China Inn Café and Restaurant

Restaurant China Inn 20 Thalang Road Phuket-Town 83000, Thailand Published on: 26-06-2016

11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Fine Dining
10.00 - 40.00 USD

China Inn Café and Restaurant is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
China Inn Phuket is the best Chinese Restaurant for Chinese food lovers. With the quaint atmosphere and the extensive menu, this restaurant will definitely satisfy your stomach.

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Why China Inn Café and Restaurant is special ?

Welcome to China Inn Café & Restaurant, a beautifully restored example of what people can do with a rundown old building if they possess dedication, patience and an unswervable vision. The restaurant stands in the heart of Phuket’s old town; a place brimming with history and tradition. This is where Phuket’s heart of commerce beat over 100 years ago when tin was in great demand and Chinese labourers flooded in from both north and south to fill the labour shortage on the island.

It took Supat "Noi" Promchan, the owner, and her husband two-and-a-half years to renovate and refurbish China Inn and by golly they did a good job. (Read more about Old Phuket Town and China Inn's renovation.

The inside features tastefully distributed classic memorabilia; a stone tile varnished floor adds a classic feel and in the corner by the bar stands a sensational antique Laos Buddha.

However, diners sit outside at China Inn and there it’s no less tastefully fitted out with antique fans, old framed Chinese advertising posters and ‘before and after’ photos of the building. Half of the Feng Shui-inspired backyard is comprised of spectacularly tall plants and it’s obvious that someone has green fingers around here.


There is a 13-label wine list evenly distributed between Old World and New World. Prices are reasonable and there is also a cocktail list.

Soft drinks are also sensibly priced at 40 baht each and in addition you can order various fresh juices and smoothies.


China Inn has an extensive Thai menu featuring all the classic dishes as well as an eclectic western menu. There are lovely touches to the presentation such as a vivid flower that comes with the spanking fresh prawn-based spring rolls (more like spring sticks) and dipping sauce.

The red duck curry is tasty and extremely colourful while a whole fish in a specially prepared tamarind sauce is prepared to perfection.

An all-in breakfast costs 220 baht while spaghetti and penne plates go for 280 baht. China Inn’s fare is reminiscent of home cooking (never a bad thing) and with the lovely décor and interesting atmosphere it really is a place with an individual feel to it.


Selling points

  • A charmingly Serene place
  • To be away from the beach
  • A small hidden gem in Phuket Center
  • Awesome Thai food in an equally awesome ambiance
  • Excellent tastefully prepared and delicous food


  • Main cuisine Thailand
  • Noise level Normal
  • Budget Medium
  • Alcohol YES
  • Air condition YES
  • Had kid menu YES
  • Accept credit card YES
  • Serve breakfast YES
  • Serve halal NO
  • Serve vegeterian YES
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343.45 USD
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China Inn 20 Thalang Road Phuket-Town 83000, Thailand

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Tips for you

  • Call 076-356239 if you want to secure one of the very few tables.
  • During the high season China Inn is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights but for the most part it is a day dining eatery and closes at 7pm unless you book beforehand for an evening group.
  • Keep in mind that it is closed on Sunday, travellers often forget that Phuket Town is pretty quiet on that day!
  • China Inn is located on 20, Thalang Road (between Wilai Restaurant and Kopitiam) and opens only for lunch, from Monday to Saturday.


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Authentic Chinese Thai decor plus good cuisine makes this place.

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My wife and I were walking by and were caught by the old character building and clean and nicely decorated interior. We decided to stop for lunch and enjoyed a wonderful meal. Would highly recommend the duck salad it was excellent. The chef has done a great job with the food and management has created a serene and charming place to enjoy a cool drink or a great meal inside or if not too hot outside in the quiet garden. A lovely place to visit while touring the old part of Phuket city.

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