Two Soul mates on a lunch date at Café Waya Phuket
Our lunch date today was at Café Waya a spacious, delightful café at the Boat Avenue in Bang Tao. The name “Waya” is derived from the business partners Suwapak and Suwanya, friends who for years dreamt of opening their own café in Phuket (after they came up with the name they learned it meant “wolf” in native American).
What they have created is a spacious café with interesting artwork and plenty of seating. It was great to be seated far enough away from the next table that you could not overhear the conversation even if you tried!
This café certainly attracts a lunchtime crowd and it was buzzing with activity when we entered.
In Phuket it’s sometimes difficult to find a café that has good coffee, homemade cakes, a menu with Thai and western dishes that is child friendly. Café Waya has covered all these bases. A large all-day breakfast menu is complemented by pastas, salads, sandwiches, soups, several Thai specialties and a children’s menu.
For a starter I had the pumpkin soup. My lunch partner opted for the Goong Sarong (prawns in vermicelli). We were informed that these are made fresh to order and that they would take a few extra minutes to prepare. The soup was quite light and not overly creamy, just as I like it. It was served with a large slice of toast. The prawns were definitely worth the wait – a large serving of tender prawns in a delicious crispy noodle coating, accompanied by a tangy mayonnaise.
For mains, we opted the lunchtime favourites, the spinach quiche and the chicken quesadillas. The individual quiche had a crisp short crust pastry with a filling packed full of spinach and a mild cheddar cheese, served with a simple side salad with balsamic dressing. The quesadillas were served with separate dishes of guacamole and fresh salsa. They both hit the spot
The generous servings for starters and mains meant we were too full for dessert much to our chagrin as we had heard that Suwanya’s chocolate caramel brownie is a local favourite. The carrot cake, scones, and raspberry crumble on display all looked delicious.
The coffee at Waya is sourced from several different northern Thai hill tribes. It was as good a coffee as is served in Phuket. There was also a large selection of teas and other drinks at Waya.
Whether you feel like a relaxing over a coffee, or something more substantial to eat, you will not leave Café Waya disappointed.
Café Waya is open from 8am till 6 pm 7 days a week.