front of St Mary's School turn left. Take the first left down a soi that leads to Mittraphap Road. Bistro 8 is on your left before you arrive at Yamo Market.