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Published February 20th 2016
Thai-rrific food on the edge of the Adelaide CBD
Nestled in the quieter side of Waymouth Street is a brand-spanking new Thai restaurant that goes by the name Kin Thai. The name was given birth with the concept that Thai people generally like to share their meals with family and friends, so it operates by inviting people "to eat Thai food".
While the restaurant itself might be fairly small and only able to harbour 18 people at a time, the ambience of this cute, little place is absolutely relaxing, with lots of natural lighting, cozy sofas, beautiful and colourful pillows, and enough chairs and/or stools to enjoy a feast with friends and family on a table.
Seating area with traditional aspects of Thailand on the wall.
What struck me most about Kin Thai was how there is a beautiful balance of culture and modernism under one tiny roof. It is apparent that the look of the cafe is meant to appeal to a wide audience who are both native to Thailand and those who have the exploratory cultural gene in them, which helps in appreciating culture that Kin Thai aims to represent through their food and decor.
Comfy seating area with pictures of historical Thailand hanging on the walls.
Walking into Kin Thai on an empty stomach was definitely one of the better ideas I had, because almost everything on their menu sounded super delicious. A feast was in order, so we opted to try a number of items from their appetizers, mains, and dessert (of course)!
First off was the Thai Curry Puff. The pastry was not overly crumbly, which is a big make-or-break deal for pastry-based dishes for me. There were lots of delicious ingredients such as caramelized chicken, onion, sweet potatoes and sweet chilli sauce, which mixed together beautifully. The pastry tasted really nice both - with and without the chilli sauce as the sweetness coming from it was subtle and pleasing to the palate.
Next up was the Fish Cake Stack, which was served with a side of homemade Thai chilli sauce. This was more of an 'adventure'-based dish for me, as I normally do not like fish-based meals. However, the fish cakes tasted scrumptious and the meat was tender and juicy. It was well seasoned with some traditional lemongrass and the sizing of the dish made it enjoyable to be shared with 2-3 people.
No Thai feast would be complete with a lovely serve of Massaman curry with rice. While I was expecting this curry to be a bit more on the spicier side, it was still an enjoyable dish that complemented the rice in a brilliant manner. Had I not been starving, I would've probably eaten the entire curry and rice dish by itself and still be satisfied.
Another one of Thailand's classic dishes - the Pad Thai - made its appearance on our table and it didn't take long for it to be devoured in the best way possible. There was a range of ingredients such as stir-fried noodles, chicken, dried shrimp, bean sprouts, peanuts, garlic, egg, and chives in tamarind and palm sugar sauce topped with crispy egg noodles made for a pleasing dish. The chicken was well seasoned and presented with a beautiful balance of tender and crispy.
They say that we have two stomachs - one that's the regular kind, and one that's specifically designed for taking in the desserts. We may have been full to the brim with our all of our Thai goodness, but there's no way we were going to leave without satisfying our sweet tooth.
Cue in the Kin Thai Kaya Roti. I was unsure of how I'd find this dish as roti is not something that you would typically associate with dessert - it's more of a savoury-based item. But, oh how glad I was to be proven otherwise. The roti was served alongside a mixture of coconut jam, sugar, coconut milk and eggs. The roti dipped in this mixture tasted absolutely divine and had a nice balance of sweet and salty.
Overall, I'd rate Kin Thai a decent 8.5/10, going by the incredible hospitality by the staff, a minimalistic and inviting atmosphere, some seriously amazing and authentic Thai food and a brilliant dining experience.
Roti with a dessert does sound a bit different, but thinking about it, it does also sound like something that works surprisingly well. A bit like the reverse of having a savoury pancake filling, perhaps.