60 Thompson Street between Spring Street and Broome Street
New York, NY 10012
As it was Leslie’s birthday, she was selected this establishment to celebrate her birth. Since Dave and I showed up before the guest of honor, we chilled in the restaurant’s bar until Leslie arrived. The restaurant, especially the lobby and bar, are decorated splendidly. Some cool ironwork of Thai script. However, the price for a dirty martini wasn’t cool. $15??? Eep.
Our large party was seated by the pond. Inside the pond were candles floating in glass bowls, and because there was some sort of stealth current, the bowls lazily made a circle around the pond again and again. Dave and I had fun joking with our table neighbors Andrew and Matt about which candle was going to win the race and who had placed bets on said candle.
Dave and I decided to split the caramelized pork belly with crab salad and Thai herbs ($15) as an appetizer. It came out looking like so and was quite pleasing. Just the right amount of crunch on the outside. And they proceeded to win the admiration of Matt. Success.
My main course was the pan seared scallops in a turmeric-coconut cream broth ($28). Yes, you are looking at that right. This wasn’t an appetizer. There were only three large scallops in the bowl. $28 for this? That’s $9.33 per scallop. Kittichai is lucky that the scallops were fresh and prepared skillfully. The broth was warming, and good thing too, as Old Man Winter was outside in full force.
Someone ordered the “Sankaya” Pandan-Valrhona white chocolate fondue” ($8) for Leslie and everyone to share. I had a bite myself. The white chocolate is actually green. Wrap your heads around that. Aside from that fun fact, I remember that it was okay.
So I was disappointment in my scallops (note to self: don’t order scallops again at any restaurant), but Kittichai proved to be a sexy restaurant for Leslie to celebrate another year. I will admit that I kept looking around in case I was able to spot a celeb sitting nearby. Alas, no luck.
Happy birthday Leslie!