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Kinnaree in Horsham, PA

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southjerseyepicurean Jan 3, 2012 07:34 PM

Tony from Cafe Alisha in Cherry Hill & Upper Darby & formerly of Nan in Philly is still making great thai/French food for such bargain prices. I love that it is BYOB and out of the way on Horsham Road & Norristown Road in a weird shopping center.

Great Tom Yum Soup--vibrant, spicy
Great Green Curry with chicken; all veggies were crispy, crunchy and the heat lingered up the back tongue as it soaked into the rice & meat;
Great veal chop and pommery sauce
Great red snapper provencale in parchment paper with capers......

The menu is large and diverse!!

You need to go here on a regular basis. I wish I could but I live 45-min to an hour away. If you are a real Thai foodie, come see Tony & wife at Kinnaree.

www.kinnareepa.com

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    burbgirl RE: southjerseyepicurean Jan 4, 2012 11:54 AM

    I completely agree. The food there is fabulous. I only wish the dining room was more spacious.

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      waynefoodie RE: burbgirl Jan 12, 2012 11:06 AM

      +2 on Kinnaree. Have been followwing Tony since the 80s in all locations.

      The food here is very reasonable and worth the trip. His apps are truly amazing.

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      cook262 RE: southjerseyepicurean Jan 4, 2012 04:34 PM

      My SO occasionally works in Horsham and would love a good lunch place. Do you know if this open for lunch?

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        cwdonald RE: cook262 Jan 4, 2012 09:53 PM

        Dinner only. 5-9 weekdays. 5-9:30 weekends.

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          cook262 RE: cwdonald Jan 5, 2012 05:46 AM

          Thanks....any suggestions for lunch in Horsham? He had two favorites (not sure names), both of which closed in the last year.

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            burbgirl RE: cook262 Jan 9, 2012 10:50 AM

            I'd suggest .....
            http://www.wingleecuisine.com/ (Chinese
            )http://www.brynanddanes.com/ (Wraps/Smoothies
            )http://www.ironabbey.com/ (Gastro Pub)

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              cwdonald RE: burbgirl Jan 9, 2012 11:50 AM

              +1 for Iron Abbey.

              For Asian food I would go down the road to Pho and Beyond. They have good lunch specials, and the food is ten times better than Wing Lee.

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                cook262 RE: cwdonald Jan 9, 2012 05:49 PM

                Appreciate the suggestions. Have passed them onto SO...he doesn't think the co-worker will go for a pub but liked the other ideas (and might manage Iron Abbey on a day he's on his own). Will let you know what he thinks.

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                  cwdonald RE: cook262 Jan 10, 2012 08:17 AM

                  Regarding Iron Abbey for lunch. THey have a full lunch buffet for about 10 dollars. And you can easily go there without drinking. The food itself justifies a visit.

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                Displaced California Foodie RE: burbgirl Jan 23, 2012 01:51 PM

                Bryn and Danes is gone,...........drove by the other day and the place was vacant.
                I am looking forward to trying Kinnaree- I wish they were open for lunch!

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                  burbgirl RE: Displaced California Foodie Jan 25, 2012 11:19 AM

                  BTW, as far as I know, Bryne and Danes is still there. They just closed for some remodeling/expansion.

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                    Velvet Elvis RE: burbgirl Jan 26, 2012 10:58 AM

                    It looks like they (Bryn and Danes) are moving down Horsham Rd. to the place where Seattle's Best was.

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                      Mr. Peabody RE: Velvet Elvis Feb 2, 2012 08:46 AM

                      Yup, they will open in early Feb: http://horsham.patch.com/articles/hea...

        2. crazyspice RE: southjerseyepicurean Jan 12, 2012 01:05 PM

          Thank you for posting this! We are heading over to try it on Sunday.

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            waynefoodie RE: crazyspice Jan 12, 2012 01:34 PM

            The ginger lemon butter sauce over fish is awesome. Love the pasta and mushroom app as well as the oysters in cream sauce. Curries are very tasty, not overly spicy.

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              crazyspice RE: waynefoodie Jan 16, 2012 02:19 PM

              We had a delightful dinner last night! We both ordered the Tom Yum soup. As SJE stated, perfectly spiced and and probably one of the best I have had. I ordered the special stir-fried shrimp and vegetables in the thai tamarind sauce and my husband ordered the shrimp pad thai. Both dishes were perfectly prepared. We plan to go back very soon and try many of the other options. It's great to have this wonderful rest so close.

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            Patiod RE: southjerseyepicurean Jan 23, 2012 10:07 AM

            Thank you so much for this thread. We were looking for a moderately priced BYOB - something other than our usual Jade Garden (Dresher), Mina Cucina Rustina (Spring House) and From the Boot (Ambler, and not BYO) . Because the Hounds praised it, we ventured north to Horsham to Kinnaree, and will definitely be coming back. We had soup and several appetizers, and look forward to trying some of the entrees. The Tom Yum with shrimp was particularly tasty, as were the pot-stickers and the mushrooms.

            I can't count the number of great dinners I've had thanks to the gang here at Chowhound (very frequently in places that don't look promising from the parking lot) and how many bad dinners I've probably avoided!

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              waynefoodie RE: Patiod Jan 23, 2012 05:50 PM

              So happy you liked Tony's cooking.
              He is a gem.

            2. AmblerGirl RE: southjerseyepicurean Jan 26, 2012 05:30 PM

              Sounds great! I am so excited for Thai in the area. We usually go to Thai orchid and it's decent but this place sounds so good! We have been introducing my toddler to new cuisines and she has really been into thai lately!

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                glamazonjade RE: southjerseyepicurean Feb 3, 2012 09:02 AM

                I tried this place for a first date and I was so so with my meal. Maybe I'm just spoiled with Chiangmai in Conshy. I got the the chicken satay and I wasn't too pleased with the chicken, I thought it was slightly overcooked b/c it came out very very rubbery. My Massaman curry wasn't as flavorful as I hoped. I was hoping for something spicier. I think I made the mistake of just thinking that their curry was going to be spicy and was sadly dissapointed.

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                  Patiod RE: glamazonjade Feb 3, 2012 09:25 AM

                  I think "mild" is the default, and you have to ask for "extra spicy". The people who dine there on Sundays (when we go) seem to be older, and I wonder if the chef has adjusted the spiciness to the clientele, who might not like as much heat.

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                  mookleknuck RE: southjerseyepicurean Nov 28, 2012 12:24 PM

                  I wanted to bump this thread and mention how delighted I am that Kinnaree is in the area. I've now had take-out and dined in more than a handful of times. None of my friends turn this down for take-out and I know that I've impressed some of those who have moaned about the lack of decent Thai in the area.

                  Recommendations (please keep in mind that I order my food spicy as their default is not only not spicy, but not very well-seasoned [I learned this the hard way as I think they use less nam pla when dishes aren't spicy to balance the seasoning]):

                  Warm crab salad with pernod vinaigrette on the Specials list. Must order any time it's available.
                  Their tom yum is better than their tom kha because the tom yum has a lot more flavor while I found the tom kha to be a bit bland without very integrated contents.
                  Thai aioli (served with their calamari, but the calamari is not special) is addictive.
                  Tied for runner-up salad: calamari or som tum.
                  Massaman curry is one of the best I've had in this area, if not the best; red curry with duck; green curry. Really all quite good.

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                    PattiCakes RE: mookleknuck Nov 28, 2012 01:40 PM

                    Thanks for bringing this to the forefront, Mook! I've always loved this place, but we have not been there for quite a while. We need to go back soon : )

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