Pizza is one of those things that you can get anywhere you travel overseas. It’s a popular choice for anyone looking to avoid eating dodgy foreign food. It’s also easy to make and there’s big profits to be made if all you’re doing, like many restaurants, is adding some tomato puree, a few bits of ham and a sprinkling of cheese-like substance on a frozen pre-made base.
The problem isn’t finding pizza, it’s finding good pizza.
Fortunately there are several places to find excellent pizza on Koh Chang. And probably the best is Pizza King Express. This is a small roadside pizza joint, established in 2011. And located in the less that salubrious Chai Chet area, to the north of Klong Prao beach, which is home to a strip of beer bars. So, not a location for a romantic dinner. It’s a cosy place with seats for around 30 or so diners at wooden tables. There’s no air-con, as it’s open fronted with most seating under the stars.
Aside for a selection of salads and the option to have a plate of french fries, pizza is all that’s on the menu. Similar to Burger Station, it’s a small place that specialises in one type of food. Not a restaurant that tries to please everyone with a huge menu.
The majority of the thin crust pizzas on offer are in the 230 – 290 Baht range for the large, 33cm size. Smaller, 24cm pizzas are also available. The cheapest are the basic Margherita and most expensive include seafood. They’ve got all the popular toppings covered. What differentiates these pizzas from the competition is the combination of consistency, freshness and quality ingredients. The pizza dough is made fresh daily. Ingredients are a mix of imported meats and cheeses plus locally sourced organic vegetables.
The staff are friendly and hospitable and the German owner, Jimmy, is on hand to offer suggestions, explain more about the ingredients used and generally ensure that everyone enjoys their meal.
Delivery is also possible within a 2Km radius. But only outside the main high season. So a good option for a rainy season night if you don’t want to leave your hotel.
But if you’re thinking of grabbing a pizza for lunch, you’ll be disappointed. Opening hours are from 17:00 – 23:00 daily.
Price: $$ – $$$
Location: Roadside in Chai Chet. Around 500 metres north of Kerdmanee Resort, on the opposite side of the road near the beer bars.
These restaurant reviews are just my thoughts on a place at the time I visited. I’ll mention if I know the owner well or get any freebies. But for the most of the time I am happy to play tourist and don’t mention this site at all. Obviously it isn’t possible to sample every dish on the menu and the type of food you have for lunch will differ to evening. In addition, owners and more importantly chefs, can change and your experience may differ from mine. If it does, post a comment below.