The chef/owner is from Thailand and cooked for almost a decade at Bay Area Thai restaurants. She got tired of cooking Americanized Thai and opened her own restuarant so she could cook authentic Thai food.
She said if she fails, so be it. However, she wants to cook Thai food as it should be cooked.
I enjoyed the drunken noodles, wide noodles with choice of meat or tofu, basil, onion and chili peppers. I orderd medium and I was sweating. For me, I liked the heat, it was hot enough to be interesting without losing the flavors.
The menu offers the option of mild, medium, hot and Thai hot. They will make it as mild or hot as you will like.
It was one of the $6 lunch specials which came with soup or salad. . They didn't have soup today. I looked at the salad and it didn't look like much, just standard greens, shredded carrots, some chopped cucumbers and thin-sliced onions with what looked like French dressing.
It turned out to be a house-made peanut dressing that had notes of soy sauce. It was delicious.
The restuarant, located in a building that has housed a number of failed Thai joints, is still a work in progress menu-wise. They had hand-made noodles at one time which have been removed from the menu. Once they get more established, they might be back on the menu.
Dishes are made from scratch. No msg is used.
The difference from the other restuarants that failed in that location is that I almost always see customers there. . The staff is really helpful and friendly.
The restaurant has a large parking lot.
I'm not much of a fan of most Bay Area Thai food. I really enjoyed this lunch and will definately be back.
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Kin Sen Thai Cuisine
2229 Dover Ave, San Pablo, CA 94806