Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review of KOH Restaurant

Review of KOH
Location: Italian Quarter, Dublin City
Type: Modern Thai/ Asian Cuisine
Price: ***
Service: ****
Mmm Rating: 4.0

Bucket List: Nope

Another family occasion brought us out for dinner tonight (6th December) to the acclaimed KOH restaurant recommended by the mammy and a few mates. Having heard that they do some pretty cool deals around rugby matches (curry and a pint for €10!) we decided to treat ourselves to a private booth for a family of early birds or pre-theatre folk as some might say. The private room, which was separate from the main eating area in the restaurant, gave rise to an exclusive dining experience.

First Impressions:
It was a cold and gloomy evening outside but warm and welcoming inside KOH. The rich red hue of the decor was dark and slightly overpowering. It was quiet, probably down to the fact that we arrived just before 5pm, but we were warmly welcomed by a gentleman in ordinary clothes (presumably the owner). Before we ordered food we got some cosmopolitans, a Jameson and some Samuel Adams (nice to see this available!) and we were also presented with TWO bowls of prawn crackers with sweet chilli dip. 

Matt, Ev and Sophie ordered the mixed Satay which consisted of three meat skewers, chicken, pork and beef with a very nice Satay sauce. The meat on all three was tender and soft.  They were really nice - almost 5/5 - except that sometimes it’s hard to eat the middle of a skewer and you have to kind of momentarily sword-swallow the skewer!

Dave the Rave got the Peking Duck Pancakes, which came with loads of pancakes, unlike most places where only the bare minimum of pancakes would be supplied. His only complaint was that the cucumber that accompanied the dish was sliced too thickly for a delicate little morsel of a pancake.

Mary got the Betel Leaves with sticky pork and ginger- they were yummy, very spicy but again plentiful. We also got an extra starter to share between the table:  Baby Back Ribs, which were falling off the bone- very sweet and succulent, with a tasty sauce.

Main Courses:
Ev got the Pad Thai with Chicken which was “delicious.”  It was served with the bean sprouts, ground peanuts and lime segments on the side so you could add them as necessary. Very tasty, she could not fault the dish.  The portion was so big she couldn’t finish it!

Matt got the Yellow Prawn Curry- excellent dish, containing lots of LARGE prawns, perfectly spiced and portioned. No complaints!

Sophie got the Massaman Lamb Curry which was smooth and rich. We all dipped in at some point and sampled this one!

Dave got the Beef Ginger, which again was zesty and tender- Dave would have preferred it to be a little more gingery though.

Mary got the Jungle Curry Roast Duck, which was the poorest of all the mains. There was a lot of skin from the duck and not enough good meat in the dish. She stated that she had to fish around to find the edible bits and viewed it as unappetising. The lucky table also got an extra main course, a thai green curry with chicken, which was beautifully creamy and spicy.

Matt and Dave got the Passion Fruit and Mango SoufflĂ©: portions were generous, and the fruity dessert was light and refreshing.  Sophie commented on how it reminded her of a Solero which was a worthy comparison!

Ev and Mary got the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which both agreed was a little dry. There could also have been more toffee sauce, but the accompanying vanilla ice cream was lovely.

Sophie got the White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake which again we all sampled (sorry Soph) - a great dessert with subtle flavours. I (Matt) thought that it was possibly a little too cheesy in comparison to other cheesecakes I’ve eaten – Ev and I are big cheesecake fans!

All agreed that we had enjoyed an excellent dining experience. The bill wasn’t exceptionally cheap, but this due to the alcohol and the extra table portion ordered rather than the price of the food itself.  All in all, KOH offers good value, quality food in the heart of the city. Definitely one worthy of a return trip!!

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