Kin Shop Review (Thai Fried Chicken)
Stopped in on a whim without reservations and were seated right away as it was early, only 6pm. We chose a table over the chef's counter. I had a Kin and Tonic, which was solid, refreshing, but not really notable.
We started with the very, very spicy duck larb. Delicious, and I liked the chopped up long beans. Very hot. Polished the whole thing off. Yum.
We also absolutely loved the fried broccoli, a relative new item on the menu (two weeks, said our server). Served lightly battered with lots of basil, Chinese pork sausage, and young coconut-gooseberry chutney & fermented plum vinegar. Savory and crispy! A must order.
The Steamed Egg Fried Rice with mussels, grilled ramps & sriracha was excellent as well. The grilled ramps added a lovely smokiness to the dish. The egg was was very runny and gently placed on top of the fried rice.
The Thai Fried Chicken with coriander nam prik, fresh herbs & sweet chili-fish sauce was good. Half a chicken, divided into four pieces, served on a bed of sauce, and with a dipping sauce (the chili-fish). The crust and meat was well seasoned and tasty -- flavorful and moist. Even the breast meat was very flavorful. However, I think the intensity of the brine made the crust a bit too salty. Not really a problem unless eating the crust on its own. The crust also separated pretty easily from the meat, and I found the crust could have been a little crispier. The flavors were spot on, though.
Overall, a very pleasant meal, and we were stuffed by the end.
Just went to Kin Shop for the first time on Friday night. Even though it was during restaurant week and felt a bit rushed, we enjoyed it immensely. We had the fried broccoli with Chinese sausage, and the pork belly and oyster salad to start and both were very good, if not earth shattering. My boyfriend and I both got the Northern Thai Style Curry for my main and it was phenomenal. I am literally still craving it and cannot wait to get back to have it again. Perfect combination of flavors and heat, the brisket was amazing, and the noodles were perfectly cooked. Shared the panna cotta for desert, which was pretty good as well. For the price point, I was blown away. I'll definitely be back.
We also had excellent cocktails before dinner at a little bar called Pour George which is a few blocks from Kin Shop. Cool place and the grey goose/ blood orange/ basil drink that I had was fantastic. Cocktails at Kin Shop were just OK.
Doing some research for a long weekend visit over Labor Day and we were considering Kin Shop and I think we'll definitely add it to the list thanks to your notes. I've always had good luck with your recommendations, Kathryn, thanks. I see that Kin Shop takes reservations--are they needed or could we just try our luck? A part of me thinks I should go ahead and make the reservation, but I don't want the whole long weekend to be too programmed.
Depends--they take walk ins at the bar, but I think if you want to dine at 8pm on a Fri or Sat, you really do need reservations. Or if you really require eating at a proper table vs a counter.
Labor Day is a tough call. Usually the city empties out over a major holiday weekend, but it didn't really seem to over the fourth of July.
Thanks. Still working on the order of things, but I'll keep this in mind. I think we're finally also going to try to make it to Txikito this time around. I know its one of your recommended locations as well. We're staying not too far away and I see that you can e-mail or call them for reservations which might help. So many restaurants, so little time...
We were there over Labor Day last year and it did seem relatively empty which works for me. I'm always torn between trying to be well planned (with reservations) since I'm there for a limited time and wanting to just go where the day takes me.
I went last Thursday, and was told the same thing about the fried chx. Sadly, they were out of the "Steamed Egg Fried Rice." However, everything that we ordered was tremendous, especially that broccoli! Wow.
Our meal consisted of:
Fried Pork & Crispy Oyster Salad
Spicy Duck Laab Salad
Fried Broccoli & Chinese Sausage
Pan Seared Tile Fish
Northern Thai Style Curry Noodle
Steamed Sticky Rice
Crispy Roti & a Tasting of Condiments
A trio of the ice creams: galangal, Thai iced tea, Thai coffee-chocolate
Roasted Pineapple Financier
Coconut Cream Cake
You sure tried a lot of dishes. My favorite dish there is the bone marrow, you should try that next time . That is, if you like bone marrow. The bones are so tasty too. Good thing I ate at the chefs counter, that way people couldn't really see me gnawing on the bone like a hungry dog. It was so goooooooood.
You know, the chicken dish has been on my been on my agenda, and the way you describe it may be right up my ally - I like salt.
My question is: how did you get it for dinner?! I was there last month and called ahead to request it, and they told me they only served it for lunch. Damn fun suckers! Granted, the meal we had there was quite good - we too had the duck larb, amongst many other dishes, and left the restaurant stuffed. Perhaps not our favorite, but definitely one of our main take-aways from the meal was the roti. We took some home and had some with eggs the next morning - really quite good.
(By the way, love reading your responses throughout the site. You're always so helpful.)