The NYC Foodie loves Thai food. So when I heard Harold Dieterle, the great chef from Perilla, just opened up a new Thai restaurant in the West Village called Kin Shop, I was ecstatic.
I dropped in last week to find some really good, highly priced, flavorful food.
Fried Pork & Crispy Oyster Salad ($12) , with celery, peanuts, mint & chili-lime vinaigrette was delicious. The crispy oysters were perfect.
Grilled River Prawns ($4 per pc), with fresh lime & “phuket style” black pepper sauce were fine, but nothing special.
Pan Fried Crab Noodles ($21), with vermicelli noodles, yellow chives, roasted chili & tatsoi were ok. The dish was more noodles than crab, and tasted fine. It's just the $21 dollar price tag that was bothersome. It was way overpriced, especially since there was hardly any crab in the dish. I longed for the crab meat fried rice from Pam Real Thai; absolutely amazing, and half the price!
Massaman: Braised Goat ($21), with fried shallots, purple yams, mustard greens & toasted coconut was truly great. The meat was perfectly cooked, fell right off the bone, and into a simmering, flavorful, and downright delicious curry. To prepare goat this way was a revelation.
Steamed Passion Fruit Pudding ($8), with passion fruit sauce & buttermilk sherbet was refreshing fantastic, and a splendid way to end a tasty, highly priced, Thai meal.
I would definitely come back to Kin Shop, for the great Thai dishes prepared by well-trained, top notch chefs. But, I must admit, paying half the price at a place, such as the wonderful Pam Real Thai, will always be on my mind.
469 6th Avenue (bet. 11th and 12th)
New York, NY 10011