This morning I was having a conversation with a patient about how it is so ingrained in the Asian mindset that the best Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese food is usually cheap, cheerful, and humble. There's always a little bit of resistance (from me and my partner) to fine dining or hipster-ized Asian food, even though I readily admit that it's not really a good attitude to have, because you do end up missing out on some truly spectacular meals.
A good recent example of this is Kinn Thai in Canberra, which opened up a couple of months ago. We must have walked past it 20 times while looking for dinner options, and it was only last week when we tried it for the first time.
The food is out of this world- we ended up going twice in one week.
The second time I took my camera, and these are some of the dishes we tried....
CRYING TIGER SALAD ($22): Grilled Waygu Beef, ground roasted rice, shallot, coriander, basil and chilli lime dressing
MASSAMUN LAMB SHANK ($19.5) : Twenty-four hours slow-cooked lamb shank in a Massamun
curry, served with mash sweet potato and roti
The Massamun lamb shank was an interesting take on the traditional thai curry- the roti on the side gave it a bit of a malaysian feel, there was a distinctive 'pho-like' quality to the fragrance of the spices, and there was a flavour in the broth that reminded me of ox-tail or similar. The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender thanks to the slow cooking. Not your average massamun, and definitely a few ideas here for a new home cooked thai dish!
The Crying Tiger salad is one of the best I've had in Australia. The beef was tender and the marinade had the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, tangy, and fragrant. The chopped lemongrass in the salad is a great addition to the usual suspects in the salad, and the ground rice is a nice touch.
My favourite dish so far is the Pad Cha seafood ($25), not pictured here because we ordered it on our first visit. It's a spicy seafood and vege stirfry with green peppercorns, galangal, kaffir lime, turmeric, and a number of other ground spices.
Overall, given the large serving sizes- the food is actually quite good value; however, the beverage menu is where things can get costly. Wines are about $10 + , which is quite expensive for what you get in the glass.