Eating in Phuket - Lunch at China Inn Cafe

I've read so much about China Inn Cafe & Restaurant before I went to Phuket that it was right on the top of my "must-go" list. I went there for lunch on my first day, not long after I touched down. The cafe is located on Thalang Road, one of the most popular old streets in Phuket Town. Naturally it is in an old shophouse.

The old building has been very nicely restored. I read that the restaurant is run by a husband and wife team, but didn't get to meet them. At the front just after you enter is a gallery selling Asian artifacts. There are some nice collections here. In the middle there is a light-well like in typical old shophouses, and next to it is the cafe. The dining area is at the back, just before the kitchen which is in a separate out-building. The al fresco dining area faces a small garden. It is really nice and cozy.

The menu offers traditional Thai dishes and some eclectic Western dishes. Since I was in Thailand, I decided to go for Thai. I ordered a Prawn and Green Mango Salad, Green Curry and Tom Yum Soup - you could say these are the triumvirate of Thai cuisine.

The Tom Yum Soup came first. It was very good - a nice balance of sour, hot and saltiness. The seafood was extremely fresh.

Next came the Prawn and Green Mango Salad. Again, very nicely done. The prawns were sweet and crunchy - cooked just right. The dressing was a near perfect combination of sweet, salty and sour - it was also very light and did not overwhelm the taste of the fresh ingredients.

The Green Curry - one of my favourite Thai dishes, did not disappoint. It was a bit mild, probably tuned more to a tourist palate, but still very flavourful. you could taste the freshness of the ingredients, like they were probably just picked in the morning.

The food at China Inn Cafe is very good. Pricing is on the high side, but you do have to pay for quality. I would highly recommend that you give it a try.


looks really well done! must be the Thai touch. Are there similar places in Kuching yet?
Borneoboy said…
There are a few Thai places in town, but they are still not up to Thailand standards. Have you tried Longrain in Melbourne ? Really good Thai food !
yes i have on several occasions, i do find the seasonings little too heavy handed for my liking :(
maricar said…
The foods looks So pleasing to the eyes and definitely pleasing to taste. Love it!

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