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Posted by Anonymous on 02/01/2007
had the most amazing lunch here today. everything from start to finish was near flawless. i had the three course prix fixe, and my companion ordered a la carte. i had some kind of marinated cabbage and sweet potatoes. very very good. if i had to get picky, i would say it needed a touch more acid, but close to devine nonetheless. we also shared the vermicelli salad- the texture was perfect and the flavor to die for. this could not have been improved upon. for entrees, i ate lemongrass chicken, beautiful flavor and texture (though it could have been served a little warmer), but i have to say the star on my plate was the rice. never in my life could i have known that rice could be so good. there was some sprinkling of something crunchy on top and again, i was blown away by the texture. my friend had the steak, (which was flank) and it had some sauce that was perfectly piccante and sweet. the steak itself was cooked to perfection. I loved how all courses were chopstick friendly. for desert i had the hazelnut pudding. my only complaint with that is that it was too small. literally, it was like 5 bites. but every bite was perfection. my friend had the tapioca which was delicious, but the hazelnut took the prize. again, if i had to be picky, i would say our server was a little over attentive and while we received every course in a timely fashion, i couldn't help but feel a little rushed- we were out of there in less than 45 minutes- and he was slightly snooty. other than that, the room was beautiful and the chef designed a beautiful menu with fantastic flavors and textures that were properly executed by the cooks. I will definately be thinking about my lunch here for a long long time and will definately return and recommend!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/07/2007
Very nice place to go to, fun scene and atmosphere. Since we were a group of 10, we were forced to accept the prixe fix menu and they served us family style. This wasn't what we wanted as some people in our group don't eat raw food or beef, and we couldn't change it. The menu itself looked great, but we couldn't choose from that. What I did eat, was good. Half our group loved the food (and they eat everything), the other group won't be going back as they didn't like it. So if you are adventuous and want more unique Thai/Asian Fusion, give it a try. If you want traditional Thai food, go elsewhere as you won't like it and it's expensive. I was disappointed with the wine list and tried 3 wines that were not good (but then again, Thai isn't really know for wine right?)
Posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2006
I usually wouldn't even think about writing a review but Kittichai deserves the credit. From the moment I walked into the restaurant my day was transformed. Very attentive and polite service reminds you of how you should be taken care of in a restaurant. It's been two days and I'm still craving thye seabass! If you are in the area and feel like a treat, Kittichai is the place.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2006
I went to kittichai on a date and it fit the typical date atmosphere perfectly. There were hanging orchids, candles, and a reflecting pool. We were seated immediately and our server was quick with the drinks. He wasn't snooty at all, very nice, very attentive-but the food was among the poorest I've ever had for a "nice" manhattan restaurant. They seemed to just cover every dish in a sugary sauce. They had chocolate covered baby back ribs on the menu-that should say enough. I had the sea bass and the glaze was sickenigly sweet, even the rice was. Even the lychee bellini was too sweet. Don't go here unless its for dessert.
Posted by YumYum on 11/26/2006
Kittichai was a wonderful surprise in the Thompson Hotel. The decor is incredibly beautiful, the food was delicious from appetizers to deserts and even the specialty cocktails were great. We are native new yorkers and consider ourselves foodies and really enjoyed the experience here.
Posted by Anon. on 10/08/2006
We had a reservation but were still made to wait 30 mins for our table and were told by the hostess at the entrance with an attitude that the restaurant was "we are verrrrry busy tonight". Food was decent but over-priced. Our waiter was good- but the entire meal + service + ambiance with it's hanging orchids & floating candles was definitely not worth the 20% gratuity that was included in our bill. Will not be going back there in a hurry.
Posted by Esvee on 09/24/2006
Not that I needed an excuse to write a review but dinner at Kittichai certainly gave me a strong one. The service experience was a train wreck. Our server was at her snooty best, ignoring us for what seemed like eternity before she would take our order--that upon being reminded politely. More attitude was doled out to our group of three during the course of the dinner. She walked past our table several times, not bothering to check if all was well. The delivery of our respective food was staggered...I got to see more of our server and the guests walking into the hotel as I waited for my food even as my two friends were politely going after their's. Needless to say, we withheld the tip (I have never done so in over 15 years in the city).