So I turned 24 years old on June 28th. I don’t like to make a big deal out of my birthdays, so I tend to have small quiet celebrations with people I care about. I’ve been meaning to try “KinShop,” Top Chef Winner Harold Dieterle’s thai restaurant. I have heard amazing things, so I figured why not go there for my birthday with my boyfriend? My friend also had a belly dancing show in the Lower East Side that night and we wanted to support her, so we figured going out to eat in the city would be even more convenient. Thai food is so good and if Harold cooked the way he did on Top Chef, I would have no doubt the food would be no less than amazing.
KinShop is in such a convenient area. We walked in and it seemed so casual, relaxed, and so unpretentious. I noticed Harold in the back by the bar right away. I was definitely going to try to get a pic with him at the end of dinner. I started off with a Thai Iced Tea (so good and refreshing on such a humid night). We went out for lunch with my family, so we were still stuffed from that meal. Since we were so full, we didn’t order appetizers.
For our entrees, I ordered the stir fried rice flakes and Danny ordered the thin egg noodles and dry aged broth. My stir fried rice flakes consisted of rock shrimp, cauliflower, sawtooth herb & fried garlic. This was absolutely delicious! I love thick noodles, shrimp, and cauliflower. This dish reminded me of what my parents would make us at home. My boyfriend’s noodle dish was the best dish of the night! The short ribs were flavorful and the noodle soup was just so comforting. The broth flavor was so developed and so rich. Danny loves asian noodle soup and this was definitely high up on his list of faves.
After finishing dinner, I just wanted to look at the dessert menu and had no intentions on ordering anything because I was so stuffed. I saw the lychee sorbet and just had to have it (I love lychee and I love cold desserts on a hot night). It was pretty good and lychee’y. I wish there were more scoops of it and maybe some fresh lychees on top but that’s just my opinion.
After dinner, I asked the hostess if I could get a picture with Harold and she said she would find out if he was busy or not. He was but he said I could get a pic. I told him how much of a fan I am of his, wanted to try KinShop so bad, how great the food was, etc… Being the klutz I am, I dropped my digital camera on the floor and it was on the fritz, so Danny used his HTC phone camera to take all of the pictures. While Danny was getting to the camera, Harold showed 1 of his line cooks who was the boss. All I heard was Harold saying something along the lines of “you know how to cook that? If not, I’ll show you, etc…” I just thought that was pretty cool and authoritative. So finally I got a picture and left a really long review. We are definitely going back to KinShop for some more amazing Thai food.
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New York, NY 10011