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“Good live music, bad food and false signs” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of ELLA Bar & Bistro

ELLA Bar & Bistro
Ranked #70 of 548 Restaurants in Patong
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $9
Cuisines: Cafe, Bar, European, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: ELLA Bistro is a new, concept bar, restaurant, and boutique hotel.Aimed at tourists and locals alike who want more than the average fare, ELLA serves fresh, inspired cuisine in a setting to match. We look forward to serving you.Raising the Bar in Phuket's Patong City.Form follows function at our beautiful minimal design ELLA Bistro.Concrete truly lays the foundation, softened by reclaimed wood, reinforced by industrial steel finishes.We have serious coffee, and we truly love food.We have created a constantly evolving and changing menu.Music is as important to us as breathing.We don't want the ordinary.Our menu of Breakfast and lunch is served all day and evenings are about experiencing the other side - the cocktails matched with the atmosphere!Our ideas, thoughts, inspiration and ingredients come from our collective journey.
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Good live music, bad food and false signs”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

Went with my girlfriend. I had the sirloin steak, she the chicken breast. The steak was very overcooked, tiny and no good. Very greasy veggies followed. My girlfriends chicken was dry and tasteless. When we arrived there was a sign saying buy one get one free on all cocktails. Yet when we got our check, we had to pay full price for all (they said the offer was not valid after ten - the sign did not tell..). Only plus with this place is good live music. But without the buy one get one free offer it is to expencive. Will not go there again.

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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Per V
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ELLA2555, Owner at ELLA Bar & Bistro, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Hello,
Yes we recall your visit.
I'm sorry you thought our food didn't measure up. Usually we get compliments to the chef, but perhaps we dropped the ball with that one.
As for the cocktails, well the offer is buy one get one free of the SAME cocktail, not differing sorts. Regarding the offer's times, and sorry to bluntly differ on this point, but I don't know how else to respond - the sign clearly states 2pm to 10pm.
Enjoy your travels! :)
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“Great food, small servings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

The best food I have ever tasted. The chef is a genius. If you value quality over quantity then this is the place for you. Reasonably priced but not cheap. Staff are very friendly and provide good service. Live music was good - two men playing

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2 Thank ilyall
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ELLA2555, Owner at ELLA Bar & Bistro, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Wow! Wait till I tell my Chef that, it will make her day!
Feedback like this makes it all worth it.

Yes some menu items are a little more than the average Patong eatery, I think our priciest menu item is 350THB ($11AUD).
The guys that sing/play are quite good, but we also rotate our entertainment. A few different acts coimng up, and Mon./Tues. nights with our Diva; Ms. Arvie singing are worth the trip!

Thanks for the feedback !!
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“Fantastic food (especially the all day breakfast), cocktails and music! But nothing "local" about it. Also not cheap.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Fantastic food, especially the all day breakfast. Try the blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. Cocktails are great and nice music! But nothing "local" about it and a bit pricy.

A great little escape when you need a break from all things Thai.

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1 Thank VeronicaVK
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ELLA2555, Owner at ELLA Bar & Bistro, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Hello,
Thanks for your review.
Correct in saying we're not very local or in the usual scope of bars and restaurants in Patong. We figure there's room and it's time for a more contemporary style to enter the Patong scene. Much of our ideas and style come from our experiences in hospitality from within Bangkok's international scene.
In order to provide the style and standard of fare that we do some menu items are a little higher in price than the usual Patong eateries. I think our priciest menu item is 350THB/$11 AUD.

Thanks again, and we hope to see you soon !
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Hidden gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Stumbled across this place by accident whilst roaming around Patong. In short we were very pleasantly surprised. As first timers in Patong our experience with the food had been pretty poor with most normal places all offering the same generic fare so it was a very nice surprise to find Ella.
The building is very new and clean and reminded me a lot of home (Melbourne). Food and drinks were moderately priced however the quality and service far exceeded any similarly priced venues we'd been to before making it excellent value. So much so that we came back after lunch for dinner. Ella has a concise menu of contemporary dishes, none of that questionable Italian-Thai-French mash up found elsewhere, which were well cooked and portioned. I was also able to enjoy my first proper mojito in 3 months, big plus! Will definitely come back to Ella, probably not Patong.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank smjohnston
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ELLA2555, Owner at ELLA Bar & Bistro, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write an in-depth review.
I tend to agree with your views on there being a lot of generic fare in Patong, hence we strive to deliver a constantly evolving and improving menu. Soul food seems to be an underlying theme at the moment. The ribs and pork belly are proving very popular!
As for our drinks and cocktails we strive for no compromise: they are made properly, with care, and of course you made with the genuine articles.
Thanks again !!
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“Ella Bar & Bistro Patong Beach - Soi Post Office”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Fantastic place, we actually found it by accident on our second last day in Patong. Wondering aimlessly in the afternoon to find a quiet place to have coffee without being hassled. I recommend everyone to walk down all the SOI's in Patong. Great places hidden away from the main stream.

Owner was great and staff are friendly. Coffee and the eats were fantastic. I even got a tattoo whilst i was there (opposite Ella is a great Artist) great prices and a lovely tour desk lady (Pha).

If you want to either get a great meal, breakfast/lunch/dinner or want somewhere to meet up before going out or just be that place you do go out to its fantastic.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank youngoztravellers
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ELLA2555, Owner at ELLA Bar & Bistro, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Thanks for your great review !!

It's nice to hear feedback like this, it let's us know we're on the right track !

Thanks again, see you soon :)
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