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Here, Kitti Kittichai

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October 26, 2006 at 3:41 PM | by | ()

We had the opportunity to dine at the Kittichai Restaurant at 60 Thompson the other day and now we know why it's a local fave.

The cuisine served is authentic Thai created by Chef Ian Chalermkittichai (which disproves our theory that the name was based on someone's love for felines and spicy tea.) Since we aren't in the restaurant review biz we'll live the description up to those who are:

"None of this is very Thai," said one of the Thai snobs in a resigned, saddened voice, "although it is Thai-influenced." True Thai or not, a lot of the food at Kittichai tastes awfully good. The gingery galangal-chicken-and-coconut soup could have been more spicy and sour and less sweet (in deference to the local palate, chef Chalermkittichai seems to skew most of his recipes toward sugar, and away from heat), but my bowl of that elusive cold beef salad dish was exceptional.

We ordered the Tuna Salad which was delicious. But make sure you ask for plenty of water and rice, because we thought everything was pretty spicy. Maybe we just weren't man enough to handle it.

The restaurant is open for lunch from 12 to 2:34pm (don't ask, that's what the website says) and for dinner from 5:30 to 11pm. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurants open until midnight. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday is served from 11am to 2:45pm. As for prices, entrées start at $18 and appetizers at $6.

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