Lunch session at Kinn Thai.

Since opening in Canberra last year, I have been to Kinn Thai numerous times, mostly for lunch. Besides Morks, Kinn Thai would have to be my other favourite Thai restaurant in Canberra.

I didn’t want to hit the booze at lunch so I opted for a fresh coconut juice. A lot of restaurants now offer coconut juice,  if they are not served in the the coconut, the juice is probably the frozen kind with added sugar.

Fresh Coconut Juice $6

My sister loves curry puffs so the Curry Puffs were a must order. These curry puffs were filled with a mixed vegetable curry and served with a side of sweet chilli sauce and a yoghurt sauce (similar to raita or tzaziki). I reckon it would had been better if they used puff pastry instead of shortcrust pastry.

Curry Puffs (4pcs) $8

The Seared Scallop are one of my must order whenever I eat at Kinn Thai. The sea scallops are quickly pan seared with the centre still raw and is served with a spicy chilli and lime dressing. The dressing is not for the faint of heart.

Seared Scallop (2pcs) $9

The Betel Leaf was one of the traditional dishes available at Kinn Thai. Half a tiger prawn is served on a whole betel leaf with a coconut relish. It is recommended that you eat everything at once.

Betel Leaf (seasonal) $4 each

A visit to a Thai restaurant is not complete without a bowl of Tom Yum soup and the Tom Yum Prawns at Kinn Thai are really good. The soup comes with lots of prawns, oyster mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and Thai herbs such as lemongrass, galangal and lime leaves. This dish is also available on the lunch menu for $15.9 and comes with clear vermicelli noodles.

Tom Yum Prawn $14

In the past I have had many bad experiences ordering eggplant dishes at restaurants because the eggplant acts as a sponge and soaks up a lot of oil during the cooking process. However, the Crispy Eggplant is an exception. The eggplants are covered with a thin batter(I suspect cornflour) and fried. The fried eggplant is then smothered with a tamarind-vinegar sauce.

Crispy Eggplant $12

When mum went to Kinn Thai when they first opened, she had the Crispy Pork Belly with Capsicum Sauce and was raving about them, so I had to give it a go and was not disappointed. The pork belly is really crispy. You have to eat the pork belly with the capsicum sauce because the sweetness of the sauce counteracts the fattyness of the pork belly.

Crispy Pork Belly with Capsicum Sauce $25

As part of their lunch menu, I saw papaya salad, so it was another must order for me. It also came with fried chicken, even better!! The papaya salad is sour and spicy and very refreshing, paired with the crispy chicken is perfect for those who are trying to avoid carbs.

Papaya Salad with Crispy Chicken $14.9

The Chilli Basil Chicken is a minced chicken stir fry with chilli and Thai basil and is served with a bowl of steamed jasmine rice. It also comes with a small dipping sauce of fish sauce and chilli, which I found was unnecessary because the chicken itself is very flavourful.

Chilli Basil Chicken $12.9

You’ll probably know by now that I really love chicken. Haha. The Steamed Chicken with Ginger Rice was my personal favourite out of the entire lunch menu. The chicken breast is lightly poached and remains very juicy and tender. The ginger rice has a very subtle flavour but paired with the ginger soya bean sauce I found it just right.

Steamed Chicken with Ginger Rice $12.9

My sister loves her porkbelly, so in addition to the pork belly dish, she ordered the Pad Prik Khing from the lunch menu. This is stir fry of crispy pork belly and green snake beans in a chilli kaffir lime jam, served with steamed jasmine rice. This was another flavourful dish and was perfect with the rice. `

Pad Prik Khing $14.9

There is a lot more on offer at Kinn Thai, they have exceptional curries and grilled items. If I had gone for dinner I would had order a cocktail from their drinks menu. They serve a range of contemporary (Thai inspired) and also the classic ones. For the children, they have mocktails. If you want some more traditional Thai beverages, they have Thai lemon tea and Thai milk tea.

Kinn Thai

Address: 125 Bunda Street, Canberra, 2601

Opening Hours:

Lunch: Everyday 11.30am – 3pm

Dinner: Everyday 5pm – 10pm

Website: Kinn Thai

Phone: (02) 6247 1277


14 Comments Add yours

  1. I think I would enjoy the Chicken with Ginger Rice and Tom Yum a lot!!!

    1. Those two are my favourite!!

  2. I want ALL of it Garry! Double portions of the Tom Yum Prawn and the Chilli Basil Chicken. Drooling! Loving the plates too. Will def get on a visit to Kinn Thai when I am back in the money. 🙂

    1. Haha im kinda in the same situation as you😅😅

  3. We were actually thinking about Thai food in Canberra recently, so I’m glad you’ve posted this, we will definitely keep in mind for next time.

  4. Ariana says:

    Holy crap! That Tom yum soup looked amazing… I don’t typically like eggplant dishes, but I would totally give that crispy one a try.

    1. I try to avoid eggplant dishes in asian restaurants cause i find them full of oil but this was an exception!!

  5. So many tasty dishes – I’d go for curry puffs and scallops – I love them the most!

  6. Holly says:

    The food looks delicious. I have given up on coconut water. Just not something that is so great to me.

    1. I used to drink it everyday… then it got a bit too expensive. So now its only a special occasion drink

  7. I love Kinn Thai! The Barramundi and Soft shell crab are probably my favourites.

    1. Havent tried those yet 😛

  8. Oh my goodness, I’m glad I’d just finished dinner before I read that! Also fresh coconut juice is amazing right! Nothing better on a hot day!

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