Toronto’s Thai food fans have been eagerly waiting in anticipation for Chef Nuit Regular’s next culinary concept. In late May Chef Nuit and her partner in crime Jeff Regular opened their sixth restaurant which will introduce the city to a Thai fine dining concept which is certain to be a smash hit.
Everything Chef Nuit touches seems to turn to gold. From her first foray into Toronto’s restaurant scene at shabby chic Sukothai, authentic Loas loving at Sabai Sabai and her always buzzing Pai which specializes in dishes from Thailand’s far north.
The couples newest restaurant Kiin (which means “eat” in Thai) will introduce Torontonians to a yet to be discovered side of Thai cuisine. Chef Regular explains the concept, “Kiin is where Thailanders can get a taste of what they’ve been missing from home and Torontonians can try traditional dishes that they haven’t likely seen before but are favourites of ours. Our family of restaurants have had a Northern Thai focus, but Kiin will introduce traditional dishes from all over Thailand. The menu draws from the experiences I’ve had growing up in and traveling across Thailand, where sharing food is such an important part of the culture. Kiin will be like how meals are experienced back home.”
The restaurant is located on Adelaide at a location Chef Nuit is already familiar. They’ve completed gutted the former Khao San Road (where her Pad Thai and Khao Soi were so popular) and have reimagined a more refined space that is now barely recognizable. The long, narrow dining room was once rather dark, and has now been brightened up by sun-soaked windows flanked by shutters that offer a hat tip to colonial royal houses in Thailand.
The menu at Kiin is full of surprises, destined to be a hot spot for Toronto’s foodie community who are always keen to sip and nibble something new. For those who have traveled to Thailand, Kiin will offer a breath of fresh air as local delicacies forgotten on Toronto’s Thai menus appear here with pomp and panache.
Royal Thai Platter | mha hor, chor ladda, rhoom, thoong thong
Yum Tua Plu | wing beans, chilli shrimp paste, toasted coconut, peanut, soft boiled egg
Khao Yum | jasmine rice, white turmeric, long beans, lemongrass, sawtooth coriander, kaffir lime leaves, cucumber, toasted coconut, pomelo, fried chilli, sunflower sprouts, edible flowers, tamarind, soy bean sauce
Khao Tung Nah Tang | shrimp, crab, peanut, tamarind, and coconut spread with rice crackers
Pad Buab Jae | stir-fried angled gourd, garlic, basil
Gaeng Boombai Nua | braised beef short rib, tamarind, field cucumber, pearl onions
Kua Hang Gai | stir-fried chicken, buffalo basil, thai garlic
Chuchee Tofu and Mushrooms | dry-style mushroom and tofu curry