The China Inn is one of those shops where you "ooh" and "awe" once you pass the threshold of the Chinese double-layered wooden doors and beautifully lacquered windows, and that
was the effect the proprietor Supat "Noi" Promchan wanted. She combines an antique shop with a cafe/restaurant in a renovated building located in the charming historic Sino-Portuguese part of Phuket Town, a must stop on any walking tour of the old city. Noi, a Phuket native, went to secretarial school in Bangkok,
but found her way back in Phuket Town working as a saleswoman for a German who ran an antique shop there. After a while she decided she wanted to go into business on her own using the network of antique and textile agents she developed. Serendipity struck when walking down Talang Road, she discovered an old building she had known since childhood was up for lease, she jumped at the opportunity and two years later the renovated China Inn was open for business.
Noi is big on lacquer wear and she sources most of her items from Myanmar, she also has a wide range of textiles and embroided jackets
from China, sarongs from Penang, and a number of Thai antiques. Noi spent some time in Bellagio in Italy's Lake Como area, an area known for its silk production and trendy shops.
It was where her vision for the China Inn was crystallized.
Noi's grandmother was a big influence on her as she collected textiles worn by high-society ladies of her day and she also spent a lot of time preparing traditional cuisine. The China Inn's menu includes grilled duck breast with tamarind sauce, smoked salmon salad, spicy pork salad, Thai-style noodles with crab, massaman curry with duck,
fried rice with crab, pomelo salad and spaghetti with crab. Noi tries to use as many natural ingredients as possible in her dishes and the restaurant can hold up to 30 people.
China House was named "house of the year" by Baan Lae Suan magazine and Noi received a conservation award from Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2008. The King and Queen of Sweden have
even paid her a visit, maybe you should too.
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-6pm, Thur-Sat 11am-11pm (in high season)
Location: 20 Thalang Rd, Phuket Town,
Tel: 076-356-239, E-mail: