Proprietors/Executive Chef: Alicia Nosenzo & Harold Dieterle
Greenwich Village – 469 6th Ave, New York, NY
love Harold’s (Season One Top Chef Winner) first restaurant…perilla. So when I heard he opened up kin shop (2010) I was curious yet skeptical. i knew it would be his take on contemporary Thai cuisine, which I was by no means…an expert of. but I also knew it would be anything but traditional. Still… I’ve got to try… the press/blogs/practically everything raves about this ‘must try’ restaurant. It’s been on my bucket list for some time, now I can check that baby off and call it a day.
so is it Thai food or not? no… it’s not Thai food… not in the traditional sense anyway… pretty modern, highly elevated American/Asian Fusion cuisine, with lots of prominent Thai ingredients/flavors….but I would not deem it Thai. You wouldn’t find the dishes here (in its presentational format) anywhere in Thailand….Overall, i thought it was a good take…but i was rather disappointed that it didn’t completely blow me away. But glad that I had set up realistic expectations.
Spicy Duck Laab Salad w/toasted rice, romaine hearts & ground chili
Pretty spicy– not impossible to eat, but then again, I can handle some heat. I liked it… good flavors… maybe a little strong with the fish sauce, or whatever dressing was marinaded over the ground duck.
Massaman Braised Goat Stews w/ fried shallots, purple yams, mustard greens & toasted coconut
this was an interesting dish….the goat was braised very tender…so the meat fell beautifully off the bone. As you can see from the picture, I wish there was more of the curry.. we ordered sticky rice & roti because we thought we had something to dip with…It’s a pretty heavy dish, so highly recommend that you share it…unless you are a curry lover… go nuts.
Stir Fried Dungeness Crab Noodles
my favorite dish..but again, the cellophane noodles are drenched in sauce… so it made it a bit salty. It had a nice satay peanut finishing to it… since the sauce was so thick, I was surprised that cellophane noodles were used…. nonetheless, i love dungeness crabs and wish there was more of it. it’s quite lost in that sea of sauce & noodles.
Steamed Sticky Rice
Great experience, now it’s been checked off my bucket list… not likely I will come back anytime soon, unless the menu changes with some new specials (which it looks like it did). I still love Perilla though, though one has nothing to do with the other…