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“Spectacular Meal at Kiin Kiin”
Review of Kiin Kiin

Kiin Kiin
Ranked #24 of 2,603 Restaurants in Copenhagen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$104 - US$183
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Inner Noerrebro
Reviewed 16 August 2017

As we love Thai food we had to try Kiin Kiin while on a trip to Copenhagen. It did not disappoint and was probably one of the best meals that we have eaten in some time and certainly our best in Copenhagen.

They start you off downstairs with some street food bite size plates that you can enjoy with a cocktail before taking you upstairs for the 6 course tasting menu. We also opted for the wine pairing, with a different, very generous pouring of wine with each course.

Each dish was beautifully presented and offered an authentic taste of Thai cuisine but in a modern and de-constructed way.

None of the dishes disappointed and we liked it so much we bought the cook book.

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Reviewed 27 July 2017

We sourced this amazing restaurant here on TripAdvisor and were completely unprepared for one of the best restaurant meals of our lives. Kiin Kiin is a 11 year old Thai restaurant and one of just a few Michelin star Thai restaurants outside of Thailand. This was the location of their highest end restaurant but they have 6 other locations including food booths and other mid-segment restaurant locations with traditional a la carte menus around Copenhagen. We enjoyed delectable appetizers followed by a six course tasting menu which is only option at this locations. The restaurant was located in a 3 story large space and appetizers are served on the ground floor and entrees are served at tables above and below ground. The courses were delicious and very creative and experiential as one appetizer came served veiled in smoke to emulate the smell of Bangkok and the smoke envelopes us when the lifted the lid and circulated the smoke around us. Another appetizer was served in what looked like a small plastic bag which turned out to be edible and made from seaweed. There was also a seafood dish surrounded by a white foamy substance that melted and blended the sauce when poured over. Each course introduced new flavors and was delicious. We specially ordered a seafood only tasting menu (as we don’t eat meat) and they expertly substituted seafood for any meat dishes. The dessert which is apparently quite famous, was an artisan banana cake with coconut ice cream and was to delicious. The servers are primarily from Thailand and are exceptional, so knowledgeable and enthusiastic and we bonded with them. The Thai maître d was lovely and he and another server shared many Thailand anecdotes and how Kiin Kiin dishes differed but were rooted in many traditional Thai dishes. We also ordered one set of wine pairings which were also exceptional. We were there almost four hours and had an unforgettable experience!!

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Best Thai food I have tried in Europe - totally deserve a star or even 2.
Service is great and each dish is explained in details.
All dishes are prepared with an amazing attention to detail and small special touches.
The menu consist of starters and mains and can be paired with either wines or juices. We tried both. Juice pairing is unique.
Overall Presentation is great.

The idea of offering starters in the different room followed by dinner upstairs and desert again in another room is unique and allows you to move and see a bit of the restaurant and other guests.

A must try in Copenhagen

Thank Ira B
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

In a city whose modern dining scene is built on foraging, preservation and the sort of Artisan practices that are rarely seen in 2017 it may seem strange that one of Copenhagen’s most well-regarded restaurants is a Modernist interpretation of Thai Cuisine by two Danes, Lertchai and Henrik Yde-Andersen’s Kiin Kiin continually considered one of the world’s best for over a decade.

Originally opened in 2006, a love for Thai food cultivated through several years in the country giving its founding Chefs the sort of exposure and assurance to launch a unique concept in the emerging Nørrebro neighborhood long before Christian Puglisi turned the area into one of the trendiest places to drink and dine in all of Denmark, Kiin Kiin is currently toqued by Holstebro-raised Dak Laddaporn who learned to cook at the elbow of her Thai Mother, a molecular influence only embraced later during apprenticeships throughout Copenhagen and her current menu a nine-course affair that actually becomes more than double that when accounting for snacks served in the foyer.

Decorated in religious artifacts, orchids and woven textures, guests entering on the ground floor immediately offered a seat on rattan chairs where snacks including dehydrated Lotus Root with Lime Salt, refreshing Citrus Tea and an “eatable bag” of Thai flavors await, the scene at Kiin Kiin is set early with servers aflutter, the set-menu presented largely for perusal and drink pairings decisions, though by-the-glass selections of Juices or Wine are also available.

Not exactly a comfortable way to sit for those of any height, the recessed chairs putting ones knees at nearly eye level if leaning back, snacks in the lobby continue by way of crisp Meringues with Wasabi Cream revealed by a swirling ‘magic trick’ before progressing into a Spinach Leaf Wrap with light heat, the “Satay” of Chicken Skin topped in Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Ginger and Apple the meal’s first memorable bite with compelling texture and temperature components as strong notes of Cumin come first before dissipating into a sweet finish.

Smiling at shaved flakes of Bonito dancing atop what was essentially reconstructed Chawnmushi next, the Moo Ping and Chiang Mai to follow both served hot with big flavors of Char and Curry, respectively, it was here that guests were led upstairs to tables tightly packed into a dining room that was unfortunately both warm and stuffy, the Kiin Kiin cookbook present on each and every table to pass the time as courses were brought out as readied by the kitchen with wait times often substantial.

One of the few Michelin starred restaurants in Copenhagen open on Mondays, the reservation a tough one even today thanks to tourists as neighboring tables on all sides were heard speaking English, Kiin Kiin’s proper menu began by way a trio of diverse flavors including a Ginger and Lemongrass Rice Cracker and delicate Prawn Toast alongside a bowl of Tom Yum Soup into which guests are encouraged to unload a syringe of liquid Tofu, the hot Broth quickly cooking the ‘Noodles,’ though the combination of such a large bowl and small syringe made for a bit too much liquid and not enough substance.

Requesting a glass of Iced Tea to go with the meal, the staff inexplicably never asking if the table wanted Water and eventually such an odd situation that it became a point *not* to ask just so the surcharge could be refused at the end, course two was served as a big pile of Cotton Candy that was vanished by way of a tableside pour of Chili and Garlic Marinade, the dish described as spicy perhaps “Thai Level 2” by American Standards though the Citrus-cured Fish in a tangle of Mint and Greens seemed to benefit from the subtlety as it allowed diners to taste each of the well-sourced components individually as well as in combination.

Presenting a Kiin Kiin ‘signature’ next, the Nitrogen frozen Red Curry creating a billow of cold steam that was soon expelled from nostrils atop a snappy Langoustine hidden beneath a blanket of Vegetables with a bit of Citrus and Fish Sauce, it was here that diners were given the choice as to whether or not to add the 155DKK “Extravagant” supplement of seared Duck Liver in foamy Plum Wine Sauce, the expectedly unctuous Foie Gras finding its foil in a liberal grating of fresh Ginger.

Thankful for small portions to this point, Chef Laddaporn’s riff on Thai Coconut Soup served with a round of White Rice to be added at the diner’s discretion to a bowl also containing Chicken Breast stuffed with Forcemeat, Asparagus and crispy Vegetable threads, those fearing too much heat from the Massaman Curry will be happy to know that Denmark’s idea of spicy is quite different from most places, the deconstructed and reconstructed dish of Potatoes, Lovage, Coconut and Tamarind beautiful in its balance and complex in textures thanks to the individualized presentation of its components.

Transitioning from savory to sweet by way of a steel ball flipped open to reveal Lime Curd and Meringue on one side with Citrus Cream Cheese topped in Leaves of Holy Basil on the other, a refreshing duo whether enjoyed separately or mixed, it was only after a nearly thirty minute pause that dinner came to a sudden end by way of Banana Cake with Salted Coconut Ice Cream served in deconstructed textures on wood, the Cookbook’s suggestion that “we always serve a large selection of after dinner sweets” instead replaced by just the check, a fairly odd decision considering the parade of bites that the evening began with.

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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Where to start ? This was such a great experience on so many levels.... the relaxed casual atmosphere was certainly a nice change from some of the other Michelin restaurants I have visited where you feel like you mustn't talk above a whisper and the waiters are looking down their noses at you.
Then the food just so creative, full of flavour and fun ..... I mean crispy chicken skin with satay ice cream, candy floss salad and a snack that transports you to Bangkok !!
Not so easy to find parking in the area , but booking a table on Kiin Kiins home page was easy and painless..... you don't have to book months in advance .

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