One could be forgiven for having low expectations of Kin Shop, Harold Dieterle's new Thai restaurant. Top Chef graduate takes over a floundering trendy Chinese spot and turns it into a contemporary Thai restaurant? Could be a recipe for showy and unevenly executed fusion fare. But Harold Dieterle is more than a television phenom. In fact, he's now serving some of the best Thai food we've had outside Thailand.
"I like being able to play around, change things up a bit," says Harold Dieterle of the crab dinners he's doing at his West Village Thai restaurant Kin Shop every Monday. The five-course meal is $60 per person ($23 extra for beverage pairings) and features crab four ways—plus a crab-inspired ice cream sandwich at the end.
The thin batter and quick fry ensure that the crusty broccoli retains a nice crunch. But the real secret's in the sauce: the young coconut-gooseberry chutney and fermented plum vinegar provide tangy bursts that cut the grease, while sweet bites of Chinese sausage round out the vegetable bite.
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