The culinary scene in North Melbourne is gradually developing in the most recent years with a diverse range of eateries and cuisines to choose from. One of them is Udom House, which serves authentic Thai food and beverages that always look super appetizing whenever I see people sharing photos of them on social media.
Even though Thai restaurants is scattered everywhere across the nation, it is yet still uncommon to find a cafe that serves Thai food and Thai coffee. That’s what mostly sets Udom House apart from other cafes in Melbourne and what drives me to tick it off from my to-go list.
I went there to catch up with Kayli a couple of weeks back, and this is how our afternoon went.
The first time I stepped into Udom House, I felt like I was visiting a friend’s home rather than a cafe. According to what I read online, the owner—Aum Pithakphon—lives just right above the premise. This would explain the choices of furniture, books, pictures and other knick-knacks around the place. They might be private possessions of Aum herself.
The front-of-house staff greeted us with a smile and handed us menus and tap water right away. I scanned the area; I think they could probably host around 25 people inside, and 6 others outside. The corner where there’s a sofa by the big Monstera plant is definitely my favorite corner of Udom House.
UDOM HOUSE MELBOURNE Menu
As a highly visual person, it’s quite challenging for me when a cafe/restaurant provides only written menus with no visuals because I often can’t tell what the dish will look like. Furthermore, Udom House uses Thai terms for each food and beverage which makes it even harder to understand.
Oftentimes, we’ll see photos of dishes on their social media but won’t be able to find them on the menu because there is no indication of which photo corresponds to which dish. So it definitely took us a while to do the ordering because of this, and I also ended up getting the wrong drink as well.
Ga Phrao Nuer ($16.8)
Out of curiosity, I asked if they could cook the dish without garlic, and they accepted my request happily. To be honest, I don’t mind garlic in a dish as long as it’s not too pungent or present. But because this was Asian cuisine–Thai specifically–I just wanted to make sure beforehand. After all, all I really want is to enjoy the food.
I actually really liked how it turned out; it was cooked well and packed some heat. I can handle my spice, but this dish had me sweating and my nose running. But I really loved it! The Thai chili peppers added the perfect amount of kick that I wanted in the dish. Even the staff was surprised that I ate all of them! Apparently, most customers pick out the chili and leave them on their plates.
Hor Mhok Yang ($16.8)
I tried a little bit of Kayli’s dish and it really reminded me of Pepes Ikan from Indonesia. She also said that Malaysia, her home country, also has a similar dish. Flavour-wise, this meal was on the spicier side as well for her, but she enjoyed it thoroughly.
Es Yen ($7)
My drink on the other side was really not hitting the spot. On the menu, it says,
"It's a Thai signature coffee drink shaken in ice. Sweet & mellow. The silky foam on top makes it so easy to drink." All I could taste was a really watery milky coffee and it was weak, it was not strong, sweet, or foamy. I really didn’t know what had happened there.
Yok Lor Iced ($5)
Overall, I enjoyed our time in Udom House. It’s fairly easy to get to, we received a warm & friendly service. The food was great, though the coffee was a bit disappointing, but maybe I happened to order the wrong one.
I just wished they’d come up with a visual menu to make the ordering process easier for people who are not familiar with Thai cuisines, especially for the drinks. Other than that, it was a lovely afternoon spent in Udom House.
What do you think about this place? Have you been here before? Let me know in the comment section below! Thank you for reading today’s post and I’ll see you on my next one. xo
- Udom House, North Melbourne
- Operation Hours :
- Wed – Fri : 7:00 AM – 03:00 PM
- Sun – Mon : 7:00 AM – 03:00 PM
- Saturday : 09:00 AM – 03:30 PM
- Tuesday : CLOSED
- Type : Cafe
- Price : $
- Coffee : Thai / Padre
- Cuisine : Thai
- Alcohol : No
- Dessert : Pastry
- Indoor Capacity : +-23
- Outdoor Capacity : +-6
- RSVP : Walk – in
- Waiting Time : 15+ minutes
- Toilet : Yes
- Wifi : Not sure
- Vegan / Vegetarian : Available