Kiin, Modern Asian Dining, 73 Angas Street, Adelaide, 22 March 2023
Kiin (Thai for ‘eat’) is Adelaide’s newest Thai restaurant, with a modern (‘fusion’?) menu amid understated but tasteful and comfortable surroundings. It is just up from the court precinct, so if you don’t mind dining amid lawyers, there’ll be no problem. TVC visited one mild Autumn night, and were enchanted – nay, dazzled – by a very funky bill of fare.
We had: A BBQ Chicken thigh skewer, smoked and served in a light yellow curry, which was fragrant and full of heat;
A lychee prawn pop popper (pop in the mouth for a fizzing heavenly explosion) – see below:
The oyster was dressed with angels’ tears;
A White peach ‘som tum’ salad had, tomato, chilli, peanuts, pear;
Stir-fried rice cakes, ‘pad prik king’, pork crackle, with herbs and
a very modern take on a Chicken Maryland dish (no battered banana and pineapple fritters here!)…washed down with:
Pol Roger ‘Brut’, a good Chenin Blanc, and a Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais.
TVC had a minor quibble about an aspect of one dish – a higher-up dealt with it with a courtesy that is rare these days.
TOP MARKS![UPDATE: We returned to Kiin on 6 October 2023, a Friday night and the joint was jumping. Kiin hasn’t kept to its previous high standard: it has got even better. Service still impeccable – signature dishes superb, and some great new creations to savour on offer. We re-visited the Local oyster, Bloody Mary, chilli oil, shallot and sublime Prawn and lychee pop stick, chilli sugar-salt; and tried the salad of Watermelon, mint, celery, prawn floss, toasted rice, tamarind, roasted chilli; terrific. Hot n’ crispy fried chicken ribs, three chilli sauce, lime – yum. And they produced the best “slider” in our experience – Red curry cheeseburger, crispy onion, Provolone, ketsup.
Kin dī !! (Eat Well).]