Uraiwan “Waeo” Voute first opened The Lunchroom three and a half years ago as a way to spend more time with her children, compared to her previous job as a busy dive tour guide.
The Lunchroom, just opposite the Kathu waterfall road and next to Grizzly’s sports bar, is a relaxing restaurant that many Phuket-based expats use as their local hangout.
Khun Waeo first moved to Phuket in 1996 to work as a trainee waitress but
soon began assisting tour groups and and managing the day-to-day running of a busy dive shop in Kamala.
“With two young children, it was very full on. I soon realised I had to start something of my own, and I’ve always loved eating,” she says with a laugh.
What began as a small coffee shop with cakes and snacks is now a full blown restaurant, which was expanded considerably when Khun Waeo took over the shophouse next door.
The restaurant is open air, with matching rattan furniture, and a nice view of
the nearby Kathu bush.
“It’s not really fancy, but it is very comfortable. Many people come here because they feel welcome.”
The menu is a mix of Thai and European dishes, including chicken with cashews (B100), cordon bleu (B250 and made fresh every day), and spaghetti carbonara (made with real cream, B150).
Khun Waeo also offers half portions, meaning people can easily mix and match
their favourite foods. However, she’s most well known for her Australian beef burgers and ‘Lunchroom curry’, chicken breast filled with cheese and topped with a
yellow curry sauce. “It’s a great combination.”
The Lunchroom is open every day except Sunday, from 7am to 11pm (kitchen is open until 10pm). There is also free wi-fi, and computers available for customers.
The Lunchroom, 9/96, Moo 6, Kathu, 076-323-772, 081-956-3166, firstname.lastname@example.org