Kin Khao

Kin Khao restaurant (Ghent)

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Who’s the duo calling the shots? Santisuk Pakwan, a Thai-native chef with a flair for natural and authentic flavors, and his husband Dominique Rouge, who manages the floor. And what about the setting? Think minimalist decor (walls finished with Mortex, forest green tiles, wooden tables) where the black and white photos, metal rice pots and wicker lamps bridge the gap with Siam. Don’t expect a never-ending list of dishes, instead you’ll get two ultra-generous menus (one with a vegan option) of tapas-style plates in the evening. Duly devoured: plump homemade chicken satay with proper peanut sauce, served with a fresh cucumber salad; finger-licking pork and prawn fritters dipped in a sweet and sour sauce; a warm and spicy salad of prawns (again), minced pork, toasted coconut, fresh herbs and peanuts; a bubbling hot red curry with salmon, coconut milk and fish sauce, plus zingy Makrut lime, Thai basil and spicy chili; black angus stir-fried with garlic and soy; before homemade coconut ice cream. Feeling full? The doggy bag is a necessity! // Romy Van Helden

FEELING THIRSTY? The signature Rom Yen cocktail (white rum, coconut water, lime, tonic at €11), Singha beer (€4.75 for 330 ml), homemade ice tea with ginger and lemongrass (€4) and a few wines by the glass (6-7 €).
PRICE: Menus €27 (lunch), €48-58 (dinner) and €45 (vegan).

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