Top Chef Champ Brings Us Kin Shop

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Jan 06 2011

It’s hard to score a table at the casual, bustling neighborhood Thai resto. As we checked in for our table, a group of 4 walked in and asked how long the wait was….the hostess replied “2 hours”. Wow!!!

Kin Shop has a very laid back feel but there’s definitely an energy in the room.

The chef and owner, Harold Dieterle – winner of the 1st season of Bravo’s Top Chef delivers an inventive Thai menu. We were excited to try so many dishes. Food is served family style so we shared everything. Some of the dishes were missing the robust flavor and spice I’m accustomed to in Thai cooking.

CHOW FAVES:

Bay Scallops with Snap Peas, Crispy Shallots, Pea Greens and Toasted Coconut: The scallops were cooked perfectly and the creamy sauce was terrific. We wiped the plate clean with the crispy roti.

Bone Marrow- I’m not a big fan of bone marrow but it definitely had great flavor. The toppings created a nice blend of textures.

Pan Fried Crab Noodles: Very well seasoned dish!

Steamed Red Snapper with Cashews, Bok Choy and Kobocha Squash: The curry sauce was ideal for the expertly cooked snapper.

Stir Fried Wide Wonton Noodles with Chicken Sausage, Thai Broccoli Rabe and Oyster Sauce: Very bland…and the noodles were overcooked.

Crispy Roti: Soft, warm and delicious!

Chili Jam: Sooooo tasty. This was the perfect coating for the crispy roti. And I have to admit, we put it on a few of the entrees to give it a kick.

THE SWEET SPOT: The dessert menu didn’t really tickle my fancy. Nothing seemed worth the calories.

CHAT: Midway through our meal we looked over at the neighboring table and Chef Michael White had joined a few friends. I love it when I see distinguished chefs at restos other than their own.

Kin Shop-  469 6th ave / 212-675-4295

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