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kittichai - rave review!

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kittichai - rave review!

emma | Sep 21, 2004 01:40 PM

i had dinner at kittichai last night after much anticipation, and was not disappointed in the least. thanks to menupages, i can remember everything we had. we shared the monkfish, fish cakes, tuna carpaccio, and duck omelette to start. everything was very, very good. i also insisted the dad try the chocolate spareribs after reading about them. he said they were good, but he preferred my mom's (brown-noser). he kept commenting about how tender the meat was. my mom and sister also each had the fruit and vegetable salad. i only had one string bean so can't comment, but they both seemed happy. for mains, we had a red curry, a green curry, a cod, and 2 sea basses. everyone was very happy. i'd asked the waiter which he'd recommend - the cod or the sea bass, and he said sea bass hands down. it was more sweet, but the cod was very tender. my dad was almost gushing about his red curry, and that almost never happens so i knew i'd scored with the restaurant. the only thing i found odd was the curries didn't come with rice, you have to order it as a side. we ordered even more food for dessert - the champagne mango and white chocolate parfait (as well as birthday cake). they were both sublime. my mom commented that it was rare to find a restaurant that had great food from appetizer to dessert.

the restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful. the night started with a hiccup when it took about 10 minutes just to get our menus, but the service after that was very sweet. they have great specialty cocktails; i tried the pear martini because i've never seen it before (then again, i don't frequent posh places that serve up $10-12 martinis on a regular basis) and it was delicious. we had 2 bottles of wine, the first from argentina and i'm sorry but that's all i remember. it was good, but the 2nd bottle was truly outsdtanding. it was a 2002 turley zinfandel, which the sommelier said was an excellent choice because it could stand up to all the entrees. i was a big fan, and my dad while not an expert expert, certainly knows his stuff and was happy to see it on the list because he said it's a boutique winery and not many restaurants carrry it. i don't know what the damage was, but we all left full and very satisfied, and i can't wait to go back!

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