Pinolatte is a new resort and cafe in Khao Kho, and easy to stop by if visiting the stunning Wat pha sorn kaew (temple) nearby. The cafe is perched on a hill further up the mountain from the temple, it’s distinctive cargo-container style buildings help it stand out against the green hills.
The cafe has a large open terrace with outdoor seating, as well as a few seats inside. Quirky styling includes outdoor tables which spin to raise up and down, skateboard tracks as door handles and the buildings themselves made to look like industrial shipping containers.
The menu included fresh mango – super sweet and tasty, lemon tart, chocolate brownie, waffles and a big selection of macarons. We tried the lemon tart which did not disappoint, others had the homemade chocolate waffles and everyone had to try the mangos! The coffee was excellent, and for those who fancy something else, Italian sodas (a kind of layered fruit flavoured soda, very refreshing), smoothies and milkshakes were also on offer.
Mr had no choice once he spotted the caramelised banana milkshake – he had to do it. It looked like an ice cream sundae when it arrived – topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and cornflakes! Note – cornflakes in Thailand are not really used as a breakfast cereal, they are much more frequently applied to desserts to add a crunch. For instance Mr’s favourite French honey toast has an amazing crunchy topping which wouldn’t be achieved without them! The milkshake was too much to resist, it was mmmmmmmmmm!
Pinolatte only opened February 2015, and the resort has only 5 rooms at the moment. They may look like containers but are actually modern studios with Kingsize beds at 3500 per night (check out photos of the interior on agoda – pinolatte Khao Kho). They are perched on the hill below the cafe, with an amazing view over the temple and valley beyond. Seeing dawn over the valley from this viewpoint must be awesome!
Great coffee and cake, a viewpoint to die for, and a perfect complimentary stop if you are visiting Wat pha sorn kaew. That’s got to be a pretty good day out!