Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kin Shop

Dinner with the family: Mr. M&P, Ms. Pastry Chef, Mrs. Green M&M, and Mr. HP Sauce. We spent the night in the city and celebrated with food. And lots of it. Our first meal that weekend was at Kin Shop. I have previous enjoyed Chef Harold Dieterle's Perilla and The Marrow. Kin Shop is a contemporary Thai restaurant with a casual feel. The dishes are all made to share so it's a great group place.
To start, we had the lobster summer roll ($16), fried broccoli and Chinese sausage ($12), stir fry of aquatic vegetables ($9), and fried pork and crispy oyster salad. While everything was delicious, I personally enjoyed the stir fry of vegetables and pork and oyster salad the most. The former for the simplicity and the latter for the wonderful textural and flavor contrasts.

And now the main courses that we also shared. This is the Massaman Curry ($22) with braised goat meat, fried shallots, purple yams, mustard greens, and toasted coconut. The flavor was rich and deep without feeling heavy. This was great with a side of rice.
The Stir Fried Rice Flake Noodle ($21) with calamari, mung beans, pickled long chilis, and fried garlic was equally delicious. This dish reminded  me slightly of pad see ew but less sweet.
One of the two specials we ordered that night was the Steamed Striped Bass ($25) with pea shoots and water chestnuts in a ginger Thai basil broth. A really nice and tender piece of fish garnished with herbs and vegetables. And a light broth to tie everything together. A good dish.
The other special we ordered was the Roasted Pork Chop ($27) with chilled bok choy, carrot salad, and kumquat glaze. This was one juicy pork chop. Well cooked, tender, and very meaty. The accompanying garnishes helped cut through the fat and meat nicely. Another well executed dish.
To dip into the curry and sauces, we ordered the crispy roti ($6) which was certainly crispy. Thick yet fluffy and warm to the table. A great vehicle to scoop up all the sauce.
And don't forget about the rice. We had one sticky steamed rice ($5) and one regular jasmine rice ($3). Both perfect for the meal we had.
Overall Kin Shop delighted us all. We finished every morsel of food and felt content. We weren't bogged down thanks to the well balanced dishes. We all left happy and would be even more happy to return.

Kin Shop
469 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10011


  1. we recently returned to Kin Shop and also had a great meal.

    watch up for the duck laab though. they actually mean 4 stars in terms of spiciness. wowzer!

    1. I definitely avoided the dishes with 4 stars. Good to know that they're not playing around with the spice there.


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