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“Informative and Cordial FuzzyKen's - Udon Thani” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fuzzy Ken's

Fuzzy Ken's
Opposite Central Plaza, Udon Thani, Thailand
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Ranked #43 of 95 Restaurants in Udon Thani
Cuisines: English
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UK
2 reviews
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“Informative and Cordial FuzzyKen's - Udon Thani”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

It really does, of course depend on what you are looking for in your travels or your life (might that be the same thing?) but there is a medium-sized establishment in the centre of Udon Thani that might just help you along the way; certainly while you are visiting the area that is. It is called Fuzzy Ken’s and is so named because the proprietor’s name is Ken and the “fuzzy” appears to be in some way connected by description of his hair.

Fuzzy Ken’s is a bar, restaurant and secondhand paperback bookstore and not necessarily in that order, again depending on what your interests are. The majority of his clientele is anglophile, middle-aged(and above) males but I have, in my visits, seen a variety of other types including elephants although that, I am delighted to say, was not the most surprising thing I have discovered there. That would have to be Ken’s willingness to accommodate all with an easy-going, helpfully informative and often boyish good-humour style although when really pressed his good naturedness might wain slightly while he reveals that not all might be so equally welcome all the time: such as, for example, those elephants. He is usually more than prepared to take time to explain his view of a matter should you ask his opinion and his inside information usually provides an extremely useful starting point on any subject that you may wish to know about in the Udon area.

Everything in our world is relative of course but from many comparable perspectives the food and drink on his menu are offered at very reasonable prices. His bar staff have always been very cordial to me and one customer meaningfully pointed out to me the other day how seldom the staff change compared with other bars and restaurants. His menu is exclusively western (perhaps could be described as transport café style) but providing you are a genuine customer then he doesn’t mind if you or a member of your group also bring something in from elsewhere to eat.

There is one extra dimension of importance and that is his book service. Ken is very attached to his position as a provider of secondhand paperbacks and recently acquired something like 3000 additional books to add to his already very extensive collection. If you still prefer the old-fashioned book in-hand to read over the modern computer-data format then Ken is probably now the only serious provider of English second-hand paperbacks in town.

One more thing that I find to be quite a plus: the establishment is located very centrally, immediately opposite the main entrance to the modern and imposing shopping mall know as Central Plaza and less than 5 minutes to the central bus and railway stations.
Thanks Ken!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Pattaya, Thailand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Relaxing Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

This place is more of a bar than a restaurant although they do serve food.

It is primarily an ex-pat hangout where guys go to have a few beers during the afternoon and evening.

Very good prices and Ken the owner is a great host.

I visited four times during my five day stay as it is directly across from the main entrance to Central Plaza mall.

Closed Sundays.

Visited September 2013
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yuci
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“Fuzzys not Scuzzy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is not a flash joint. It's a bar cafe that incarnates as the hours slip by into a hangout for the mostly older expatriate clientele in Udon Thani.Here you can get a cup of tea or instant coffee.No Italian expresso stuff.There's a 1960s caff English feel- the baked beans are poised to leap onto the plate.
I had the big breakfast and it was good.Sausage, bacon, egg, toast, baked beans. Ample and tasty.With a cup of tea tossed in. Not cheap but good.
The best thing about this place is the friendly staff. They really helped me when I needed to get a cheap tuk tuk. Went on the phone for me when I had to arrange to meet some Thai people.
This place is in maybe on of the best locations in Udon right opposite central plaza.
Ken is a Londoner who's a fount of information about Thailand.
This place is an institution.Well worth a visit.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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