I noted from previous posts remarking that the food is not authentic Thai. The owners in fact are Thai Chinese of Hakka origin that originally ran (and still do) the Chinese medical hall next door. Historically, Phuket has close social and business links to Penang Island and hence it explains the Hokkien signage “kopitiam” meaning coffeshop and also the fact that it serves Chinese-Peranakan influence cuisine alongside its Thai offerings.
The quality of cooking was excellent and the dishes well-presented despite being a casual eatery. My family and I ordered Pad Thai, Seafood Salad with Woonsen, BBQ pork and salted egg with rice and Northern Thai Dip (Nam Prik Ong, I think). As a repeat visitor to Phuket, Wilai is probably in terms of price-quality one of my top choices.
After lunch, we ordered mango sticky rice and some Peranakan cakes (there was kuih talam and something with coconut ice-cream crowning it). Again, it was quite memorable.
Considering the lunch time crowd, the service was fairly prompt but if you feel the wait is rather long, spare a few unhurried minutes to enjoy the vintage photos of Phuket that adorn the walls.
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