So I just got back from a wonderful weekend trip to New York. The weather was pretty poor, but in my opinion to food more than made up for it.
Friday night I had a 9:30 dinner reservation with my parents at Kittichai. The first think you notice when you walk into the resturaunt is the trendy decor. There are weird fish in a birdcage shaped tank, different orchids in jars lining the walls, and a pond in the middle of the restaurant with floating candles. Quite impressive.
We were seated with in 5 minutes of arriving and our service was on point from the start. I would recomend having one of the martini's before dinner (especially the lychee)! Our waitress helped us figure out how many dishes to order and made a couple of suggestions. In the end her suggestions ended up being the best.
From the Tapas part of the menu we had the chicken lolipops and the special tuna sashimi. The chicken was spicy and crispy and a great way to start off the meal. However I tried to eat slowly to save room. The tuna was good quality and came with an amazing sauce.
From the apaptizers we had the spicy beef salad and the rock shrimp with eggplant. I would say that both of these dishes are musts and were tied for my 2nd favorite dish of the night. The beef salad was light and flavorful and the shrimp were just perfect little tempura shrimp and came with eggplant (which I always love!)
For our main courses we had the braised short rib curry and the wok fried chicken. Both of these dishes were good, but I wouldn't really rave about them. The curry was mostly focused on the meat and didn't have much of the actual curry, which disapointed me. However my mother who NEVER liked anything braised or short ribs, loved this dish. And it was definitley prepared well. The chicken was tender and flavored nicely.
With our main courses we also had the crab omlete side that was recommended by our waitress. This was my favorite dish of the night! It was hot when it was served and the flavors were clean and fresh. It came with a sauce that my dad used because he wanted to add some heat to the dish, but I really prefered it plain.
By this time we were all pretty full, but of course I HAD to have dessert. We ordered the mango and rice, the thai ice cream sundae, and the coconut pudding. I am a HUGE fan of the mango and sticky rice dessert. I am assuming it is a pretty easy dessert to make, but as long as the mango is ripe (which it was), this dessert never fails to please me. So I was biased toward that dessert. The ice cream sunday was good, i really liked the coconut and thai ice tea flavored ice cream, but I didn't think it was anything amazing or too unexpected. I was not thrilled by the coconut pudding. It came in a little tart that had gotten a little soggy and the didnt provide you with the right silver ware to cut it up. I also though the pudding part could have used some more flavor.
When we left at 11:30 the restaurant was still packed. I have to say for such a busy place, we never felt like we had to wait longer than we wanted to for our next course and we never felt like we were being rushed. I loved the atmosphere and thought it was fun and lively and I'd love to bring some of my college age friends there. In combination with the great food, i'd say it's quite a find. Even my 60 year old parents loved it and kept talking about how good the food was, so they were obviously not turned off by the trendy scene.