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“Fantastic, delicious food!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kin Khao

Kin Khao
1 Abbey Lane, Athlone, Ireland
+353 (0)90 649 8805
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Ranked #7 of 73 restaurants in Athlone
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Fantastic, delicious food!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We found this place by accident the first time but it was so amazing we had to return a month later with a different group of friends who thought the exact same as us. We were very late arriving, with no reservation but they still managed to accomodate us and provide us with beautiful, authentic Thai food......I would highly recommend this restaurant! Definitely will be back again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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KinKhao, Owner at Kin Khao, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Dear RoC like most every one of the reviewers on Trip Adviser it takes alittle extra time to get down and write. So thanks for taking the time and of course for coming into Kin Khao Thai!!
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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
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“Best Thai!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Just had the best Thai meal ever!
Walked in off the street, table not a problem. Staff very efficient & friendly.
Browsed through an extensive menu and decided on a Pork Belly curry. My husband stuck to his all time favourite Chicken Massaman! We shared & both agreed Massaman was outstandingly the best we had ever eaten. Pork was beautiful as well.
Would recommend this experience to anyone.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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KinKhaoThai, Owner at Kin Khao, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Hi Debbie Thanks a million for your review. We always try and get things just right. Most of the time we succeed so a nice review makes it worthwhile!!
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“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Eat here on a friday, very busy, great wine menu and great food menu, we had starters and mains, full of flavour and great portions, service was brilliant. Thank you

Visited August 2013
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“Great Thai!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Just maybe the best meal we have had in Ireland to date. 2 couples for dinner, had the lamb curry, garlic chilli beef, spring rolls and soup. More than enough for 4, very authentic. The staff was more than friendly, the cook staff were all Thai. They really get the different regional tastes.

Visited August 2013
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KinKhao, Owner at Kin Khao, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Hi JR

It was very nice having you in the other night. I know you were really surprised at our food and it is what makes my job really enjoyable. So thanks for that and thanks for taking the time to post the review. Hope you made it to Donegal!!
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“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately had a really poor experience here yesterday. Was staying in Athlone for the night and asked in the hotel if they could recommend a good chineese, they recommended this Thai restaurant. Specifically asked if it was child friendly and hotel called to verify this and book a table if available which they did for 7.45. Got there to be to there was a delay of 20 mins, fine.. They recommended a nearby bar where we could get a quick drink said it was suitable for kids. Maguires the bar, very ignorantly turned us away, saying we couldn't take kids in, which was very embarrassing. Came back to the restaurant and finally got a table after another bit of a wait. However the waiters didn't seem to notice us there and we were still waiting to order at 8.45!!! Food did come very quickly once ordered and mine (yellow curry, and fried rice) was good. My friend did not like hers however (beef satay and noodles) As it had gotten so late and the kids (12, 10 and 2) were tired we could not enjoy our meal.
Feel that it was really overpriced, rice/noodles cost extra.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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KinKhao, Owner at Kin Khao, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Hi Caleta

Thanks for the email. I do remember you from the other night. I do apologise again for the lateness in seating you and taking your order. As I explained to you on the night two staff were a no show on the night and we were doing the absolute best we could under the circumstances. It was also unfortunate that Maguires would not admit you.

As you could see on the night I had only two waiters looking after the whole restaurant and we did get to you as soon as we could. I'm not sure if it was 8.45 though? I'm glad you enjoyed the food but I do accept that what with waiting and the problem with Maguires and the kids you probably did not get to enjoy it as you planned.

It is unfortunate you chose not to mention that you were not happy with one of your dishes. I would gladly have changed the dish and I would not have charged you. It is a pity sometimes that customers do not raise these issues on the night as it is only fair to allow the restaurant fix the problem. Mentioning it in a review the following week does not give the restaurant any chance. In any business or job mistakes are always made. This is human nature. It is the ability to correct a situation is what matters. We were not extended that opportunity.

On our prices I do not agree with your comments. Everything in our restaurant is made by us. All of our ingredients are locally sourced and for this we sometimes pay a premium. Some people mistakenly compare us to the local Chinese or Italian and then conclude that we are overpriced. Unlike the ubiquitous "local" we do not choose to buy cheap, foreign and frozen ingredients such as beef, chicken, fish, etc. We do not put additives such as MSG in our foods. We support a range of local and national businesses and thus families, like yours perhaps by keeping our buying Irish and not choosing Brazilian, Chinese etc imports. We do not apologise for this.

Every restaurant in Ireland has been fighting really hard to maintain their prices. Kin Khao Thai has not increased its prices in five years. In that time every single supplier be it poultry, veg, drinks, gas, electricity has increased their prices several times a year. We have accepted this and have chosen not to pass on the cost. At the same time every reduction such as the VAT reduction last year has been passed onto you the customer. If you compare our prices to that of other quality restaurants you will see that we are both competitive and the portions at Kin Khao Thai are better.

I have been asked about the fact that we charge for rice in Kin Khao Thai. Good quality jasmine rice is a commodity that rose in price four times last year alone. Terrible weather in Thailand and the cost of shipping have made it a seriously expensive commodity. Sometimes this point is not realised by we in Ireland.

Again I do appreciate you coming to Kin Khao Thai. Perhaps you will give us the opportunity to redeem ourselves sometime in the future.

Regards

Adam Lyons
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