Well, if only we had time to wait. Meanwhile, we will relax and unwind and enjoy the slower pace of life at Kopitiam by Wilai, in Old Phuket Town.
It's the Phuketwan Best of Phuket Top Value Restaurant of the Year 2013.
Rush on if you must to the beach club. We have discovered that at heart we are seriously old fashioned, particularly when it comes to prices. Good eating is certainly possible all over Phuket these days.
But good eating at 1960s prices? OK, maybe we exaggerate just a little. Perhaps the prices are like the decor, a little last century . . . but we're happy to go along with that.
So many restaurants and even places that don't deserve the name are charging more with each passing day that it's a pleasure to find an exception like Kopitiam by Wilai, where time stands still. And fortunately, so do the prices.
There was one good value restaurant on Phuket that we enjoyed this year until a bottle of Singha beer suddenly increased overnight from 60 baht to 90 baht. We won't be going back.
At Kopitiam by Wilai, the prices remain as traditional as the menu. It's a gem, and we hope it stays that way.