At times I wish my mom would learn how to cook Thai dishes at home because I have grown to love eating Thai food more frequently these days. During my spare time, I would glue myself to my cell phone and search for the next newest Thai restaurant to try out. Luckily, it did not take me very long to find this time around to find an authentic Thai place to try. The recently opened Kin Kao Thai Kitchen is located at the end of Commercial Drive on the corner of Venables Street.
This restaurant just opened about a month ago and it has attracted a lot of diners already! The restaurant is designed beautifully with a lot of modern wooden finishes and clean lines. There is not much of a walking space inside the restaurant as it is quite compact with very limited seats as well. In terms of service, I thought it was exceptional. The staff were very friendly and did not hesitate to provide recommendations when asked. They were also very efficient, leading to a nice dining experience overall.
My boyfriend and I started off with the Chicken Satay ($8). The skewers were very delicious and flavourful as they were marinated with kosher salt, coriander and cumin seeds, lemongrass, turmeric, galangal, pepper, and coconut milk. The in-house peanut sauce added extra taste to the meat which suited very well with it. The ingredients definitely delivered the overall “satay” taste to the dish. The chicken was very tender to the extent that the meat fell off the stick fairly easily without pulling it with your teeth or fork with much force.
Next, we shared the Panaeng Curry Chicken ($13) with Jasmine Rice ($1). As someone who does not cook gourmet dishes, this dish looks intricate to make. The chicken was soft and chewy. The curry was made from coconut milk, panaeng curry paste, fine beans, peanut sauce, kaffir lime leaves, ground chili, egg peanuts, and tamarind sauce. In terms of spiciness, we asked for mild and we could definitely feel a slight heat from our mouth. The curry was excellent in taste as it had a mixture of sweetness, saltiness, and spiciness to it. I loved how vibrant the red colour in the curry brings to the dish which makes it that much more appetizing.
Our last dish was the Phat Thai with Chicken ($12). Based on the amount given, I thought this dish was a great deal. But at this point in the meal, we were already so full from finishing off the curry that we only got to sample a little bit. This dish contained tofu, rice noodles, chicken, bean sprouts, chives, peanut, ground chili, egg peanuts, and tamarind sauce. I enjoyed eating the noodles because they were a bit wider than what is normally served at other Thai restaurants and they were cooked perfectly in texture as well. The only problem about this dish was that it had too much peanuts in there which my boyfriend did not like, but overall a very good dish to order!
The overall quality of the food here is reflective on the high pricing. However with the splendid service and delicious Thai food offered here, I will certainly make another visit again very soon!