Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Price Range: $
You'll have to go a bit out of your way for this one, although don't let the distance from downtown deter you, as if you want some really authentic Thai food made from high end ingredients and a menu... Read More
You'll have to go a bit out of your way for this one, although don't let the distance from downtown deter you, as if you want some really authentic Thai food made from high end ingredients and a menu full of hard to find original recipes, you will need to make the trip up to the Central Eastville Mall. Kin Kao, which literally means "eat rice" in Thai, and is the phrase also commonly used to greet people (in which case meaning "have you eaten?") is run by the same folks behind the superb The Local (also listed in our 10Best Thai restaurants) as well as the raved about Crab & Claw seafood eatery. Restaurateur Can Markawat and his sister Ploy come from a family of old-school foodies, their parents run the prestigious Naj fine dining restaurant, and the entire family is committed to preserving authentic and original Thai cuisine. The clientele at this modern eatery is pretty much 100% Thai, and the menu isn't in English, but the picture menus are concise, and some of the wait staff will be able to answer any of your questions. You'll find hard to come by Thai dishes here, like the delicious pla tapian tom kem boiled river fish which normally has too many bones to deal with to eat, but here is stewed for over six hours with an array of coriander, ginger, tamarind, fish sauce, chilies, and other spices, with the bones becoming so soft that everything just melts in your mouth. The pla chon serpent head fish soup is also divine, as is the sour gaeng som soup. The restaurant recently opened a new menu which featured all of the dishes that the late Thai King Bhumibol use to favor. The food here is simple, bursting with taste, and truly authentic, and for the quality, taste, and portions being offered, they are a fraction of the prices you'd pay anywhere downtown. For those who don't want to make the jaunt up past Lad Phrao, Kin Kao will be opening another branch in Terminal 21 and at Central World in 2017, so stay tuned.
- Thai: "If you follow the Ram Indra Expressway, it will lead you right to Central Eastville. Despite being far from the downtown of the city, a taxi can get you here in 15-20 minutes if there isn't traffic. Take the BTS to Ekamai and hail a cab from there."
- Best for Thai Because: For really authentic hard to find Thai food, Kin Kao hits the nail on the head.