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Published December 22nd 2014
Sublime street-inspired Asian food
Kitsch by name and kitschy in nature, this small bar cum restaurant in Leederville will have you coming back for more. Inspired by the night markets and street food stalls of south-east Asian countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, Kitsch Bar Asia seamlessly marries authentic flavours and styles with modern presentation and a twist on the expected.
Their range of nibbles, well priced small plates (that are not so small) and main-sized curries and stir fries, means you can enjoy a meal for two, with a couple of glasses of wine each, for under $100.
The spread, part 1
Spiced corn fritters with a sweet chilli syrup ($11.90)
Salt and pepper crispy fried tofu with a hoisin dipping sauce ($7.60)
Spicy pork and crackling in steamed lotus buns ($14.90)
After asking our waitress for advice on how much to order, and receiving a very honest answer of "three small plates will most likely fill you", we decided not to give her the benefit of the doubt and order four small plates and dessert. The three dishes above came first. Now contrary to appearances, these were indeed very filling, and had we listened to our waitress we might have had room for the peanut butter and salted caramel praline parfait ($9.90) that was crying out to be eaten. But as we finished the last of the four chicken satay skewers the only thing that was crying was our overfilled stomachs.
The overall experience at Kitsch was very pleasant despite leaving in a state of what I can only describe as a food coma. Staff were friendly, service was attentive, the food was comforting whilst maintaining its culinary edge, and the decor was engagingly unusual. The only gripe I have is that we were seated at a table that was only fit for placing one's drink on. If you decide to book a table for dinner (and I suggest you do as the venue is always busy at dinner time), request a table inside, or ask for one of the larger outdoor tables.
Kitsch Bar Asia is a sister establishment of Ria Malay Kitchen also on Oxford Street, near the train station. You can further enhance the Asian experience by catching a rickshaw (operated by a real man!) between the two venues. Kitsch is open Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to late, and Sunday from 12pm to 10pm. Check out their weekday food specials for a quality cheap eat.