Kin Khao, San Francisco, 3/12/16

entrance
entrance

This is a medium sized place in the Hilton Parc 55 hotel in the Union Square area of San Francisco serving delicious Thai food. The name Kin Khao means eat rice but it is much more than that. Pim Techamuanvivit who used to write a food blog is the owner and brains behind the place that was elevated from Bib Gourmand status to a one star Michelin in 2016.

sign
sign
interior
interior
interior
interior
Frankie wanted to learn to use chopsticks
Frankie wanted to learn to use chopsticks
another room
another room
bar area
bar area
table set up
table set up

We were there for lunch which is a smaller menu than dinner but still has plenty of great options. Our waiter was most helpful in planning our menu and all the staff from very friendly. In fact one let me snap a picture of the ‘hot wings’ we ordered and devoured before I had time to get a picture. This is the kind of place that the food smells and looks so good, it’s easy to dive right in and forget about pictures.

drink menu
drink menu
lunch menu
lunch menu

 

We started with the mushroom mousse that was hands down the best thing I had there. It was great on the rice cakes it is served with or on the sticky rice or just in a spoon directly sent to your mouth.

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Mushroom Hor Mok Terrine: curry mousse in a jar with mushrooms, crisp rice cakes
dishing it up
dishing it up
sticky rice
sticky rice

 

The beans with chili were served with lettuce to make rolls with or could be eaten with the sticky rice (that our waiter generously brought to us as an extra accompaniment). They were very tasty and a nice contrast to the mushrooms.

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Nam Tok Beans: scarlet runner beans, tossed Isaan style with lime, chili, rice powder

 

The chicken wings were excellent – spicy, juicy – with a terrific marinade. There are tons of better pictures if you google them but don’t miss them if you go but be prepared to make a mess of yourself eating them.

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Pretty hot wings: Nam pla fish sauce and garlic marinade, tamarind and sriracha glaze

 

Our main dish was the chicken curry which was harder to share but also very good with a melding of strong wonderful flavors.

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Khao Soi: Northern style chicken curry broth, egg noodle, pickled mustard greens, shallots, lime
Frankie likes sticky rice
Frankie likes sticky rice

 

We finished with their only dessert, black sticky rice pudding. It came delicious mix-ins of crunchies, caramel and cream. It was terrific with each one or a mix of them all. The dish was not just good it was fun to play with different combinations. This place is priced nicely and gets my strongest recommendation!

Black sticky rice dessert with crumbles, caramel and cream
Black sticky rice dessert with crumbles, caramel and cream
close up of pudding
close up of pudding
Frankie looked around
Frankie looked around

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