Beef Chili Nachos @ Rustic Barista

Rustic Barista is a cute little coffee shop and restaurant that is run by a lady with a Mexican father, in the Sanam Keelar area of town between Thanon Chang Pueak (the road with Maharat Hospital) and Suranarai Road (the road with Rajabat University). It's a bit tricky to find, but when you get there, you are in for a treat.

The restaurant is a small place on the side of a house, with some nice seating, but there is no air con. It has some retro looking furniture and very cool fancy coffee making equipment that must have cost some money and taken some finding. Some of it looks like chemistry equipment from a school lab!

They have made a reputation for themselves by making a really good toasted Cuban sandwich. They have followed this up with a special new Beef Chili Nachos, which got my mouth watering when I first saw the photos online, and I was not disappointed at all. At a measly 120 Baht, it is value for money, yumm-diddly-umptious and they use a fantastic array of non-Thai ingredients. Served in a wicker basket, the nachos (assumed to be from Fresh Mart) are generously topped with sour cream, tomato salsa, a lovely spicy beef chili, white onion, jalapeños, squeezy-cheeze and paprika. It is awesome! You also get a small bowl of auxiliary salsa with tomatoes, lime and coriander to top up your nachos when you have made a dent on the initial topping.

Don't expect a restaurant experience. It's a relaxed place with a couple working on making this into a cool cafe. They are doing their part, now get down there and try it out.

If you are looking for a drink, the coffee menu is illustrated so you won't need a degree to decipher all the adjectives and foreign words. They also do Italian sodas.

Opening hours

Monday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Wednesday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm 
Closed on Tuesdays

Tel: 0918304754, 0877119887

Please click for the This is Cup Facebook page.

Address: 519 Soi Sanam Keelar Klang 3, Ban Ko, Korat

Directions: Head up Chang Peuak Road and turn right at the traffic lights (where you would turn left to go to Maharat Hospital). There is a light blue Krung Thai Bank on your right hand side. Straight ahead of you at Suan Mon School, the road turns left, and then you pass a mosque on your left hand side. 

A little further up, there is a Family Mart and the road veers right. Take the right and then take the immediate left down the first small soi (Soi Keelar Klang 3). You will pass a 5-a-side football pitch on your right and then see a sign for Rustic Barista. It is on your left. You've finally made it!

You can also try to find it on the What's On Korat's interactive map (use the 'restaurant' layer and look just east of Maharat Hospital).


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