Never heard of ‘Kopitiam by Wilai’ before? Not a surprise… Since Thalang road changed from just an old busy street to a full scale tourist attraction, bars and restaurants started to appear like flies on honey. And thinking of it, it is a good thing! Well, I do have an opinion on the way those houses are renovated, too often looking like doll houses, but the oldest parts of Phuket town deserved to be kept alive and Kopitiam by Wilai took a smart approach.
So what can be better than walking down an old Sino Portuguese street and having the choice among several fun restaurants or just chill in one of these little cafes. In this part of Thalang road, Wilai and China Inn were always popular, each in its own way, and I often come to Wilai for a quick and easy lunch. Kopitiam, which is a the name given to coffee shops in Malaysia and Singapore, is in fact Wilai’s new creation. And once you walk by, you have to admire their sense of making a lot with very little.
What strikes the most right away at Kopitiam by Wilai, is this impression of looking at an old established Chinese shop… you know, the ones that don’t really have a style but ended up having their own exotic look by keeping all kinds of small bric a brac over the years. And it works… just observe how many people just stop, just for a glimpse or even a photo. Truth is, Kopitiam by Wilai is relatively new, and none of the decoration item is in fact expensive, it’s just done with sense and fun taste.
Food at Kopitiam by Wilai is inexpensive and good, like its elder sister ‘Wilai’, this restaurant specialize in Hokkien fried noodles (Hokkien Mee), thick or thin (mee hoon) and a good selection of classic Thai dishes such as the ever popular Pad Thai, Thai curries (Kaeng Khiew Wan) and Tom Yam. All prices are around 70 – 90 Baht. Open for lunch and dinner from 11 am to 10 pm, and the owner speaks good English.