Koh by Ian Kittichai – A Restaurant Week Review

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This week is Restaurant Week in India
(Mumbai, Delhi & Bangalore), which is a wonderful concept that offers you a
chance to dine at some of the finest restaurants in the city without breaking
the bank! Restaurants come up with a prix fixe menu that showcases their
culinary ethos; you pay a fixed price and enjoy good food amidst great
ambience. If that sounds interesting, take a look here; it’s on till September
30th, though reservations may be a bit difficult. The fixed price is
INR 1,000 for lunch & INR 1,200 for dinner, per person, plus taxes.
We opted to dine at Koh,
Ian Kittichai’s signature Thai restaurant at Mumbai’s Intercontinental Hotel,
located at Marine Drive. Ian Kittichai is a celebrated chef, with restaurants in New York & Bangkok,
and of course Koh, in Mumbai – which has won the Times Food Award for Best Thai
twice in a row. The Restaurant Week menu looked promising and we were looking
forward to some great Thai food. The good folks at Restaurant Week and The
Intercontinental accommodated us despite there being a wait list, and for that I’m
The ambience of Koh does not
follow the clichéd ‘Asian’ restaurant mode; it’s understated, with clean lines
and slight dashes of colours – it looks every inch the fine dining place that
it is.


We started with the amuse bouche – a tasty little vegetarian parcel of minced Thai veggies wrapped in pak choi leaf; the Kaprow Sauce dressing
came in a ‘dropper’ and was added at the table.
It was accompanied by a ‘shot’ of
soup – golden corn and coconut ‘white’ tom
espresso, which was hot, flavourful and absolutely hit the right spot!
Next, came a papaya salad, dressed
with an indifferent Thai vinaigrette and liberally sprinkled with crushed
peanuts. This was the only bit of lunch that was a letdown.
Then we had a perfectly poached
fillet of Vietnamese sea perch
, which was dressed with chilli, lime and
cilantro and accompanied by oven roasted broccoli. The fish fillet practically
melted in the mouth; the dressing was a tad sour for my taste, though. The broccoli
– yummy!
Next up, steamed jasmine rice with green curry; you have a choice of chicken or shrimp. I chose the shrimp & the husband
opted for chicken. The curry was delicious, with pieces of aubergine and water
chestnuts; the shrimp and chicken were also well-cooked. The portion of rice
was surprisingly large and we made quite a hearty meal of it.


Dessert was a “Fru’noffie Wedge” –
a delectable treat of salty caramel, dressed with whipped cream and fruits,
with a peanut crunch at the bottom. The layered dessert was beautifully
textured and was a fitting end to our lunch date!
I’d definitely recommend Koh, and not
just during Restaurant Week. Go beyond Pad Thai πŸ˜‰


  1. The knife 30 September, 2012 at 08:34 Reply

    that seems like a very good spread…I am in two minds about restaurant weeks…spend on tasting menus or spend the amount on one dish that would would really like…of course tasting menu helps when one is unsure and wants to try a range sp in new places

    • deliciouslydirectionless 30 September, 2012 at 09:29 Reply

      I share your concerns Kalyan, that's why this is only the first time I've ventured into RWI! I had heard not-so-good reviews about other places, so was a bit apprehensive. I had wanted to Koh for a long time and it was well worth the visit, I must say πŸ™‚ Except the salad, everything else was great!

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