I cruised around Lamai Beach on Visakha Bucha Day. All the money changers were closed for the national holiday and I was Bahtless. So I had to use a credit card to buy breakfast.
I went to the WW Will Wait Bakery & Restaurant and was greeted warmly upon arrival. After confirming that they accepted credit cards at all, a prominently displayed handwritten sign indicated that there was a 500 THB minimum for credit card purchases. I was up to the challenge.
The restaurant is pleasant and airy. The only patrons then were a Brit-Thai couple and an American honeymoon(?) couple. I opted for a table in the middle within the range of two rotating fans and a direct line of sight to the flat screen television hanging on the wall.
I first ordered a cheese and tomato omelette and Illy coffee. The omelette was fine in appearance and texture. But it was remarkably bland. It was almost devoid of taste. It was as if the cook had washed all the taste out of the ingredients before cooking.
I later concluded that this is the norm. When a farang orders a farang dish, it is prepared without any taste. When a farang orders a Thai dish, it is prepared with very little of the flavors that are the very reason some people want to travel to Thailand - to try authentic, high-octane Thai food.
After butchering the Thai language for a while, and the waiter butchering English, it appeared he wanted to make sure my omelette wasn't too spicy and I wanted to liven it up a bit. We finally connected on the phrase "chili sauce". Problem solved.
But I still hadn't crossed the 500 THB minimum threshold, so I couldn't leave restaurant.
As it was almost 8:30 a.m., I thought it would be okay to start drinking. So I ordered Singha beers and Lop Gai (Pet!). The waiters almost instantly warmed up to the indulgent farang guy. The Lop Gai was excellent and the Sing-Lek even better. The taste difference was dramatic. Like Anthony Bourdain says, "it's like discovering new colors from a box of crayons you never knew existed before."
A beer or two later and I had crossed the 500 THB finish line with flying colors.
There are a few caveats and comments I would like to share with the readers. First, I hope you don't mind dogs in the restaurant. There are about three dogs that appear to be house pets to the restaurant owners or cooks. One of the cooks walked around the kitchen holding and petting a small puppy. A larger black dog has the run of the place, but spent most of the time resting by the beverage fridge in the kitchen.
I didn't have a big problem with the house dogs in the restaurant. Where I got a little queasy is when the house dogs interacted with the Soi Dogs sprinting up and down the main street.
Second, there are quite a few waiters lounging around the bar with nothing to do but text and watch videos on their mobile phones. This is probably a sign of the times, and generationally true everywhere around the globe, but I still think workers should be doing something productive while they're on the clock.
Management ought to get those waiters working by taking advantage of the ideal location of the WW Will Wait Bakery. The bakery-restaurant is perfectly situated on the pleasant easement between the main road running through Lamai and to Lamai Beach itself. The airy restaurant opens up nicely onto the easement; and there is some dude tending interesting birds and bird cages along the side of the restaurant facing the easement. You can't help but stop and watch what he's doing.
I can't quite remember if another TA poster had this idea, but the WW ought to use its bakery-restaurant to cater breakfast, lunch and snacks to the tourists who are walking along the easement down to the beach. Use the bakery goods and restaurant areas to make picnic baskets or 'to go' meals for the tourists. Throw in a bottle of sparkling water, wine, or other beverage and French it up a bit. For all the big fat Russian families wobbling down to the beach, throw in some pirogis or vodka. Anyway, there's a golden opportunity here to take advantage of the restaurant location.
All in all a good meal at a good restaurant. Glad I went there.
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