Monday, January 3, 2011

Kittichai

I’ve had my eye on Kittichai for quite some time.  I remember at the Malaysian Night Market all I wanted to do was get a small taste of something delicious.  I felt the same way during restaurant week yet I never made it down there.  Finally, last week my borella agreed to go with me J I was so excited, I must have memorized the menu by the time we got there.  It’s definitely quite the scene.  There’s something about the Thompson Hotel that makes me smile.

We were pretty quick to order and I must say the waiters were quick to deliver.  We started with the Coconut Chicken lettuce wraps with chili-lime hoisin glaze and mango salsa.

Umm wow.  This was the first time in a long time that food made me speechless.  Seriously.  The coconut chicken was a perfect blend of spices with a spicy finish.

I usually don’t order lettuce wraps but doesn’t that look amazing?  It was the perfect appetizer.  I really do wish we had ordered more.  It wasn’t long until our entrĂ©es arrived.  I ordered Duck two ways.

The duck breast was pretty good but I actually don’t enjoy the fatty part of the duck so that wasn’t so great.  The Spiced Orange Curry on the other hand was AMAZING! 

Fingerling potatoes added to the depth of the curry and left me feeling like I ate a very hearty meal.  The curry is definitely spicy. The orange was subtle which worked really well with the duck.  I will say that I didn’t appreciate the onions that I found in there because I bit into them thinking they were potatoes – blech.  My borella ordered the Coconut Braised Short Ribs.

They were dressed with kaffir lime leaf, mint and fresh coriander.  It was definitely a hefty portion.  It was the first time in a long time that he actually thought they served him enough food.  Of course, it helped that we also ordered the Jasmine rice sans pork sausage.

The cashews were better than I thought they would be.  They enhanced the flavor of the rice rather than serving as a distraction which is what I expected.  The dessert menu was lacking or perhaps I was just so satisfied with the meal I didn’t want to ruin it with a dessert I didn’t really want.

Kittichai is the truth.  I know many think it’s overrated, but I find it to be fabulous.  The service was stellar, the atmosphere was fantastic and the food was incredible.  I can’t wait to go back!

Hungry yet?

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