Kinnaree – a restaurant serving authentic Thai food that is located at Jaya One, the main section of the restaurant is situated on the upper floor of Jaya One’s centrally placed FOOD STREET (they call it ‘wai sek kai’, directly translated to ‘Street of Good Appetite’).
The restaurant exterior itself doesn’t look anything Thai, here’s what it looks like on the upper floor.
The interior on the other hand, is an environment cozy for comfort with solid wooden furniture and Thai influenced art deco along the walls of the dining area.
Here are the dishes we ordered……
What’s that? It’s called “Fish Two Ocean” – ok I do admit that it sounds like a name given by someone who lacks proficiency in English but it does express well what the dish is, at least to me it does. The dish is actually a combination of steamed seabass in spicy lime sauce and deep-fried seabass with sweet and spicy tamarind sauce.
I love this dish a lot, the fish were fresh and both styles were easily distinguishable yet magical mixture of taste between the 2 styles adds to the flavor that hits you all over the taste buds.
Next, the Tom Yam and I must say this is EVERYONE’s favorite dish.
We requested that the Tom Yam to be served individually, meaning each person will be allocated a rather large bowl of Tom Yam. The sweet, sour and spicy taste of the Tom Yam is best described as addictive, I was never a Tom Yam fan until I had theirs.
There’s quite a few versions of Tom Yam at kinnaree, ours is the less spicy version and came with some fish, squids and other assortment of ingredients.
We also had the Green Curry Chicken which I did not find any thing spectacular about. It’s just grilled chicken in green curry sauce in coconut milk, how different could it be?
Then there’s the “Yam Mamung Pla Duk Fu”, it’s a fresh mango salad with crispy shredded catfish and cashew nuts.
It’s an interesting dish I must say, but please don’t bother hunting the “shredded catfish” as it’s really shredded and pretty much fried beyond recognition. Not exactly a savory dish in my book but it does has its novelty as a crunchy salad.
We also had their stir fried mixed vegetables called Phad Phak (It sounds really obscene, to the extent of profanity if you consider reading it just as it is with ‘ph’ sounding like ‘f’).
This of course isn’t a spectacular dish either, pretty much like ‘chap choi’ (a.k.a. mixed vegetable) dish found in any Chinese restaurant that costs far less.
And before I end my write-up on the food part, we also had a bonus dish just before our dining began.
From what I tasted, I think it’s piece of fish paste (a tasty one I might add) with a touch of dressing. As far as I know, the freebies vary.
As for the drinks, we just ordered their Signature Infusion drinks, they come in either Kinnaree Infusion which is a blend of lemongrass tea or Peppermint Infusion which is a blend of peppermint tea – both can be served either Hot or Cold.
Now before you set your itinerary to include this place as your next point of FOOD interest, please note that dining here costs a bomb.
We’ve been there twice, our first visit comprised of 6 individuals and it comes to around RM 300. The second time around, 8 individuals with the cost hovering a little over RM 400. Out estimated damage so far comes to around RM 800 – so be prepared to spend.
The food is good, the place is good too. The price? Not so good. 😛 There are also no walls or partitions between the larger tables should you prefer a more private dinner.
Nevertheless, I think the Tom Yam alone is worth the visit – that is if you’re willing to pay around RM 14 per bowl.
Here’s how to get there, and I think the place is best for dinner. 🙂
View Buurps.com : Spontaneous Food-nalism – A Malaysian Food Blog! in a larger map
All their contact details and menu are on their website.