Koh by Ian Kittichai – A Restaurant Week Review

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This week is Restaurant Week in India (Mumbai, Delhi & Bangalore), which is a wonderful concept that offers you a chance to dine at some of the finest restaurants in the city without breaking the bank! Restaurants come up with a prix fixe menu that showcases their culinary ethos; you pay a fixed price and enjoy good food amidst great ambience. If that sounds interesting, take a look here; it’s on till September 30th, though reservations may be a bit difficult. The fixed price is INR 1,000 for lunch & INR 1,200 for dinner, per person, plus taxes.

We opted to dine at Koh, Ian Kittichai’s signature Thai restaurant at Mumbai’s Intercontinental Hotel, located at Marine Drive. Ian Kittichai is a celebrated chef, with restaurants in New York & Bangkok, and of course Koh, in Mumbai – which has won the Times Food Award for Best Thai twice in a row. The Restaurant Week menu looked promising and we were looking forward to some great Thai food. The good folks at Restaurant Week and The Intercontinental accommodated us despite there being a wait list, and for that I’m grateful.

The ambience of Koh does not follow the clichéd ‘Asian’ restaurant mode; it’s understated, with clean lines and slight dashes of colours – it looks every inch the fine dining place that it is. 

We started with the amuse bouche – a tasty little vegetarian parcel of minced Thai veggies wrapped in pak choi leaf; the Kaprow Sauce dressing came in a ‘dropper’ and was added at the table.

It was accompanied by a ‘shot’ of soup – golden corn and coconut ‘white’ tom kha espresso, which was hot, flavourful and absolutely hit the right spot!

Next, came a papaya salad, dressed with an indifferent Thai vinaigrette and liberally sprinkled with crushed peanuts. This was the only bit of lunch that was a letdown.

Then we had a perfectly poached fillet of Vietnamese sea perch, which was dressed with chilli, lime and cilantro and accompanied by oven roasted broccoli. The fish fillet practically melted in the mouth; the dressing was a tad sour for my taste, though. The broccoli – yummy!

Next up, steamed jasmine rice with green curry; you have a choice of chicken or shrimp. I chose the shrimp & the husband opted for chicken. The curry was delicious, with pieces of aubergine and water chestnuts; the shrimp and chicken were also well-cooked. The portion of rice was surprisingly large and we made quite a hearty meal of it.

Dessert was a “Fru’noffie Wedge” – a delectable treat of salty caramel, dressed with whipped cream and fruits, with a peanut crunch at the bottom. The layered dessert was beautifully textured and was a fitting end to our lunch date!

I’d definitely recommend Koh, and not just during Restaurant Week. Go beyond Pad Thai ;)

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